Sri Lanka – Get Lost In A Tea Plantation.
by Piotr Kulczycki
Have you ever wanted to swim in pristine white beaches, then hop on an elephant while drinking a cup of tea and visiting old ruins which are built on ever green lawns? Perhaps it sounds funny, but it is all possible in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is an island country full of wild beaches, old ruins, gorgeous tea plantations and lots of cheerful elephants you can stumble upon in the wilderness.
As I explored this underdeveloped and non-urbanized land, I discovered how tastes melt in smells and smells melt in colors. The colors of this culture date back to its history all the way to the ancient times.
If tea is the most important part of your day (and even if it’s not), I suggest you see Sri Lanka’s “Little England”, Nuwara Eliya. This is a place where stunning patches of tea plantations cover up the majority of the highland landscape. Overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in the country, it’s also the coolest area in Sri Lanka and the most important one for tea production.
As you reach central Sri Lanka, you’ll get a chance to visit an enormous ancient rock fortress near Dambulla, called Sigiriya. The ruins on top of 200 meter high boulder used to be a shelter mountain monastery, but were turned by King Kasyapa into the so-called Fortress in the Sky. Of course, like any other fortress, it has defensive structures, gardens, but above all it has a beautiful view. No wonder this place is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. As you get back to town after a long day of exploring, you can follow the everlasting smell of curry and enjoy a wonderful Srilankan feast as you observe the dust settling for the night.
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