Day 16 - Nuwara Eliya to Yala (Sri Lanka)
Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
141Trip End Aug 17, 2013
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The scenery in the hill region is staggering, so green and beautiful. We have a couple of photo stops but our first main stop is at a hotel with a lovely view in Ella. There is a great grass area for Dylan to run free after a few hours in the van. He has become fascinated with his shadow so he runs in and out of the shade losing then finding his shadow. Another game involves Rich pretending to be asleep and Dylan tiptoeing up to him then shouting "boo", and repeat, and repeat .......
Whilst we are waiting for our take away sandwiches, a crowd is gathering on the balcony of one of the rooms. We go to investigate and find a mini cobra snake.
Next stop is just down the road at a waterfall called Rawana Ella. We take a sleepy Taya out of the van in her carseat and immediately the crowds form- no exaggeration, they love her!! Dylan wants to explore closer to the waterfall so heads down a flight of steps. Despite a warning not to go any further, he runs full pelt across a flat area covered in mud. He does a spectacular skid on his feet before landing squelch in the mud. Is he too young for us to say "we told you so?" Luckily Dylan finds it funny along with the crowd. Edward finds a bucket of water and we strip Dylan down next to the road for an alfresco bath.
A further couple of hours on the road and we arrive at Priyankara Hotel in Yala, our home for the night. It's a lovely looking hotel, nice cold flannels on arrival, and the welcome drink is cucumber and mint. Dylan is not so taken with this green concoction. No time to explore we have a 30 minute turn around time including a feed for Taya before our jeep arrives to take us on safari in Yala National Park.
The jeep arrives, and the guide looks panicked as to how we are going to get into it
Late dinner for the boys on return to the hotel and late to bed for the little people. Hoping for a later rise in the morning - clearly wishful thinking. Dinner for the grown ups and a couple of lion beers. Good times.