Sri Lanka’s highland tea plantations range over 2000 square kilometres of rolling green hills, now annually produce over 300 million kilograms of the famous Ceylon Tea.
Drive into the highlands from Kandy and discover Sri Lanka at its most dramatic: a land of stunning waterfalls, gurgling mountain streams and steep hillsides cloaked in luminous green tea, sweet-scented Cyprus and Eucalyptus trees.
Dickoya, Bandarawela, Haputale and Ella are all quaint hill country towns and villages. The uphill journey by train is one of the most enchanting train journeys in the world. I would recommend to take the first class observation carriage in the train from Peradeniya (near Kandy) to Badulla. The FIRST CLASS observation car costs LKR 1500 (under £9:00), you can buy your advance tickets on-line at www.exporail.lk . The travel time is 7.5 hours.
There are many plantations open to visitors for tours and tea tasting. On an organised tour, you can visit a plantation, its picking areas and tea factory. Some of the world’s finest tea is grown and processed in Sri Lanka – known around the world as Ceylon tea.
Our recommendations during your visit to the tea plantations of Sri Lanka are to:
- Take drive along winding misty mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls
- Walk through lush green tea plantations, mountainous landscapes and rural villages
- Stay in a tea planter’s bungalow surrounded by tea plantations
- Take a train journey to the southern highlands and enjoy the stunning landscapes
- Take a jeep ride to Horton Plains national park and hike to world’s end
- Go on a gruelling night-time climb up the sacred Adam’s Peak and watch the sunrise
- Play a round of golf at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club