As an avid traveler/photographer I always have loved the possibilities to visit a little bit more exotic countries. I have spent years abroad so there is always a strong calling to go visit new places as well as re-visit interesting place. Sri Lanka has been present in some my last few posts in the form of different monochrome shots. I would love to share a bit more of this lovely land and my trip with you.
Sri Lanka is located on the tip of the Indian sub-continent. The country was earlier known as Ceylon and some of the tea that is imported from Sri Lanka still carries the Ceylon name proudly. If you are a tea person, you will probably know that Sri Lanka tea is one of the best known and widely used teas. The country is the second biggest importer of tea in the world (for many years it was the biggest but apparently at the moment Kenya holds the top spot).
Climate wise the country is very warm and humid being located just a bit north of the equator. As Asian countries go, it is not as highly populated as some of its regional neighbors, but over 21,5million people live on the island with a couple of million living abroad. Ethnically the country is divided into two main groups, the Sinhalese and the Tamil. Both people are also represented in India and the country and its culture has quite naturally some similarities to the cultures of Southern India.
In the time of the British Empire Sri Lanka was an integral part of India and at that time period also the tea plantations grew and a great legacy was built. It is only a fluke of nature actually that Sri Lanka is known of tea instead of coffee as they were growing it before but a bad crop in the early 19th century affected those plans.
Sri Lanka is very interesting in that it is very diverse country. There are beaches, jungles and mountains. Wildlife including leopards, crocodiles and wild elephants as well as a wide variety of birds.
Tabletop mountain on the road between the capital city of Colombo and Kandy. Going up to the mountains and the region where tea is grown is something I would recommend anyone visiting Sri Lanka should do. Even though the 130km drive takes around 5.5hrs it is worth the bother.
The views on the road are stunning as well as the difference between the lifestyles of the countryside vs the capital.
City of Kandy is a major center in the country and one of the central places of Buddhism as well. The city is located in a valley with a lake and a great river running by it.
The main religion is Buddhism and it is visible everywhere with statues and monks aplenty.
Rush hour in Kandy is relatively cosy affair versus the likes of Indian cities but there is a lot of bustle still.
Selling water on the high street.
Jungle in the monsoon season, in the lower corner the Mahaveli river which along with the mountains dominates the Kandy area.
Mahaveli from another vantagepoint.
One of South-East Asias biggest Golf-courses. is located close to Kandy.
Beautiful flower being ravaged by beautiful bugs.
Hinduism, the second dominating religion in the country has a lot of followers especially in the Tamil population. Small shrines and big temples can be found almost as often as Buddhist shrines.
A flower that looks like a bird made me look twice and take this photo.