Ceylon tea is a celebrated beverage all across the world. The rich tang and aroma of a steaming cup of Ceylon Tea can certainly be quite addictive! The beautiful Hill Country of Sri Lanka has some spectacular tea estates, covering gently sloping mountains in luminous sheen. As you travel in the Central Highlands of the country with Green Holiday Centre, be sure to stop at a tea estate and breathe in the absolute loveliness of the scenery.
History of the Ceylon Tea
The tea industry in Sri Lanka was established back in the year 1867 by James Taylor who was only 17 years old when he arrived in the country. The first tea sapling in the island was planted in Loolecondera Estate in Kandy. From these humble beginnings sprouted a giant industry that revolutionized the tea drinking habits of the whole world. Today, the small island of Sri Lanka is the fourth largest producer of tea in the world. Ceylon tea constitutes about 20% of the teas sold globally.
The low country of Sri Lanka is also home to several impressive tea estates. Among these the Handunugoda Tea Estate in Ahangama is quite prominent. You will be able to have a tour arranged around the estate with great ease when you visit it. The Virgin White Tea produced in this tea estate is served at Marriage Freres, one of the most exclusive tea salons located in Central Paris.
When you visit the famous tea estates in Sri Lanka, you will be able to have tours arranged in the tea factories as well. This will give you the chance to learn more about the production process of Ceylon tea. There are exquisite tea boutiques located in many tea estates selling a range of delicious teas so you will be able to carry home with you the true tastes of the paradise island of Sri Lanka.