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Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella March 12th 2019

The train arrived in Ella, and we pushed our way through the disembarking passengers to the entrance of the station. The platform was very busy, all tourists, and it certainly gave us an idea of what Ella would be like. I’m sure the train would have been nearly empty when it left the station to continue it’s journey. With no sign of Saman and the car we walked into town, passing only tourist cafes and guest houses. Ella is surrounded by tea plantations and now is a town that has been taken over by tourism. Tourists come here to walk amidst the tea plantations, hike the surrounding hills and admire the pretty scenery. Saman rang to say he would see us shortly and we waited outside a cafe in the Main Street, which was also the ... read more
The top of Little Adam's Peak
Hilly countryside near Ella
Nine Arch bridge

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella December 22nd 2018

Nachdem ich eine Woche lang mit meinem Freund Eddy den Norden Sri Lankas erkundet hatte bin ich wieder zurück nach Sigiriya, zum Fresco Lion Villa Hostel von Roy gefahren um dort ein paar Tage zu chillen und um nette Leute kennenzulernen die auch Richtung Süden wollten (von meinem letzten Aufenthalt wusste ich bereits dass viele Leute von dort aus in den Süden fahren). Roy war ziemlich überrascht und auch froh mich wiederzusehen und ich war froh wieder dort zu sein. :-) Und tatsächlich habe ich sofort an meinem ersten Abend zurück dort tolle Leute kennengelernt! :-D Ich habe Daniella aus Italien und ihren Freund Josh aus Neuseeland kennengelernt, Arielle aus Frankreich und ihre Freundin Hannah aus England. Diesen ersten Abend war ich sehr müde denn Eddy und hatten den ganzen Morgen lang mit dem Fahrrad die ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella December 22nd 2018

After exploring the North of Sri Lanka for a week with my friend Eddy, I went back to Roy's, the Fresco Lion Villa Hostel in Sigiriya. I just wanted to chill for a couple of days and wait until I'd meet some nice people who were also going South (from my last time here I knew that there were always nice people and that many of them went South after visiting Sigiriya ; almost nobody wanted to go North). Roy was surprised - and happy - to see me again and so was I ; it was good to be back there! :-) And indeed, right the first night back, I met incredible people! :-D I met Daniella from Italy and her boyfriend Josh from Scotland, Arielle from France and Hannah from the UK. The first ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella September 18th 2018

After a breakfast and a second farewell to our Kandy host, we set off on the long long drive to Ella. The car meandered along steep inclines to the mountains in the centre of the island, where we stopped at Ramboda falls, which involved sneaking into the elevator of a hotel built on the cliffside (should have bought a ticket. For a lift. Don’t think so) and walking down to the view point about 10 metres above the bottom of the falls. On we continued before stopping for lunch in Nuwara Eliya, which is coincidentally where our train journey from Ella will end. The town itself is bigger than Ella and will show up first when you start zooming in on google maps. It was a lot cooler and intermittent light showers added a refreshing twist ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella September 18th 2018

Up and out by 9am, we headed for the first venue on our hiking spectacular, Ella Rock. Extensive research of travel blogs online told us that the way to get there involved starting at the train station in Ella, which meant getting breakfast at the shops in town, which was effectively a roti with honey inside. From the trains station we walked left off the platform and down the tracks itself. We were met by signs saying this was illegal, but there were many other people doing the exact same thing and nothing happening about it, so we continued. The view to our left spanned out over the valleys overlooking the top of the trees. After about half an hours walk we came to another train station and just after we took a sharp left turn ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella August 4th 2018

Even after hearing that the reserved tickets for the train to Ella were sold out for two months already, we were still fooling ourselves that we would get on that train somehow... We found out the previous day that on the morning of the departure, a few extra tickets are usually released, so we thought we might as well see if we can get any. Grant went with the tuk tuk to the station at 7am to get the tickets while I finished packing and got the kids ready in case we were to catch the morning train. He came back at 8 with 2 tickets, unreserved as the reserved ones were sold out (surprise, surprise!). He was also told that we should try to get on the train anyhow as most likely we would get ... read more
At the station in Nuwara Eliya
At the station in Nuwara Eliya
Choo choo! Off to Ella we go!

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella January 27th 2018

“To travel is to live.” ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography 17th January Over and over again on this trip I am impressed with my daughter’s ability to go at it like a kid double her age. This morning, after a minor tantrum (her) about me not wanting her to fill her pockets with pebbles from the gardens of the hotel, we all set off to follow the track which winds its way on the side of the mountain softly up and up, through tea plantations, eventually culminating in – you guessed it - some steep climbing to the top of what is known as Little Adam’s Peak at 3743feet. The gentle little brother to the sacred and mighty Adam’s Peak at over 7000ft. I carried her for a while ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella September 15th 2017

Yesterday when Claire offered me the opportunity to get up early today and go for a long walk to see a bridge I immediately said yes. Which took her by surprise that's for sure. These Apple watches need to be satiated with exercise though so the alarms went off at 6....actually quite a lie in on this holiday. The nine arch railway bridge was on the same railway we walked along yesterday but in the opposite direction. We again ignored the signs telling us it was an offence and walked along the tracks. We even ignored the next sign that warned us of thieves and robbers on this stretch of track. We liked how this sign was AFTER the one telling you what you were doing was illegal....as if they knew you'd ignore the first one. ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella September 14th 2017

This morning it was time to say goodbye to the best place we've stayed at in Sri Lanka. Another huge breakfast (£1.75 each) was prepared to see us on our way by the ever helpful manager. Nature Park is just £6 a night, has great rooms, bathrooms that drain, hot showers, excellent wifi, more fans than you can shake a stick at and great food (dinner £2.50 each). The manager will help you out with safaris, transport etc and is a lovely guy. Do us, him and yourselves a favour and go and stay there. A tuk tuk was the cheapest option to get to Ella and who wouldn't turn down a trip in one anyway? We'd been lazy today and had a lie in until 6 but hey, we're on holiday! We were on the ... read more
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Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella September 14th 2017

For us English it goes against the grain to walk along railway tracks, especially for a few miles but it is the norm in Ella despite signs telling you not to. I guess if you don't speak Sinhalese, Tamil or English, you can't read the signs anyway, so the Germans had a good excuse! So that's how our afternoon went, our morning started in Udawalawe. We've eaten too much in Udawalawe. Our host keeps cooking us large meals and there's always so many dishes! So it was hard to fit in breakfast despite it being very good. This morning it was time to leave the best accommodation we'd experienced in Sri Lanka so far and were chatting with our host whilst waiting for his mate to arrive with the tuk-tuk to take us to Ella. He ... read more
Signs warning not to walk upon the tracks we walked on for miles
Ella Rock
Ravana Falls




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