Sri Lanka used to be called called Ceylon, which is synonymous with Tea. I have actually grown to like tea in the onset of my elder years so I was looking forward to our visit to Nuwara Eliya, which means “city of light”.
This city still shows many signs of the colonial influence of England and Scotland. In fact we stayed at the St. Andrews Hotel, which, guess what, was on the edge of the 18 hole par 71 golf links.
But the area did not get settled just because of the great climate of the 1800 mtr altitude, or for the spectacular mountains and waterfalls in the area. It started getting settled because it was a perfect place to grow “English vegetables” and strawberries. There was an active coffee industry here until it got wiped out by a disease. Then, the growers switched to tea, and it is today one of the premier tea growing regions in the world.
I guess I could show you photos of the tea factory we visited, but a lot of machinery and hard working people just bums me out. We learned a lot about how it is processed and classed, and learned also about “white tip” tea, which is the really premium part of the tea plant.
If you visit Sri Lanka the tea country is an absolute visit. It is educational and comfortable and extremely beautiful.
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