Finally we are having our summer vacation. This year we are planning to do a couple of trips around the island. We started with the hill country. Last weekend we went to a bungalow in Bandarawela. This place is owned by one of our friends and they invited us for a long weekend. The bungalow is in a middle of a small tea estate and it is a really a cute place. I went to Bandarawela after a long time. It was nice to get to the cold climate as it is really hot in the city. The kids had excellent company so they went on long walks along the tea bushes, cycled and played a lot of out door games. The first night we had an excellent BBQ and the kids lit sparkles. After relaxing the first day we set out the second day to see the Ella falls and the Dover temple. This temple is 2500 years old. It is built inside a cave and there is a massive Buddha statue carved on a rock. It is a beautiful statue. Looked so natural.
After the temple we went to a cute place called Cafe Chill. This road is full of small restaurants. If you are in a mood for beer or a hot chocolate or a meal this is a nice place to hang out. The bar atmosphere is almost like in Negambo. The next day we went for a freezing river bath. It was really a nice hike to the river over the rocks and then to this nice basin of water to splash around. There was a family from the village taking a bath there too. It is a lovely feeling to be among the villages. They are so simple, very friendly with a smile and willing to help. The cook and the helper there were just awesome. They fed us so much that I came back with couple of pounds added to my waist line. The food was delicious and we just enjoyed the entire place and the hospitality. Thanks to our friends that invited us it was a lovely trip after a long time.