Newera Eliya [Sri Lanka]
Photographer: Plâté Ltd, A.W.A.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a general view along the valley at Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka taken by A.W.A. Plate & Co. in c.1900. This hill-station, whose name means 'above the clouds', was surrounded by tea plantations which became the most important crop on the island after the failure of coffee in the 1880s. T.H.Holdich wrote of this area in the Imperial Gazeteer of India, 'No measured language can express the beauties of Ceylon scenery...from Kandy to Nuwara Elia, where the softer and gentler beauty of the Nilgiris is repeated in rounded slopes and lakes and patches of indigenous sholas [wooded copses] amid the mountains, there are endless vistas of transcendent beauty.'