Sri Lanka Tea Trail: From Kandy Tea Plantations To Ceylon Tea Trails, Explore The Lush Tea Estates!

by Mallika Khurana
Sri Lanka Tea Trail: From Kandy Tea Plantations To Ceylon Tea Trails, Explore The Lush Tea Estates!

Sri Lanka’s picturesque landscapes, tea plantations, lush mountains, golden beaches, and exceptional national parks are just a few of the attractions that the adventurous traveller will find on this island. As of 2020, Sri Lanka had been the fourth-largest tea producer in the world, with a production of just under 350,000 tonnes. Actually, 17% of the world’s tea crop is grown in the island nation.
The country is also a great destination for holidays revolving around tea estates, exploring the process of production, indulging in various varieties of locally produced teas, and more. Before you get to planning one such trip, here is all you must know about it!

Explore Sri Lanka’s Tea Trail

Tea trail
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The history of Ceylon tea goes back to the 1700s with coffee cultivation. Early in the nineteenth century, a terrible disease called “Devastating Emily” attacked the coffee crops, forcing farmers to think about producing a substitute good. And that is how they landed on our precious tea. It is now one of Sri Lanka’s main exports to other nations. 

  • Most of the tea consumed globally is grown in the Southern Central region, which stretches from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and onward to Ella. It is also grown on a plantation near Hikkaduwa on the southern coast.
  • Next, head to Lipton’s Seat at Haputale, where you can enjoy sweeping views of the region’s tea country. Make the most of this region by reaching early and not letting the fog get in your way. While you are there, don’t forget to take a tour of the tea factories and sample all the amazing and varied teas being produced there.
  • You can even participate in the procedure for the sake of experience and to help pick tea leaves. Even a single night in Nuwara Eliya or Ella will allow you to explore numerous plantations.

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Plan A Perfect Stay At A Tea Estate

Sri Lanka tea plantation
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A staycation on a tea plantation is a truly distinctive experience in Sri Lanka. No other way exists to comprehend the worth of the nation’s most priceless crop. You can select from charming tea bungalows, former tea factories, or even beautiful colonial-style homes when staying on a tea plantation, where you can experience life as it was in the 18th century.

It’s time to plan a unique Sri Lankan holiday!

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