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Did you know that tea was first discovered purely by accident? The Chinese emperor Chen Nung was boiling water on a journey to purify it, a few leaves from a nearby tea tree fell into the imperial pot. The scent and flavour emanating from the tea leaves was to the Emperor’s liking – and with that first cup the humble tea leaf made its royal debut! Discover the history of tea and the process of tea-making at Bluefield Tea Gardens, surrounded by a scenic environment. Nuwara Eliya is unique, so is its tea, because the fragrance of cypress trees and the menthol of wild mint and eucalyptus float through the air and contribute to the teas characteristic flavor. Recognized by tea connoisseurs, it has been said that Nuwara Eliya is for Ceylon tea is what Champagne is to French bubbly. Purchase ‘Garden Fresh’ varieties of teas, and stroll through the plantations for breath of fresh air.
Situated at around 2000m above sea level and surrounded by lush tea plantations, Nuwara Eliya is the ‘city of light’, located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The city was created by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Once a pleasure retreat of the European planters because of its cool climate, Nuwara-Eliya, was called Little England and was the salubrious retreat for British colonialists. It was their playground for hunting…