This is the chapter I've been waiting for, DrF. I 'm a lover of all things tea, which includes stays in tea growing places. I've made pilgrimages to the hill countries of various parts of India, China and Malaysia and now I believe "Ceylon" must be the next target. Many thanks for the fine introduction.
Thanks, PortMoresby! There's lots of interesting places to stay in the Hill Country, some in tea plantations themselves. My favorite place here was the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. A bit of historic elegance. Where else can you find a "cigar room" (where men gather to smoke) and a "billiards room" anymore?
The Sinhalese name for this city is Maha Nuvara (Senkadagalapura), impossible for the British colonialists to pronounce so they just called it Kandy. Located in the forested foothills of the central mountains about 1500 feet (450...
The coastal regions of Sri Lanka are fairly flat. Given that and the relatively small size of the island, I was surprised to find impressive peaks (over 2500 m high) at its center. These mountains, lush and...
We visit the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Situated in the heart of the tea growing region of the country, the cooler climate of the region was popular with the English who lived here during the 19th century. The Grand Hotel itself is a beautiful relic of the period of British Colonial rule on the island.
DrFumblefinger visits the high altitude city of Nuwara Eliya. The town has a cool climate and is a center of vegetable and tea production. It also is proud of those relics of British Colonial rule that linger in the city.
The building and grounds are remarkable for sure; when I visited the billiard room was in a bit of, er, faded grandeur. To be honest the staff presented a slightly misplaced hauteur, even rather stuffy, when dealing with a high end tour operator. I was always careful to send customers who would find al this good. Those of a more adventurous nature went elsewhere.
The food, as with all such Colonial establishments I've visited, is a mixture of western (English) food and local (Sri Lankan) dishes. For example, for breakfast you can pick from eggs, bacon, fried tomatoes or string hoppers, curries and rice.
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