From Negombo to the Roof of Sri Lanka
Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
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White House Guest House
Travelling through Sri Lanka so far reminds us of something Karl Pilkington once said:"There's just so much to see it makes your mind tired", which is certainly true. Even though we were 9 hours on a bus and had no idea where we were going at times, we had the best time!
The White House Guest House was lovely and much cleaner/friendlier than Beach Villa, with our own deck area, table and chairs. Arriving in Delhousie in the dark meant that we couldn't see the surrounding landscape. As it was our plan to get up at 2am to climb Adam's Peak for sunrise, we had an early night after sharing some Arrack whisky, little grilled fish with chapati and chilli paste with the owner of the Guest House, Namar.
A small group of us gathered outside the Guest House at 2am. It is pilgrimage season and the paths are lit up to the top of the mountain. Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) is a holy mountain and although it isn't the tallest in Sri Lanka, it is the most impressive. Consisting of over 5000 steps, the round trip is 14km with many pilgrims making the journey. On the way up, there are little stalls offering tea and biscuits.
3 hours later, tired and exhausted, we reach the top of Adam's Peak. We sit on the steps of the temple to watch the sunrise at 6am. There is a religious ceremony of live music and chanting at sunrise as light spreads across the Hill Country, revealing our surroundings in daylight for the first time
It took us a further 2 hours to get back to the Guest House, where we were presented with a Sri Lankan breakfast that consisted of chapati, dahl, toast, onion chilli mixture and coconut rice with a sweet date filling. Very nice! We had a fun, lazy morning eating breakfast in the sunshine watching humming birds and chipmunks play around us. We then fell asleep for 5 hours due to the early start and jet lag.
We woke up and went for a walk with fellow backpackers Ricky and Brook through the Tea Fields. Met some interesting locals including several leeches! Went for a beer at River View Wathsala Inn, that had amazing views of Sri Pada and the valley of Delhousie. For dinner we ate boiled vegetables with chips and chicken devil curry with rice.Ricky and Brook joined us.
We make the decision to travel to Nuwara Eliya to spend a couple of days including a visit to Horton Plains National Park and World's End.
Total Day 1 24 quid
Total Day 2 26 quid.