This morning was a very early start for me and I found myself dragging on my clothes at a few minutes past five*.
By five thirty I was stood out in front of The Grand in the cool, dark pre-dawn. Ajith soon arrived and we headed out toward this morning's destination; the Horton Plains.
This morning's endeavour was a 9 km circular trail that took in two spectacular view points that looked out from precipitous cliffs plus water falls and pools on the return leg of the walk.
The Plains are a combination of tussocky grassland and low dense forest. At one time it was home to more than a thousand wild elephant but Horton and his chums hunted them to local extinction during the colonial period.
This morning we had to satisfy ourselves with a couple of Samba Deer, a Purple Face Bear Monkey and a Jungle Fowl.
|The Sri Lankan National Bird|
|Parts of it looked quite alien too - Dwarf Rhododendrons|
The walk took just over a couple of hours and we were back at The Grand just before eleven o'clock.
I have to admit that the high altitude walk took it out of me and I did very little for the next few hours apart from snooze and take a quick look at Nuwara Eliya Main Street.
At five fifteen Ajith collected us from reception and took us for another Ayurvedic massage**.
A magnificent dinner followed and we retired early as we have another early start tomorrow.
* 30% had decided that this morning's activity was not for her and left me to explore the Horton Plains in the company of Ajith.
** this was superb although being shut in a wooden steam bath did bring out the claustrophobe in me