Holiday in Sri Lanka. Part eight. The Beauty

98 acres Resort and Spa, Ella, Sri Lanka

This will be the last post about our road trip adventure across Sri Lanka. I feel a bit sad because these posts made me relive all the wonderful moments we had in this beautiful country. But I’m also happy that I can share my stories and travel experience with you guys. As Nelly Furtado’s song goes: “All good things come to an end”. But not just yet.

We left Glenloch tea plantation behind and headed towards Ramboda. Ramboda falls to be exact. And I was really looking forward to it because I have never seen a waterfall before. At least the one that is higher than two meters.

When you get there, minivan will take you downhill – to the restaurant from where you can walk to the Ramboda falls (109 m high). Since we were quite hungry by the time we reached this place, we decided to have a proper lunch first. Luckily restaurant wasn’t too crowded, and we managed to get a table with a great view:

Lion lager, Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

Lion lager, Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

And after I was done with food, I started walking to the waterfall. Keep in mind that the steps there are uneven and can be quite slippery, so be careful and watch your step! 150 meters… and there it is, beautiful Ramboda falls:

Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

Of course, picture doesn’t do it justice. So here is a video.

And waterfall is not the only thing worth seeing… the view is amazing, too!

Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

Ramboda falls, Ramboda, Sri Lanka

I’ve also made a video from it. You can check it here.

We didn’t have specific plan for that day. Everything was basically depending on the train schedule. If we were lucky, then we would take train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. If not, then we’d stay a night in Nuwara Eliya and go to Ella in the morning. We were lucky. Unfortunately. Why unfortunately? Well… when we were passing by Nuwara Eliya, my jaw dropped. It is a very nice town and I would love to spend not just one night there, but three-four… or maybe even whole week! Hill country is really special place! And if… no, not if but – when. When we come to Sri Lanka next time, we definitely gonna spend some time here.

Our driver helped us to buy 1st class tickets (as I mentioned earlier, it’s more like economy class for us – “western people”), explained which train we should take, wished us a pleasant journey and took off.

Nuwara Eliya train station, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya train station, Sri Lanka

To be honest I was a bit skeptical about the whole train idea. I didn’t quite understand what might be so exciting from the two-hour train trip. But believe it or not, it turned out to be one of the best things we have done in Sri Lanka. It was so much fun!

First of all, it’s a Hill country, which means that beautiful views are guaranteed.

Train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, Sri Lanka

Train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, Sri Lanka

Second of all, train that are used in Sri Lanka are from the colonial time, so it’s like a museum on the wheels. And thirdly, train tracks are going through the hills and when you look down from the window, you see that there is just enough room for those tracks and nothing else. It’s an incredibly long way down!

Train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, Sri Lanka

Train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, Sri Lanka

Train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, Sri Lanka

Train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, Sri Lanka

Train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, Sri Lanka

Train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, Sri Lanka

Every time I made photos or videos I was worried that my camera will slip from my hands and will have not so pleasant trip downhill. You’ll find a video here. I think next time I will not hide my emotions and you will hear everything what is on my mind. That way it will be easier to understand how excited I was during that trip.

If you were doubting whether to take a train trip or not… well, doubt no more! That’s a must! Trust me, you won’t regret it. At least I would happily do it again. And again, and again!

I am very grateful to Suren – our driver, since he was the one who suggested it to us. And if you are planning to come to Sri Lanka and hire a driver, I can totally recommend him to you. He’s a great guy and a great driver. He can offer trips for different budgets. And if you haven’t planned your journey, then he’ll help you to plan it and he’ll suggest you few options. He is flexible. And he speaks quite good English.

Suren - our driver, Sri Lanka

Suren – our driver, Sri Lanka

Here is his contact information:

S.S.K. Tours and Travel Cabs, Sri Lanka

S.S.K. Tours and Travel Cabs, Sri Lanka

* he is also actively using WhatsApp

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Next day Suren took us to Ella Gap waterfall:

Ella Gap waterfall, Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella Gap waterfall, Ella, Sri Lanka

It wasn’t as impressive as Ramboda falls but it was still worth visiting.

Other great stop was at 98 acres Resort & Spa:

98 acres Resort and Spa, Ella, Sri Lanka

98 acres Resort and Spa, Ella, Sri Lanka

If you wish to see Adam’s Peak but you (just like us) know that you are not made for uphill hiking that takes whole night… Then that’s a place for you! You know why? Because 98 acres has a mini Adam’s Peak, which in my humble opinion is as exciting and as beautiful as the original.

98 acres Resort and Spa, Ella, Sri Lanka

98 acres Resort and Spa, Ella, Sri Lanka

Oh, and it’s getting better! You can enjoy the magnificent view from their café, while drinking beer, tea or any other beverage.

Cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

Cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

Cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

Cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

We came here quite early and there were almost no people at all. And once again we managed to get the best seats available – on the terrace. And not just any terrace:

Cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

Cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

Text that’s written in smaller letters says: “This floor is made from discarded railway sleeper logs which are more than 100 years old. Therefore, the floor is uneven. These railway sleeper logs add architectural value and beauty to the property whilst assisting in saving felling of trees as it is reused. Please be careful whilst you and your children walk all times. Thank you.”

“Would you like to have a cup of tea, ma’am?”

“Oh yes, I would!”

Enjoying a cup of tea in cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

Enjoying a cup of tea in cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

I mean look at this view!

Cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

Cafe 98 acres, Ella, Sri Lanka

It’s more than just stunning, it’s breathtaking! I really don’t think I could ever get bored from it! I can also check it from the video I made.

You know… I have always been fascinated by architecture, by remarkable man-built structures – temples, churches, palaces, castles… but only recently I have realized that there is something much more incredible and extraordinary out there. Nature! And as soon as it hit me, I have finally started appreciating all the marvelous and spectacular things nature has to offer.

And looking at this magnificent vista I made up my mind – I will most definitely gonna visit Sri Lanka again. So, till next time, beauty!

To be continued…

 

Related blog posts:

Delights of Sri Lankan cuisine

Accommodation

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