Ceylon tea is some of the finest tea in the world, and it has been growing on the island for 150 years, ever since Scottish planter James Taylor began his Loolkandura estate in Digana in the foothills of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. Sri Lanka’s booming tea industry is now the fourth largest supplier of the product worldwide and the plant has become an iconic part of Sri Lankan culture.
Join a local tea expert – who is also the founder of Sri Lanka’s first artisan tea brand, TeaELI – for a morning or afternoon and discover more about the history, manufacture and distinct types of Ceylon tea before sampling a range of black, white and herbal teas. Once you have chosen your favourite blend, sit down with a perfectly-brewed cup and enjoy some snacks whilst you ask your host any questions you have about tea in Sri Lanka.
If you are interested in learning more about Sri Lankan tea, take a look at Red Dot’s range of things to do in the Hill Country, the epicentre of the island’s tea industry. The best way to explore this magnificent landscape is to take the train from Kandy into the hills, one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world – gaze out at the rolling, tea-covered fields, framed by dramatic mountains.