Trip Start Dec 16, 2011
10Trip End Jan 01, 2012
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The weather is rainy and sadly a little miserable, much like I imagine the UK is currently but it's marginally warmer here.
After overcoming the initial shock and trying to make the best of it we settled into our rather damp hotel for a home cooked rice and curry meal which certainly made things a little more bearable.
The rice and curry option should not be missed - so far wherever I've ordered this I have been treated to a feast of popadums, rice and a selection of local curries
I have no idea why we are here now (!), probably something to do with a rush decision to determine an itinerary which was along the same lines as the tour we had originally tried to book. Searching the guidebook came up with little more than tea factoriesand we needed to decide the plan for the next few days, so after a decent nights sleep, and feeling a lot better we ventured into town.
Walking the 3km's down to the centre in the rain was actually quite refreshing as it was reasonably warm and there was no sign of tourists.
The town offers a market with numerous stalls selling knock off branded clothing at a fraction of the price back home, it seems almost worth faking it, even if the Gortex substitutes are not as good as the real thing.
I refrained from purchasing anything as our next destination promises a warmer climate and I already have far more warm clothing than I probably need.
This afternoon we hired a driver to take us to one of the many tea factories in the area and despite the rain I really enjoyed whiling away the time drinking tea and eating chocolate cake :)
Labookellie is owned by the famous (although I've never heard of it?) Mackwoods. The best thing about the factory tour is that it's free and so is the tea you can sit and drink afterwards, so yeah paying a mere 60 Rupees for the chocolate cake is totally worth it.
I bought some tea (of course!) and then we went back to town to brave negotiations with the driver to escort us southwards over the next 3 days. We eventually negotiated a acceptable price for transportation and then arranged a safari in Yala National Park and our accommodation back up to Kandy where we are staying over Christmas.
I feel a little more positive about things now that we have a plan in place...
Added later: however, check back tomorrow to see if it really went as planned!?