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Haputale

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  • Day37

    Train Trip to Haputale

    July 25 in Sri Lanka

    Zugfahrt steht bevor#aufgeregt#nur 3 Class Tickets#warten warten warten...#Sri Lanka Style#1 Stunde Zugverspätung#Gedränge um in den Zug zu kommen#Asiaten stürmen den Zug bevor jemand aussteigen konnte#die haben sie nicht mehr alle🙆🏼‍♀️#stehend im Gang umgeben von Rucksäcken#offene Türen#tolle Aussicht#war ein Erlebnis#waren froh in Haputale angekommen zu sein#wurden vom Gästehausbesitzer abgeholt#auf der Fahrt zum Gästehaus holten wir noch seine Tochter von der Schule ab#Willkommenstee#freundliche Leute#tolles Zimmer 😀#Read more

  • Day32

    The Hill Country - Part Two

    December 14, 2016 in Sri Lanka

    Monday morning arrived all to soon and we walked to the train station to head to our next stop, Haputale. It was an hour away and supposedly is one of the best train journeys in the world as it cuts through amazing scenery - our plan was to see and enjoy it, but what we hadn't planned on was that it would be one of the very few public holidays Sri Lanka has, meaning every man and his dog has a holiday. At the time we thought the train was busy, but as it was only an hour we were able to slip out quite easily when the time came. We did have a great view out of the window as well so all in all the journey was relatively painless.

    We headed to another mountain once we'd arrived, nearby Lipton's seat named so after Thomas Lipton who established a tea plantation in the area that is still working today. His seat, atop a mountain, is a 7km climb through some of the most raw and beautiful landscapes we've seen. We cheated on the way up and were dropped 1km from the top but then did the descent 7km to the nearest tea factory. From the top there were yet more incredible views as well as a huge number of Sri Lankan tourists, all enjoying what the area had to offer. As we climbed both ways we'd seen that almost all of the locals going to the top were doing so by driving up however the road was barely wide enough for one car, meaning that traffic meeting in both directions led to huge jams. To clear these they all jump out their vehicles and debate how to manoeuvre around each other - it's quite a sight and shows their impressive spacial awareness. Well, except for the poor bloke who reversed his minivan off the edge and got wedged half off the road by a tree (better than a tumble 100m to the next stretch of winding road below).

    By the time we'd reached the tea factory our tuk tuk driver wasn't very happy at having to wait for us for 2 hours as he told us normally people do the 8km round trip in 45 minutes. Yeah right....This was a rare instance of any resemblance of a problem that we'd had but ultimately it caused no issue as we were dropped back at our guest house for time to unwind and relax after the early mornings and hikes. That evening the guesthouse also served up freshly made curry that was our best curry experience in Sri Lanka so far. It proves that if you eat as the locals do then you're in for a treat. Our favourite was definitely the aubergine curry!

    Tuesday was yet another early morning to catch the first train from Haputale to Kandy, a 5 1/2 hour journey through more spectacular vistas. Remember I said about the public holiday? Well Tuesday is the last day so everyone had to travel home ready for work on Wednesday, meaning the train was packed to capacity and then some! Beth made friends with a family who were on holiday for the weekend and landed herself a seat (plus food they shared with her) but I didn't fare so well, spending the full journey jammed by the toilet with a mass of sweaty men around me. It reached the stage where the train was was so busy that we couldn't move at all and feeling only returned to my feet when someone climbed on them to squeeze through to the toilet - great. Further to that the train's have food sellers who walk through the carriages selling freshly cooked treats from a 2ft wide basket. As the train was so busy you'd expect them to stop walking through, right? WRONG! Instead they climb through the tiniest gaps possible and hold the basket over everyone's heads; that is everyone's heads but mine, instead full-on hitting me in the face and leaving me to enjoy the smell of their wares for the rest of the sweaty journey!

    Even Beth in a seat was cramped up for the last hour with a 5 year old on her lap and a lady sat basically on her hip. People were constantly shoving themselves into the carriages into non existent spaces and there really was no such thing as personal space. I'm writing this blog post the day after this journey and now that I'm feeling more rested I can reflect that it wasn't SO bad but at the time I would've happily traded all my clothes for a cold water and a comfy seat.

    Thanks to Prabesh and his cousin (sorry I forgot his name!) for entertaining me on the journey with great conversation, if you're reading. And thanks to the very sweet family that adopted Beth and took a million 'flattering' photos of her!

    Phil

    PS: We thought about taking a photo of the packed train once we'd battled our way off at Kandy but we just couldn't face it after the journey!!
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  • Day263

    Haputale

    September 21, 2017 in Sri Lanka

    ... A good place to be. The train from Ella to was breath-taking. The scenery of teaplantages, mountains, hills, jungle and a lot of green is like in a dream. Our hostel/guesthouse is a few Kilometer away from the town, so we took the bus. Our group decreased to five. We left max and David in Ella.
    Steph, Jojo and me took one room and Freya and Philipp the second. Philipp had just a short time in sri lanka so he was a bit in a rush. We went the first day to the lipton seat. That's were Mr. Lipton started his company for tea. To reach the viewing point we had to hike for a few hours and 7km. We arrived at the top and saw: clouds. Grey in Grey. We started to late. In the afternoon its mostly cloudy. So we waited for better weather in the nearby restaurant. The coconut sambal, Dahl, and coconut roti were as amazing as the tea.
    It didn't cleared up but started raining. No worries, be happy.
    Tuktuk-time! So down to the tea factory and maybe we could visit it. CHECK!
    The tour was interesting. I assumed that black tea, green tea and white tea were different plants. But the aren't. White tea are the tips of the plant. Green tea is made of the leafs as black tea. But the black one will cutted and fermented while the green leafs are just dried.
    There are although differences in between the black teas. The smaller the leafs are cutted, the stronger the tea. Very small grained tea is cooked in milk instead of water. The middle is boiled in water and mixed with milk or served plain.

    Back in the hostel we did another walk to eagle Rock a nice viewpoint close to the hostel.
    The girls were a bit scared of snakes in the grass. We made a bit fun of it and threw some smaller stones next to them. Mean but funny.

    Seven o'clock. Time for dinner. The family of Viral, the hostel owner, made a delicious rice and curry.
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  • Day24

    Haputale

    February 16 in Sri Lanka

    Haputale befindet sich 15 km südwestlich von Ella und liegt auf 1400 m. Entsprechend ist es noch kühler und auch windiger. Es ist ein Bergdorf mit einem weiten und tiefen Südblick ins Tal. Auffallend sind die vielen Alkoholläden, sogar mehr Läden als Handyläden.
    Bekannt ist die Gegend für den Lipton-Tee, der an den Hängen wächst. Nur 10 km entfernt ist die Dambatenne Tea Company, die den Lipton Tee produziert. Es ist hier gemütlich und ruhiger und die Anzahl der Touristen ist gering. Man kann hier schöne Wanderungen machen, z.B. zum Lipton Seat, ca. 15 km, hoch. Wer es etwas teurer mag, kann das Naturschutzgebiet Horton Plains mit dem Words End, einem 1000m tiefen Abhang, bestaunen.Read more

  • Day25

    Zugfahrt von Haputale nach Badulla

    February 17 in Sri Lanka

    Doch noch eine Zugfahrt hinbekommen. Wie vermutet, kam der Colombo-Zug erst 45 min verspätet an und war auch proppen voll bis Ella und es gab vorerst nur Stehplatz. Es war aber Sa., während der Woche ist es angenehmer. In Ella stiegen fasst alle aus, meist Touristen, darunter viele Chinesen. Danach war er fast leer. Zwischen Ella und Badulla bietet sich links eine gute Aussicht. Von Badulla kommend dann rechts. Auf der falschen Seite sieht man nur Hang. Es geht über div. Brücken und durch Tunnel. Im Tunnel wird immer wieder wie in der Geisterbahn geschriehen. Die Fahrt hat gerade mal 30ct gekostet, der Bus ist 4x so teuer. Beim Verlassen sollte man die Fahrkarte noch besitzen, wird eingesammelt.Read more

  • Day26

    Haputale - 3. und letzter Tag

    February 18 in Sri Lanka

    Heute wars wie in Deutschland im April. Ganzen Tag Nebel und unter 20C. Heute war nichts zu machen. Von dem bescheidenen Essen hab ich etwas Magenprobleme bekommen. Ich habe deshalb ein etwas besseres Lokal gesucht und gefunden, wo ich mit Spagetti meinen Magen wieder etwas beruhigen konnte. Allerdings Spagetti in Sri Lanka-Art, mit Kartoffeln, was gar nicht dazu passt. Ansonsten ist das Äussere der Lokale meist mit den leckersten Bildern wie ganzes Brathuhn, Fisch, Pizza etc. abgebildet. Wenn man aber rein geht, gibt es nur Rotti, die typ. Backwaren und Rice und Curry, dazu wenn überhaupt paar kleine Stückchen Hähnchenfleisch und Fisch.
    Ich konnte auch erfragen, dass die Bevölkerung, insb. Buddhisten und Hindus, selten Muslims, oft tgl. den hochproz. Arrack konsumieren und das als normal betrachten. Deshalb die ungewöhnlich vielen Alkoholshops in diesem Dorf.
    Weiter wurde mir berichtet, dass hier die deutschen Touristen gefolgt von den Franzosen, dominieren. Ganze Großfamilien mit vielen Kindern sind hier unterwegs.
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  • Day6

    Kandy Serene Grand Hotel

    November 9, 2016 in Sri Lanka

    Früh am Morgen geht die Reise über Dambulla weiter nach Kandy. In Dambulla erklimmen wir einen Berg, um einen Tempel zu besichtigen. Trotz der frühen Uhrzeit ist der Aufstieg beschwerlich. Danach bringt Kel uns in einen Gewürzgarten. Radj erklärt uns, wie Beschwerden mit natürlichen Mitteln behandelt werden können. Anschließend kommen wir in den Genuss einer Massage. Bis auf die Tatsache, dass die Massage Lotion auch in meine Haare einmassiert wird, eine tolle Sache. Als letzter Programmpunkt des Tages besuchen wir den Zahntempel von Kandy, natürlich "opfern" wir auch Blumen. Die anschließende Tuktuk-Fahrt ist nicht der Rede wert.
    Im Hotel rät man uns eindringlich die Balkontür stets verschlossen zu halten, da ansonsten Affen ins Zimmer kämen. Am nächsten Tag sollten wir es am eigenen Leib erfahren.
    Morgens werden wir von einem lauten krachen geweckt. Zunächst können wir diesen nicht zuordnen. Beim Frühstück leisten uns tatsächlich Affen Gesellschaft, allerdings sind wir durch die fensterfront getrennt. Von Zeit zu Zeit reißen die Affen die Stühle um. Daher also das Krachen. Auch vor unserem Zimmer tummeln sie sich immer wieder. Mittags bringt Kel uns zu einem Botanischen Garten. Leider reichen 2 Stunden nicht aus, um alles zu sehen. Angeblich soll es hier auch einen Memorial tree aus Deutschland geben, den finden wir aber nicht. Den Abend läuten wir mit Kandy Dancing ein. Es werden traditionelle Tänze, Akrobatik und Trommelkünste dargeboten. Mir gefällt es ganz gut, Nico nicht so. Gekrönt wird das Ganze durch "feuerakrobatik".
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