Breakfast at 8 o’clock in the morning and then directly to the train station. The most exciting part of the tour through Sri Lanka for me! We arrived on time, about 9 am at the station and went to the ticket counter. There were more people waiting in the queue the we thought and Kosala came up with the idea of going ahead of all people to the front. He left Sarah alone there and the other people get angry with her but 5 minutes later we had 7 first class tickets from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in our hands. About 1100 Rupees (7-8 Swiss francs) had we to pay for all together. When we wanted to enter the train we realized that we got betrayed and the sold us second class tickets! So we entered the train at 9:25 AM and got some nice seats.
The engines started with a lot of noise and our 3.5 hours journey through the heart of Sri Lanka began. The train was mixed with locals and tourist people with a ratio of about 4:1. The doors were open all the way what had some benefits: fresh air, entering the train faster and from both sides and the most important: sitting there with the legs outside the train to enjoy the amazing landscape!
All 5-10 minutes there were people walking by who sold different kind of foods like samosa, peanuts, mango and so on. So we enjoyed some mangos with spicy salt and samosas. After crossing fields of tea, pine woods, small cities and lots of mountains we arrived at Peradeniya station just some kilometers outside of Kandy where Sumit was waiting for us with the bus. And I lost my first thing on the trip: my pullover is probably still in the train.
On our way to Sigiriya we stopped first at a tea factory where they explained us about all the different kind of tea and we visited the factory and saw all the steps of the process from fresh tea leafs to the finished dry tea.
Next stop was at a spicy garden near Dambula were we got an introduction to the natural medicine and got some massage. Ok, I’ve been in a spicy garden lots of times before but still it’s interesting and the “free” massage is really nice. And at the end we went to get a diagnosis from the chef there what was really funny what he found out in just 5 minutes!
Half an hour later we finally arrived at our hotel “Eden garden” in the city of Sigiriya. The pool was still open and we enjoyed the fresh cold water before having some beers before going to sleep early because we had to get up at 5 o’clock in the morning the next day for Safari. We tried our best but ended up drinking some mor beer and finally opened our bottle of smooth Macallan Whisky! Prost!