COMMONWAY INSTITUTE

SRI LANKA PICTURES

APRIL- JUNE 2000 VISIT

Pictures from the Hill Country:

I took a quick trip up to the central part of Sri Lanka, to inspect two Sarvodaya centers.  On the way, saw some remarkable and deeply moving views.  It is the opposite of the hot, humid, often stinking, always crowded Colombo-Moratuwa area.

It's where the British parked themselves when they thought they owned the world.  (While you can fault them for arrogance, you can't find fault with their choice of location.)

Note:  These pictures will be slow to load; I purposely left them large, so you can see the beautiful detail.  It's worth the wait.
 

A Tamil/Hindu temple, set in the trees...
 

02:  Another view...

03:  A hillside in the hill country, with taller mountains in the background...

04:  Another view...
 
 

06:  The Hill Country is really hilly!
 
 
 

08:  Two of the Sarvodaya workers... one Sinhalese, one Tamil...

09:  The one on the right is Sinhalese...  or is it the left?  Or does it matter?

12:   The recently reopened Sarvodaya center in Tamil Country.  The hill behind the Center also belongs to Sarvodaya...

13:  More beautiful views....

14:  And more...  (everything you see, foreground and background, is tea.)

15:  And more...

16:  As stunning a view as I've seen anywhere on Earth:  A huge waterfall gushing forth from a rock cliff, with hills, mountains and tea plantations surrounding.  Breathtaking...

17:  A close-up.  This is not stream-fed; it's a spring...

20:  The other direction...

201:  Standing on the edge of Paradise...

202:  The city of Nuwara Eliyah... Neat, clean, well tended vegetable gardens, tea plants in the foreground and background.  And the air was SO COOL!!!  Probably low 70's no humidity.  The big buildings in the background are tea factories and housing for the tea workers.

203:  another view...

204:  What looks like a golf course grounds or a tilled field is really a tea plantation, with waist-high tea plants.  The lines are wear the women stand between the plants picking the youngest, newest leaves...

205:  There is a tea worker right in the middle of the picture... hard to make out.  The women pick the leaves; the men trim back the bushes with machetes to make sure they don't get too big.

208:  The Sarvodaya District Center in Nuwara Eliyah, with two Sarvodaya volunteers...
 

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