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Tea Trails experience: tea factory with a resident planter

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You are in the heart of the Tea Country: The eponymous English cuppa might have been somewhat stronger if not for the 1865 coffee blight. Old Ceylon’s up-country plantations were devastated – but not so the spirits of the pioneering planters. They threw in a crop of tea and never looked back. You will visit a factory, and learn about the whole processing procedure and how different types of teas are created.

Experience Overview

You will visit a factory, and learn about the whole processing procedure and how different types of teas are created. Your host will take you through the entire process – from the drying of the green leaf to process of dehumidifying and provoking the chemical reaction that turns green leaf into tea, to the segmenting of the different particles which give you the different grades, to the packing and distribution.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Includes:

A guided visit, no entrance fees required.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

Approximately 1.5 hours.

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Easy.

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Small children will not follow the detailed explanation but they might enjoy seeing the machines and the process.

Meeting time on location:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Meeting time on location:

10.00 AM

Pick-up time:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Pick-up time:

Those staying in Norwood will be able to walk down the road to the Factory. Those saying in any of the other 3 bungalow will be driven – by Tea Trails – to the factory. One leaves the bungalow around 9.00 AM. Please reconfirm the time with your butler.

Dietary:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Dietary:

Not applicable.

What to wear or bring along: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Casual clothing. You might want to wear long sleeves but you won’t need a jumper. The bungalow and the vehicles have umbrellas in case it rains.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

No, other Tea Trails guest may join.

In the know / managing expectations: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
In the know / managing expectations:

It is a very comprehensive master class in the art of making tea but don’t worry, no one is going to examine you at the end. Some may feel the visit is a little too long, too detailed… fair enough.

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Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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