Exhibit A. Day time.
Here are some of the photos from when we climbed Adam's Peak. Check out that view (and those luminous trainers, which happen to be the comfiest footwear EVER).
We ate at three places in Ella. The first night we had pizza at a bar called Cafe Chill, as I'd become a tiny bit fed up of curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner at that point. The following day we had lunch in a place called Down Town Rotti Hut - I'd definitely recommend their kotu rotti, as it's absolutely delicious and like nothing I've ever tried - and that evening we ate in the hotel restaurant.
After a couple of days in Ella, we set out for Unawatuna on day six, stopping at Udawalawe national park en route. Udawalawe is renowned for its wild elephant population (as well as other animals like crocodiles, buffalo, lots of species of birds and monkeys). Our driver, Mahendra, called ahead to his friend who is a jeep safari driver / tour guide and managed to get us a private jeep for about £50. I read online that you have to be at the safari for either the morning slot (which starts pretty early) or the late afternoon slot - however in our case we just rocked up at midday and had our tour there and then. #Connections.
On our way to the safari, Mahendra warned that we might not see any animals at all as, apparently, that does occasionally happen. However we didn't have to worry as five minutes in we spotted a family of elephants with their tiny baby (disclaimer: it was tiny compared to them, not me). It was incredible to witness these wild animals in such close proximity. From there onwards, we saw a hella lot of elephants.
Here are some of the pics from Udawalawe. The tour took around three hours in total. If you go, I'd recommend wearing sun cream, anti-mosquito spray and taking a litre bottle of water as it's thirsty business.
If you have any questions about either Ella or Udawalawe, feel free to leave a comment below (or email / tweet me) and I'll try and respond! The next post is all about our stay in Unawatuna, which was a three hour drive from the national park. Stay tuned ;)
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