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Ella

Kandy to Ella by train The train journey from Kandy to Ella - up into and through the hill country, through lush green tea plantations and beautiful countryside, with spectacular views practically all the way - is a brilliant one and is definitely not to be missed. Even people touring round Sri Lanka with a driver take the train for a part of the trip (just leaving their luggage with the driver - to rejoin when they hopped off the train).

We had reserved our seats for the Friday morning train at the railway station the moment we arrived in Kandy the previous Monday morning. Only 3rd class seats were still available then for reservation but they turned out to be padded and comfortable for the six and a half hours it takes to cover the 163km journey. Superb.

Ella We had reserved (more by chance than design) a homestay out at Kithalella, along a fairly tortuous track to the west of Ella (but only 15 minutes walk without rucksacks). We had chosen well - the place was in a specular setting amongst the trees wirh a sensational view of Ella Gap, the couple who ran it were delightful, her breakfasts and dinners were superb and it was very reasonably priced. It just had two rooms opening on to a veranda area where you could sit in comfy chairs or at the table for meals, tea, etc. Wherever you were, there was the lovely view. Ella itself is nothing special but the scenery around it is spectacular. Also, being at over 1000 metres, the temperatures were re freshly cool.

Having arrived in the afternoon of the first day, we really just had two full days there. The first, we did the lovely walk up to Little Adam's Peak (on the Eastern side of Ella Gap) through the tea plantations, with spectacular views, and then walked along to the Newburgh Tea factory for the tour and tasting. (They only produce green tea - very tasty). The last day there was a Sunday so we decided to have a day of rest ... just walking into Ella for lunch and a bit of exercise. Then ... we had been told that a local lady did excellent massages so ... ... we both had one hour massages. Very pleasant and no pain!! It was the first time either of us have ever had a massage - but not the last!

We will certainly have very happy memories of our stay at Idyll Homestay.

Ella gap

Ella gap


Our train is the 0847 to Badulla

Our train is the 0847 to Badulla


Our train - Colombo to Badulla train

Our train - Colombo to Badulla train


View from train

View from train


Typical halt somewhere

Typical halt somewhere


3rd class seating - comfortable

3rd class seating - comfortable


Train seating with a view

Train seating with a view


View from train 1

View from train 1


Halt and old style signals

Halt and old style signals


View from train 2

View from train 2


View from train 3

View from train 3


View from train 4

View from train 4


View from train 5

View from train 5


Train - view of Adam's Peak

Train - view of Adam's Peak


View from train 6

View from train 6


View from train 7

View from train 7


View from train 8

View from train 8


View from train 9

View from train 9


View from train 10

View from train 10


Another halt - Ohiya?

Another halt - Ohiya?


Haputale Station

Haputale Station


View from train 11

View from train 11


Arrival in Ella

Arrival in Ella


Homestay1

Homestay1


Homestay2

Homestay2


Homestay3

Homestay3


Homestay4

Homestay4


homestay5

homestay5


Homestay6

Homestay6


Homestay7

Homestay7


Homestay8

Homestay8


Homestay - delicious veg. curry dinner

Homestay - delicious veg. curry dinner


Little Rowana Ella Falls

Little Rowana Ella Falls


Ella Rock

Ella Rock


Ella town

Ella town


Ella town 2

Ella town 2


Ella town 3

Ella town 3


Ella town towards Ella Rock

Ella town towards Ella Rock


Walk to Little Adam's Peak 1

Walk to Little Adam's Peak 1


Ella Rock 2

Ella Rock 2


Little Adam's Peak - view from top 1

Little Adam's Peak - view from top 1


Little Adam's Peak - view from top 2

Little Adam's Peak - view from top 2


Little Adam's Peak - view from top 3

Little Adam's Peak - view from top 3


Little Adam's Peak - view from top ?????

Little Adam's Peak - view from top ?????


Little Adam's Peak from tea plantation

Little Adam's Peak from tea plantation


Newburgh Tea Plantation from Little Adam's Peak

Newburgh Tea Plantation from Little Adam's Peak


Bringing the tea harvest in

Bringing the tea harvest in


Checking the quality of the tea leaves harvested

Checking the quality of the tea leaves harvested


Newburgh Tea Plantation and factory

Newburgh Tea Plantation and factory


Newburgh Tea Factory - different grades of tea

Newburgh Tea Factory - different grades of tea


Newbourg Tea factory degustation

Newbourg Tea factory degustation


chameleon?

chameleon?

Posted by Lindseyalan73 17:00 Archived in Sri Lanka

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