The last part of our incredible 2-day adventure in Sri Lanka!
From the Royal Botanical Garden, we headed out to the tea plantations of Kandy.
As the birthplace of Ceylon Tea, Kandy is also referred to as the hill capital and belongs to the Central Province of the Island.
Tea in this region is grown along the surrounding hills covering an elevation of 2,000-4,000ft. This is not the highest elevation for tea growing in the island and the tea produced in this region is thereby labeled as mid-grown tea.
Renowned worldwide, Ceylon tea is one of Sri Lanka’s primary exports.
It all started when British-born James Taylor first began developing Ceylon tea at the country’s first tea estate, Loolecondera, in 1867. The estate’s tea plantations soon spawned a tea factory and Sri Lanka’s tea industry has been growing ever since.
The local tea picking ladies were only too happy to demonstrate the art of picking tea leaves and of course, posing for pics!
The estate has a tea factory and museum, which is well worth a visit.
The tour is very informative, and shows the entire tea producing process from drying of leaves to sorting. They have historical British machines, which add to the charm.
Check out their website for more details: Ceylon Tea Museum
Leaves used to make Gold Tea and White Tea.
Tea tasting procedure, at the end of the museum tour, was fun. The difference in teas was well explained and we tasted 8 different varieties of tea.
A few interesting facts about Tea Tasting:
- Tea is always tasted standing up
- The tea sample is infused in boiling water
- The infusion is inspected, taking into account the color, aroma, clarity and body
- The tea taster takes the infusion into his mouth with loud sucking sound which mixes infusion with oxygen, letting it travel over his tongue and palate to assess freshness, sharpness, bouquet, and fullness.
There are several varieties available for purchase.
After having enough tea for the day, we hit the road again.
A splendid view as we climbed up the mountain towards Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights) is a resort city in the Central Mountain Range of Sri Lanka. Blessed a with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; it’s hard to imagine that Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo.
Next stop: Ramboda Waterfalls
Ramboda Falls is 109 m (358 ft) high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
The general water output was lesser than usual due to the summer season.
There were downward steps leading to the falls from the nearby hotel, where we had stopped for lunch. The steps were steep and irregular,with a single metalpipe running along its length for support.
After lunch we visited the National Railway Museum at Kadugannawa.
Old railway engines, compartments, and other equipment used were on display.
Back on our way to Negombo, where we stayed the night and took the early morning flight out of Colombo the next day.
The mountain in the background resembled the shape of Adam’s peak, which we were unable to visit given the short duration of our trip.
A shout out to our tour guide cum driver, Mr. Lokku Sanjeeva, who was such a pleasant and resourceful guy!
Enjoying the greenery along the way.
And its a wrap!
Thank you Sri Lanka… you were truly refreshing!
This post is the last part of a four part photo series on our trip to Sri Lanka. Click here to see more our journey.
Disclaimer: All photos are our own and intended for the use of the blog alone.