Sri Lanka

Ceylon

Ceylon

Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon before 1972. Ceylon was the name given by the British. Sri Lankan or Ceylon tea is well known for its high quality. Tea production is the largest industry in Sri Lanka.

I was surprised to learn that Sri Lank is the largest exporter of tea in the world and is the 4th largest producer of tea in the world.  Wondering what’s 1, 2, and 3? 1st China, 2nd India, and 3rd Kenya. Many large name tea companies sell a blend of teas from these 4 countries and others. They may add to it….mint, vanilla, ginger, etc and add their label and sell as theirs. Check out your tea box – does it say where the tea came from?  Or maybe google the company to find out.  Might have been Sri Lanka!  So needless to say, with Sri Lanka as the 4th largest producer of tea in the world, we saw a lot of tea bushes and drank a lot of tea.

We found all of these tea bushes and beautiful landscapes after the elephants (picking up where the last blog post ended). We were inland around the center of the country and we headed north.  We enjoyed some time in Ella, Nuwara Eliya, and Kandy.  What a beautiful contrast from the coastal beaches.  We got to do some hiking and ate more great food.

 

In addition to the tea, Sri Lanka is also known for their warm and friendly people, with smiling faces, and always stopping to talk.  The caretaker of our guesthouse in Ella invited us to his home for Thai Pongal holiday festival meal.  We had noticed lots of advertisements in town for cooking classes so we asked him if he and his wife would be willing to do a cooking class with us.  We could all prepare the meal together.  That was an unforgettable experience!

 

after dinner with the whole family

 

We took the train and rode the famously beautiful train rides through breathing scenes.  We got the 3rd class tickets which were the least expensive with open windows.  We were told by other travelers they were the best for views and photos.

 

We saw mountains, various shades of green tea bushes, went through mountain tunnels, saw large tea plantations, rice fields, little villages, and lots of people.  Each section we took Ella to Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya to Kandy were both about 3-4 hours long.

 

As this feels like our wave to Sri Lanka….hello and goodbye – or maybe see you later!

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Ceylon

    1. The train rides for a few hours are fun…..then then become not as fun but a necessary means of travel. Also depends on how packed they are.

  1. You and David certainly share the joy and peace you’re experiencing. Thank you for that serenity. Much needed in our part of the world. Blessings!

  2. Enjoyed the photos of the tea fields. About a year ago I began to start my day with a cup of stong black tea with milk instead of coffee. After reading your post, I was curious. My box of tea states the following: “Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast Tea uses the finest second flush Assam teas. …We use high-quality tees from Kenya, Malawi, Sri Lanka and Indonesia to complement these fine Assams.” Very interesting.

    How do the locals drink their tea? Black, sugar, milk, or a combination depending on the individual ? Also, does iced tea exist over there?

    1. yes, very interesting. I love how travel naturally leads to learning, questioning, and connections in even the small every day things we enjoy. Most of the locals we saw usually had their tea black and I don’t remember seeing ice tea. good question?!

  3. I love your writing! I don’t always see your posts, and think I’ve figured it out now. Keep up the great work, sharing it so beautifully.

    1. Thanks Becky! At the very bottom of the website there is a place to add your email and “subscribe” to get notifications when I have a new blog post. Of course there are times when that doesn’t work! ; )

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