Sri Lanka – The Hill Country

I thought I’d bring you a third helping of Sri Lanka today, so to speak. These are a few of the photographs that we took when we went up into the hill country for a few days.

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First up, a view of Ella Rock taken across the tea gardens.

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Next, a view of the charming Lizzie Villa, our home for a few days. It is set in beautiful gardens, and run by our equally charming hostess, Mrs Lizzie. For the first day or so, we had good weather – rather humid and a little cloudy, but pleasant enough. But then the heavy rain arrived, and our walk from the road to the villa became an adventure in trying to avoid the leeches that magically appeared from every leaf and twig.

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During one of the breaks in the weather, we walked to Little Adam’s Peak which is approximately an hour and a half’s walk from Ella to the top. On the way back, we stopped in this lovely flower-covered cafe for some late refreshments.

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Tamil tea pickers in a tea garden near Nuwara Eliya. Most tea pickers in Sri lanka are still Tamils, descendants of those brought from India by the British over a hundred years ago to work in the tea gardens.

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A farmstead in the jungle near Haputale.

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Hillside jungle near Ella.

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Finally, the rather quaint railway station at Ella, which was unfortunately closed due to landslips on the line when we wanted to get the train back down to Kandy. We had left the cottage early, and a taxi had dropped us off here. But when it was apparent that the line was closed, the taxi driver very kindly loaded us back into his taxi, drove us to a bus stop and explained which bus we should get, where we should go, and what bus to take from there to Kandy. And would he let us pay him? No, he wouldn’t. Small, unexpected, kindnesses again.

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34 thoughts on “Sri Lanka – The Hill Country

  1. I teach about the culture, economy and government of Sri Lanka. Nothing compares to having the authentic experiences of being in a country to really understand the beauty of it all. Thanks for sharing your pics. πŸ™‚

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  2. I hadn’t realized that Sri Lanka was so pretty! But I have to admit that I’m a bit put off by the mention of leeches…sort of like giant ticks, which I also can’t stand. Does bug repellent work, or do you just have to make sure you avoid them? I’ve never actually seen a leech.

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    1. Oh, where to start? Small earthworms with attitude…attracted to the warmth of your body…anti-coagulant and pain-killer in their bite so you don’t know you’re bitten and they just slurp up your blood…I’m not selling them to you, am I?

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  3. Mick lovely pictures. Yes we had been to Sri Lanka last year and to say it is a beautiful place. People there also are very good. Adam’s peak is the one we didn’t go otherwise we had been to Nuwaraliya and kandy and few other places also. πŸ‘πŸΌ

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  4. Hi, Fab blog! I have just set up mine, but still in the very early stages – a few months old. Just making efforts to link in with fellow bloggers to improve our followers and get the word out there for us both. I would appreciate you having a peek at my blog, as I have published several posts. Feel free to like, comment, follow or just take a peek. Thank you πŸ™‚

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