We decided to check out a seafood platter dish but overall found quite a few problems with it. I had already complained about inconsistencies in their information presented as far as what was what with this seafood platter other food we could eat.
We arranged a transfer to take us from Koggala to Colombo since the train was very busy when we took it a week earlier with no seats free on any carriage we checked in on.
The road from Koggala to Colombo was a nice motorway so the trip only took about 2 hours.
We had some very nice food in Colombo but did not take any photos.
We arrived on Sunday at "The Fortress Resort" and this particular Sunday was "Bak Pura Pasaloswaka Poya Day" maybe it also means "Vesak Full Moon Poya Holiday"?
Bak Poya (Bak Pura Pasaloswaka Poya Day) which falls in the month of April marks Lord Buddha’s visit to Nagadipa (Sinhala: නාගදීපය).
This was his second visit to Sri Lanka after Enlightenment.
According to the ancient chronicle, Mahavamsa, He visited Nagadipa as he perceived an atmosphere of animosity between two parties of the Naga community.
The deity Samaddhisumana accompanied the Blessed One on this journey.
In simple terms for the local people this means "No Fish, No Meat, No Eggs, No Alcohol", for me this means "No Alcohol" as dictated by the government. Locals can not open alcohol and no alcohol can be served in public areas for 2 days. Fun killers.
My free 1 cocktail per day at the resort is seriously lacking since we arrived on Sunday and Monday was also run with the same rules. Lucky we bought some Vodka with us!
Although we were a mere 400-500 meters from the railway station we arranged a tuk-tuk to take us to the train station.
There was probably about 80 people in all waiting for the train which arrived at 9:23am and is scheduled to get us into Kandy at about 4pm - a bit over 6.5 hours.
The trip started pretty well, because Ella is in the hill country the train meanders around the hills and is very slow. Kandy is only 160km from Ella but that means an average of 24km per hour.
We had pre-purchased our tickets for the train journey from Ella to Kandy online using a web site at http://www.visitsrilankatours.co.uk
The cost is a lot more than buying local but we read that you can miss out on reserved seating if you do not pre-book a few days but we did not have a few days.
We payed 13 GBP which is about $26 NZD or about 2800 Rupees.
I price is 230 rupees on https://eservices.railway.gov.lk web site.
Prices from Visit Sri Lanka Tours web site - April 2018
When we arrived to pick up our tickets there was a sign saying that there was no second class reserved tickets available for tomorrow so we were happy to have pre-paid. But when we got on the train there was quite a few empty seats in the 2nd class reserved carriage.