Sri Lanka is one of my favorite countries in Asia. Its small size and amazing variety make it unrivaled — beautiful beaches, amazing wildlife sanctuaries featuring wild elephants and leopards, ancient cities and the stunning natural beauty of the tea growing regions. Each of my visits usually includes a night in the tea growing areas of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands. Most frequently visited are Nuwara Eliya and the areas around Hatton, which is two hours away in the Bogawantalawa Valley and famous for its tea estates.

Once Sri Lanka was a part of British India, and the traditional “teatime” would not have been lost on the colonialists. Tea was brought to Sri Lanka in 1847 by a British man named James Taylor.  Taylor began with 19 acres. Eventually he progressed to the point where he had a large tea factory and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was comparing him to a famous general at Waterloo.

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