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Tea Factory

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Tea Factory, Galaha, Sri Lanka

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

LKR 200

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5.00/5 - (2 Votes)
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Krishan
Local tour guide
"When visiting the Tea Factory in Kandy, make sure to arrive early in the morning to witness the fascinating tea production process in action. Don't forget to indulge in a cup of freshly brewed Ceylon tea at their charming on-site cafe for a truly authentic experience."

What is Tea Factory?

The Tea Factory, nestled in the lush greenery of the central hills near Kandy, Sri Lanka, isn’t your average tourist attraction. It's a symbol of the island's renowned tea industry, transformed from a functional tea factory of the colonial era into a unique hotel and museum that preserves the rich heritage of Ceylon tea. What's remarkable about this place is how it marries the culture of tea with luxury hospitality. Imagine waking up to a morning where the air is infused with the faint aroma of tea leaves, and the misty hills of Galaha serve as a panoramic backdrop—this is The Tea Factory experience.

History of Tea Factory

Let's step back in time. The original structure was part of the Hethersett Plantation, built in the 1930s during the British colonial period. It used to be a functioning factory where the tea plucking from surrounding estates culminated in the production of the world-famous Ceylon tea. However, as times changed and the tea industry modernized, the old factory ceased operations.

It wasn't until the 1990s that the dilapidated building was reimagined and meticulously transformed into what it is today. Architects took great care to preserve its historical essence, converting machinery into decor and rooms into cozy accommodations. We owe this ingenious initiative to bring history, culture, and tourism together to the visionary project developers who saw potential where others saw ruins.

When planning your tours in kandy don't forget to visit Tea Factory.

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Why is Tea Factory Important?

The significance of The Tea Factory stretches beyond its stunning architecture and scenic location. It serves as a living relic of the golden era of Ceylon tea, bringing to life the stories and practices of a bygone age. For the people here, it's a testament to their ancestors’ toil and a continuous source of pride, representing the agrarian way of life that still shapes the economy of the region.

It's also instrumental in educating both locals and visitors about the intricacies of tea production. You'd be surprised how many people enjoy their daily brew without realizing the journey those leaves have undergone. Here, you can witness firsthand the craftsmanship that goes into every cuppa. The Tea Factory has become a cornerstone of the community, providing employment and sustaining the cultural landscape, all while introducing visitors to authentic practices that define Sri Lankan heritage.

Things to do & see at Tea Factory

  • Prepare to immerse yourself in the world of tea—there's so much to do and see! Start with the mini-museum, where you can peruse original equipment and photographs recounting the factory's past life. It's like stepping into a time capsule, where each artifact has a story to tell.

  • Don't miss the tea plucking experience. Don a traditional basket and saree just like the local tea pluckers and venture into the plantation. It gives you a newfound appreciation for what goes into harvesting the perfect leaf.

  • Have you ever wanted to create your own tea blend? Here, the Tea Experience Programme allows you to do just that. From plucking and processing to tasting, you get to learn from the experts. And the best part—you take home the tea you made!

  • Now, let's talk food. The hotel's restaurants serve up some scrumptious fare—often infused with tea, naturally. Fancy a tea-flavored dessert or a cocktail? This is the place.

  • Of course, tranquility is also a big draw. Enjoy a nature walk or sit out on your balcony; the views here are soul-soothing. It’s not just about the attractions; it’s about the experience of being nestled in this serene environment that tells the tale of the world's finest tea. You can sense the centuries of history in the cool highland breeze, and honestly, that's priceless.

  • Before you leave, swing by the tea shop. It offers a vast selection of teas picked from the surrounding estates. A pro tip—ask for the specialty teas that you won't find anywhere else. Not just a souvenir, each packet is a sip of The Tea Factory's heritage you can relish once you’re back home.

Tea Factory is a must-visit attraction for tea enthusiasts, nature lovers, and those seeking a cultural experience in Sri Lanka. 

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With its scenic beauty, insightful tours, and aromatic flavors, Tea Factory promises an unforgettable journey into the world of Ceylon tea.


Frequently asked questions

What is a Tea Factory in Sri Lanka?

A tea factory in Sri Lanka is a facility where freshly harvested tea leaves are processed to produce various types of tea, including black tea, green tea, and herbal teas.


Where are the most popular tea factory regions in Sri Lanka?

The central highlands of Sri Lanka, particularly in places like Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, and Ella, are renowned for their tea factories. These regions offer picturesque landscapes of tea plantations.


What can I expect to see during a visit to a tea factory?

During a visit to a tea factory, you can expect to see the tea-making process, including withering, rolling, fermenting, drying, and sorting of tea leaves. You'll also have the opportunity to taste different tea varieties.


Can I purchase fresh tea leaves and tea products at a tea factory?

Yes, most tea factories have on-site shops where you can purchase freshly produced tea leaves and a variety of tea-related products, including packaged teas, tea sets, and souvenirs.


Are guided tours available at tea factories?

Yes, many tea factories offer guided tours that provide insights into the history and art of tea production. Knowledgeable guides will walk you through the different stages of tea processing.


Attractions Details

📌 Address

Tea Factory, Galaha, Sri Lanka

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

LKR 200

Find it on google maps