Ernesto Che Guevara epitomizes all the romanticism attached to revolution and rebellion and remains an enduring image worlwide till today.
Nearly 54 years ago, Che Guevara visited Sri Lanka to look into the rubber planting methods adopted in the country. He visited the Yahala Kele rubber estate in Horana and planted a Mahogany plant on August 7, 1959 which today has grown into a giant tree.
Dingiri Mahattaya, the man who served Che and his group of visitors from Cuba with biscuits and bananas during the visit, is still alive and likes to tell about his close encounter with the famous man.
Here are some pictures that were taken when we visited the estate some time back.
This is also a link to a story I wrote on Che’s visit to Ceylon.