Published On: Thu, Dec 12th, 2019

Tea Plantations, Sri Lanka Central Highlands

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Tea plantations cover much of Sri Lanka central highlands, hugging every contour of the hills, rolling lush and green across the slopes right up to the base of the highest peaks.

Only waterfalls and clusters of trees break up this shimmering carpet, and here and there an isolated village or an old colonial town where the fragrance of drying tea lingers along the streets.

Best Ceylon Tea

Soon after dawn, workers make their way to the tea plantations, their red and gold saris glowing through the greenery. For the best Ceylon tea, they pluck only two fresh leaves and a bud from each shoot, promptly delivering their daily loads to the factory to ensure top quality. Bushes are productive year round.

Leaves are dried, dropped into rolling machines and left to ferment before passing through a hot air chamber. The tea is sorted into grades from Orange Pekoe or Flowery gold or silver to the more common Fannings or Dusts for tea bags.

Several tea factories are open for guided tours and there are a number of outlets across the hills where visitors can taste and buy the best Ceylon tea.

Nuwara Eliya Hill Station

Surrounded by tea plantations and vegetable gardens, 180 km from Colombo, Nuwara Eliya hill station was built by British settlers, keen to escape from the summer heat in the lowlands. They set up the tea plantations and designed a town where they would feel at home, colonial verandas mingling with red brick, mock-Tudor buildings, country club and golf course.

Today, at roughly 1900 metres, Nuwara Eliya is a bustling place, lined with new lodges and market stalls, drawing thousands of Sri Lankan and foreign tourists. All come to enjoy the cool mountain air and endless supplies of that fresh Ceylon tea from colonial times.

Tea Factory Hotel, Aitken Spence

Tea Plantations, Sri Lanka Central Highlands

The Aitken Spence Tea Factory Hotel is set in Kandapola, a 30-45 minute drive from Nuwara Eliya. This four star hotel has preserved numerous features from the original factory, including machinery and the drying loft converted into rooms full of character. Views over rolling hills and plantations are superb.

The hotel has 57 guest rooms in colonial style, all with bath and rain shower, and two restaurants serving a wide range of international cuisine with a Sri Lankan touch. Health, taste and presentation are paramount.

The Six Senses Spa offers a variety of treatments, most popular Ayurvedic massage, based on local herbs, fruit and oils and there is a gym and an excursion programme. This includes plucking your own tea which can be dried and brewed in the hotel.

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