. This arvo I'm off with a sextet of peeps from my guesthouse on an elephant safari before heading south to Nawara Eliya and Hapatale for a few days trekking in the mountains -- or at least thats the plan!
Well thats two out of three -- this morning I wandered out from Ella into the surrounding hills to check out little Adams peak (as opposed to big Adams Peak which may well be attempted later on in the trip) through tea plantations and Tamil villages --the Tamils were imported by the Brits to work the plantations. The weather is at least cool and wet as opposed to warm and wet! It took three days in Pollonaruwa for my bag to start to get mildewed -- not good... The elephant safari was successful so now my EQ (Elephant Quotient) is up by 15 or so wild Indian elephants though only viewed from a distance -- Yesterdays trip from Pollonaruwa to Ella took all day -- not my favourite way to spend a day but it saved a days travelling -- plus we got to make photo stops were required so we saw peacocks and waterfalls on the way. Wildlife fantastic -- Tracey youd love it! Birds and butterflies, lizards and mongooses...mongeese -- whatever and the flora is astonishing. Sri Lanka is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet and it shows. Peace and hairgrease.
Apologies for those who have asked for photys. Sadly Captain Brainless here decided to forget the vital camera-compuer linky-cably thing so no can do I'm afraid. Youll have to wait until I get back to be bored visually.Made it as far as Pollonaruwa -- the third of Sri Lankas capitals to be honured by my presence -- the first being Colombo and the second Anuradhapura. Pollonaruwa was abandoned aqround 1200 AD for reasons we dont know -- it was quickly reclaimed by the forest and is still being excavated -- what this means is lots of rich red terracotta and vived green moss -- all very photogenic! The ruins of the once great city are inhabited now by gibbons and flutterbys, mongeese/mongooses and lizards. The great tank -- really an inland sea can be viewed from by bedroom door. Its a nice days cycle - were it not for the frequent heavy downpours -- it soon dries off though -- or at least is absorbed into the humid air. No real sign of trouble -- the policemen at the checkpoints are smiling kids, selfconcious and shy (yes Ma I am keeping my eyes open though) Its a lovelt laidback little place and much more managable than Anuradhapura which is very spread out and much more active in that the sites are still venerated