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  • Day21

    We arrived in Ella just as the sun set, so our first experience of the view and location came at dawn. The colours and atmosphere from the balcony, with little Adams Peak opposite and the monks chanting in the distance were truly magical. And too good to go back to sleep.
    The bungalow room is fitted with a large concrete bath, which took well over half an hour to fill deep enough to get in but was a must to try.
    After breakfast with were dropped at Ella station to catch the 09.23 train to Haputale. The Station is much as it was when the line was built to expand the tea production with each train painted on the station canopy with all its coaches. We were in first class a/c but the most exciting views were from the open doorway as the train meanders high up in the hills overlooking the tea plantations and many other vegetables including tomatoes beans and chillies.
    Second official stop was Haputale where ww met our driver again who took us to Dambetane Tea factory. Here we disembarked into two tuk tuk for an exhilarating ride through acres of tea plants and workers accommodation to a lookout called Lipton Seat. Unfortunately the mist had rolled in making a cloud forest so the views were somewhat curtailed.
    Returning we had a very interesting tour of the factory built in 1890 which produces black tea from 380 acres. Fascinating to see the process and the age of the machines some 50 years old.
    We concluded in the Tasting Room though this just contained dregs of the manager’s morning quality check and not refreshments. This was rectified on the way back at Bandarawela where we found a tea shop called Mlesna with cafe at the back. The chap who served the tea was most helpful and showed us the tea, BOP from Dimbulla, which we bought to try at home as it was so good. We returned in time for pool bird watching stroll before another excellent meal.
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  • Day22

    Four of us had planned an early hike up to mini Adam peak to watch the sunrise. This involved a 4.45am wake up, which disturbed our resident palm squirrel. The birds were waking as we climbed the last few steps, the colour evolving as we reached sunrise from behind the hills, surrounded by tea plantations and factories.
    Next tea on our balcony together with some Ceylon hornbills on our tree, then breakfast, then pool under clear blue skies before we set off to Yala around 10.30. Descending from the hills the temperature increased. We made good time arriving at Cinnamon Wild Yala in time to cool (cold towel and cold juice) and unwind ahead of our afternoon safari. Traveling with the honeymoon couple we found we had all been upgraded to Beach Lodges on stilts with sea view and a little further from the wildlife. We were warned not to go near the lake and to take a guide to and from our rooms after dark. Buffalo came through before we returned to our rooms after dinner and we learned there were twenty or more crocs in the lake.
    We joined our naturalist guide and driver at 2.30 and clambered aboard a jeep. Yala national park began just a few km down the road. Almost immediately we saw elephants wild boar buffalo and a host of birds by a lagoon. Then there was news of a leopard being spotted! So the driver advised us to hang on tight as he raced to get the the site. Our guide said you can see elephants any time but was really excited at the prospect of a leopard. Our driver took a back route and approached from a direction where he managed to get a view among the forty or so jeeps of the leopard snoozing under a tree.
    We saw and photographed so many amazing wildlife we were fortunate Jim was keeping tally. This included a really closeup young elephant that wandered just behind us.
    We returned to the hotel at dusk fully satisfied with all the things we had seen.
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  • Day23

    Still at Yala, Jim & Nat took an early morning guided walk and saw loads of footprints on the beach including elephants and many birds around the lake. Janet and I took a dip in the pool and then a quick look at the lake and beach. We spotted four crocs lake, apparently there are twenty or more.
    The drive was interesting with lakes and lagoon parks, but the roads largely slow. We stopped at a stall to buy some gorgeous fruit to take to Yashika’s parents, then to buy some beautiful looking baskets and later for a comfort stop which looked over a wonderful beach.
    We dropped Jim and Nat at a beachside Paradise Hotel in Marisa, for them to do whale watching in the morning. As we continued to the family gathering. Here we were able to see cinnamon being prepared from sticks and also Janet had a go at making hoppers. There was also a pepper plant growing in the garden. There was some good food and celebratory drinks.
    We arrived at Galle Fort at sunset to a lovely sight of pool among among the white and pink temple trees. A dip on the pool and stroll around the old historic buildings was all we could manage.
    Another memorable day!
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  • Day6

    Top Hütte.

    Abgeschieden von der Backpacker Hochburg Ella City sitzen wir mitten in Hochland von Sri Lanka auf unserer eigenen Terrasse.
    Bomben Blick, kühles Bier aus der Minibar, Ruhe und Platz. Wir sind begeistert.

    Nachdem wir geduscht, Bier getrunken und unser Leben gechilled haben, geht es zurück in den Trubel.
    Wasser einkaufen und Abendessen sind die einzigen ToDos.

  • Day7

    Zwei Deutsche, ein Franzose und eine Holländerin, die ursprünglich aus Vietnam stammt, lernen bei einem PizzaBäcker aus Australien die Küche SriLankas kennen 🙃🤠

    Unser Lehrer kommt ursprünglich schon aus SriLanka und konnte uns damit ein wenig beibringen wie die ursprüngliche Küche funktioniert.

    Auf dem Zettel standen:

    || Kokos Roti
    || Chicken Curry
    || Kartoffel Curry
    || Kokos Sambol
    || Dhal
    || Reis

    Aber die Bilder beschreiben das Erlebnis besser als ich es könnte.
    Gegessen wurde natürlich landestypisch mit den Händen!
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  • Day5

    Unterwegs auf den Straßen SriLankas.

    Wilde Elefanten am Straßenrand, Warane, TukTuks und eine Fahrstunde ;)
    Zuerst ein wenig doof angestellt, aber auf der geteerten Straße ging es dann ziemlich gut, inkl. Grundkurs im Hupen 😂

  • Day5

    UNESCO Weltkulturerbe und tatsächlich recht beeindruckend waren die Höhlen Tempel mit goldenem Buddha.

    Tempel tief in den Stein genauen und gefüllt mit unzähligen Statuen.

    „Don‘t Feed the Monkeys“ - und lasst euch nicht beklauen 🐒

    Für Sabrinas Blumengabe an Buddha mussten wir hart verhandeln.

  • Day5

    Nach toller TukTuk Fahrt mit unserem Host nach Kandy, inkl. Besichtigung eines Hindu Tempels, Jackfruit essen am Straßenrand und weitaus mehr Leckereien sind wir gegen Mittag in Kandy angekommen.

    Leider konnten wir kein Zugticket mehr ergattern und mussten uns einen anderen Plan zurecht legen, um am nächsten Tag nach Ella zu kommen...

    Gesehen haben wir aber den Zahntempel mit dem heilige Zahn-Reliquie von Buddha persönlich 😉

    Nach der gefühlt ewig langen Trommel-Prozedur, der Hitze und den vielen Räucherstäbchen sind wir aber richtig müde geworden. Also haben wir nur schnell diverse indische Roti und Dosai Varianten gefuttert und sind dann ab ins Bett.
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  • Day6

    Keine Zug Tickets mehr verfügbar. Damn.

    Plan B: mit Jamie und Maike, zwei holländische Mädels die wir kennengelernt haben und die auch mit dem Zug nach Ella wollten, haben wir uns ein Taxi nach Nuwara Eliya gebucht um dort in den Zug einzusteigen 🚂. Angeblich steigen dort Menschen aus...

    Der Reihe nach:
    Unser Taxi Fahrer kam pünktlich um 8 Uhr an unsere Unterkunft an und los ging die Reise.

    || Erster Stopp: Teeplantage inkl. Führung durch die Fabrik und Tee-Verkostung.

    ||Zweiter Stopp: Wasserfall

    ||Dritter „Stopp“: kurze Rundfahrt durch Nuwara Eliya - auch Little England genannt.

    Angekommen am Bahnhof haben wir dann tatsächlich Tickets erhalten und schon ging es los mit perfekten Sitz/Stehplätzen an der offenen Tür mit Blick auf das Wahnsinns-Panorama entlang der zugstrecke.

    Dann sind wir in Ella angekommen... und das Guesthouse ist einen eigenen Footprint wert ;-)
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  • Day7

    Mit nichts außer einer selbst gezeichneten Karte aus dem Internet haben wir uns heute morgen auf den Weg zum Gipfel des Ella Rock gemacht.

    Die ca. 8km Wanderung beginnt grandios: auf den Gleisen Richtung Kandy.
    Also wirklich, am Bahnhof in Ella geht es direkt auf die Gleise. Toller Weg!

    Der Weg selbst ist, auch mit sehr detaillierter Karte 🙈, nicht immer gleich zu sehen. Aber gutmütige Dorfbewohner helfen sehr gerne.

    Ausblick oben: Top.
    Rückweg: Heiss.
    Lunch: Kottu

    Danach relaxen, heute Abend Kochkurs No.1
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