Left to the Devil
High above the Belihul Oya Valley, the abandoned Udaweriya Tea Factory sits as a forlorn reminder of the great heights the Sri Lankan tea industry has fallen from. As the country’s tea industry consolidates into larger corporations, many smaller tea plantations have been absorbed, and their now redundant factories abandoned. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story Discover Belihuloya runs in the November 2017 issue.
Earlier this year, I got a closer look at this factory when I traveled the length of the old Kalupahana-Ohiya Road — the legendary Devil’s Staircase: