At the doorstep of the highlands, Kandy opens up to the large tea garden. If you are curious to see the different stages in the preparation of the black tea of Ceylon, you can venture into one of the countless factories that line the roads from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Most of the farmers' homes have been transformed into visitor and tasting centres.
Women tea pluckers at work in the tea plantations; Sri Lanka is the fourth largest tea producer in the world.© Peter Hilger / age fotostock
The combination of humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall in the country's central highlands provide a climate that favours the production of good quality tea.© Ann Dudko / 123RF
It was British citizen James Taylor that introduced the tea plantation in Sri Lanka in 1867.© Nevarpp / 123RF
Directly and indirectly, over one million Sri Lankans are employed in the tea industry© © Ivan / age fotostock
Black loose leaf tea is traditional in Sri Lanka, the country formerly known as Ceylon.© © GoodMood Photo / age fotostock