Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Hills of Nuwaraeliya

Two of my friends and I decided to take a much deserved break from the daily grind, so we took a road trip to Nuwaraeliya over the last weekend. It’s so refreshing to get away Colombo and to at least spend a couple of days without the smog, dust, dirt and the noise.

We started off at around 5.30. The original time of departure was around 3.00 am but no one got up at that time :D. Since we stayed the night at RC’s place in Wattala, we decided to take the Kandy route. Fortunately due to a navigational error we ended up going to Hatton from Gampola and going through that route. I call it fortunate because we were planning to come back through that route, but the return journey was in the nighttime and we would have missed a lot of the scenery and great photo ops. It worked out for the best anyway. So after taking the longer scenic route, we finally made it to Nuwaraeliya around 2.00pm. Spent rest of the day wandering around the town and taking some photos. Sunday went to Horton Plains and did the whole runaround.

One thing I’m proud of is that this is the first fully sober trip I’ve been since leaving school. Thanks to the other two, who are civilized, respectable people, who don’t drink…he he :D. Otherwise would never have managed the whole Horton Plains route.

No matter how many times I go there I always love going to Nuwaraeliya. Not just the town, but the whole route itself. Reminds one how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country. Truly a paradise island like none other in the world.

Anyway, enjoy the photos. You can see more of them in our officially unofficial photographer Harshadewa’s Flikr page.

More Pics here

Cheers!

St Clair's Falls
© 2007 Harshadewa

Bakers Falls
© 2007 Harshadewa

Brrr... Someone Gimme a Coat
© 2007 Harshadewa

A view of the town

© 2007 Harshadewa

7 comments:

Mia said...

Oh how beautiful is this!
Thank you for the visual trip. I haven’t been to NE for yonks.

Anonymous said...

Wow they are beautiful pictures. Wish I was in SL to check out these places! U r lucky.

Leiselb said...

I'm trying not to hate you right now....these pictures are so beautiful I want to cry....

Lady divine said...

so you had a great trip too.. good to know.. and lovely pics by the way..:-) Makes me wanna go there...

Azrael said...

Mia - Your most Welcome!

Anon - Yep we are lucky. You should definitely visit someday...

Leisel - he he...All I can say is, try to visit us sometime...
BTW our photographer said to say thanks!

Lady Divine - Yeah had a blast...

Lady divine said...

you've been tagged

Leiselb said...

Well I looked at your photographer's flickr page and now I'm depressed again for myself (trapped in this office world) but happy for you....

And I'm glad you're a bibliophile. Just my kind of person.