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Jul 23, 2018 - Tissamahara to Nuwara Eliya

17 July Tissamahara to Uda Walawa NP Nothing like a massive breakfast to start the day.. We asked for a Sri Lankan breakfast and ended up with both tea/coffee, toast, jam, butter and eggs as well as hoppers (coconut and egg), string hoppers (noodles in a circle), curry, sambal and rice...and we were off.. Stopped at a Buddha dagoba/stupa to admire the huge domed monument to the left tooth and forehead bone relic of Buddha. Which was over 1,000 years old. Onwards towards our hotel and the elephant orphanage. An easy drive with the landscape...

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Mar 12, 2018 - Nuwara Eliya to Ella

A bit rainy today as we drove to Ella. At 1041 meters above sea level this is a different side to Sri Lanka. Ella itself is a quaint hillside village offering amazing views and is surrounded by tea plantations, temple sites, and waterfalls. We had planned to go for a walk to one of the mountains but the rain had become heavier so decided against it. It is unusual to get rain at this time of the year in this area. Our hotel is out of town perched on the side of a hill and should have provided magnificent views but it was pretty well white...

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Jan 5, 2018 - Meandering in the mountains

Ella. A little gem in the middle of the giant emerald island of Sri Lanka. A place that apparently took off because the surfer tourists needed somewhere to overnight between the Colombo airport on the west coast, and the epic waves of Arugam Bay on the east coast. It's by no means off the beaten track these days, but you can't blame anyone for adding it to their trip itinerary. Within a few kilometers of town, there are huge waterfalls, gruelling hikes, colonial-era bridges, tea plantations, and sweeping views of the spectacular Ella Gap....

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Jan 10, 2017 - Day 10

Beautiful train journey from Nanu Oya, near Nuwara Eliya, to Ella (about 2.5 hrs). It's hard to capture the height & steepness of the terrain in the photos... Great views of villages & village life, lots of tea plantations and vegetable crops & huge areas of eucalyptus forest (used for railway sleepers)...off into the distance, you could see larger towns and row after row of peaks disappearing into the clouds. Truly beautiful! We drove through Ella, which is quite a tourist hub and hoards of backpackers using it as a jump-off point for all...

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Apr 28, 2016 - Ella - refreshing in the highlands

As we sit on our balcony overlooking the gardens of the Flower Garden Resort, it is a delightful 24 degrees C and headed for a low of 18 tonight. Yay !!! We arrived on a 6-hour long but extremely picturesque train ride up into the hill country. Ella is a charming and chill little town with a lush, mild climate and plenty of good hiking. Tomorrow we will report on some of the hikes. Ella is so chill that two of its restaurants are named Dream Café (where we ate dinner tonight) and, simply, Chill Café which looks like its name and I am...

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Feb 4, 2016 - Ella, pt. 2

Yesterday I decided to walk down to a waterfall I had seen on the bus trip to Ella. It is about 7 km but all downhill. The scenery was very pretty so it made for a nice walk although my legs were tired from only walking downhill. While it is cooler here in Ella, it is still pretty warm for a Seattleite. I was entertained every so often by monkeys often in small groups but if there was enough food around, in large groups. At one place someone had spilled something on the road they found attractive and then by the waterfall itself there were...

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Cavorting in Ceylon

Feb 2, 2016 - Ella

A couple of days ago I moved from Tissa to Ella. Ella is at a higher elevation but only three hours from Tissa (three hours = 87 kilometers or about 50 miles.) In Tissa I hung out one evening with two young Irish guys, Jamie and Peadar. When they arrived in Ella a day later they contacted me and we hung out again last night. They are really fun. Of course I have invited them to visit. Last night we were joined by a German traveler named Jazz. We had great discussions about important things like what does "bitchy" mean (Jazz) and are fast...

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Cavorting in Ceylon

Jan 8, 2014 - Little Adam's Peak

Woke early this morning to beautiful weather. Robert & Marilyn managed to see the sunrise over Ella Gap and there was very little cloud about. Breakfast was very simple here - fresh mixed fruit juice, a plate of mango, pineapple and banana each, and choice of boiled, fried or scrambled eggs or an omelette with toast. As this was basically what we've had everywhere else, it suited us perfectly. We all thought the eggs were cooked to perfection, so have decided to have dinner here tonight. We also couldn't stand the thought of walking back in...

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Jan 7, 2014 - Ella

Left at 9.30 again this morning after the most elaborate breakfast yet. There were so many choices, although we all tended to have the same as we have every other day ('cept for Kevin who had his first Danish pastry since 2007). Despite the sign at the restaurant entrance telling us not to remove any food from the restaurant, Kevin's pockets came in very handy for the bananas and bread rolls we decided would be nice for lunch. The hotel really is very fancy and it was enjoyable to stay here. On the road again with a few photo stops. Don't...

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Jul 30, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 13 - Tea Factory & Plantations

We set out for the tea factory just after 9am. We stopped to have a small bite for breakfast prior to going. With such hot weather in Ella, we decided to take two local buses to get us 2kms away from the tea plantation rather than hike. The first bus took us 3kms to a junction where we caught another bus that took directly to the road entrance to the factory. We started our journey, walking 1.7kms up a narrow paved path towards the factory. Soon we were greeted by a local man who was pushing his peddle bike up the road. He was an older...

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Jul 29, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 12 - Sm Adam's Peak & Cooking Class

Amara cooked us a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast of fresh roti's and tempered onion, a fried egg each and a half of papaya with fresh lime juice. We also indulged in our first cup of Sri Lankan coffee - we prefer the tea. We set out to climb, "small Adam's Peak" just after 9:30am. It's about a 2km journey through tea plantations and mountainous ranges. The hike itself was relatively easy, there was a few spots which were steep with loose gravel. The views were astounding, however they are bush burning here (just like every other SE Asian...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 11 - 8hr Train Ride to Ella

Padma made us a lovely hot Sri Lankan Ceylon tea for breakfast this morning, a side plate of banana's were also awaiting us. We said our good-byes and Padma told us she was very sad that we were leaving, she made us promise that if we ever come back to Kandy that we would come and stay with her and Ji again.....the way she cooks that wasn't a hard promise to make! We walked to the train station, bought a ticket for second class and boarded the train at 8:15am, we left the Kandy station at 8:29am. We stopped 20 minutes later where we needed...

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