“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.

Elephants of Sri Lanka

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This is a picture from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka, which houses a largest herd of captive elephants in the world. Some 80 elephants are being kept there. Based on several reviews posted on the web, may be controversial due to observed way how animals are being treated there. During my visit, I did not notice anything negative but I was not specifically looking for it.

Sri Lanka beaches

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This picture taken in May 2010, on the west side of Sri Lanka island.

The weather of Sri Lanka is complicated by the influence of two different monsoons. One monsoon brings rain to the west and southwest coats, the other one brings rain to the east coast. To visit the west side, the best months are December to March, and for the east side, the best months are May to September.