The Tea Kingdom in Sri Lanka
Ceylon Tea as it has been known for centuries is supposed to be the best in the field of natural beverages. Sri Lanka was called Ceylon prior to the 70’s but the Tea industry retains the name Ceylon as the world over it is popularly recognised thus. Nuwara Eliya the main city that is nestled among the lush, green Tea Estates or fields is known as the Tea Kingdom. Little over 66 Km from Kandy, it is the region for the best of Tea. It also enjoys low temperature with frost and mist covering a good part of the year and therefore many flock there for holidays to escape the humid hot climes of the lowlands of Sri Lanka.
Many tourist star hotels are built and have been enjoying the flux of tourists for many years. As you approach the city from Kandy and almost 6 km from it there is Labookele Tea factory where a demonstration of the processing of Tea is shown especially to the foreign visitors. But the locals too are keen to be educated for, not many live up the hills and are therefore ignorant of this mechanism. .
Travelling up from Kandy is a delightful experience as the winding roads take you amid the green carpet of Tea Shrubs that are well groomed. It is pleasant and therapeutic to the eyes and mind as well. On a good day one could spot the puckers as they are called, busy gleaning the tender leaves since that is what makes the cup of Tea so tasty and rejuvenating. So, make a worthy visit and include as a priority in the itinerary while visiting Sri Lanka. Te ideal period would be between March and April to enjoy the most.