What to see and do in the Tea Country

Activities and place to visit in the area are numerous include visiting tea plantations, walking and mountain biking, climbing the famous Adam’s peak, visiting Horton Plains National Park and Worlds End, Tangamalai Bird sanctuary and white water rafting.

Tea Trails Tea Experience

The experience starts with a visit to a Tea Plantation where you observe first-hand the tea making experience. Starting from the plucking field where it all begins with the picking of “two leaves and a bud”, to the factory where the processing begins. An early visit to the factory at 6.00am will take you through the process of Withering, Rolling, Fermentation, Drying, Sorting and Grading. You will also have the opportunity of tasting various types and grades of this delicious brew virtually from the leaf to the cup within 14 hours of that first pick. Along the way a visit to the Warleigh Church (1878) where the pioneers of this industry worshipped, married and some are buried, bringing nostalgic memories of a bygone era. The Darawella Planters Club, built in 1868, is also on the tour. This is where the Planters of yore consume many rounds of the "good old amber" .

Ceylon Tea

Originally introduced to the island around 1850 by the British, Ceylon Tea is world famous for its high quality and has remained a major contributor to the island’s economy for generations. Currently, Sri Lanka is one of largest exporter of tea worldwide. The high altitudes produce the best flavours, so Sri Lanka’s hill-country is the ideal environment to grow the most flavoursome tea. A guided tour around a Tea Factory is more interesting than it sounds and explains the whole process of tea production before it reaches your cuppa. It also provides an opportunity to buy the best grades of tea.

Tangamalai Bird Sanctuary

The Tangamalai Bird Sanctuary near Bandarawela has numerous species of Tea Country birds including Blue Magpies, Golden Orioles and Paradise flycatchers can be spotted

 

Adam’s Peak

Adam’s Peak is a very holy mountain and is sacred to all four religious groups in Sri Lanka – the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and the Christians. The giant footprint at the top is variously claimed as an imprint either of Lord Buddha, God Shiva, Adam, or St. Thomas, the Christian Apostle who preached in south India. This 2,234m-high mountain is visited by thousands of devotees and a steady trickle of travellers from December to April. The climb is best attempted at night and at the mountain top, you may be rewarded with one of the finest sunrises in Asia and an awe-inspiring view from the top. During pilgrimage season, the stepped mountainside is lit by strip lights and rudimentary stalls offering refreshments to fire your resolve to reach the summit. The stroll up takes around 3-4 hours with a quicker pace down but there are many things to see up and down the climb/ascent so taking a guide is worthwhile.

Horton Plains National Park & World’s End

Horton Plains is an undulating 2,000m high plateau 28km south of Nuwara Eliya. The grassy plains, which are interspersed with small patches of forest, are home to leopards, sambur, deer, bear, monkeys and a rich array of birds, including some endemic species. The most dramatic feature of the national park is “World’s End” where the plateau comes to an abrupt end and drops nearly a 1,000m straight. The best way to explore the park is on foot. The plains can also be explored by jeep, preferably from early morning as the mist often falls by lunchtime.

White-water rafting

Experience the thrills and spills of an exciting rafting adventure in the Tea Country. Rafting mixes the ups and downs of rapids with calm sections that meander through the jungle clad mountains, tea and rubber plantations of the Kandyan hill-country. The scenery is breathtaking and in the calm stretches, you can sit back and take in jungle and it birds and wildlife


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