6 Places For A Memorable Sri Lanka Tea Plantation Tour
Is tea one of your favourite drinks? If the answer is Yes, probably you might be planning to do a Sri Lanka tea plantation tour to visit the plantations, where world-renowned Ceylon tea comes from. Sri Lanka previously called Ceylon is one of the world-renowned best tea makers in the world and 4th largest tea manufacturer in the world.
The tea industry on the island goes back to many centuries and it adds aroma to the island’s economy while adding a large sum of hard currencies to the economy. The tea was introduced to the island during the British administration on the island in the early 18s; the British East India Company had heavily contributed to the development of tea industry on the island, on the other hand, they were the people who benefitted from the investment in the early days of the tea industry. A large chunk of upcountry land brought under tea plantations by the British administration and the momentum continued even after the British occupation making it single most agricultural export product on the island.
90% of tea produced on the island is been exported to all corners in the world, while a portion of tea produced on the island remains in Sri Lanka for the consumption. The Tea industry is under the purview of the tea development authority, which is a government institution, and it regulates all aspects of tea industry and maintains the quality of tea sold under the emblem of CEYLON TEA.
What are the best places for a Sri Lanka tea plantation tour?
Damro Labookelle Tea Plantation
Glenloch tea plantation
Giragama Tea plantation
Pedro tea estate
Blue field Tea estate
Accommodation of Sri Lanka tea plantation tour
The hotels selected in the Sri Lanka tea plantation tour are mostly located in the tea plantations, and they feature characteristics if rich heritage planter bungalows. The most hotels are boutique villas with more than 100 years of history and the bungalows exhibit a fine blend of colonial décor and sylvan flooring. As you go on a Sri Lanka tea plantation tour, you are able to visit the tea factories and sample what they produce at their factories. Usually, the accommodations during the trip will be arranged in small boutique hotels and bungalows that converge with tea plantations. The tea plantation bungalows have only a few rooms and can accommodate only a few customers at a time. Therefore we should required the well in advance booking in order to confirm the tour.
Transportation during the Sri Lanka tea plantation tour
Transportation in luxury and modern private vehicles with English speaking tour guides or the guides that speak any other language. You will be able to enjoy the luxury in one of our luxury vehicles that feature reclining seats, Wi-Fi and spacious interior. Most importantly this Sri Lanka tea plantation tour is a private trip means that you have the maximum privacy during the trip, without any intruders. This Sri Lanka tea plantation tour can be customized to meet your requirement or it can be combined with any other Sri Lanka tour packages.
Main mode of transportation for the Sri Lanka tea plantation tour is road transport while a part of the trip can be done by the train. The upcountry rail journey considered to be the best rail journey on the island and provide breathtaking scenery across, mountains, valleys, rainforest, tea plantation and vegetable gardens. A rail journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya or to Ella can be easily added to the trip.
Where can we find tea plantations in Sri Lanka?
This is a question for most travellers, who look for Sri Lanka tea plantation tour; however, the answer is very simple because tea plantations are widely distributed on the island except beaches and dry zone areas. Upcountry is the most popular for the tea industry and tea plantations and distributed far and wide across all the mountains and valleys.
The upcountry tea, which grows above 500 meters above sea-level considered to be the tea with the best aroma, taste and colour, is sold at the highest price in the world market. The low country Tea, which grows below 500 meters above sea level, has a high demand from Arabian countries and Asian countries including Sri Lanka.
Almost every Sri Lanka tea plantation tour includes the breathtaking upcountry in its program. Nuwara Eliya and the upcountry is a major holiday destination on the island and visited by hundreds of thousands of foreign as well as local travellers. Most travellers, who take part in Sri Lanka tea plantation tour, are mesmerized by the well maintained and regularly manicured tea gardens and the unique bio-diversity around it.
While some people choose Sri Lanka tea plantation tour to explore this mountain dominated region some others opt for short tours to explore the mountains and take part in day tours to visit Nuwara Eliya. Local tour operators such as seerendipity tours organize regular one day and two days tours to Nuwara Eliya and Kandy for travellers, who wish to explore Sri Lankan tea plantations, these short tours are very popular among the travellers, who stay on the beach as well as the travellers, who make short visit to the island.
Every year, thousands of travellers visit Kandy for sightseeing and a large number of them make a visit to the island’s first tea museum. The main objective of the tea museum is to depict the evolution of the tea industry on the island over the last several centuries, from basic rudimentary tea roller to the computerized tea factory that we see today.
Hereunder are 5 tea plantations that you can add into your Sri Lanka tea plantation tour.
Sri Lanka tea plantation tour at Damro Labookellie Tea Centre and Tea garden
As you make a road trip of Sri Lanka from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, Labookellie tea factory sits 60 km from Kandy, on the right side of the road. In the backdrop of the tea centre is the plantation that produces valuable 2 buds and the tip required to make tea at Labookellie tea factory.
The history of Labookellie goes back to the British colonial era and was established about 150m years back. The tea plantation of Labookellie and the tea factory lies at an elevation of 5,000 feet above sea level and, making it the second oldest tea plantation on the island, which produces some finest Ceylon tea. The doors of the tea factory are open to visitors and friendly staff of the factory helps you to have a closer look at the manufacturing process of tea.
At the end of the tea factory visit, the visitors have the opportunity to sip a cup of freshly brewed Ceylon tea at the Labookellie tea lounge, which only a few meters away from the factory. The tea lounge is carefully planned and constructed giving mesmerizing view over the mountains in the backyard. It is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the green that carpet the jagged mountains and valleys while observing the colourfully dressed tea-puckers moves lazily in the field and nimbly harvesting the tender two leaves & bud.
Labookellie is one of the highest grown orthodox tea plantations on the island. The factory produces mainly black tea while they supply a limited amount of expensive green tea varieties as well. The factory has undergone a major transition in the recent past and has adopted advanced tea manufacturing know-how and introduced modern machinery. The seven-step process of tea-making involves rolling, withering, fermenting, drying, sieving, and grading and fibre extraction.
Sri Lanka tea plantation tour Glenloch tea factory
The tea factory of Glenloch was established in 1917 under the British administrations and Marzetti, Charles.J had been the first manager of the tea plantation. Glenloch tea garden lies at the laid-back village of Katukithula, about 45 km from Kandy. Like most tea garden on the island, the visitors at Glenloch are allowed to witness the hygienic tea manufacturing process using high-tech modern machinery.
The spacious and cosy Tea lounge is a perfect spot to sip a cup of Ceylon tea with leisure while enjoying the breathtaking scenery of mountain peaks and valleys in the immediate surrounding. The tea factory and plantation serves a large number of travellers every day and provide easy access to large collection of finest Ceylon tea. The tea factory has a well-stocked tea shop, selling large array of flavoured and unflavored black tea, Green tea oolong tea, silver buds and golden tips.
Sri Lanka tea plantation tour Giragama tea garden
Giragama tea plantation is under the administration of Pusellawa tea plantations and primarily produces tea for the export market. Sri Lanka upcountry is the best tea grown area on the island, where the majority of tea plantations to be found and best for Sri Lanka tea plantation tour.
The morning mist hides the rolling hills and the temperature and humidity at its lowest ebb due to the altitude, almost like wine country. Nicely manicured tea bushes with shimmering tea leaves look like a like green blanket that cover the mountain peaks. This idyllic setting is most visible in the upcountry cities like Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Badulla. But, it is still possible to make a Sri Lanka tea plantation tour even you are not heading to upcountry at Giragama tea plantation. The tea grown in Giragama tea factory is coming under the mid-grown tea varieties, which inherit the characteristics of low-country tea and upcountry tea. However, the tea of Giragama tea plantation shows more close relationship with low-grown tea varieties with strong taste, dark colour and pale aroma.
Perhaps the tea plantation tour of Giragama is not a perfect match to a tea plantation tour in Nuwara Eliya; however, it gives you the pleasure of strolling in a tea plantation, visiting a tea factory and sips a freshly brewed Ceylon tea.
The Giragama tea plantation is located off the Colombo-Kandy main road, about 5 km away from the main road. The nearest city to the Giragama tea plantation is in Pilimathalawa, which lies 103 km from Colombo on the Kandy-Colombo main road. A narrow road named after Giragama tea plantation provides access to the tea plantation from the main road.
Sri Lanka tea plantation tour Pedro tea plantation
Pedro the plantation is another upcountry tea plantation that lies 1800 meters above sea level. Pedro tea plantation is only a few kilometres away from Nuwara Eliya, which is the capital of tea country of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka tea plantation tour at Pedro is very convenient for travellers, who cross the hill station of Nuwara Eliya on their Sri Lanka tour, due to the easy access from Nuwara Eliya to Pedro tea plantation.
Unlike low country tea plantations that are popular for dark and strong tea with poor aroma, upcountry tea has the characteristics such as strong aroma, pale colour and mild flavour, which are considered to be the qualities of most demanding and expensive tea varieties in the world. In fact, finest tea plantations are located at high altitude like Pedro tea plantation, which lies 1800 meter above sea level.
The tea is a thriving crop in the Nuwara Eliya and growing for more than many centuries and most important industry in the region. The Pedro tea plantation produces tea that has a very strong aroma, with mellow and clean liquor.
The tea factory of Pedro is popular as a place, where excellent flavoursome tea is been produced. The tea factory started by the British planters in the nearly 18s and still in very good shape. The tea factory is located in the middle of the tea plantation. The factory still heavily depends on its traditional method and serves as an important tourist attraction for tea connoisseurs.
Blue field Tea estate
Blue field tea estate is another favourite place for Sri Lanka tea plantation tour and lies on the Kandy-Nuwara Eliya main road just after the Ramboda pass. The Tea garden and tea lounge are picturesquely located amidst The Mountains and valleys overlooking the Ramboda pass.
The tea grows at the blue field tea plantation is categorized under high-grown tea and has all the qualities of finest Ceylon tea. The blue field tea shop has a large stock of different varieties of Ceylon tea with varying prices and qualities.
The Tea Museum
The Kandy is a major tourist attraction with a large number of places to visit; therefore Kandy is a part of most Sri Lanka road trips. The tea museum is conveniently located within easy reach of Kandy giving easy access to travellers who wish to study the history of the Sri Lankan tea industry.
The tea museum of Hantana in Kandy is the first museum dedicated to the tea industry of Sri Lanka. The museum is located near the cultural hub of Sri Lanka better known as Kandy, which is one of the most important tourist hotspots on the island. The museum is located in the laid-back locality known as Hantana, featuring breathtaking scenery across the mountains and valleys in the surrounding area.
The tea museum is merely three kilometres from Kandy and takes only 20 minutes to reach the museum on a well maintained and curve filled road. The museum is housed in an abandoned tea factory that consists of four floors.
The ground floor and the second floor of the museum houses a collection of very old machinery used in tea factories in the past. There is a library on the first floor and has a large collection of valuable books mainly related to tea industry of Sri Lanka. A spacious auditorium on the first floor has facilities for audiovisual presentations.
A tea sales outlet is established on the third floor, and which has a large collection of tea varieties coming from all tea grown areas of Sri Lanka. The top floor of the museum is reserved for a tea café. The view from the top floor, with the telescopes that are mounted on the top floor, is simply gorgeous; Kandy town can be viewed from the top floor with surrounding mountains such as knuckled range, Hunasgiriya, Matale range of hills. The landscaped garden of the museum is planted with different varieties of tea.
Tuesday to Saturday: 08.30 am to 15.45 pm
Sunday : 08.30am to 15.00pm
(Closed on Mondays & Poya day falling weekdays)
Non – resident Adult: 800LKR
Non – resident Children: 400LKR
The Sri Lanka tea plantation tour also features many other important naturals, historical and religious monuments such as lover’s leap falls, Ramboda falls, Victoria Park, Gregory Lake, Horton plains national park, Kandy city tour, Sita Amman temple, Nuwara Eliya city tour, and Haggala botanical garden.