Pedro Tea Estate
Sri Lanka is famous for its ‘Ceylon tea’, which is a favourite of many tea enthusiasts around the world. If you’re into tea as much as we are, we suggest you head on over to the Pedro Tea Estate, located roughly 3-4km from Nuwara Eliya.
Established in 1885, the factory is filled with the cranky machinery of the 19th century still. This spot is also where the first tea bushes were planted by James Taylor, giving start to the line of Ceylon tea that followed.
The 20-minute tour of the factory will take you through the entire manufacturing process, from grading to packaging. Of course, the factory only operates at night in order to protect the tea from sunlight, so you may not get to see the machines in action.
Though the factory is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., it’s closed to visitors between 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m., and photography within the factory premises is forbidden.
Overlooking the factory and tea plantations is a little boutique, serving tea and snacks, called ‘Lovers Leap Ethical Tea Boutique’. It’s a great spot to just sip on something warm and relax, with the mesmerising backdrop comprising vivid blue skies, lush pastures, and the Bomburella Reservoir presenting you with a view so picturesque, you’d think it’s a painting. You could even purchase some of the finest Ceylon tea right there to take to your friends and family back home!
A visit to the Pedro Tea Estate is sure to be entertaining and informative, while giving you the space to relax and enjoy the best of tea Sri Lanka has to offer.