It continues to rain, so we have left the coast and headed for the hills. Quite literally.
A taxi from Arugam Bay to Ella and in the midst of the misty tea plantations we found a little home from home at Chamodya Homestay. Unfortunately there are only three rooms there and it is very popular so we could only stay for one night but it was a very welcome break from the sand and the rats who had become our unwelcome squatters in our beach front paradise!!?
From there we took the 11am train this morning from Ella to Nanuoya for the lofty, Nuwara Eliya. At 1890 metres above sea level it's pretty chilly and I'm glad I brought a jumper. Mikes rather rashly jettisoned his only jumper on arrival in Bentota so is now as I type walking into town in the hope of buying a fleece.
The train is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world and it lived up to its reputation. We paid 1000lk which is around 5GBP for the 3 hr journey in the 1st class observation car, which sits right at the rear of the train with large windows facing out behind to admire the view.
Photos will follow, when I can find somewhere to upload my camera SD card. Up until now, all the photos have been from Mikey's phone of Jessica's small unbreakable camera, but as Mikey's phone has now gone the same way as Mikey's sunglasses and Jessica's bag (left in a taxi and lost) we await some from the big camera.
We are now holed up in King Fern Cottage, in a room with a trapdoor to get in! Staying here for two nights before we embark on the train journey to Kandy.
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