With a sad departure from the beaches, we headed north up into the mountain regions in the centre of the country. Our host family in Mirissa were kind enough to arrange a private car for our journey. A ride in an a/c Prius cost us LKR 10,000 for the 4 or so hour drive weaving through the mountains from Mirissa to Ella. I was offered quotes of LKR 8,500 in town but be careful as you might end up with a dodgy mini van which may or may not result in your organs being harvested .
The drive to Ella is quite a scenic drive. Notable points of interest were Ravana Falls and the elephant we say hanging out by the road. Ella itself comes highly recommended as a place to visit. I recommend staying just outside the town at a place which offers mountain views. We stayed at the Sky Green Resort which was totally worth it for the views. There is plenty of Khottu to be found in town, so be prepared for a feast each night.
If you have time, a visit to Adam’s peak is probably worth doing. It’s a 6 hour hike so be prepared. As you might have guessed, the name Adam’s peak is steeped in religious reference. According to legend, its the mountain that Adam descended to when he was kicked out of the garden of Eden. There are other names for Adam’s peak (all in conjunction with religious theologies). If you’re interested check out this link (click here).
However, due to time constraints we visited a smaller trail known as Little Adam’s peak due to its resemblance to its big bro Adam. It’s much more average fitness friendly, with the summit reached in less than an hour. As you can see, the views are nothing short of spectacular. For some reason there’s heaps of stray dogs in Ella, with one in particular following us up Little Adam’s Peak.
After completing our morning hike, we embarked on the train ride from Ella to Kandy. It was a 7 hour train ride to Kandy, so we bought first class tickets for about LKR 1200 which entitled us to assigned seating and air-con. As much as the views were spectacular, there’s only so much trees and valleys that you can look at before it grows old. Hence snap-chat selfies and watching the live action version of Cinderella on mute, became very interesting.
Our arrival in Kandy saw us check into another mountain view place with a very original name of Mountain View Residency. Kandy is known for two main things; the temple which is said to hold a tooth of the Buddha and the lake in the centre of the town. If you’re going into the temple, remember to wear pants and tops which covered your shoulders. Alternatively, a sarong can be bought to cover the relevant parts of your body.
Overall, Kandy was a disappointment compared to Ella but hey, you can’t have everything your way. This brings us to the end of this post. Look out for the final part featuring elephants and areas I would have liked to have visited if I had more time.
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