Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon). In 1824 a tea plant was brought(smuggled) to Ceylon by the British from China and was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardensin Peradeniya for non-commercial purposes. n 1867, James Taylor marked the birth of the tea industry in Ceylon by starting a tea plantation in the Loolecondera (Pronounced Lul-Ka(n)dura in Sinhala -ලූල් කඳුර ) estate in Kandy in 1867. He was only 17 when he came to Loolkandura, Sri Lanka. The original tea plantation was just 19 acres. In 1872 Taylor began operating a fully equipped tea factory on the grounds of the Loolkandura estate and that year the first sale of Loolecondra tea (Loolkandura) was made in Kandy. With this tour, witness this rich heritage by visiting tea estates, as well as working tea factories and get hands-on experience in the art of tea making.
After breakfast we will pick you at your accommodation in Kandy(0900AM) and proceed to Loolkandura Estate where the very first patch of tea was planted in Srilanka. Explore the tea plantation the Loolecondera Tea Factory, James Taylor Seat , Tea Tree, James Taylor Statue and Hanthana tea museum etc. The Ceylon Tea Museum is located in the former Hanthana Tea Factory, which was originally constructed in 1925. Hanthana was one of the first successful areas to cultivate tea following the failure of coffee production on the island. In 1959 the Tea Research Institute of Ceylon established a sub station on land leased from the Hanthana Estate. This day tour allow you to visit a number of historic sites and learn the tea history of Srilanka and the process of tea making. Lunch and refreshment can be taken from local shops and restaurants and you can expect to return back by 0200PM. End of the tour you will be accompanied back to your hotel in kandy.Route options from Kandy • Kandy -> Hanthana Tea Museum > Hanthana -> Uduwela -> Delthota -> Loolkandura • Kandy -> Hanthana Tea Meusuem > Perdeniya - > Galaha -> Delthota -> Loolkandura