|Looking down the Ella Gap at the road we drove up and down to our guesthouse|
|Ella Rock from the top of the Ella gap|
Adam's Peak itself, some 50km to the west may be only the 4th highest mountain in Sri Lanka but it is certainly the most photogenic. The conical shape of Little Adam’s Peak sitting on the valley wall was, maybe, reminiscent of its much larger namesake.
|Through the manicured tea bushes towards Little Adam's Peak|
A little further along, at the base of the protuberance, a set of concrete steps led up the nose of the hill. We thought we should climb them, but some more tea pickers – the next gang along the hillside - shook their heads, indicating that we should continue along the level path.
|Looking over the Ella Gap from Little Adam's Peak|
|Looking towards Ella, Little Adam's Peak|
|The descent, looking down on the hotel which so nearly was swept into the valley in the rainy season|
[It would appear to be a British invention, first brewed in the 17th century in Yorkshire - where ginger grows not at all.]
|We passed tea pickers taking their full sacks back to the factory|
line that had brought us into the highlands a few days before.
|Railway tunnel, Demodara|
|Lynne and the Nine Arches Bridge, Demodara|
|I start to walk back with Ravi and our young guide|
We returned to Ella and the Café Chill where Lynne went for a cheese and tomato sandwich and a portion of chips. I was not much more local in my choice of chicken and noodles, but the noodles arrived with vegetable curry and an apology that they had run out of chicken - such are the hazards of late lunches.
|Ella 'High Street'|
After eating we took a more lengthy walk round Ella attempting to find some reason why the writer of the Rough Guide had described it as 'like an English village'. We spotted a small restaurant advertising 'fish and chips', but that apart we found little or nothing to justify the comment.
Part 5: Dambulla and on to Kandy
Part 6: Kandy and Around
Part 7: By Train to Nuwara Eliya
Part 12: Kataragama and the Yala National Park
Part 13: Through Hambantota to Mirissa
Part 14: Galle, Fish and a Fort
Part 15: Colombo, National Day and a Full Moon