I decided to tweak the look of this blog a little, by giving it a 2-column look instead of the previous 3-column. I wanted a wider space so that I need not spend time resizing my photographs, especially the landscape format ones, to make them fit a narrower column. Photos also look better when they are larger in size.
After we left the Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya, we drove down the tea country and headed to a tea plantation known as Mackwoods. It is a beautiful property with a great view of the hills.
Zooming into the hills through the viewfinder of my camera, I can see the workers in the tea plantation removing each tea leaf by hand. It is a very manual and laborious process, and undertaken only by females. See the huge bags that are attached to their backs.
The closest I could get with my lens.
The tea room where all guests are brought to for their complimentary pot of tea.
We sat down and drank a pot of tea. Orange Pekoe. Though I am not much of a tea-drinker , this tea was delicious. Fragrant with a slightly fruity tang to it.
After tea, we were brought on a short tour of the factory. I didn’t take photos during the tour – it was too difficult to multi-task, taking photos and listening to what the guide had to say about the tea-making process.
We bought lots of tea to bring home as souvenirs, including two boxes of the Queen’s Jubilee tea. Souvenirs – checked.