Vogue publishes detailed guide to Sri Lanka’s tea country
In an attempt to provide avid readers with a comprehensive guide to Sri Lanka’s stunning tea country, Vogue has recently published an article on the must-see locations when visiting the region. Writer Michaela Trimble from the fashion magazine gives readers insight into the best tea-related experiences in the island.
Mostly renowned across the world for its insight into the fashion industry, Vogue also publishes pieces on travel and tourism. The American fashion and lifestyle magazine, which was founded in 1982, recently catered to tea-loving readers with an article on Sri Lanka and its abundantly green tea country. After taking an enriching trip to the site herself, writer Michaela Trimble posted a detailed guide on Vogue’s website, sharing her opinions on the most amazing spots and most interesting experiences travellers can take part in when visiting the region.
The island-nation, formerly called Ceylon, is a world-reference destination for lovers of this hot brew. First brought to Sri Lanka in the 1800s during British colonization, Ceylon silver tip tea is now world-renowned. While Sri Lanka is also known for producing spices like cinnamon, cardamom, clove, pepper, the island’s tea industry continues to be a vital player in the country's economy and one of the main sources of foreign exchange.
Tea origins in Kandy
Sri Lanka’s tea industry first began, 150 years ago in the beautiful hilltop town of Kandy. Set in central Sri Lanka, and known for its plethora of sacred shrines dedicated to Buddha, Kandy is situated in a biodiverse rainforest. In order to see the best of Kandy’s tea region, Trimble advises to start off in Taylors Hill, a quaint, 150-year-old tea plantation and 5-room boutique hotel nestled among Kandy’s verdant tea plantations.
Second and only a short distance away is the Loolecondera Estate, where James Taylor began Sri Lanka’s first tea factory in 1872. Today, the company is run by Sri Lankans, who will give you an introduction to the trade; women wear pastel pink and purple saris as they shuffle tea plants through a series of steps, separating the tea by grade.
The last unmissable stop is at the Temple of the Tooth. Visitors can partake in a traditional sacrifice to the Buddha by purchasing a bundle of candy-coloured frangipani and lotus flowers and setting them at the steps of the monument believed to contain one of Buddha’s teeth.
Tea production in Hatton
The epicentre of Sri Lanka’s tea production, Hatton is home to extensive tea gardens. Camellia Hills, a hilltop property set above the stunning Castlereigh Valley, is a wonderful place to only explore tea plantations but also observe some of the region’s stunning biodiversity including bamboo trees and macaw monkeys. Another worthwhile visit, according to Trimble is heading to the colonial-era Warleigh Church and the valley’s own Hindu kovil, a turquoise mountain temple where worshipers gather from morning to night.
Sri Lankan tea’s future in the capital
The final destination on the tea trail is Colombo, Sri Lanka’s bustling capital. One of the most exciting experiences here is assisting the city’s coveted Colombo Tea Auction, where the country’s tea purveyors bid and sell their harvest. Michaela Trimble also recommends ending your trip on a sweet note at downtown café Dilmah Tea, where clients can browse the floor-to-ceiling wall of tea canisters, all featuring varieties of Sri Lanka’s finest blends and purchase a silver tin of Dilmah Tea’s Ceylon Silver Tips, arguably one of the world’s most delicious brews.
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