A Guide to Sri Lankan Tea Country

Tea plantations arent just a signature of Sri Lanka; many offer gorgeous views of vast, open greenery
Tea plantations aren't just a signature of Sri Lanka; many offer gorgeous views of vast, open greenery | © Jon Arnold Images Ltd / Alamy
Jayani Senanayake

Acres and acres of jade expanses are crowned with bright green leaves. Meanwhile, dots of tea pluckers decorate the sloping, misty hills. This is the breathtaking tea country of Sri Lanka. Famous the world over for the fragrant beverage, when you next visit the country, make sure you visit these tea plantations for a memorable experience.

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Tea in Sri Lanka can be categorised as high-grown tea, mid-grown tea and low-grown tea. The high-grown tea is grown at an elevation of over 1,800m (6,000ft); it’s light in colour, delicate in taste and found in Nuwara Eliya. Mid-grown tea, stronger in colour and flavour, can typically be found in the Kandy, Matale, and Bogawanthalawa areas. Low-grown tea is cultivated in the south of Sri Lanka, mostly in the Galle area, yielding strong, robust teas with a strong aroma.

How to Visit Tea Plantations

Where to Visit

In the Nuwara Eliya area, the Mackwoods Labukeliya Factory, Blue Field Tea Factory and Pedro Tea Factory are great choices. There, you can embark on educational tours to see how the tea is made. If you are more interested in visiting a low-country tea estate, the Handungoda Estate offers a unique experience for tea-lovers. Unique vistas spread over scenic estates. Personalised tea tours as well as the chance to experience a cup of delicious Ceylon tea are on the cards here, all while you’re surrounded by the gorgeous tea plantations.

Where to Stay

1. Ceylon Tea Trails

Hotel, Villa

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True tea-lovers will enjoy staying at Ceylon Tea Trails, an estate bungalow built in the 1800s and located in the Bogawantalawa Valley. It comes with Swiss-trained butlers, curious antiques and a planter-in-residence.

2. Kahanda Kanda

Luxury, Boutique Hotel

Kahanda Kanda
Courtesy of Kahanda Kanda / Expedia

For a low-grown tea experience, the beautifully tropical Kahanda Kanda is an ideal way of roaming around the estates. It sprawls across the hills just outside Galle, and the tea there is exported as far away as Russia and Iraq.

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