Road to Nuwara Eliya
December 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
The day started wet which didn’t matter much since we were off to tea country. Most of the roads were well paved and very comfortable. We traveled about 1 1/2 hours to the Lavender House Tea Factory. We toured the factory and stopped for some cakes and tea which were a welcomed break. The surrounding area was beautiful. Absolutely lush, rolling hills and dotted with auburn, cobalt coloured houses. We drove to the Grand Hotel by the private club Hill Club an English Golf Club. It was if we were transported into the English countryside. At the Grand Hotel we stopped by the cafe for a light Indian curry and tandoori. The kids don’t have any shortage of food they like. I was worried food would be a problem but between the English styled pubs and naan – we are all good. Never too far from a club sandwich or fish and chips….ah the beauty of colonial England.
Our stay in Nuwara Eliya is at the Heritance Tea Factory also run by Spence Aikens which also runs the Kandalama. This hotel began life a tea factory but was abandoned when the Spence Aikens group took it over as a theme hotel. The results are incredible. It’s a difficult last 10K with broken narrow roads but you arrive at a wonderfully luxury hotel. Because it was a tea factory the upgrades are very simple and surprisingly modern. The grounds are impeccably kept and very English. There’s even a maze created with hedges. We were greated with spiced teas and a traditional greeting of a namaskar or namaste – colour to the forehead.
Dinner is smart casual tonight and we are scrambling a bit to find something suitable. I didn’t think we would need smart casual clothes but seeing that it is the holidays I should have prepared better. In any case the staff will be carolling to us which I’m curious about. Wonder if it’s going to end up like the Chinese restaurant scene in “The Christmas Story”. It is Christmas Eve and the kids will hang their stockings by the window with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas, soon will be there.