Sri Lanka Experiences - Tea Plantation & Factory Visit
Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands
Sri Lanka’s lush green hill country is a patchwork of rolling, seemingly endless tea plantations. A visit to one of these estates is a defining experience of any trip to this magnificent country.
These historic tea plantations are a legacy of British colonial culture, while the sight of Tamil pickers in colourful garments gathering delicate tea leaves by hand remains an archetypal image of Sri Lanka. Tea begins its journey from hillside to cup with a gentle tug between the thumb and forefinger of one of the island’s thousands of Tamil tea pluckers. The freshly gathered leaves are promptly carried off to be converted into tea in the nearest tea factory.
A number or tea factories and estates in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country offer short tours for visitors, you can observe how plants are grown in the estate and discover how different types of tea are produced in the factory, before enjoying tea and a slice of cake.