Nuwara Eliya is high up in the hills and has an abundance of tea plantations that covers the entire region in lush greenery. ‘Little England’ is the city’s nickname as it shares similarities with the climate back home being very wet with a cool climate. We visited Pedro tea factory which was a particular highlight for us, being the only two people on a private tour of the grounds. It was really interesting and informative to hear about the various stages of manufacturing and meeting with workers in the factory. At the end of the tour we were invited to taste a selection of tea varying in flavour and strength and with the entire experience costing only ₹250 each we couldn’t help but try them all!
We visited Unawatuna when planning to head south from Colombo to Galle, just to pass time before our flight to India. After arriving in Galle quite quickly by train we soon realised we wanted to find a more peaceful beach side and went to Camp Kush. It was a brilliant choice to stay there as the owner Bushy was really welcoming and showed us around his acers of land. We had free range to use his boats and paddled through the mangroves before venturing through the forest area home to wild monkeys and lots of mud crabs! There were two sleeping options to choose from; dorm type rooms with a lounge and bathroom (very homely) or outdoor huts made from bamboo and palm leaves. We instantly fell in love with the quirky huts and had three really comfortable nights there and although we stayed in the quiet season it was still a very sociable place to meet other travelers and relax. It was where we spent some time with our new friends Vince and Gellie from the Philippines who we briefly met in Colombo.
Cost (Early June) ₹2,000 per night for 2 people, including unlimited tea and breakfast!