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”.
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.
Before Ceylon (today Sri Lanka) became famous for its tea, the island was home to extensive cinnamon cultivation by the Dutch, starting in the eighteenth century. This was followed by the development of coffee plantations by the British in the nineteenth century. Around 1870 a fungal disease known as coffee blight resulted in a steep decline in coffee production. Coffee planters began growing tea instead, and by the end of the century, tea was the predominant crop.
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