Haputale and tuk-tuk
After arriving at Haputale, the tour continued with tuk-tuk. Drivers are driving well, and we have the impression that they are in control of it!
The tuk-tuk’s were decorated as it was a local Hindu holiday.
Before we drove, we stood and waited at the two Hindu temples. This day was a public holiday, and a part of the locals took part in it. Many came in their own tuk-tuk.
Local had taken their nicest clothes on, and they would very much like to be photographed.
We were also invited into the Hindu temples.
The first temple was related to the area of Tamilnadu in the South of India.
On the way to Liptons Seat
There were narrow, winding mountain roads on the way to Liptons Seat, where our bus could not be run. But it could tuk-tuk’s.
We saw green tea-fields coming up everywhere.
Liptons Seat is the place where Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton frequently chose to consider his big tea estate from.
He naturally founded the brand Lipton, which is currently sold by the Unilever Group.
He also succeeded in becoming a Knight (Royal Victorian Order), and in the years 1899-1930 Thomas Lipton participated in the America’s Cup, one of the biggest racing in the world.
It was just time to go into a local village where tea workers live.
There was a quite relaxed atmosphere – especially for the dog:
We were also welcome to look into their hindu Temple:
… and so it seemed inside the Hindu temple:
Road safety in Sri Lanka
In several places we saw that the locals had decorated their car. This should give them “Good Luck” in traffic.
Even our own bus, which we drove around in Sri Lanka, had such a decoration.
This should probably act as an additional safety measure besides having a driving license 🙂