Balangoda – Haputale: Spectacular views, steep climbs and again 1300m altitude difference

Wednesday January 22, 2014, 48 km (30 miles) – Total so far: 1,359 km (844 miles)

We started at half past seven at our very private hostel. The family was quite sad, that we were leaving already. For us it was one more time an astonishing experience how friendly and warm people are here.

This time the road was more or less the main track to Haputale, so it wasn´t that romantic as yesterday, but the pavement therefore perfect-you can´t have it all. The road was climbing up and down all the time which we found more exhausting than a constant climb, for you can´t find a good rhythm.

The scenery was beautiful, and the different greens of the huge tea plantations are just awesome. About 15 kms before reaching Haputale the climb began to get steep and stayed like this until Haputale. It took whole of our energy to go up. and in between my wife was pushing the bike for some meters, but found it even harder then to pedal.

When we reached the town there were immediately some tuk-tuk drivers asking if we were looking for a room. After checking two options we decided to stay at the “ABC” guesthouse which has very friendly owners, free WIFI (if it works and if there is electricity-a problem in the whole mountain region) and an awesome kitchen. Everything freshly prepared and sri lankan style. In Haputale it seemed to us a good option for a reasonable price.

Road to Haputale
Road to Haputale
Sri Lankan form of sunscreen
Sri Lankan form of sunscreen
Awesome views and heavy climbs
Awesome views and heavy climbs
The curves are narrow and sri lankan drivers go fast - sometimes too fast
The curves are narrow and sri lankan drivers go fast – sometimes too fast
Beautiful scenery as we climb higher and higher
Beautiful scenery as we climb higher and higher
What goes up must come down-downhill in between the steep climbs up to Haputale
What goes up must come down-downhill in between the steep climbs up to Haputale
Still the road is going down, but the next climb is sure to come
Still the road is going down, but the next climb is sure to come
Almost there, but some 100m of altitude are still missing up to Haputale
Almost there, but some 100m of altitude are still missing up to Haputale
We made it
We made it

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