Took this picture from a car when driving one of narrow roads in the southern Sri Lanka and noticed two wild peacocks showing off to a female, quite a show.
Hills in central Sri Lanka are covered with tea bushes. Some of the most well know tea growing regions in the Central Sri Lanka are Kandy, Hatton, Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya is also a city in the Central Sri Lanka and its name means “city of light”.
Most tea pluckers collecting young tea leaves at Sri Lankan plantations are women of Tamil origin, many brought by British from India at the end of 19th century to work on tea plantations.
People working to collect tea leaves from the tea bushes in Sri Lanka are called pluckers, from the plucking activity, typically taking the bud and the next two leaves. Most of tea pluckers in Sri Lanka are women but I was able to find a man plucker at the Pedro Estate, Nuwara Eliya, Central District.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On a road in the countryside of Sri Lanka, took picture of this fruit stand, prominently on the right is the yellow King Coconut – it is a variety of coconut native to Sri Lanka, known as Thembili. It is sweeter than regular coconut.