Nuwara Eliya

Sri Lanka 2013 : The Last Day

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After an elaborate complimentary breakfast at the Jetwing St.Andrews, we got picked up by our go-to driver Rudan (0777528518) to give us a short tour around Nuwara Eliya before we caught our train to Colombo from Nanu Oya. We let him decide the itinerary with a 5 hour deadline. He picked the PBC (Peradeniya, Badulla, Chenkalady) A5 highway that took us to the Ramboda valley. The Ramboda valley is gorgeous. Waterfalls, tea plantations, streams... would make an interesting trek. The Ramboda falls is the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It consists of three section with the middle section...

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Sri Lanka 2013 : Nuwara Eliya

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Unlike Ella, Nuwara Eliya isn't a small village but a town that serves as a tourist hub for a lot of people who come to Sri Lanka. Prices are exorbitant in comparison, you get hassled by plenty of beggars (a first in Sri Lanka for us) and visiting the town at night feels awkward thanks to all those men clambering over at the local alcohol stores. So with such an influx of tourists, you'd expect the town to be up to scratch to meet those needs. Quite the opposite with the food being disappointing, the hotels were so-so and local rickshaws were a rip-off. We had booked our two night stay at a small...

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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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