We headed off from Colombo on the early morning train to Kandy. Off to the beautiful, lush hill country! The scenery was gorgeous! A breath of fresh air in more ways than one. It was amazing to see all the tea fields, plantations and vegetable gardens in the red soil. Even at the highest point we got up to of 6560 feet. The views were stunning as we winded along the highways. Part of it we travelled in a tuktuk. 3 of us, with our bags, I thought it was a crazy idea but it turned out to be a lot of fun and we could see the scenery really well from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. There were some waterfalls along the road and others plummeting at a distance. We saw how quickly the waterways fill up getting caught in a major downpour – thankfully we were travelling in a van by then!
While in Kandy, we visited the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.
Bible Rock is the flat topped mountain in the hazey background.
The air temperature changed drastically when we reached Nuwara Eliya, we only spent a few hours before heading on to Balangoda to visit special friends.
Sri Lanka is one of the highest tea producing and exporting countries in the world. It was neat to see huge tea estates, tea pickers out in the fields and we toured a couple tea factories. Seeing the whole process from wilting, rolling, drying, sifting, color separating to bagging.
Can’t beat a home cooked meal, especially when prepared by the great hosts in this home!
Once again there was beautiful scenery travelling to Kataragama, near the gates of Yala National Park. Less traffic, no longer English on many signs and rice paddies when we were out of the hill country.
I have one more blog post to come next week of our travels in Sri Lanka!