Cargils Food City!: Shop for less
Its a Mini Super market, which has all your basic facilities. From toiletries to sausages & apples! Everything you need on a day to day basis.
1. Lunch (Rice & Curry)
2. All general food items.
And a million other stuff I cannot put down !! - duh !!
What to buy: Warm clothes! - I didn't get any warm clothes since I live 361 days in Colombo! - And I seek the comfort of the freezing hills :-)
I'm on a tight budget! Hence I go for the best available stuff. Anyways, its all price marked, so no fuss...
The nearby markets behind Cargils will probably have everything you need. Anyways, my favorite is fried fish which comes to mind :-). For just 2$ you should get a good deal on fish (should last 2 days / 2 people)... The vegetables are quite cheap as well. You might be able to get some potatoes for about 1$ which might last for 3 days.
Beware of the weird vendors! - They might as well entice you to buy something as ridiculous as a dead cat.
What to pay: Normally, I would spend around 20$ for a days supply of food for 2 people.
Example (for 2 people):
Snacks During The Day (Sausages/Soup/Snacks) - 5$
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Tea Plantation: Tea of Course!
Most of the tea plantations & certainly the ones open to the public have shops where you can by their tea.
What to buy: I dont actually drink tea, but you just have to buy a box of tea if you are in a Tea Plantation ! (~_~)
What to pay: It is not expensive
in any tea factory: buy tea - obviously
Eny tea factory has an adjoining bar/shop where you can sip a cup of tea and then buy some tea to bring home. You'll find several types and qualities of tea, but after having visited the factory you'll know which one to get. One funny detail: the really nice packages and baskets contain the lowest quality tea and sells for a high price, while the best quality tea comes in simple wrapping at a very low price. Yet you'll be amazed at how many peopel still go for the fancy wrapping
What to buy: tea - of all sorts - and tea products
What to pay: 6 dollars for 1 kilo of top quality tea - more for one kilo of lower quality (yes, nonsense, I know)
In the back of a lorry.
What to buy: If you came unprepared for the fresh temperatures in the hills then you may want to consider doing what those tourists did. Buy some warm clothes donated in Europe or similar. I took the pic because I found it hilarious:-))
Dont forget to buy the tea when visiting the tea factory and take my word for it,its really good only wished id bought lots more,i bought tea sold in packs of ten which were a really good price.
Because its much cooler in Nuwara Eliya,you will find all the shops sell winter clothes,you can get jumpers fleeces at bargain prices,there is also a market selling these as well.
Toblerone & Cie
What to pay: If you can't be without chocolate then there is plenty of it available. Near the covered market in the main street opp. post office (sort of)
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