Little New Zealand
A few days into the trip and now we were in the Horton Plains National Park taking on the Kirigalpoththa mountain and Thotupola mountain, which happens to be the second and third highest mountains in Sri Lanka. It was an arduous hike as the marshy terrain of Kirigalpoththa mountain made it a time-consuming affair and a much more arduous task considering the fact that we also climbed Thotupola mountain the very same day. As we were running low on our budget, we decided to walk out of the park, as opposed to taking a tuk-tuk.
Once we got out, we were dying to get ourselves cleaned. We were trying to find places close by to stay for the night and rest our weary legs, but all of the places were booked. When all hope was lost, one of the guys had a family relation in the neighbouring town of Nuwara Eliya and suggested we go to his place to find a suitable abode for all of us.
Luckily the buses that go through these narrow roads rarely get crowded, which made it possible for all of us to travel from the Pattipola train station to Nuwara Eliya with some sort of comfort. While on the journey to our potential abode, we came across something unusual emerging from the mist – a large barren piece of land filled with a different type of grass, farming trucks and much bigger cows.
My friends and I were so intrigued by the sudden change in the landscape that we forgot about our weary legs and decided to get off the bus, and explore the surroundings. It was here that we found out that we came to the Little New Zealand of Sri Lanka. Exploring the New Zealand Farm and the Ambewela Farm made for a perfect resting place after a hike, as the cooling temperatures of the hill-country, the calm surroundings, the evergreen grass patches and the large windmills gave us a sense of peace. After we had some fresh milk from the canteen of the farm, we hopped on a bus and took refuge in our friend’s relation’s home. We got ourselves cleaned first thing, before resting up and heading out to experience a new town.