Kandy was a little chaotic city surrounded by huge green hills. The train trip from Ella was absolutely beautiful as we passed so many tea estates and saw so many gorgeous views. Kandy is the cultural hub of Sri Lanka with lots of things to keep you busy- 3 days was enough for me. I spent time walking back streets and looking at the various goods for sale had – saris, homewares, electronics and souvenirs. The food in Kandy I found was not as impressive as the rest of Sri Lanka, and food is always very important to me! After a few hours of walking around the city I like to return to my little guess house – Garden Rest, a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and just sit back and listen to birds.
As I write this I am in Colombo, it’s my last day and I fly out at 11.15pm tonight. Sri Lanka has been an amazing place to visit and at the end of each day I go to sleep with a smile, thinking of all the kind hearted people, beautiful scenery and delicious foods I have met, seen and ate along the way. I’ll be sad to leave but happy to return to my little home on the beach.
Thank you Sri Lanka.
After a 6 hour train journey I finally arrived in Ella. After Midigama, Ella was quite chilly, rainy and misty; but also a nice change from the muggy heat. Ella is a small hill town surrounded by lush green mountains. I climbed mini Adams Peak here, which is about a 45 minute walk from town. The walk to the peak is through beautiful tea plantations and windy little roads surrounded by amazing views. The view from the top is divine!!!
What a day.. I am so overwhelmed by the kindness of the Sri Lankans. They are always ready with a genuine smile and a friendly hello.
Today I started the day with a delicious breakfast at a place called Koha Surf Lounge and Cafe. They do delicious simple healthy meals. I had poached eggs and avocado on toast with fresh tomato and red onion salsa and a tasty cup of chai. They also do muesli, fruit, coffee etc.
I then put the vibes out there that I would meet a friendly tuk tuk driver who would take me to Galle Fort. Just as I walked out the door I was greeted with “taxi madam?” and a lovely, smiling, plump man named Darma who was ready to take me. He took me to find an adaptor and also agreed to take me to Midigama tomorrow. I spent the day exploring and wandering around the fort, people watching and taking pictures. The Sri Lankans love to have a chat but stay just long enough in order to not annoy you.
After walking around for awhile and sweating my guts out I thought it was time for a freshly squeezed juice. After ordering I was having second thoughts about my decision, as the cups definitely weren’t sanitary and the straws were most likely reused. Nevertheless, I didn’t want to hurt the poor guys feelings so I swallowed the sugar filled drink down and went on my way.
It’s an easy walk around the fort with lots of little streets to explore. Just remember sunscreen and a hat, as it’s extremely hot and I was left with a nice camera strap mark.
I had a delicious Morrocan meal at a place called Chambers Restaurant. The chicken spiced spring rolls are so tasty and the ginger tea works wonders for those who may be experiencing stomach issues from too much curry.
I then got coaxed into buying a bag of masala tea and wandered through the streets that had been hit by the tsunami. I was unsuccessful in finding a tuk tuk so decided to sit down and wait for awhile. Soon enough a security guy was to the rescue. He asked me what was wrong, hailed me a taxi and negotiated the price I wanted – thank you little man, you are amazing.
After a long day in the sun I’m sitting in my tranquil garden wondering what my next meal will be. The joys of travelling..