Sri Lanka 2015 – second part
Our tour around Sri Lanka went on, we headed to Kandy where we spent the night in another breathtaking hotel, it surprised us both for its luxury and for the location. It was the Amayahills Hotel, it is set on a hill and from there we could enjoy a wonderful sunset; and in the meanwhile we were offered a very good cup of tea by some waiters dressed in local costumes. We had a shower, then a lovely buffet dinner, then we spend some time around the hotel terrace to watch the landscape.
The day after, the first visit was to a temple where Buddha’s Holy Tooth is kept. It is one of the things I liked more, in spite of the chaos and the huge crowd of people come to worship the relic.
We had a very good guide that, beside telling us the story of the temple, took care of us among the crowd, trying to take us in the best position to see everything. When we got near the relic, there were so many people that it was impossible to take good photos, but I loved the atmosphere very much!
Once the visit was over we allowed ourselves a little rest in a small cafè where Buddhi offered us a good expresso coffee, and then we went to visit the botanic garden.
It is really very large, unfortunately it was the hottest time of the day and we didn’t think we could take a golf cart not to walk so much! We saw quite a lot of beautiful things, but the top was certainly the Orchid House. It is a part of the garden exclusively devoted to orchids: there are every type and colours… it was difficult to go away!
We left Kandy and we enterd in the famous Ceylon tea plantations: we saw green bushes everywhere… and men and women with their baskets picking up tea leaves by hand! Buddhi took us to a tea factory for a visit and to show us how tea is produced. A very kind girl took us around explaining the whole process and in the end she took us to the shop. There we could taste a good cup of tea and we bought quite a lot of it, a very nice idea as a present for friends and relatives!
While approaching our hotel for the next night, we could see lots of water falls, and our hotel was just named Ramboda Falls. It is rather nice even if not particularly luxury, but the setting is lovely! After taking some photos of a red sunset, we had dinner with Buddhi (it had become a pleasant habit), then we went to sleep!
The morning after, we went to Nuwara Ellya, it was rather cold because this town is high above sea level so for the first time we had to wear a sweater.
We had a little shopping: we found a place that sold interesting clothes and we decided to buy them.
Early in the afternoon, we had to take a train that would take us to Ella, crossing forests and tea plantations! Buddhi had already bought our tickets, he would wait for us in Ella. The journey was rather long but we didn’t get bored, we saw a lot of wonderful things and took million photos! When we got to destnation, as we hadn’t had any lunch, Buddhi took us in a place where we had a very nice pizza. As we needed a shower, he took us to the hotel!
This time we were not so lucky… the Ella Gap Hotel is not so good, there were a lot of little problems that made it not so comfortable, even breakfast was not good, but for a single night it was ok. Moreover, Buddhi explained us that it was the best in town!
Yala National Park
So we got to the last stop of the tour! Our destination is Yala, a national park where in the afternoon we are having a game drive, we hope to see a leopard! We checked in at The Safari Hotel, in Tissamaharama, it is really beautiful, and there is a swimming pool, so we couldn’t resist and we had a bath before the game drive!
By our jeep, we entered the park, but I must confess we were a little disappointed because no leopard turned up, but on the whole we saw a lot of animals: monkeys, buffaloes, crocodiles, deers… after all it was a pleasant experience! At twilight we left the park and when we got back at the hotel, we got ready for the next day… Mirissa, we are coming!