Sri Lanka – Day 11 :: Nuwari Eliya

By | 01/04/2016

The train journey from Kandy to Nanu Oya is supposed to be one of the best, it’s just a shame we couldn’t reserve an observational carriage.  It’s just over 3 1/2 hours from what I can tell and I have a funny feeling I’ll sleep for most of it.  This’ll be due to the Philharmonic Dog Orchestra barking out their rendition of god knows what in bark major at 3:30am.  It went on for hours and thanks to me being a light sleeper I was awake for the whole performance, including encore!  They finally ceased at 5:45 at which point I was wide awake and decided to jump in the shower. 

It had nothing to do with the Amaara Sky hotel we were staying at as it was easily a mile away but so load and so many dogs I’d have hated for it to be hapennign on my doorstep.

Departure time is 11:10 and hopefully I’ll be able to upload some pics of the train journey also.

OK, so the train journey was good, 2nd class and standing room only for 2 hours due to an organised trip of Sri Lankans filling up the carriages.  The last 2 hours were painfully slow although we did have a seat, but by this time we were all starting to get a little… sweaty shall we say!

The next group to exit the train were the guys climbing Adam’s Peak.  We got speaking to a French couple who were getting off at Hatton and starting out at 2:00 am to start the climb.  We saw them the following day in Nuwari Eliya and they showed us the pictures, the sunrise looking beautiful.

They were telling us a few tales from the climb including how there are women wearing flip-flops carrying children up the mountain side and how it’s only really single file and you have old ladies not allowing any of the youngsters to pass by sticking their elbows out when trying to get by.  As if there is that much pride to be had by letting someone 35 years younger than you climb on through! 

It takes around 2.5 (very quick) to 4 (slow pace) to get to the peak, and when you do it’s busy! There are a lot of people and once the sun has come up they all have the same thought, to scramble as quick as they can to the bottom.  Let’s say the mad rush makes for some comedy, albeit with the same elbows out, inappropriate footwear and human luggage style chaos you can only expect by defending a mountain.