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Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Highland Subsistence

Despite tea's dominance, there are crannies where villagers eke out a private living.

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We've come eight miles past Bandarawela.

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Ella's a small place: here's the post office.

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A bungalow.

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A road heads south and downhill to the coastal plain.  Along the way, villages make their own winnowing breeze.

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A dead-end road branches off near Karandagolla.

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It ends at this stream, although traffic continues with deft footwork on stones lying a few inches below the water.

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The stream itself is too rough to follow easily.

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Paths parallel it, however.

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Suddenly, the forest opens to rice paddies.

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Diversions from the stream trickle from one paddy to the next.

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New paddies are chopped from the hill.

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Field preparation is about to begin.

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Despite the lack of roads, some of the families here have substantial homes.

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Porch.

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Firewood.

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Freshly sawn timber.

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Piped water, diverted from the stream.

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A nursery.

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Tomatoes, a cash crop to be carried out to the road.


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