|Year and Month||22nd February, 2016|
|Number of Days||One|
|Crew||4 (between 25-30 years of age)|
|Activities||Scenery, Photography, Hiking|
|Route||Peradeniya -> Galaha -> Delthota -> Loolkandura -> Kondagala -> Back to Galaha -> Nilamba -> Kalugamuwa -> Gelioya|
|Tips, Notes and Special remark||
The Loolkandura estate was the first tea plantation estate in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) started in 1867 by Englishman James Taylor, it is situated in Kandy District.
The James Taylor Story
- Ruins of James Taylors’ Cottage
- Hike to Kondagala
- James Taylors Well
- James Taylors Seat
- Field No 7 – The First tea field
We started the journey around 7:30 am and reached Delthota at 9 am. Riding through the Scenic road of Hanthana range was a nice experience.
Loolkandura is located in 7 km from Delthota town on the Hewaheta road. This goes through tea estates and can enjoy the beauty of the valley.
Kondagala is the rock located just behind the JT cottage. The foot path to the rock starts at the Right corner of the JT cottage. There is a 300 meters hike to reach the top.
The James taylors seat is located little away from the JT cottage. It’s the place used by James taylor to plan the tea plantation across the the Loolkandura valley.
After spending some time there we decided to return loolkandura to see field no 7. On our way back to loolkandura we saw a nice pond on the way.
The Field no 7 is the first tea field of srilanka
There is a good place to have a bath at Loolkandura.
It was a wonderful trip and We returned our home by 4:30 pm. We used the Nillamba route to reach our home which is the shortest route to Gelioya.
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