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Sri Lanka 2013 : Train to Nuwara Eliya

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Clear blue skies welcomed us the next morning as we prepared to catch the 9:24am train to Nanu Oya; the closest station to Nuwara Eliya. After a quick breakfast of string hoppers, we made our way to the Ella train station which was about a 10 minute walk. We were travelling by the Podi Menike train which are the new Chinese-built 'Blue trains' that have better suspensions which translates into a more comfortable ride. The 1st class cabins are air conditioned and have cleaner toilets though the windows don't open wide. Most of my time was spent hanging out of the door which gave me uninhabited views...

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Sri Lanka 2013 : Stunning Ella

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There's one tip I'm glad I picked up before our trip to Sri Lanka which was to wake up early for a trek in the mountains. Clouds tend to roll in at around 9am so it's recommended to get to all those points with breathtaking views before that. Also since we were travelling in the month of August-September, it tends to get quite warm so an early start is highly recommended. We picked Ella with the idea of trekking around for a couple of days if not more thanks to its more or less centralized position to plenty of interesting places. It’s also seemed like a quieter place to be in. After reworking...

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Sri Lanka 2013 : Drive to Ella

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With the wedding behind us, we made our way into the heart of the Sri Lankan hill country. Our first of two stops was a little town called Ella known for its mountain treks and plantations. Since we started our journey from Mount Lavinia that lies in south Colombo, we ended up taking a route we hadn't initially planned for. Instead of taking the Badulla road that ran along the Colombo-Badulla train track, we took the Colombo to Ratnapura route. Having taken the alternative route, we got an opportunity to see more of the country since we'd planned to take the train back which would take us through...

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