05 Sep 2014

Sri Lanka: Highlands by gofargetlost

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The bus gently manoeuvred through the many bends going uphill, the scenery outside my window unravels into rolling hills, verdant tea plantations and deep forested ravines. I have arrived in tea country. The cool air is a welcome change from the heat of the lowlands. My ride was meant to go to Badulla but I took the wrong one and had to change buses a couple of times to get there. I didn't mind though because I enjoyed looking at the view while the bus slowly made it's way in through the dangerous twisty roads. Badulla was quite a busy city. There's better places to be around these parts. After checking out the nearby waterfalls, I decided to spend the night Ella, 30kms away from Badulla.

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Went for a trip to Badulla's major attraction - Dunhinda Falls. I had to take a bus 5km north of the city and then walk 2km from the main road to the falls. Paid the tourist price of 200 when the locals only pay 1 rupee. Seriously. Well as long as the money goes into conservation of the waterfalls then it's all good. The brownish water coming out from the top is caused by the recent rainfall. This place is more of a local tourist spot as droves of Sri Lankan families came here today and with me being the only foreigner around, I got a lot of attention.