I left Hellabeem to go to Weligama, which would turn out to be a long bus ride. I took a bus from Weligama to Matare, from Matare to Welawaya (bus to Monaragala) and from Welawaya to Bandarawella. By the time I got to Bandarawella it was getting risky to still travel to Nuwara Eliya, as I might not find a guest house there anymore.
Instead I walked down the streets in Bandarawella and booked a room in one of the first sleezy guest houses there. The rooms were dirty, so I got the price down, but for one night it was doable and I needed a place to crash. I went out to a local shop/vendor to buy some local food, and went back to sleep. The next day I took a bus to Welimada, and from Welimada to Nuwara Eliya.
In Nuwara Eliya there was a man who was spotting for tourists and he was asking if I was looking for a hostel. He didn’t look sleezy, so I said yes and he brought me to one of the nicest hostels I’ve been to in Sri Lanka. Hellabeem had the best accomodations, but this place “ChezAllen” was also pretty good. It was a new building, with very comfortable rooms with hot water. A room with a nice view cost 1500 rupees. Of course, there are the added costs of food and drinks, and I took a tour to the tea factories and waterfalls which is 3000 rupees (wouldn’t do that again, sort of overrated), and today I wanted to see Hatton/World’s End. I heard from several people in other places that it was really beautiful, so yeah, why not check it out? The price tag was 4000 rupees, we went there early in the morning with a lot of rain and fog. I didn’t mind the rain and fog at all, but when I had to buy yet another ticket for 3310 rupees again I was fed up with it. The guide should have mentioned it beforehand and I would have said no. There were some other tourists there and they were also quite disappointed by these kind of added costs. I said I wasn’t going to do it, and went back. Not much of an amazing view with all the fog anyway.
I got back, checked my e-mail, and now I am typing this post. In a few hours I will leave for Kandy again and after that, Dambulla and onwards… Indonesia is getting close 🙂