We said our goodbyes to Arugam Bay and made our way to Ella for a night, waiting to catch a train the next day. We stayed at a cute little homestay up on a mountain surrounded by tea fields and had a great vegetarian dinner. The next morning we jumped onto an old train, which looked liked it was from colonial times and went as though it was – 3 hours to cover 65km, a bit of a change from the Japanese Shinkansen!
We didn’t mind at all, though, because the views of the mountains and tea fields along the way were great, with the sunshine eventually turning to cloud and our first taste of cold weather in over 3 weeks when we arrived in Nuwara Eliya.
We chilled out that afternoon and the next day we hired a driver to take us to some waterfalls and tea plantations outside of town. The drive was beautiful and you could see all the ladies picking tea in the fields as you drove along. We stopped at a plantation where we got a tour of the factory and learned how the tea was manufactured (sounds boring but actually quite interesting). After that we checked out some waterfalls, which they left a little to be desired but nice to see none the less. Mark jumped in and had a swim with a bunch of locals, something Grace and I are not going to be able to do in this part of the world unless we want to be the subject of stares and some dude’s wet dreams.
Today we jumped on another train to Kandy, home to a temple that enshrines one of Buddah’s tooth, where we’ll be celebrating the festival of Esala Perahera for the next few days before we leave for Colombo.
Over and out.