Cold rain, hot tea
In Ella we already adjusted to a bit more chilly temperatures, it is situated over 1 kilometer above sealevel. In Nuwara Eliya we had ascended another kilometer and it was plain cold.
The original plan of taking the train to Kandy was replaced by catching the bus, when it turned out tourists can only buy first class tickets for commercial rates at the trainstation. The bus took us to Bandarawela, unfortunately the direct bus to Kandy was not driving that day, so we got on the bus to Nuwara Eliya. Because our time of arrival in Kandy was getting late now, we decided to stay in Nuwara Eliya.
We found such a nice (but damp, of course), cottage where they ignited the woodstove ad soon as the downpour broke loose. Not quite used to this coldness yet, we got under the big, warm blanket on the bed and spent the rest of the day there, listening to the bubbling stream beside our window.
In the morning the sun conquered the rain briefly, so we grabbed our chance and walked an impressive road through teaplantations with smiling ladies picking tea and showing us what they use their sticks for (to mark out which part they're working on). Besides tea, a lot of vegetables are cultivated on the terraces on the hills, from lettuce to cauliflower.
Climbing towards the waterfall, our middle son mentioned they still hadn't seen a snake yet and of course, moments later, a small brown snake slid in front of us. Even more remarkable was the reaction of our oldest son, who imagined himself to be Steve Irwin (or Freek, our Dutch wildlife lover), he knelt down and tried to grab it! He reluctantly swore to never ever do that again, after we insisted.
The waterfall is called Lover's Leap, not as dramatic an experience as its name implies, but rather astounding nonetheless. On our way back we took in the view of Sri Lanka's tallest mountain and we were back in King Fern Cottages before the beastly weather broke loose. A very pleasant afternoon followed, spent at the big table near the woodstove, making schoolwork, reading, drawing and writing.