Sri Lanka (Nuwara Eliya)

An initial trekking plan to Jiaming lake ended up to Sri Lanka instead, thanks to the SANL meetup group, which organised this Adam’s Peak trek in Sri Lanka. I was fortunate to have travel mates who planned the itineraries for our trip extension too 🙂

SL Map

Our route: Colombo -> Nuwara Eliya -> Tissamaharama (Yala National Park) -> Galle -> Negombo -> Polonnaruwa -> Kandy -> Adam’s Peak -> Colombo

We reached Colombo around 12 midnight, and checked in Cityrest Fort to have a few hours of rest.

Our hotel is only 10 mins walk to the train station. We managed to reach the Colombo Fort Train Station in time to buy our train tickets and take the 5.55am (yawn~) train to Nuwara Eliya.

Surprisingly, the train was not as crowded as we thought.

The train reached Kandy at about 9am and suddenly moved backwards… we thought we are going back to Colombo! We quickly asked around in the train, and were glad we were on the right track to the tea plantations.. phew~

Some friendly locals we met, and interesting train stations that went past.

Soon, we started seeing greeneries from the train windows (remember to sit on the right side of the train). The tea plantations views meaning we are near to our destination yeah!

Finally we reached Nanu-Oya station at about 12.50pm, after a 7-hour train ride!

The first and the most important thing then was to have our lunch, and Remarko was the chosen one. Our first taste of Sri Lanka food = salty!

And then it was time to check out the tea plantations. The driver whom we engaged at the train station drove us around the Nuwara Eliya estate.

As suggested by the driver, we had a short trek cutting through tea plantations. Soon, we became quite irritated by this driver, who kept asking us for more tips, cos of the extra services he provided by bringing us around and helping us to take photos.

The Mackwoods Labookellie tea estate gained its popularity due to Prince Charles visit in 2013. We did a factory tour here to understand how tea leaves are processed.

The driver insisted the Blue Field tea factory is a better place to purchase tea, and so we did, and had a cup of tea here might as well.

We visited a few waterfalls along the way. The driver wanted to bring us to see 5 waterfalls, but we weren’t really interested.

Instead, we were more interested to go for an English high tea at the Grand Hotel. And this set only cost us SGD 10 per pax… definitely worth ditching our driver to go for it!

We took a tuk tuk (the driver was earlier asked to leave cos he kept asking for extra $$) to Villa Acacia, our accommodation for the night. We were the only guests there, and hence we managed to bargain for a bigger room with no extra cost 🙂

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