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Old Jul 23, 2010, 7:42 PM   #1
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Default Sri Lanka's Hill Country (Final Chapter)

Here's the last chapter in the travelog from my recent travels. This time, let me take you into the "up country" of Sri Lanka. Leaving the coast, a 5 hour drive up some winding roads takes you up about 6,000 ft above sea level where the air is cool, mountains abound, and the scenery breathtaking.

SL's up country is most famous for Tea (still known today as Ceylon Tea). Here is a vista of a tea estate with the tea bushes carpeting the hills.


Tea is still picked by hand and a job that is traditionally done by women (I was told because of dexterity in the fingers). It is hard work and they get paid by the kilogram. Estate labor typically resides on or close to the estate in housing that is provided by the proprietors of the estate.



The tea estates are usually dotted with several pickers working the hills. From a distance they look like bees collecting pollen from flowers. The estates look very well manicured...the labor of never ending maintenence falling to the men in the community.



What is picked (or plucked) looks like this (the tips of the buds and new growth).



Finally along the way, are a number of waterfalls like this one.


While by western standards, working conditions in the estates are tough,the tea industry in Sri Lanka seems to be strongly committed to operating under improvingly responsible working conditions. Which makes me feel better when I enjoy my daily cup of pure Ceylon Tea.

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Interesting to see the few odd trees here and there on the plantation. Thanks for posting.
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Interesting story Jelpee, that second shot looks like one pinched from PG Tips (a tea retailer in the UK) !! Absolute spit (as in spitting image).

Thanks for posting !
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Interesting to see the few odd trees here and there on the plantation. Thanks for posting.
I think the few odd trees are to prevent landslides..... they have longer roots which holds the soil true.....

Nice photos jehan ... I hope I can make some trips in september
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Great series, jehan. I love photos of the various agricultural regions and the commentary that you bring with it. The last shot of the waterfall is breathtaking. Thanks for posting.

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Nice series and great narrative. Having never laid eyes on a tea plantation it was very informative for me.

Nicely framed shots, thanks for sharing.

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Great shots, Jehan! Really nice colours, and lovely composition.
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Thanks for sharing these lovingly photographed views of some fascinating agriculture! Great job on all of them!
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Fascinating story about the tea plantations - never quite thought about where tea comes from, or how. The pictures are stunning, love all that green!
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Thanks all. Glad that you enjoyed the series on my visit to Sri Lanka. It was very enjoyable and with a Pentax in hand, it was fun to capture the sights. Next major trip coming up is Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado--my annual father daughter photo trek. Can wait!

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