Stoned adventures in a tropical mountain paradise known as Ella! 🌴⛰️☀️

3 months ago

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Around 1 week ago me, and my girlfriend @umulius decided it was about time to leave the coast of Tangalle, Sri Lanka and head towards the tropical mountain town Ella.

Right before we left Tangalle, we managed to score some awesome OG Kush Ice-o-later hash from a fellow festival attendee. It was by far the best stuff we have smoked in Sri Lanka. 😀

We booked an A/C minivan together with a psytrance producer from France. He goes by the artist name 'Eco Jafar'. Within 3 hours we had arrived in a very different scenery. This place is breathtaking, and it is probably the most beautiful place I have ever been to!

We got dropped off at the 5th-mile post outside of Ella. There our host of our first nights booking in the area met us with his tuk-tuk. He drove us the last 1km down a tiny mountain path to his place "Natures Rest".

We arrived at night so we could not really see our surroundings until we woke up the day after. It was nice and refreshing waking up in a tropical rainforest scenery. The property had fruit trees of different types scattered all over! The host family was very kind and helpful, they cooked us rotties, dahl, and tee even though we arrived late.

We thought we would arrive at a more private cabana of sorts, not a homestay. So the morning after decided to take a tuk-tuk into town so we could look for a more suitable place to live. We also wanted to find a scooter for rent, so we could get around on our own without paying for expensive tuk-tuk rides... 😅

After eating a good breakfast at Chill restaurant in the main strip of Ella, we went looking for places to stay on booking.com and Airbnb. We found a place within walking distance that we decided to go check out. We never actually managed to find the place we were looking for, but we asked for rooms in several other places along the way. We landed on a deal for 3 days stay with what looked like a decent apartment hotel called 'New Blue Home'.

We took a tuk-tuk back to natures rest and packed up all of our stuff, then drove back to new blue home and checked ourselves in. At first glance, this place looked more private, and that was exactly what we were looking for. We asked the hotel manager for help with renting a scooter, and within minutes we had one.

On our way out the hotel manager asked us if we would be home before 23.00. This was our first red flag with this place. When we asked why he would ask us such a question he responded with that they lock their gates at 23.00. If we were to arrive later we should contact him on Whatsapp so he could open the gates for us. I saved his contact not thinking that much more on it. We left our stuff at the hotel and went out to explore Ella by bike.

After roaming around the "city" for a bit, we quickly discovered what became our second home: 'Café One Love'. You can spot their banner on the right-hand side of the end of the main strip in Ella. You have to turn into a side road to find the entrance. This place is open 24 hours. They play mainly psychedelic chillout or psychedelic techno on their sound system. The place is extremely smoker-friendly; a sort of meeting hub for the psy-scene and stoners in the area!

We ended up staying in town until rather late. When I checked my phone right before we set our course towards our bed, I were surprised to see messages and missed calls on my WhatsApp from our hotel manager asking if we would be home soon. At this point, we started to get more of a camp school vibe than a hotel vibe from our place. We got home and decided to have a shower. To our surprise, the hot water did not seem to work. We thought to ourselves that maybe the other guests had used up all the solar-powered water already, and that we would try again in the daytime. We smoked a few joints and passed out before the clock hit midnight.

The next morning we are waken up by a racket of other people eating breakfast right outside of our room. We decided to at least find ourselves a more secluded place for the last days of our stay in Ella. After eating breakfast at the hotel, we headed out with our scooter on an adventure to walk a popular hiking trail to 'Little Adams peak'.

We parked our scooter on the bottom of the hiking trail and started walking. The scenery was magical. Steep mountain paths with tea plant fields everywhere you can see. We passed by many local people picking tea leaves. At some point, we decided to deviate a bit from the main path to sit down in the tea fields and smoke a spliff while taking in the scenery. After around 30-45 minutes of walking, we had reached the stairs at the bottom of little adams peak.

We started the ascent up the stairs, but we did not get very far at all before we were met by other tourists running screaming down the stairs. Apparently, wasps had been attacking people on the top of the mountain, and they can potentially be deadly. We saw several people with severe stings. I am also possibly allergic to wasps, so we decided to head back down and take the hike another day. We later read online that several people had been rushed to the hospital because of the wasps.

We decided to seek refuge in a local psychedelic art café while deciding what to do with the rest of our day.

Since the hiking trail to the famous nine arch bridge is located rather close to the path to little adams peak, we decided to head there instead. The path there took us trough a foresty scenery, before finally opening up and revealing the nine arch bridge. The view was almost surreal. We went down on the train tracks on the bridge and shot a few pictures of ourselves. Emilie made me super nervous by balancing on the edge of the bridge. There was probably a 100 meters or more down the side! 😓

After the adventure to the nine arch bridge, we went out to eat at 'Rainbow In: The Reincarnation' in Ella town. We seated ourselves at their 3rd flood. We both decided to try their Mediterranian wraps, with french fries on the side. Emilie loved their wraps so much that we have been going back there for them two more times. After dinner, we went to chill out and smoked a few joints at one love café, before heading home to bed to watch a movie and pass out.

The morning after we checked out of new blue home and grabbed a tuk-tuk down to one love café with our stuff. The night before we had managed to find ourselves a new secluded place to stay for our final days in Ella. After chilling out for a couple of hours waiting for the clock to hit check-in time, we got another tuk-tuk up to our new home. This time our place is situated at the top of a mountain overlooking Ella town. Our new place has a view in the opposite direction of the town, towards valleys and temples. This time our place is actually a cabana and not a homestay. This place is just what we had been looking for all along, and it is also where we are currently still living as I write this blog post.

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Today it was a rather rainy day here. We went into town for a bit of shopping. Emilie treated me to a pair of new harem pants, and a new crystal necklace! 😍

We are staying in Ella for two more days before taking the famously scenic train trip from Ella to Kandy. It is said to be one of the most beatiful train trips in the world. Hopefully tomorrow we are finally going to get to the top of little adams peak. 😉

My witness is still running flawless, and I still have 0 missed blocks btw 😎

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That’s such a beautiful location and also top class photography 👌 This makes me think what am I doing wasting time by working in an IT company 😭 I’m definitely going to put this on top of my bucket list 🌿

Btw you guys look wonderful together in all the pictures ❤️

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It would be lovely if my blog posts inspires other people like yourself to go out and explore the wonders of traveling around these parts of the world. Thanks for all of the compliments mate. 😁☀️❤

These images remind me of how small we humans truly are! You all have the freedom that most don't realize is already within! Keep on living!!! I love to see when people are not afraid to go out and live the life they want. I am learning to do that daily! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful place! Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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This is so true. People don't truly understand their freedom. I would say to anyone on the fence that traveling does not have to be expensive or complicated. At least not if you travel these parts of the world! 😀

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Freedom is definitely something people underestimate. You can not limit true Freedom!!!! The if only's should not apply!!! Just do!!! Enjoy!!!

Damn it was almost like I was with you.

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You are probably smoking some good stuff then mate.✌😀

Beautiful experiences..

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Thanks for stopping by my post @samexycool

Wow. what a beautiful place that is. So close to Nature and so refreshing. Nature is much more beautiful then the artificial buildings and construction.

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Nature is what we are bro 💕

What an awesome adventure. Beautiful photography.... now I am inspired to Travel. Or maybe just smoke some OG Kush hash and go for a snow shoe along the river .

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Bring your hash and lets meet up somewhere in Asia. We are going to Goa in India after Sri Lanka 😉☀️🌴

A very beautiful photography skills. The camera person is really talentded

Wow that place seems beautiful without end. I envy you two for being able to visit such a place and take in all that beauty. I hope we get to see more pictures of that beautiful place.

Boar these are really mega nice pictures.
You are doing it right. Be free and live :-)
Great, have fun!

Wow what an amazing expedition in an incredibly interesting area. You two have truly found some sacred land - I mean how could I not like it, just look at my smoke handle -sounds like a perfect place for me. I actually have some faceted sapphires from Sri Lanka that are close to padparadschas, but are more likely orange fancy sapphires - still very beautiful and valuable. I can now see why they say that padparadscha sapphires have incredible artistic energy - its because of the area. Beautiful post - re-smoked &
following - much love from Oregon USA.

Awesome post and story. Thank you.

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Thanks for stopping by @smokeyjay001 🙂

Beautiful! wow. I bet you guys had a great time. I'd never leave. lololol

Long time no hear. I was wondering how your trip is going. Turns out wonderfull.
Great report, looks like you enjoyed. I'll write it on my bucket list for sure.

Ps, like the railway photo. I think I'd shit my pants.

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Hey there @psyceratopsb! 🤗
We are enjoying ourselves more then you can even imagine from this post. Sri Lanka should be on everyones bucket list for sure. 😅

wow... its a paradise!! i wish to be there!! :S :V nicee

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Come join us, there is room for more people over here 😉

I think I could be envious young living the dream and no missed blocks .... keep up the journal and tips for Sri Lanka travel please ... and the zero missed blocks :]

Did you make it to Kandy?