Dambatenne tea factory
Dambatenne, Sri Lanka
Dambatenne tea factory Reviews
The Dambatenne tea factory Sep 06, 2011
The hill country of Sri Lanka is dotted with tea plantations and there are lots of tea factories around as well processing the huge amounts of tea leaves the women are picking from the millions of tea bushes.
I went to the Dambatenne tea factory which is located a short drive up in the hills from Haputale. you can go up there on the local bus which will cost you about $0.2 each way - or you can arrange to get a tuktuk to drive you which obviously will cost you many times more but it will still be affordable if you are used to European prices.
You can go into a visitor area at the factory where you might be met by some people working at the factory. When I got there it didn’t seem like anybody was around to meet visitors so I had to wait quite a while before somebody finally showed up.
From there you’ll get a tour of the production of the tea - unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos of the production equipment even though it looks like most of it is prehistoric and there could be no secrets of any sort in connection with this old machinery. The tour is fairly quick and you’ll be told a bit about the production of tea.
At the end of the tour you will be able to buy some tea to bring back home if you like.
You can combine your visit at the tea factory with a side trip to Lipton Seat. Lipton Seat is located high in the hills above the Dabatenne tea factory and you can hike up there in a couple of hours or you can negotiate a ride with a tuktuk for about 500 rupees. If you want to go to Lipton Seat you should go fairly early since the weather in the hills is usually better early in the day compared to the afternoon when I went.
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