Nuwara Eliya Journals

The grandeur of The Grand Hotel

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A travel journal to Nuwara Eliya by MichaelJM

Blue Field Tea Factory (Bluefield Tea Gardens) Photo, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka More Photos
Quote: A real glimpse into the decadence of days of the empire.

Plantation Hotel

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Restaurant | "Film set, Rolls Royce Museum and Jungle"

Plantation Hotel Photo, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
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We stopped off at a restaurant which was at the site where they filmed the world famous Black and White Movie of the Bridge over the River Kwai in 1957. This film by David Lean is based on the novel by French writer Pierre Boulle and although a work of fiction it is firmly based on the construction, by Japanese Prisoners of War, of the Burma Railway in 1942–43. It stars William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins and I was surprised to learn that a lot of the scene creation for the film was done in Sri Lanka in the Kitulgala region.Kitulgala is a small town in the western Sri Lanka and is said to be one of the wettest places in the country. We went in what is usually the driest month of th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2011

Plantation Hotel

Kitulgala, Sri Lanka

Blue Field Tea Factory (Bluefield Tea Gardens)

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Attraction | "Walking the tea plantation"

Blue Field Tea Factory (Bluefield Tea Gardens) Photo, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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We’d set off nice and early for the Tea Factory and although we’ve been to a tea plantation in Kerala before we didn’t check out the production process. As soon as we arrived at the Blue Tree plantation we were welcomed by our personal guide who was going to talk us through the production process. I was expecting a sophisticated production line but was immediately surprised at the low level technology and the scarcity of workers in the building.For the next 20 minutes we’re going to be "walked through the process" from the stage the bags of leaves are brought through to the final delivery of tea leaves fit for the teapot. Initially the leaves are wilted (i.e. put in large containers with dry hea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2011

Blue Field Tea Factory (Bluefield Tea Gardens)
Town of Ramboda
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Early morining bird watching

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Grand Hotel Photo, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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Our guide had recognised that I was interested in wild life and so offered to take me for an early morning bird watching walk. Apparently he set off every morning following his love of nature, at around 5.00am, but suggested that 7.00am would be earlier enough for me to see some of the local bird life. I readily agreed and our rendez-vous was fixed for 7.00 in the main reception area.I, somewhat bleary eyed, made it at the appointed time and our guide, looking as if he’d been awake for hours, was waiting for me. Soon we were outside the hotel, in an early morning misty rain and within minutes I’m looking into a small bush in which two long billed sun birds are attempting to feed on the bri...Read More

The markets of Nurawa Eliya

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Photo of Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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Before we stopped off at the Grand Hotel our guide took us for a brief tour of Nurawa Eliya. It’s honestly not a stunning place but we were assured it’s about to become a World Heritage Site. Nuwara Eliya is only 180 Km from the hot and humid Colombo but it is said to be "blessed with a salubrious climate". In reality that means it’s a lot chillier here and there was certainly no need to Air Conditioning in the bedrooms!! It’s a very green and lush area and Nuwara Eliya (meaning the City of Lights) is also known as 'Little' England'. It’s not difficult to imagine why it appealed to the British and it soon became their favourite hill station. Just looking around you can see how they tried t...Read More

Grand Hotel

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Hotel | "Back in time for this stay.."

Grand Hotel Photo, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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What a magnificent old colonial mansion this is. Over the years, since 1827, the Grand has seen major development work to extend this fine hotel and inside there is plenty of photographic evidence of its history, including a photo of Eliza Smith and her husband (whoever they might be) approaching the main entrance from their chauffer driven ford motor car in the early 1900’s. The Grand is certainly grand and although you might describe small pockets of it as being in need of an update you have to take on board that you are staying in a period building with all the original finery and grandeur that the British expected when staying in Sri Lanka in the days of the Victorian Empire. It starte...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 13, 2011

Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel Road
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
94-52-2222881/7

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England