The plan was to take a scenic train ride across the hills to a quaint town called “Ella” (even the name sounds appropriate). Boarding the train in Colombo we were informed of a derailment (due to heavy rains) and in time realised that Ella just wasn’t going to happen…

So, we got out at the end of the line at a town in the centre of tea growing country – Nuwara Eliya. Maybe this town didn’t have quite the reputation or cute name of Ella, but it grew on us and by day two the rain had cleared and we explored tea factories and plantations that line the hills throughout the area.

The town itself had a slightly eccentric charm – dotted with colonial villas and lovely European style parks, a lasting reminder of colonial settlement.

And then, a local bus to Kandy, the second largest city in Sri Lanka… An experience in itself!