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Sri Lanka - the Tea Country

Duration: Half Day

sri lanka - the tea country

Located in the centre of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an island of striking geographical diversity. Its unique combination of beautiful beaches, tropical forests, lush valleys and dramatic mountainous peaks attract travellers from far and wide. In addition to these breathtaking natural landscapes, Sri Lanka is also renowned for its vast tea plantations, being one of the largest tea exporters in the world. This tour will lead you to the beautiful hill resort of Nuwara Eliya, the capital of the tea industry, where you can visit the local tea factories and learn all about the colonial history of the town.

Situated approximately 2000 metres above sea level, Nuwara Eliya (meaning “City of Lights”) boasts some of the greenest scenery in Sri Lanka. Rolling hills, emerald green valleys, mountains, gardens and waterfalls are just some of the region’s natural treasures. The region’s cooler climes offer a welcome retreat for thousands of visitors from March to May, who come here to enjoy a range of activities such as horse riding, hiking, boating and golf when the cities get hot and humid.

One of the main reasons why travellers flock to Nuwara Eliya, however, is the fact that it lies in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country. The landscapes are dotted with vast tea estates, many of which date back to the mid 19th century when tea was first introduced to the island, and some of the factories are open to visitors, enabling tourists to learn all about the processing and history of tea production in Sri Lanka. Sample some of the best tea in the world and learn how to make that perfect cuppa.

Once a pleasure retreat for the European planters in the 19th century, the town of Nuwara Eliya is known as 'Little England' and is a delight to explore. Having retained much of its colonial charm, many of the buildings boast a unique blend of Tudor and Georgian architecture and the picturesque planters’ bungalows and beautifully manicured lawns and rose gardens are quintessentially English. The old brick post office, small Anglican churches, botanical garden, golf course, race course and country house-style Hill Club also reflect English architecture and culture.

Not to be missed during your holiday in Sri Lanka, this fascinating tour is a wonderful way to combine history and heritage with some of the most beautiful scenery on the island.

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