Rice and curry in Sri Lanka is a completely unique experience compared to the food of other countries. The food in Sri Lanka in general is flavoursome and delicious but still one of the most simple foods I’ve had anywhere. Sri Lankan rice and curry is a perfect example of that.
When the train finally got in to the station at Ella, we knew we now had to find somewhere to stay. We needn’t have worried about choices for accommodation though, as we were completely bombarded as we left the station. Touts, tuk tuk drivers and people offering rooms all wanted a piece of the action.
Dodging trains, shuffling through dank, dark tunnels, getting dragged into the track manager’s office and being ambushed by snarling dogs… These are only a few things that happened on our hike from Pattipola to Haputale in Sri Lanka’s hill country. Even so, this was one of my absolute favourite days in Sri Lanka.
Ever wondered where that little packet of dust we call a teabag comes from? We think of tea as very ENGLISH. But is it really? Lipton’s tea actually comes from Sri Lanka. And when I was in Sri Lanka I had the pleasure of visiting Sir Thomas Lipton’s Dambatenne Tea Factory as well as hiking […]
By the time we got to Haputale we were ready to stay somewhere nice. Not that our previous accommodations in Sri Lanka hadn’t been nice. But Leisure Mount View in Haputale was really in another league.
Hey guys, what’s up? Sorry for the recent neglect! I assure you it is not from lack of love, but purely busy-ness, what with finishing up work for the season and then taking a few amazing trips in Spain… But let’s backtrack there a bit; I’ll tell you about those things all in good time.
There are plenty of places to stay in Dalhousie, where most visitors base themselves for hiking Adam’s Peak. None of them are particularly good value so I suppose that Punsisi Rest is just as good as any. Punsisi Rest was centrally located in Dalhousie and was reasonably comfortable for one night.
On our way down from Adam’s Peak we were seduced by aromas from the breakfast delights that the stalls and tea huts were cooking up. We didn’t want to stop and eat though, as we were desperate for a shower and now that it was well after sunrise, the day was getting hotter by the second.
When I was planning this trip to Sri Lanka I wasn’t sure about Adam’s Peak. I had read that it was HARD and frankly, I didn’t know if I could hack it. I discussed it with Toni and he suggested we give it a go.
When Toni and I arrived in Dalhousie, Sri Lanka we had two priorities: find somewhere to stay, then eat. We’d had an early start from Kandy and a terrifying bus journey through the hills from Hatton to Dalhousie and now we needed food.
We were almost at the top. We’d walked a gruelling 4 hours. Our legs were shaking from the exertion of climbing 5,500 steps. We were shivering from our own sweat-soaked clothes that had turned freezing cold after we’d stopped at the Last Chance Cafe
It’s a tricky one that; how to get from Kandy to Dalhousie. And that’s for two reasons: There is another much bigger and more popular Dalhousie in India, which comes up in every internet search. Dalhousie in Sri Lanka is tiny and, despite being the gateway to Adam’s Peak, is little-known.
Kandy If you have been to Sri Lanka you will know that buying train tickets for reserved seats is quite complicated as they go like hot-cakes. The only way you are going to manage to buy the type of train ticket you want, with reserved seating, is if you are super organised
I was only in Kandy for a couple of days. But it was a couple of days so hot that Toni and I had to stop A LOT for refreshments. Meaning that we got to experience Kandy’s best and worst eateries.
Did we get got? Were we had? Was it a genuine moment? Was it a scam? Or will we never know? I had read about the Kandy dances when I was researching the trip to Sri Lanka and it seemed that watching them was simply the thing to do in Kandy.