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A visit to the Kadugannawa tea factory

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Well-developed and centrally located as a landing point between Colombo and the tea cultivating hinterland of the island, Kandy became synonymous with tea production in Sri Lanka during the height of the British rule. The second biggest city on the island, Kandy was an obvious choice for an administrative capital for the tea region, with the British-built railway network further facilitating this. Towards the end of the 19th Century, the city of Kandy was so popular with tea planters and their visiting families that two grand hotels were built here – the Hotel Suisse and the Queen’s Hotel. Tea production brought tourism into Kandy and it has continued to do so for the past two centuries. It is therefore impossible to visit Kandy without giving some recognition to the tea industry and its effect on the global market, on the little island of Sri Lanka and especially on the bustling city of Kandy. Take some time to visit the Kadugannawa tea factory just a short drive from Kandy to learn about tea cultivation, production and distribution.

Experience Overview

The Kadugannawa tea factory is not the prettiest or the finest of the tea factories in Sri Lanka, but if you are visiting Kandy, you absolutely must learn about tea, and if you are unable to get further afield into the tea region, then visiting a tea factory in Kandy is essential. There is a firm story to be uncovered here: of how a plant discovered by an Emperor in China 2700 years BC changed the world’s topography, demography and industrial markets irreversibly. Sri Lanka, as one of the world’s largest producers of tea, plays a vastly important role in this history and there’s a high chance that the tea you drink back home begins its life in Sri Lanka. Take a tour through this little factory to learn about the time-consuming production of tea and marvel at heavy machinery left over from British rule at the time of the Industrial Revolution. You will finish off the tour with a tea tasting.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

entrance to tea factory and any teas offered in the visit

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Timings:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

tea factories are usually open from 10-5

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

approximately 30-40 minutes

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Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Very young children probably won’t follow the descriptions of how tea is processed but they will enjoy seeing the machines in action.

Important to know:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

It can be noisy and dusty inside the factory. Tea Factories are usually closed on Sundays. We recommend using the rest rooms before going to the Tea Factory as the facilities will be preferable in your hotel.

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

There is no need to take any specific clothing.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is usually private but there will be other people at the factory and you may be asked if it’s ok for you to join another group if the guides are extremely busy.




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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