The Enchanting Tea Country – Ceylon Tea Trails 1

I’ve been on a trip…a trip of a lifetime.

A few months ago I entered a photography competition through Sri Lanka in Style and amazingly enough I won!! Needless to say I was surprised, very excited and completely bowled over. The photo below was my entry:

Business after the tsunami

Business after the tsunami

Entitled “Business after the tsunami”, this photo encapsulates the Sri Lankan spirit; to keep going when things are tough. It was taken on Beruwela beach about one month after the tsunami. The thambili (coconut water) seller does not really look happy but he knows that thirst must be still be quenched and that his and his family’s livelihood must continue.

Anyway, the first prize was a two-night all-inclusive stay at Ceylon tea Trails.

From the Ceylon Tea Trails website: “Ceylon Tea Trails is the world’s first tea bungalow resort connected by hiking trails, situated in the heart of Sri Lanka’s stunning tea country. The award-winning boutique resort comprises of four colonial tea planters’ bungalows, offering gracious living thanks to butler service, gourmet cuisine & authentic period furnishings. Guests are absorbed into life on a working tea estate, whilst reveling in five-star luxury.

I had only been to the  Hill (and Tea) Country in Sri Lanka once before so needless to say I was extremely excited. What greeted us on our arrival was beyond our expectations.

The view from the Castlereagh Bungalow overlooking Castlereagh lake was stunning:

Spectacular views over Castlereagh Lake

Spectacular views over Castlereagh Lake

Pool at Castlereagh Bungalow

Pool at Castlereagh Bungalow

Castlereagh Bungalow @ Ceylon Tea Trails

Castlereagh Bungalow @ Ceylon Tea Trails

Castlereagh Bungalow

Built in 1925, Altitude: 4,025 ft (1,227 metres).

The actual bungalow lies nestled on the banks of Castlereagh Lake in a woody glade and is perhaps the most romantic of the four Ceylon Tea Trails bungalows. It is also the most remote and is reached along a picturesque and somewhat bumpy road (which adds to the ambiance!) from Dick Oya (near Hatton) around the lake and over the reservoir. The road passes through tiny villages and tea plantations where pickers are busy at work in their bright attire. Whilst driving through these areas you are greeted by warm genuine smiles and waving children.

Tea everywhere

Tea everywhere

Lush green tea fields

Lush green tea fields

Smiles all around - tea pickers

Smiles all around – tea pickers

Ancient Hindu Kovil (temple) on an island in Castlereagh lake

Ancient Hindu Kovil (temple) on an island in Castlereagh lake

I have much much more to share with you, awesome scenic photo’s of flora, pictures of the bungalows’ interior, a bit of history and some tea-infused recipes…please stay tuned 🙂

I’ll leave you  with this for now…courtesy of Tea Trails…

Luxury in the Tea Country of Sri Lanka

Luxury in the Tea Country of Sri Lanka

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4 responses to “The Enchanting Tea Country – Ceylon Tea Trails 1

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  3. The Kovil was probably part of the town that was submerged when the dam was built. Due to the drought the water levels have fallen, so bits of it have emerged.

    • Hi Jack – yes indeed as I have seen very few pictures of it so far and all the locals were telling us how much the water had dropped recently. Thanks for pointing this out. I wish I had taken more photo’s of it now!

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