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Ella City Scanner 002

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Country: Sri Lanka
City: Ella
Camera: Sony A7II and Ricoh GR
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH

I spent two days in Ella in total. Originally planned to visit Lipton seats and other places near Ella, but due to the heavy rain, I stayed in town and revisited the Nine Arches Bridge and walked around the local suburb.

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lady-same-train-to-ella-from-nuwara-eliya-vibrant-colour-school-break-finish-sku-local-shops-chatting-togetherStudents are standing in front of stores near hostel
packed-train-from-nuwara-eliya-on-board-old-train-sri-lankaTrain full of people travelling to Ella
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local-store-owner-helping-her-take-picture-of-her-cat-portrait
baby-cat-with-snacks-ella-sri-lanka-local-snack-storeTook pictures for the store owner with her baby cat (Sony A7II with Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)
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snack-shop-stop-by-under-rain-and-bought-a-bottle-of-cola-but-not-cold-too-bad-ella-sri-lanka
pepsi-logo-slogan-driver-and-poster-ella-town-center-street-snap-rainy-sri-lankaPepsi driver with big poster (All images with Sony A7II, Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)

 

After having a late lunch in the restaurant, weather was bad and started raining again. So I quickly rushed to the Nine Arches Bridge. Luckily the train was delayed and I got myself a seat and chat with other visitors and wait for the train to arrive.

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waiting-for-the-train-pass-through-nine-arch-bridge-famous-attraction-ella-sri-lankaTop view of Nine Arches Bridge, Raining (left) After Rain (right). Taken with Ricoh GR
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nine-arch-bridge-train-crossing-the-place-under-rain-long-wait-delay-ella-sri-lankaTrain passing through the bridge (Taken with Ricoh GR)
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happy-kid-trying-not-to-let-us-leave-in-snack-shop-ella-sri-lanka
school-children-finish-walk-under-rain-to-home-muddy-road-heavy-rain-ella-sri-lankaChildren were walking back home under rain (Taken with Ricoh GR)
kind-man-let-me-stay-there-until-rain-stop-garage-car-repairer-ella-sri-lanka-2
kind-man-let-me-stay-there-until-rain-stop-garage-car-repairer-ella-sri-lankaVery kind man letting me stay in the shades under heavy rain (Taken with Ricoh GR)
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I went back to hostel earlier than usual. Spent some time alone and had dinner with other backpackers. The dinner was delicious and prepared by our hostel owner. The next day I headed to Tissamaharama for Safari and cycling around the city.

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tuktuk-passing-me-alone-in-tea-plantation-wet-heavy-fog-ella-sri-lanka
walking-alone-back-hostel-before-heavy-thunderstorm-misty-mist-mysterious-scary-black-and-whitekind of pooky when there is no sunshine and under heavy rain (Taken with Ricoh GR)

Ella City Scanner 001

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Country: Sri Lanka
City: Ella
Camera: Sony A7II and Ricoh GR
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH

Took nearly 4 hours train from Nuwara Eliya with other backpackers. After 20 minutes bus ride from station, walked all the way up to the tea plantation. I was quite surprise that I am going to spend the next three days in a tea plantation hostal – 1964 Boutique Hostel. The owner and his father are so nice and kind to me, especially the owner is a chef who worked in local hotel before!

tea-planation-view-from-train-to-ella-sri-lanka-slopes-curvesTea plantation view from train taken with Ricoh GR (left and right)
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Ella-Hostel-Family-Cat-Arrive-Welcome-Tree-Sri-LankaOwner’s kitten in 1964 Boutique Hostel
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Walked all the way from hostel to Nine Arches Bridge. So waited for an hour and decided to go down and walk along the track and wait for the train to come. Then walk back to Ella station for 3km distance.

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steve-new-met-backpacker-spent-day-together-walking-train-track-rail-ella-sri-lankaMet David another backpacker travelling alone in Ella and who is also interested in taking pictures together
Ella-nine-arch-bridge-scenic-attraction-tourist-walking-train-track-trail-sri-lanka-arrived-passing-through
Ella-nine-arch-bridge-scenic-attraction-tourist-walking-train-track-trail-sri-lanka-4Walked all the way from hostel to Nine-Arch-Bridge (All taken with Sony A7iii with Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)
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On the next day morning the owner showed me around his tea plantation. The view is different from those in Little Adam’s Peak. You can feel how people live in this place and it is 5km away from town center.

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1964-boutique-hostel-ella-sri-lanka-owner-portrait-father-and-dog
1964-boutique-hostel-ella-sri-lanka-owner-portrait-father-and-scoop-showing-me-the-viewHostel owner’s father
1964-boutique-hostel-ella-sri-lanka-owner-portraitHostel Owner
private-tour-scenic-view-top-of-1964-boutique-hostel-mountain-after-shower-with-owner-tea-plantationFollowing owner to get the best view in town
private-tour-scenic-view-top-of-1964-boutique-hostel-mountain-after-shower-tea-plantationmountain view on top of the tea plantation in hostel 

 

Looking through the viewfinder of my camera from Little Adam’s Peak in Ella.

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little-mt-adam's-peak-mount-adam-adams-ella-sri-lanka-after-rain-gorgeous-snap-iconic-place-must-goClassic view from Little Adam’s Peak
Man-main-road-chopping-timber-ella-tea-plantation-Sri-LankaLocal farmer along my way back to hostel 
outside-hostel-in-ella-cow-and-local-people-tea-plantation
stray-cat-outside-restaurant-nervious-bokeh-sri-lankan-restaurant-in-ellaStray cat in the restaurant 

Nuwara Eliya City Scanner 002

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Country: Sri Lanka
City: Nuwara Eliya
Camera: Sony A7ii
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH

The Next day I hired a tuktuk and the driver brought me to temples, a waterfall nearby and some attractions in town and then I decided to go to another local market before heading to Ella.

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Local-sunday-market-seller-smiling-to-me-grocery-in-Nuwara-Eliya-Sri-LankaWalked around the Sunday local market and met friendly people (All taken with Sony A7ii, Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)

 

For the Sunday local market I think it is quite similar to those in Myanmar except the produce looks more fresh, colourful and people are interactive. All of them are curious about why do I go there alone.

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slum-area-view-from-hostel-in-Nuwara-Eliya-Sri-Lanka-Local-house-housing 2Children playing around in their place, houses are look like they are halfway built

 

I walked all the way from City Center back to Lanka Hostel. And I was attracted by the loud music opposite our hostel. I heard people singing happily. So I decided to go there and have a look. And they were having a big party there. When I approached them, they immediately ask me to dance together and I don’t seem like a foreign stranger to them. Then I started to take pictures with them one by one, families and kids. It made my day.

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portrait-taken-while-walking-back-to-hostel-smiling-girl-Nuwara-Eliya-Sri-Lankaportrait-taken-while-walking-back-to-hostel-smiling-boy-family-Nuwara-Eliya-Sri-LankaEven people are living in houses looks like they are not well equiped, they always have a smile on their face and they are so curious about new comers.
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smart-kid-asking-for-a-picture-of-him-nuwara-eliya
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Local-partying-family-photo-showing-their-kids
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people-playing-around-dancing-in-party-house-nuwara-eliyaTaking pictures and dancing with local people. Families and friends are all partying together