I just had the best samosas of my entire life at the tea house on Lipton's seat. The freshly made goodies where the perfect compliment to the sweeping 360 degree of the landscape. This very spot is where Sir Thomas Lipton, the savvy Scottish entrepreneur, used to survey his burgeoning tea empire and entertain important guests back in the days. Mornings like these are the best.
A nice enough town sitting high up in the mountains with excellent views of the tea plantations below. The small population of Haputale are mostly Tamils (South Indian) brought over here to work for the tea barons from neighbouring India. I've also been hearing that the construction workers building all the high rises and condo units in Colombo are also imported from nearby countries like Bangladesh, China and Pakistan. And thus I've been wondering, why not hire the local people?
They go well with each other. Sri Lanka owes a lot of its annual $700 million income from the tea business to the hardworking Indian immigrants. The Tamils are really nice people too. It was strange how I never saw anyone plucking tea leaves around the plantations though. Maybe it's not harvesting season this time of the year.