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4 January 2020

Tea and hoppers

Hoppers at Hoppa

Hoppers at Hoppa

25 December 2019

We’ve explored Galle top to bottom, so today was pretty easy going. We drove out into the country to visit a tea estate, where they take you on a free scenic and interesting hour-long tour of the estate and the tea factory. I now feel educated about tea. There’s also a complimentary cup of tea and slice of cake, then tea tasting. All of this obviously to get you to buy some of their tea, and most of the other tourists were filling their baskets. Alas, we’d already filled our suitcase back near Nuwara Eliya! I picked up an interesting box of Ceylon suchong; smoked over cinnamon wood instead of pine.

I think it might rain...

I think it might rain…

On the way back to Galle we lucked into some good sightings of purple faced leaf monkeys, which was a bonus. We ate lunch at Hoppa – no connection with the London restaurant, but similar in that they cook good hoppers with tasty curries and sambols to accompany them. Hoppa is definitely my pick of eating out in Galle; our last rice and curry at the Church Street Social was pretty decent but not special. The rain caught up with us again and it bucketed down torrentially into the evening.

Postscript: I only just realised, typing up this post, that this was Christmas Day.

Purple faced leaf monkey

Purple faced leaf monkey

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