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A day in Ella

Ella rock,tea factory and waterfall

90_DSC_0644.jpg270_DSC_0648.jpgDSC_0659.jpgDSC_0650.jpgWe had an early start at 7am today,which was perfect for a clear sky hike to the top of Ella rock. Along the way we met a local farmer with machete in hand and anti snake venom in a metal cap around his neck, at which point I was quite happy for him to become our guide. He pointed out snake hideouts and other various things of interest along the way. It was hard work, hot and steep; not that you'd know the way the farmer effortlessly glided up the mountain. The views were spectacular (I don't think the photos do it justice). Because it was so clear you could see all the way out to the coast. Amazing.
270_DSC_0674.jpgDSC_0682.jpg90_DSC_0683.jpgDSC_0689.jpgWe were back down in Ella centre by 11am,which meant that we'd got plenty of the day left to fill. We decided to go to a local tea plantation, Halpewatte tea factory. We had a full guided tour around the working factory, but unfortunately there was no photography allowed so we can't show you any photos of the locals hard at work to bring you your cuppa to you guys back home. It was fascinating and well worth the visit. We decided our favourite is black pekoe Ceylon. We would have loved to buy some but we can't carry lots of souvenirs around with us for the whole of our trip.
90_DSC_0706.jpg270_DSC_0696.jpgAfter a brief rest for some lunch we headed down to the waterfall. Unfortunately we got off the bus too early, however fortunately for us met a local boy that showed us to our very own private waterfall with shallow pool. I needed a LOT of help reaching it, he helped me to clamber up some rocks in flimsy flip flops, but I made IG in the end with only a couple of hairy moments.

Just sat on our balcony watching the sun go down over the gorgeous Ella gap. It really has been a full fun packed day.


P.S. Lunch today consisted of an amazing kotthu rotti and yet again a honey and buffalo curd pudding with pineapple. Delicious.

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Tissa to Ella

The best Sri Lankan curry

Ourlarge_IMG_20140604_054008.jpg90_DSC_0612.jpgDSC_0611.jpg day has been spent on the local buses,which is always good fun. We've had to negotiate three buses,each with their own crazy driver,blaring music and cheeky school children. The kids stare,giggle and smile and this time tried out their English; "what is your name?" "Hello" and "goodbye". All good fun and we arrived safely in one piece.
DSC_0615.jpgDSC_0628.jpgDSC_0624.jpgWe are staying at Rawana Hotel in Ella,based on our friends',Lib and Jack; recommendation. And so far so good. We have had an amazing fruit,curd and honey snack from the small street shop and then had a delicious Sri Lankan curry at our hotel. I'm not quite sure what the dishes were but it included sweet aubergine, dhal, curry squash & potato, spiced green beans, chilli spinach, coconut sambol, garlic curry (that was my fav!) and rice & poppadoms. Most of my entries will include a food update.

Anyway,off to bed as we've got an early start for our hike up Ella rock.


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