Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Today we were both very excited as we were getting the train from Kandy to Nanu Oya train station (about 6km from Nuwara Eliya where our hostel was). The trains offered first, second and third class tickets. We were told that any hopes of getting a first or second class reserved ticket was hopeless as they can be purchased 30 days in advance. Instead we opted to turn up an hour before and hope for the best! Luckily we were able to purchase a second class unreserved ticket. As the train pulled in we soon plonked ourselves on the first seats we met eyes with. The rest of the journey was full of stunning scenery as we made our way through the rural hillsides of Sri Lanka. It must be emphasised however that the toilets were slightly basic, the best part was watching the faces of those entering the toilet (mainly women in this instance), and realising what they had to deal with.
After arriving in Nanu Oya station we caught a taxi back to our hostel in Nuwara Eliya. We got talking to the taxi man about our plans of seeing the Horton Plains the next day, he offered us a reasonable price of 3500 rupees (£15.77) to take us to Horton Plains, the tea plantation and Nuwara Eliya waterfall (about 8 hours for the whole trip). As well as paying entry to Horton Plains and the tea plantation, this would make for quite a pricey day, however prices were the same even for a Tuk Tuk, so we thought we’d just go for it! Pick up was arranged for 5.30 in the morning so an early night was a must!
After checking into our hostel we walked about 2.5km into the city centre of Nuwara Eliya. As we were walking down through the hills it made for a fantastic scenic walk! One thing we noticed about the city was the British ascetics that were left behind by the British colony back in the mid 19th century, this meant there were roads and features with English names, red post boxes, and even a horse race track!
When we got into the city, we made our way to a small local restaurant, here they served a variety of Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan and Western food...obviously we opted for chicken burgers with chips! At this point we have begun to notice the split prices between meals for locals and tourists. For the same meal we paid 450 rupees for (around £2), the locals would pay £0.36!
Moving on, we walked by the race tracks and Gregory lake. As far as things to do, there wasn’t that much going on in the city! Later we walked back to our hostel and called it an end to the day.