The hill country was given this name for a good reason, the roads are so windy with constant hairpin bends being common place.
We were going down one particular steep road, ziz zazzing from one side of the mountain to the other, when I noticed a small boy running down the banks between each level of road, waiting for us & waving with flowers.
It clicked that he obviously wanted us to buy the flowers. So we gave him some money for his efforts & told him to give the flowers to his mother. The poor boy then had to walk all the way back to the top!
Somewhere in the center of Nuwara Eliya - Negombo road we found a place named Katulgala.
There was a small mountain cold water river.
The hardness level was 3 out of 6, as I remember.
We had about 2 heart beating moments while our rafting.. but everything was passed nice and we were happy!
30 minutes of pleasure for 3000 rupees only! :)
When you are going to Nuwara Eliya you should visit a te plantation - in fact it's quite impossible not to visit one. You'll be driving through tea plantations for hours and at some point i'm pretty sure you'll desire to stop for a little while. Even if you don't want to visit a facory, wander around by the side of the road to sea tea pickers at work - it's definitely not an everyday's sight.
In the Hill Country there are a few tea plantations open to the Public, areas of viewing are quite restricted. If you have not been to one before its very interesting. Also you have the opportunity to buy their tea, Plus many have pleasant cafes if you fancy a break.
As mentioned in the intro, there are many waterfalls in this area, with very British sounding names.
This one is Devon Falls which drops 318 feet. It was unbelieveable to fly for 12 hours over thousands of miles to Asia & find a waterfall with the name of the county I live in!
We stopped next to a rubber plantation, a chap who worked there gave is a quick demonstration on how latex is taken from the trees. As you can see the bark is cut in a sloping direction so the rubber can run out. Then it is then collected in coconut shells.
Our driver made a stop at the Mackwoods Tea Centre, so that we could see the tea making process and buy some products (as my husband is a big tea drinker!).
Mackwoods was founded in 1841 by Captain William Mackwood, a British ship's Captain and manages 27,000 acres of tea and rubber plantations today.
We were taken on a short tour of the tea factory where some of the different processes were explained and shown to us. We then tasted one of their best teas at the small cafe, before heading to the shop to buy some items, which were very reasonably priced.
There are some great views of the tea plantations from the outside terrace and I would definitely recommend a stop here.
Another beautiful waterfall, this one is called St Claires, this is the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka with a drop of 265 feet.
We also came across another waterfall called Somerset Falls. It was such a lovely sight to see these waterfalls cascading through the tea and rubber plantations.
Unfortunately the photo has not come out well,(if you enlarge it it helps) but all over the tea growing areas, you can see in the distance colourful moving dots.
Get closer you can see they are women picking tea.
Tea worker inside the plantation factory, it was quite noisy in this room. This is one of the few areas you are allowed to visit of the tea factory. I am not sure why they are quite so secretive!
Mandaram Nuwara is a beautiful little village situated in the foot hills in Piduruthalagala Mountains in Walapane in Nuwara Eliya District.
There are several beautiful waterfalls of Kabaragala Falls, Kolapothana Ella.
There's no train station in Nuwera Eliya. You have to catch the 9:30 am train from Nanu Oya which is around 8 kms from here. When I took it, there were only third class wooden coaches ie hard seats, stinky toilet and in poor state of repair. It's dirt cheap though and you get a fine view of the Sri Lankan highlands especially around the Horton plain.
The train stops at all stations and it sometimes wait around 15 minutes at bigger towns. It took around 3.5 hours to Ella station. Ella is a very nice place to walk around with beautiful sceneries.
To get back to Nuwera Eliya, you need to make your way to Badulla by bus and then catch another bus to Nuwera Eliya. There are hardly any buses that will directly take you back to Nuwera Eliya from Ella. You may have to wait for a train from Ella to Nano Oya, if any at all! The bus ride from Badulla could be crowded and you may end up standing up which is not easy in zigzag roads. Buses in Sri Lanka are old ramshackle Ashok Leylands and have screechy brakes.
A pleasant and cheap day trip, but make sure you get a seat on your way back by bus.
A very nice waterfall can be seen on the way to Nuwara Eliya ( Ramboda Waterfalls). there is a famous hotel there called ( Ramboda falls hotel). Actually to reach the waterfalls, you need to go through the hotel down till you reach the water
The Hakgala Botanical Gardens – approx. 9.6km from Nuwara Eilya – are much smaller in scale than the Peradeniya Gardens near Kandy and rather mope wild and unkempt. However, those aspects give the gardens a ramshackle charm and we spent a very pleasant couple of hours strolling around looking at the flowers and plants – the gardens are particularly known for their roses - to the accompaniment of the breeze rustling the treetops. There is also a small troop of monkeys keeping a wary eye on you as you wander!
Just 30 km from hatton you will see most amazing water falls like devon and st.clairs .
In this pic i am sitting in front of devon falls, it falls 318 feet deep. less then half a kilometer there is another beautifull fall and then there is st.clairs fall also nearby.
Isnt it amazing 3 spectacular water falls within a kilometer range ?