We reached Ella, 1041 meters above sea level, on a late Sunday afternoon and we didn’t leave until the following Friday afternon. We just fell in love with those miraculous mountains, them fine curved hills filled with tea-plantations and the wonderful, mystic vibes. We met such great people, both local and travellers. More travellers than we’ve met during the whole trip actually! Such beautiful souls, all of them. You know those kind of people that it almost seems like you’ve met before, somewhere, somehow, cause you just connect and understand each other on such a deep level.
We spent many afternoons and long nights on the rooftop of our local friends new-opened cafe ~ One Love Cafe ~ talking about everything between the earth and the universe, exchanging travelstories and sharing beers around the bonfire (on the rooftop yeah!). Such an amazing place, you won’t wanna miss if you go to Ella!
We climbed up the mountains of the ‘little Adam’s Peak’ and the view was just exceptional, it felt unreal to be there!
We stayed on this rock for hours. It was such a special atmosphere and feeling of being there on the top!
On the way down from the mountains we literally randomly walked into Sam and Teesta, our friends that we’ve met in the South and travelled to Sinharaja Rain Forest with. Haha I really love it when it happens! When we said goodbye in the South 10 days before we were sure that we’d meet again one day, just not that quick, haha! So lucky us got to spend some more quality time with them as well, on another rock, looking out over Little Adams Peak and Ella Rock!
We also drove around hills for miles and found this beautiful old bridge!
We could probably have stayed and explored Ella for weeks, but after those beautiful five days we felt that we wanted to keep going, in direction: north. We stopped by in Nuwara Eliya, or little ‘England’ as they call it, even higher up in the mountains of central Sri Lanka. We had heard that you can explore the rainforest on the backs of horses there, but we got strongly disappointed.. the only horse-riding around happened on the damn street! I got so sad and upset inside of me, seeing such thin and mostly mistreated horses being used by those cruel men, and I could never ever support that! I felt sick when I saw fat tourists on way too small ponnies! That kind of destroyed the town for me, sure the landscape around was beautiful and there were smiling people like everywhere in this land of smiles, but it is really a rip off. You cannot even enjoy the park in front of the beautiful lake, or the big park in town, without paying entrance fees! Sure not a high fee but still, why in hell would I have to pay to spend time in Mother Nature?!
At least the road up to Nuwara Eliya (2000 m above sea level) was stunning!
So we continued to Kandy, a big city a little bit further north. We enjoyed a walk around a beautiful lake and inside of some temples, but it was raining, and city vibes, so our hearts told us to continue going north. The north part of Sri Lanka always enchanted us, I don’t know why but probably because it is much more wild.. And so far it has blown our minds. We have visited another two World Heritage sites, the Lion Rock Sigiriya, and the ancient temples and ruins of Anuradhapura. I think that this post will be way too long if I share all content from these maagical places, so I’ll have wait to show it to you guys! Now I’m gonna enjoy a cup of tea with my love, and start packing our (little but all spread out, ha!) stuff, because early tomorrow morning we’ll hit the road again, with destination: Jaffna! The very north.. just the sound of the name gives me butterflies in my stomach. This will be an adventure!
Check back soon! Xxx