Tea is off course the main attraction of The Hill Country. The tea plantations are very beautiful. We stopped for photos, and accidently met a manager of the nearby tea plantation. It was great to get information on how the tea industry works in Sri Lanka (once again another very friendly Sri Lankan). He spoke excellent English and answered all the questions I had with a smile. I also had the chance to visit a tea factory, where I was showed what happens as the leaves arrive at the factorry, untill it is in big bags ready to be sold (wholesale).
Around Ella, we also saw a sign "Thank you for NOT vistiting - visitors not welcome". It belonged to a foreign tea company.
This Japanese Peace Pagoda is built on a hill overlooking the Bandarawela area. There is a Japanese Buddhist Temple which is beautifully decorated inside. There is an old Japanese monk, who will open the temple for you. He is very friendly, and showed us the origami he does, before blessing us.
After a day of exploring we went for a ice cold Lion Beer at Bandarawela Rest House (not Guest House).
It is a lovely place, with beautiful views.
Whilst there, I took a look at the rooms, and it seems like a nice budget place to stay.
Ella is a small village close to Bandarawela. The main street is lined with restaurants and small shops. All around Ella are beautiful views.
There are many tea plantations, although not all welcome visitors, you will find some where you can walk around and explore.
I visited Ella after my visit to the Dowa Temple. It is a beautiful drive along the tea plantations.
During the morning, it was very misty and cool, which made it even more beautiful.
The Dowa Temple is about 6km east of Bandarawela on the Badulla Road. There is a big Buddha statue carved out of the rock. The temple is quite old and worth visiting. I was shown around by a young monk, who spoke very good English.
One get the feelings of peace and tranquillity when visiting this Temple.
I went there with a 3-wheeler and is a short and pleasant trip.