Heading for the Hills
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From Galle we headed to Ella. We got a bus from Galle to Matara where we changed buses. We were able to find a minibus going from there direct to Ella, in the highlands. It was a journey of several hours.
By the time we arrived in Ella the weather had taken a turn for the worse, and there was a torrential downpour. We got very wet searching for somewhere to stay in Ella, but eventually found a room for 500 rupees. There seemed to be a great variation in the prices that people were quoting us for essentially very similar rooms.
We only spent a couple of days in Ella. On one day we walked to the top of Little Adam's peak. which is one of the highest hills around Ella. From the top you get great views of the surrounding area. On the approach to the summit you pass through tea plantations. It made for a very pleasant walk, and the weather was fine and sunny.
Ella has a very peaceful atmosphere, due to its small size and hilltop location; the climate is more pleasant than the heat of the coast. It makes a great retreat, and I'd recommend a visit to anyone passing through the area.
We tried to book ourselves tickets for the observation car of the train which runs through the highlands from Ella to Kandy, but it was fully booked, so we had to settle for going second class. Even in second class we still got a good view of the highland scenery as we made our way to Kandy.