"There are 200,000 hectares of plantation in Sri Lanka (400,000 kg of tea per hectare). The color of Black 'Ceylon Tea' varies dependent on altitude, here in the island's low country tea is darkest and strongest." - Pepper National Guide, Galle, 2017 | April 2017 | View All Reviews
Highlights & Features
- This experience is best in the early morning or late afternoon.
- Go back to the root of world-renowned Ceylon tea.
- Includes an insightful plantation walk and mesmerising factory access.
- Includes: Your host.
- Duration: 1.5 - 2 hrs (walk approx. 30 minutes).
- Children: Better for older children.
- What to wear or bring along: Light, clothing, hat, closed in shoes.
The Full Experience
Explore a lesser-known tea plantation and factory not far from Galle and take a trip through tea production from the plantation's pathways to leaf processing.
Meet your host early morning or late afternoon and walk amongst rolling hills of tea bushes guided past verdant leaves. Hear of the intricacies of tea growth, its history in Sri Lanka and look out for plants and wildlife such as peacocks, lemongrass and versatile jackfruit. In the morning you are more likely to see brightly clad pickers hypnotically selecting leaves by hand from hidden paths between bushes. Down in the factory, witness the next steps in the leaf’s passage to your cup as leaves transform from jade to brown. Follow the flow of the leaves and pinafore clad ladies, enveloped by the unmistakable smell of tea at each stage.