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Tea Plantations

Visit Sri Lanka's Tea Plantations


There's something as restorative about the sight of tea plantations in Sri Lanka as the drink itself. Perhaps it's the serenity of the scene - lush stretches of gentle green, broken only by the vivid colours of the saris worn by the pickers, a glimpse of gold here, amethyst there. The first tea sapling was introduced to Sri Lanka by Scottish planter James Taylor in 1867 and the tea industry has flourished ever since. Vast plantations cover the Central Highlands, hugging the hills, lining every contour, seemingly until they reach the very edge of the mountains.

Luxury cottages and resorts have sprung up alongside the tea, providing great bases from which to explore this glorious landscape. There are scenic walking trails, cycling routes wind their way through the rolling hills, and nearby is the lofty Adam's Peak, just waiting to be climbed. The scenic town of Kandy is close enough to explore too, a World Heritage Site and one of the most revered Buddhist places in Sri Lanka. Even closer is the historic hill station town of Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka.

Many tea factories are open for guided tours, and for tastings of Ceylon tea. Adding a trip to the plantations lends a different perspective to a holiday in Sri Lanka, and provides a cool alternative to the heat of the lowlands.


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Top itineraries in Tea Plantations

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made holiday from £5,260 pp incl. flights

From sweeping tea plantations to UNESCO-listed treasures and the wildlife of the Yala National Park, spend two memorable weeks exploring the history, culture and beaches of this Indian Ocean gem.

Top places to stay in Tea Plantations

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Small & intimate lodge

There is something truly special about Ceylon Tea Trails. Tucked away in the interior of Sri Lanka amid the spectacular Golden Valley of Tea, Bogawantalawa Valley, it feels as if you are escaping the world in Sri Lanka's first and only Relais and Chateaux property.

Aerial view, Thotalagala, Sri Lanka

Thotalagala, Sri Lanka

Historic lodge

Thotalagala is surrounded by 4000 hectares of plantations in one of Sri Lanka's most successful tea-growing regions, perched between lush mountain slopes and dense jungles.

Where to go in Tea Plantations

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton


Hatton itself, as a town, is not especially inspiring, but it serves its purpose well, as a gateway into glorious surroundings of ravines and valleys, waterfalls and rivers. Set at the heart of Sri Lanka's tea plantations, it acts as a base for visitors en route to Adam's Peak, the historic Hill St…

Hatton, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is otherwise known as ‘city of light'. It's a good name for Sri Lanka's highest and coolest town, a hill station in a picturesque landscape, where the air is sharp and the light is golden.

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