One of the rare spots of open space | ...after continuing in the dark forest to try and find the road, we crossed another waterfall and eventually came across some kind of path, more of a path than we’d found all day, and decided to follow it. Trying not to get our hopes up, we walked in silence, getting faster with anticipation. I kept thinking I was seeing lights in the distance, but soon realised it was just the eyes of wild animals reflecting back the light of the torch.
Then suddenly, we noticed a change in the terrain, and realised we’d walked onto a tea plantation.
We knew there must be people nearby, but the road still looked far, and so kept walking. Soon enough we saw a light, shortly followed by voices and we were ecstatic to be greeted by pretty confused Sri Lankan man, and shortly after by his wife and son who immediately insisted we stay with them for the night.
They showed us to their bungalow, brought us dry clothes and hot sugary tea, and shone lights for us while we pulled the blood filled leeches off each other (nice). They fed us and gave up their own bed for us to sleep in.