It's my third day in Sri Lanka and I'm still waking up at 4 am. The only good thing about that is our 5:30 am meeting time (which I would normally hate) didn't seem so bad. The early morning was because we were hiking Horton Plains National Park and if you don't finish early enough, the cloud cover will ensure that you see nothing, and if you're hiking 6 miles, you definitely want to be able to enjoy the views.
We had worked up quite an appetite after our hike and had our first local meal of the trip. We stopped at a small restaurant in the town of Nuwara Eliya that was a favorite of locals. One typical Sri Lankan dish is fried rice, so I ordered that with chicken. For a huge plate of that and a bottle of water, it cost me 400 Sri Lankan Rupees. That calculates out to about $2.70. The cost of living is much less here and the exchange rate is very favorable for the US dollar.
I neglected to mention the hotel. The Grand Hotel is a beautiful old hotel, built when Sri Lanka was under British rule. It's an old manor house and the home of the governor of Sri Lanka during 1830-1850. It's got lots of wood accents, different parlors and sitting rooms, a cozy bar, billiards room with the biggest pool table that I've ever seen and beautiful gardens around the hotel. There are several restaurant choices and it's a quick walk into town. This may be the best hotel option in Nuwara Eliya.