Monthly Archives: March 2015
Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawa is 142km and a huge descent but we were delayed and frustrated by 45km of construction works, with no alternative path. So we began at over 1800m at 6.30am, stunning views, ‘stoked’ as Sarah would say, but dusty and tired by lunchtime after climbing back up to 1400m. The afternoon was … Continue reading
Plenty of climbing to reach Ella, a scruffy hilltop village surrounded by tea plantations and spectacular views. We planned to stay for just one night, then catch the scenic train towards Nuwara Eliya but we were charmed by the landscape, cooler temperatures and the warm friendly people. Loved the train journey: it seems madness to … Continue reading
For 300 years Polonnaruwa was royal capital of first the Chola and then Sinhalese Kingdoms. It’s young compared to Anuradhapura, almost 1,000 years old, so more complete. From its remains, I can imagine I am walking along a thriving market street, I can see the Buddhist and Hindu temples where the pious prayed, very evocative!!
Sigira plug is all that remains of an ancient, extinct volcano. From AD477-495 it was a King’s palace and garden, then abandoned and re-inhabited until its final occupants, monks, left in C14th. Ruins were discovered and excavated from 1898. We arrived early and were impressed: peaceful water gardens, and commanding views of a forested landscape. … Continue reading
Some of the hottest cycling we have ever experienced! Still into wind, the breeze cooling my sweat, a mixture of sweat and suncream stinging my eyes!!! But it is wonderful. So many birds, clouds of butterflies, pretty scenery, and quite empty! We were surprised to see homes made of mud! And some big distances between … Continue reading