Sri Lanka is a fascinating country that is popular with solo travellers, backpackers and serious tourists from all over the world. The country is often called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. It is a land of cultural diversities, picturesque flora and mesmerizing fauna! There are tons of things to do and places to visit in Sri Lanka, but in recent years, one of the most popular activities chosen by tourists in Sri Lanka is trekking through tea plantations.
One of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka among tourists who have plans to trek through the tea plantations of the nation is the city of Nuwara Eliya. It is situated at a height of 1,900 meters from sea level, thus making it the highest city in all of Sri Lanka. The city has an unmistakable English character which is easy to spot as soon as one takes note of the bright red letterboxes, well-maintained flower gardens and the posh golf club. Trekking in the Tea Country of Nuwara Eliya wouldn’t consist of just endless walking. You can enjoy a plethora of activities as well. Few are listed:
Pack your binoculars and enjoy bird watching
Whether you have a hobby of watching birds or not, while you are trekking in the Tea Country of Nuwara Eliya, you will easily be able to spot both migratory as well as endemic species of birds here. Some notable examples are Kashmir flycatchers, Indian blue robins!
Head inside a tea factory!
There are many tea factories in Nuwara Eliya and trekking through their tea plantations is pure bliss. The best part, you can also head inside the factories where the tea leaves are processed, blended and packed.
If you are in the mood to witness how tea leaves from the field end up on your kitchen counter, then visit the Bluefield Tea Factory – this has been in business for more than a hundred years, Damro – previously known as Macwood or the Pedo Tea factory. Entering the factories mentioned above is free of charge. You will be accompanied by a guide who will explain the whole process. While you are there, don’t forget to enjoy your complimentary cup of tea!
Trek to Ramboda Waterfall and take a dip!
Ramboda waterfall is close to the Bluefield Tea Factory. It is one of the highest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. It stands tall at a height of 358 feet. You would need to trek for about half an hour using the stairs that start from the ticket counter. The journey to the waterfalls from Nuwara Eliya is breath-taking!
Be sure to keep your camera handy since you wouldn’t want to miss the picturesque view from the trail to the waterfall which would consist of a serene view of mystic lakes covered with clouds and beautiful tea estates! The trail goes through a path with massive bamboo trees and other forms of vegetation on either side! If you are a good swimmer, pack your swimming gear since Ramboda Waterfall is a popular natural swimming pool!
Lover’s Leap Waterfall – Nature at its best!
Apart from enjoying the alluring activities mentioned above, don’t you forget to trek to the famous Lover’s Leap Waterfall in the Tea Country of Nuwara Eliya! The waterfall is surrounded by tea gardens, thus making it a sight to behold! You would need to trek for about half an hour before you reach the waterfall, so pack enough water and food for the journey!