Ella was amazing! The sceneries were stunning. We stayed in a mountain resort opposite Little Adams Peak with tea plantations all around us and the views were amazing. One of the days we stayed there we decided to climb the peak. They said it was an easy climb, and they were right -ish. There were stairs all the way up, so you just had to walk the steps. But it was pretty hard going. It didn’t take us long and it was magical when you got up to the top.
Ella is a backpacker’s town with lots of café’s and restaurants, it was also livelier and busier than the places we have been to before. Cool place though. From where we stayed you could watch the people picking tea leaves all day long and carry them on their back. It is a hard job but a job for life.
We are in Yala now which is a National park. It has been two great days here and we started off yesterday afternoon by going into the park with a jeep and a guide to spot some animals. There are approx..40 leopards living in the park and we manage not only to see two yesterday but one of them walked right in front of our car! It was incredible. The second one was asleep in a tree and still amazing to see.
We also saw wild boar, deer, ducks, crocodiles, mongoose, a jackal that was hunting the deer and that was so cool to see. We also saw hares, pelicans, storks, kingfishers, hornbills, peacocks, water buffaloes, a dung beetle (yes that was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen for real) and a few more birds that I don’t know the name of.
Today we left for the park at 5.30 in the morning to be there when the animals woke up and we managed to see one more leopard and also an elephant! There aren’t many of them in the park and they are not out to be seen often but we saw one up close today and we also saw two far away, but they were gone when we got there.
I have heard a lot of bad things about Yala, but we had a great driver that didn’t chase the animals, he gave them their space. A lot of the other drivers didn’t. He also went his own way rather than go where everyone else was. And he didn’t mind stopping to look at a dung beetle or a hare rather than only find leopards. So, I recommend going there but do it over two days tour rather than one day.
We came back to our hotel at 11 and have had the rest of the day to relax. Most of that time we have spent playing in the pool.