High-rise in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Lots of new construction taking place in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. Many of these are real high-rise building. Here on the picture the luxury hotel in Colombo, Shangri-La and in the most right corner of the picture, a new high-rise construction.

On the second picture below, the Colombo downtown and several new high-rise building visible in the back of the parking lot.IMG_6318_resize

Vegetables growing region of Sri Lanka

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The Nuwara Eliya region of Sri Lanka, besides being the tea country, is known for growing vegetables. This due to its cooler climate. The main city of the region, having the same name, has the elevation of 6,129 ft (1,868) and average high temperature in February of 70 deg. F (21 deg.C), whereas in the country’s capital, Colombo it is 89 def.F.(31.7 deg.C).

These pictures was taken from a side of the road stand, on the road leaving Nuwara Eliya city.

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“Lovers’ Leap” tea from the Pedro estate

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Tasted another great tea with an intriguing name – “Lovers’ Leap” from the Pedro estate in the Nuwara Eliya region of Sri Lanka. It is a high grown teas as the estate is at the elevation of 1,910 meters (6,266 ft). This estate was established in 1885 by the British, like many other tea estates in Sri Lanka. The average temperature is there 15 deg. C (59 deg.C). When we visited end of January, it was 18 deg. C but at night 11 deg.C. This to compare with the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo where the temperature during the day was 31 deg.C (88 deg.F). This climate and the local soil make the tea from this area so unique. Tea manufacturing here is orthodox, as opposed to CTC method (cut-tear-curl) where machines are used.

Cocoa trees of Sri Lanka

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While Sri Lanka is not one of the large cocoa producers, several regions of the island are well suitable for growing cocoa. Cocoa growing was started at Sri Lanka by British in early 1800. Cocoa grows best under moist and humid conditions. A high level of humidity is especially important during flowering. Three main cocoa varieties are grown in Sri Lanka: Criollo, Forastero, and Trinitario.