Sri Lanka’s Tea Plantations

Sri Lanka’s tea plantations are world famous and the island is well known to host some large estates.

“….Dear Coffee, I am breaking up with you….” Anon

Closer to home just 20 minutes away, The Hanunugoda Tea Estate is situated inland and it is the only estate to produce Virgin White Tea in Sri Lanka. In the past, the tea was picked by virgins wearing white gloves who snipped the tips into a golden bowl and served it only to Kings.

This Sri Lankan Tea is a delicacy and these days it remains un-touched by human hand, but, there are no other requirements for the tea pickers! It is so pure that it is widely said to have huge medicinal properties because it is so high in antioxidents. The tea is exported internationally to uber luxe department stores in Paris and the Middle East.

 

This tea estate also produces and sells plenty of other beautifully scented and tasty teas which you can sample and buy after a free tour. The owner, Herman Gunaratne, can sometimes be seen meeting and greeting the visitors.

If you are touring the island with us, staying in a Sri Lanka Tea Plantation hotel is one of the most unique and exclusive experiences to have.The lush green hill country is a patchwork of rolling, endless tea plantations.

Nuwara Eliya is one such famous region and is also known as the Little England of Sri Lanka. The cooler climate is suited to tea crops and was enjoyed by the British during colonial times. The architecture is reminiscent of chocolate box buildings found in the English countryside, hence the nickname.
An annual and glamorous horse racing event is held in these hills and if you are travelling at that time, you will see gorgeous oversized hats, stunning dresses, gentleman in suits and jockeys with their race horses just as you would at Ascot in the UK.
Sri Lanka’s tea plantations can be found across the island and can be built into your holiday to suit whatever routes you take.