Feb 22 - Ella

Breakfast was at 0700, followed by a short drive to the Pedro Tea Estate. Established in 1885, this is a working tea plantation that has tours thru its factory and serves a cuppa also. Our guide was very informative, answering our many questions succinctly. Of note is that the machinery is original, from 1885, of Scottish manufacture, and in good working order (with an occasional over-haul), almost 120 years old! The valleys of Nuwara Eliya are beautiful, full of tea, and probably not much changed from 100 years ago. After a cuppa, our driver took us to the train station where we took the train to Ella. The train was late (what a surprise...), but the ride from Nanu Oya to Ella is really picturesque, with new vistas around every corner. We stood up for most of the 3 hour ride, arriving at our hotel after 4 PM. Dinner was at the Dream Cafe and we walked the main street of Ella for a bit before retiring for the evening. We all feel a bit beat up, having been on the go for long enough to feel we want to rest our bodies for a couple of days here in Ella.
Pic: The views from the train in the highlands were fantastic.

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