Sri Lanka | Kandy, Hill Country, Tea Estates

We headed off from Colombo on the early morning train to Kandy.  Off to the beautiful, lush hill country!  The scenery was gorgeous!  A breath of fresh air in more ways than one.  It was amazing to see all the tea fields, plantations and vegetable gardens in the red soil.  Even at the highest point we got up to of 6560 feet.  The views were stunning as we winded along the highways.  Part of it we travelled in a tuktuk.  3 of us, with our bags, I thought it was a crazy idea but it turned out to be a lot of fun and we could see the scenery really well from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.  There were some waterfalls along the road and others plummeting at a distance.  We saw how quickly the waterways fill up getting caught in a major downpour – thankfully we were travelling in a van by then!

Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon Colombo Fort Railway Station early morning train photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean train from Colombo to Kandy laundry day colourful houses photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon hill country photo

While in Kandy, we visited the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.

Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage Asian elephants photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage Asian elephants photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage Asian elephants photo

Bible Rock is the flat topped mountain in the hazey background.

Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon hill country beautiful scenery photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Kandy Lake night view photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea plantations waterfall beautiful scenery photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea terraced hillside Nuwara Eliya mountain scenery photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea terraced hillside Nuwara Eliya mountain scenery terraced vegetable gardens local homes photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea terraced hillside Nuwara Eliya mountain scenery vegetable garden roadside stall photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea terraced hillside Nuwara Eliya mountain scenery Nuwara Eliya red soil photo

The air temperature changed drastically when we reached Nuwara Eliya, we only spent a few hours before heading on to Balangoda to visit special friends.

Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea tropical flowers black tea silver tip tea young girl portrait photography hill country goat photo

Sri Lanka is one of the highest tea producing and exporting countries in the world.  It was neat to see huge tea estates, tea pickers out in the fields and we toured a couple tea factories.  Seeing the whole process from wilting, rolling, drying, sifting, color separating to bagging.

Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea terraced hillside Nuwara Eliya mountain scenery Nuwara Eliya area tea plantation tea picker tea leaves photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea terraced hillside Nuwara Eliya mountain scenery Nuwara Eliya area tea plantation tea leaves photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea tropical flowers black tea silver tip tea young girl portrait photography hill country photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea best in the world Rasagalla Tea Plantation factory house photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea factory young Sri Lankan boys photo

Can’t beat a home cooked meal, especially when prepared by the great hosts in this home!

Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean home cooked Sri Lankan meal string hoppers devilled eggs coconut sambok delicious meal photo

Once again there was beautiful scenery travelling to Kataragama, near the gates of Yala National Park.  Less traffic, no longer English on many signs and rice paddies when we were out of the hill country.

Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon hill country waterfall beautiful scenery photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon ancient palace ruins photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon countryside scenery rice paddies photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon highway views family roadside local culture photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon rice paddies planting season working in the field photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Kataragama cattle mountain view photo
Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon Kataragama night market fruits and vegetables stall photo

I have one more blog post to come next week of our travels in Sri Lanka!

11 March 2015 - 4:31 pm

Melissa - These are incrediblel! I feel like I’m getting such an education!

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