Our journey to Ella
Off we went around the winding roads of Sri Lanka towards Nuwara Eliya where we were doing the iconic train journey for 2 hours to Ella our next destination. We stopped off at some scenic spots, including the Devon Waterfall!
Christy, our driver, sorted out our tickets which was great and although there were no first class (seats and really cheap!) touts were selling them on the platform so we did get them in the end. Just meant it was cooler, less crowded and we could sit down when we wanted to.
And who did we bump into as we walked onto the train - our faves The Brophys!!!!! We knew they were on route to Ella but had no contact with them about trains and things, and especially not the same carriage!
The journey was amazing! The views were vast, varied and the colours of the landscape were so vivd. The old train was rickety and did not go very fast, you could sit with your legs out of the doors and people were clambering on and off every now and then.
Our driver met us the other end and there were so many backpackers and tourists, for the first time this trip we felt like we were in a place which was full of people!!
Our accommodation was set up into the hill and was a lovely little cottage (1 of 4) in a quiet area with beautiful views: Lavendra Paradise. The breakfast was great and there was so much food... and only a 10minute walk into the main area with the restaurants and shops of Ella.
We headed into Ella to Cafe Chill which was a great place over 3 different floors. The top one has beanbags and surprisingly a chilled vibe. There was a good selection of food and drinks...