JanaS
Oct 20, 2017

Waterfall Trek in the Knuckles

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Edited: Oct 21, 2017

One of our guests has given us permission to show you his photos on Facebook of the Waterfall Trek in the Knuckles he did with Sid and some friends in September 2011.

 

 

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  • JanaS
    Oct 20, 2017

    We were lucky enough to have the privilege to travel around Sri Lanka with Sid, owner of Abode Tours and one of the managers of the Adobe Trust almost for 3 weeks. It was tremendous experience as we got in touch with local people in the way we could never manage to do so ourselves. And as a bonus we found a new friend in Sid - honest, reliable, caring and knowledgeable man with a great sense for humor. We started our trip in the Sinharaja Rain Forest ( as we did not have enough change Sid bought leach socks to my son and acquire another pair for me free of charge - this a good example how nice Sid is - and indeed the socks turned out to be invaluable piece of clothing in the rainforest :-). Another day we were taken to the hill country for trekking thought one of the most remote Tamil's plantation. It was hard trip 20 kms in length and 1000 m vertically. While we were trekking in high-tech boots (as the terrain deserved it) Sid and our Tamil trekker were lightly walking in their flip-flops (and waiting for us all the time). I realized how spoiled we are and how modest and tough they are. Another day we were taken to the hill country for trekking thought one of the most remote Tamil's plantation. It was hard trip 20 kms in length and 1000 m vertically. While we were trekking in high-tech boots (as the terrain deserved it) Sid and our Tamil trekker were lightly walking in their flip-flops (and waiting for us all the time). I realized how spoiled we are and how modest and tough they are. The other day Sid got up at 4 a.m. to drive us from Ella to Lipton's Seat for wonderful sun up. We were the only people who managed to get there on the time. We were also taken to a small tourist free temple hidden in mountains in a small cave. We were guided by monk through the whole temple and invited even into his living room, treated to kitul (a sweet syrup from the kitul palm) and finally the monk attached the blessed Buddhist's string bracelets into our wrists. It was unbelievably spiritual experience. We went on safaris, visited local markets, tea factories, archeological sites and other temples, we attended Perarha (Sid found the best place in Kandy for Phareraha photographing :-)). But between the most excited experiences we rank visit in Abode. We were driven to Knuckles and felt being very welcomed already on the way to the village when we stopped to pick up an arrack (Sri Lanka's spirit made from the versatile coconut) or for tasteful local lunch (roti, fried lentils, ..., bannas with jaggery - boiled and left to set hard kitul) an the tea of course from the local plantations (I am drinking it while writing this story :-) Once we arrived to the village we were welcomed by grandma and grandpa, a nice pair of proud hardworking people. Immediately we felt like being at home. For all four days we stayed in the village and in the Abode in Knuckles mountains we were realizing how honest and modest local people are and with how little recourses they are capable to survive. We were consecrated to harvesting of native herbs and fruits ( it is nothing better that the fresh curry made from local plants on an open fire). We were taken to the abolished terrace fields and remains of an old village in Knuckles and to awesome views on surrounding peaks and rice fields. The whole stay in Abode was simply unbelievably mentally refreshing. The only think we did not like on the whole trip was the fact that it ended. We can't wait for returning to Abode sometime in future to see the whole valley flooded by greenery of growing rice and to meet all the wonderful people again. Thank you Sid for making our vacations so wonderful.
  • JanaS
    Oct 20, 2017

    The Abode and Mannar saw many western families. They stayed with the grandparents high in the Knuckles Mountains or with families in the Northern Province. Here is what they had to say about the experience..... ********** Hibernation home stay NW Sri Lanka ​ Photos taken by guests who enjoyed our Mannar Home Stay 2011. ​ ********** ​ Exploring Northern Sri Lanka ​ Blog about travelling with Sid to our Mannar Homestay and the northern territories of Sri Lanka , written by one of our visitors. ​ ********** ​ 'Thank you for giving us some really special memories and an insight into your wonderful country.... The Abode was very much a highlight so please give our love to all at the Abode and tell them we think about them (and talk about them) ..... often with all good wishes. Rita, Peter, Michael, Patrick and Ronan . ​ ********** ​ 'The Abode Home-stay was the highlight of the trip for us....' Mike Carter . ​ ********** ​ A good holiday must have something a bit unpredictable and special that you don't get easily... and all the children agreed (and they rarely all agree on one thing) that the time spent with you, Grandma and Grandpa and all the 'gang' up there was the very best part of the holiday. Elizabeth and Nick . ​ ********** ​ Thanks for your guiding and great sense of humour. We all enjoyed going for lunch to the back of the tearoom on the way back - felt like a real privilege to be in a restaurant that the locals use instead of just tourists. The boys loved the cricket and we all thought the visit to Granny and Grandpas was one of the highlights of the trip. We really enjoyed getting away from the busy tourist trail. Give our regards to Granny and Grandpa and Uncle VJ and grandpa's son. We enjoyed our cup of tea in his house and meeting his daughter and wife. You have beautiful country with very friendly people - we have been encouraging our friends to go there before Sri Lanka gets inundated with tourists which it surely will. Chris, Susie, Stuart, Andrew and Lucy . ​ ********** ​

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