Thursday, February 27, 2014

Walking in Ella

2014 February, The Long Trip - Sri Lanka - Ella

Distances in Sri Lanka aren't big. The country is well connected by buses. Unfortunately, the roads are still narrow and drivers are not as good as you might expect. Buses usually stop almost every 5 minutes to take another passenger on board so 30 km long journey might take up to 2 hours, 200 km long trip is a day one :-)
If you get on the bus at the first stop you have a seat but after 5th kilometer the bus is full.
Ella offers many walks around the town apart of visiting tea plantations. I went to Ella Rock. The route started at the railway station. I followed the railway track for 2 km towards Bandarawela. After passing a black bridge I turned left, crossed another small bridge I turned right and climbed up through a tea plantation. One local man guided me and warned me about snakes:-) A lot of foreigners had a local guide. The view from the rock was amazing and it was worth walking for almost 2 hours.


Sri Lanka truck

Train tickets

In the Morning

Let's start the walk

Tuk tuk

An old tuk tuk

Cool spot - a place for a break

Rice plantation


On the top

Local bus

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Elephants in Uda Walawe NP

2014 February, The Long Trip - Uda Walawe National Park, part II

The best time to visit the Uda Walawe National Park is early morning from 6 am or the afternoon, after 3 pm. I visited it both times. It is hard to say which one was better. The only thing I'm sure about is that it was definitely worth going twice. Each time I had a good opportunity to see elephants and other animals.

Enjoy my photos as I enjoyed my time there:-)

Enjoying my time on safari

On the road

Bath time for elephants


Sand shower

Baby elephant

Drinking water

Wedding photo session

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