Plucking of tea leaves in the Sri Lanka plantation is done by hand, not a machinery, is typically done by women and the rule is ‘bud plus two leaves’. History of Sri Lanka Tea.
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.
Sri Lanka Tea Board is the government body, based in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. It is responsible for the quality of tea exported from Sri Lanka and controls both the tea exporters and tea exported. To be a tea exporter in Sri Lanka, one must have a licence issued by the Tea Board. Read more on the history of Ceylon tea.
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.
It is easy to get a banana in Sri Lanka – they can grow next to your house, at least if you live in the countryside.
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.