A world away from the dusty plains and sunny beaches lies the breathtaking Sri Lanka Tea Country. Stretching through the midsection of the island, the region is famed for its rolling hills, glimmering emerald tea fields and misty mountain ranges. You’ll enjoy the cooler climate while exploring the contoured rows of tea fields, dotted with women deftly plucking leaves and baskets hung across their backs. This is one of the few places left in the world where tea harvesting is still done by hand, making a fabulous addition to a Sri Lanka cultural tour.
Sri Lanka is also the world’s fourth-largest producer of tea. The first tea plantations were established in Kandy by colonial Britain in the 1860s, so this city is a staple to your Sri Lanka Tea Country tour. Travel through winding lush scenery, strewn with banana palms, trumpet flowers and chattering monkeys swinging through trees. The tropical rainforest gives way to an expanse of glistening tea fields, veiled in an ethereal mist.
During a tea factory tour in Hatton, you’ll uncover the work that goes into creating the finest cup of tea, from the initial processing to how different types of teas are produced. Explore the magical forests and waterfalls around Hatton, and hike to the top of Adam’s Peak, a revered pilgrimage site for over a thousand years. You’ll ascend a staircase of 5,500 steps towards enchanting views from the peak. The Tea Country is brimming with rich history and stunning natural scenery and becomes a memorable highlight for any Sri Lanka holiday.