The next stop on our journey from Tissa was Ella. We took the bus from outside the Elephant Camp Guesthouse to Tissa towncentre for 10 rupees each which took just a few minutes.  From the
bus station we caught a bus to Tanamalwila for 75 rupees each (approx 37p), this took about 1 hour. We then caught our second bus to Wellawaya for 60 rupees each (approx. 30p) which took about 1 and a half hours. These buses are quite tiring, but leave regularly.  There are a few buses that go direct to Ella from Tissa, but you need to check the times of these beforehand, they are bound for Kandy.

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Our final bus was from Wellawaya to Ella (signposted to Bandarawella) and cost 75 rupees each (approx. 37p).  This final stretch of the journey was beautiful along winding rounds with stunning views.

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When we arrived at Ella we were lucky enough to find a room a Chamboyda Homestay.  This is amazing accommodation. It has beautiful views across Ella Gap, is only a 5 to 10-minute walk to town along the train-line, has WiFi and includes a delicious breakfast.  We were welcomed with a lovely cold drink and enjoyed sitting absorbing the peaceful surroundings of the Hill Country.

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We were only spending one night in Ella so decided to make the most of our time in Ella with a walk to Little Adam’s Peak. There is a road from the town centre which you continue to walk along until you reach a hotel where there is a track through a tea plantation.

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The walk up is very pretty through the tea plantation and it only takes about 1 hour from town.  20160403_171710IMGP1624 c

The views from the top are beautiful. You can see the rolling hills and it is very peaceful.

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Once we arrived the mist rolled in which was a fascinating sight, but meant the view quickly disappeared!

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We then made our way to Adam’s Breeze, a small restaurant near the track for the walk. From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but don’t be fooled by appearances as it was some of the best food we ate on our trip.

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Once inside there are lovely views out of the back down the valley and it is framed by beautiful flowers.

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We enjoyed our first kottu’s of the trip, an egg and a cheese one which cost 400 rupees each, they were delicious!

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After our dinner we wandered back into town, it is quite busy in the evening and has a nice atmosphere.

The next morning we woke up at 6am to watch the sunrise from our veranda. It was worth the exhaustion.

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We then got up and walked along the train-line to the nearby waterfall which took us about 40 minutes. This walk was great fun, seeing all of the local people walking to school and work along the track and enjoying the views and the cooler weather.

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Once we returned to Chamboyda we had breakfast at 8am of delicious egg hoppers, pancakes, toast, jam and tea, all rounded off with incredible views!

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Chamboyda was a great place to stay, the host is lovely and their daughter, who the accommodation is named after, is delightful!

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We were sad to leave this place, but the train to Hapatule was calling…

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