Highlights: Scenic Train Trip, ‘Little England’ Nuwara Eliya
Today saw a significant change in climate as we climbed to one of the highest towns in Sri Lanka. The temperature dropped to a chilly 22 degrees with no significant humidity.
Before we left Kandy earlier in the day we visited a local gem merchant which provided a video outlining how gems are mined with minimal equipment in this labour intensive, and even dangerous, industry. The items looked great but outside my price range unless I was trying to impress someone special.
We then left the bus and entered the central train station which seemed very old fashioned. As Sri Lanka has some linked history with India I was expecting a similar train travelling experience but I was entirely wrong. The only similar part is if you wanted to you could stand in the open door way at the end of the carriage and lean out, several people sat down with their legs dangling outside the train watching the stunning landscape outside (video).After a peaceful train trip we arrived a few kilometres from our destination of Nuwara Eliya, also known as Little England. The town itself definitely had an England feel, the weather was milder, most of the buildings were in an English style, there was a golf course and a horse racing track.
Additionally you had in the small pubs serving English breakfast and pints with people wearing gloves (it wasn’t that cold!) you would think we had left England. On top of this we stayed at the Grand Hotel which lived up to its name with billiards room, team rooms and fireplaces!
This was a different view of this marvellous country.