Sunset and tea at Ashburnham Estate
Up in the mountains of Sri Lanka are tea plantations. Tons of them. The jagged countryside of the Knuckles Mountain range is dotted with the lush, neatly-planted green rows of tea plants, and everywhere you go people are stopping to have a very civilized afternoon tea, sometimes with scones topped with cream and jam. It’s a strange dichotomy: Sri Lanka’s tourist industry is in the very early phases of development (a civil war until 2009 kept visitors at bay), and yet there are traces of refinement from its British colonial days that make it seem like it’s always made sense to them to slow down, have a cup of tea, and take it all in.
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