Nuwara Eliya was picturesque with English bungalows and cottages, manicured lawns, pristine lakes and horse riding. The interior were like an English country side with those cute Jersey cows grazing those green grass, milk diary where one could savor fresh cream and cheese...
Its nice to see the English bungalows preserved and functional as hotels and guest houses.
English period Post office, still functional
Says "A Handyside & Co.Ltd, Derby, England" Thats how old this post box grand pa is
Horton Plains; it was a velvety green carpet. I was excited; got out of the car, ran towards it and held the wired fence; only to be thrown back :) It was an electrical fence.
A nearly abandoned railway station.
On the way back from Horton plains; which was 35 kms from the town, the color of the sky changed from blue to pink to orange to crimson...Never seen such myriad colors on the sky ever before!!
A pristine lake
Finally this, the speck is the moon
A grazing ground for horses; front of the colonial hotel we stayed
The hotel; these sort of bungalows are converted to hotels now.
2 kms from the town is 'Seeta Eliya'. Tale says that Ravana kidnapped Sita and kept her here - the Ashoka vana. Its a small temple now with idols 1000 years old as per the priest.
Behind the temple was the forest and a stream/ The rocks had tiny pits. These ones are said to be Hanuman's feet :)
Incidentally, 3 kms further we came across another signboard which said is the true cave where Sita stayed. These 2 villages have debated about which one is the original one. Took a detour and had to climb 600+ steps to reach the cave. The path was weeded, the caves really didnt have any sign, no idols or temples..but the view from the top was nice; could see the hilly country of Nuwara Eliya and Ella
The narrow, slippery and weedy path to the cave
Inside the cave - tired and down
Devon falls on the way to Ella.
Ravana Eliya falls on the way to Ella. The water just falls on the road; nice sight to see.