Climbing a 50 metre palm with only a little coconut fibre strapped around your ankles might not be everyone’s cup of (Ceylon) tea. But here at Talalla Retreat, it’s a weekly occurrence to keep our grounds in tip top condition.
Nishantha is a lifetime coconut plucker – or “poll kadanawa” in the local Sinhala – who’s been doing this for over 20 years. He scales the grand heights fearlessly and with the elegance of a cat, to keep our guests safe from falling young coconut and dead palm fronds.
You might be lucky enough to watch him when you’re here! But never fear, it’s just another day at the *ahem* office for Nishantha.
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