Sri Lanka 2017 Trip – Haputale to Kandy

November to December

Haputale

We went for a long walk this morning . . .
Tea estates all around the heights, including the famed Sir Thomas Lipton’s.

Hoorelli! Good news, the train is running again. The station is only 100m away and we have booked two 1st class tickets (about AUD12) to Kandy, a 5 hour ride. 2nd class (about AUD6) was full and for 5 hours we didn’t want 3rd class.

Haputale

We are quite fond of little Haputale. Our hotel is in the classic style – spacious rooms, lots of wood and great bathroom fixtures.

Kandy

“Kandy Kandy Kandy, don’t let me down —–”
Ooooh, I do like a good tune.

Our not so luxurious train took us through stunning, mountainous and hilly forest and tea plantation territory where we scanned the resident workers’ many villages and tea factories. I had no idea of the extent or scale of this product’s planting. It appears to compare to Spain’s grape and olive plantings.

We should have travelled 3rd class – and will next time. The 1st class aircon wasn’t even necessary (this time of the year).

Kandy is a pretty big city but we like it already. Rachel scored us a modern small hotel close to everything (AUD32) We’ll hole up here for few days before going to Dambulla, then Sigiriya.

Haputale to Kandy

Batty sir?

Kandy and enjoying it – but it is another reminder that THE AUTOMOBILE, AS A MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION, MUST BE REPLACED. It is killing towns and cities with congestion and pollution. Not just here where it smacks you in the face (it is getting like Delhi, where the Sri Lankan cricket team stopped play because of the air pollution level) but all over the world and, you should/will understand, there is a daily exponential increase in its use. Hard to photograph effectively!!

On sunset hundreds of those huge fruit bats set out across the sky while, curiously, in the exact opposite direction flocks of herons, crows and pigeons fly home to roost – no collisions were reported this evening ??. Also hard to photograph effectively!

The mezzuin’s prayer is intoned across the evening air in a soothing, lulling monotone and competes with the Buddhist’s perhaps more rhythmic chant from their nearby temple.

Dambulla by bus tomorrow.

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Sri Lanka November to December 2017

We had a wonderful experience in Sri Lanka. Started from Negombo on the west side, headed south and hugged the coast stopping at Hikkaduwa, Galle, Weligama, and Marissa until we reached Aragum Bay on the east. From there we cut inland to Wellawaya, then onwards to Haputale. Moving forward we headed north to Kandy, then further north to Dambulla and Anuradhapura.

Negombo Highlights

Avenra Beach, Hikkaduwa

The (2004) Tsunami coast (which includes Galle).

They lost some 40,000 people in that one disaster. We spoke with a young fisherman in Negombo who told us some have predicted another big one for December 31st this year. That sort of information can keep you awake at night. We’re really enjoying this place (having begun to acclimatise to the high humidity and heat). Some really romantic, picturesque beaches, food we love and affordable everything. After exploring Galle and the surrounding areas we’ll head ‘up-country’. Ooh, the tea is great too.

Our luggage for a month

Our baggage for the 28 days – and still we won’t use it all?

MORE TO COME