The tea industry in Sri Lanka is more than 150 years old, and on this beautiful and cultural island, you’re sure to find the best cup of tea, compared to anywhere else on the planet! It’s no surprise that tea is one of the island’s main imports, and the industry actually dates back to 1867, then a British entrepreneur began to develop the first tea estate on the island. Ceylon tea, named after the island’s former name, is now renowned the world over.
So, if you’re visiting Sri Lanka, where can you find that perfect cup of tea?
Kandy is considered to be the birthplace of the Ceylon tea industry, and you’ll find plantations all around this region, which also spread to a hill which reaches a height of around 4000 feet. You will find what is known as ‘mid-grown tea’ here, as the height of the hill is considered to be ‘medium’ in measurement. Tea here is quite strong and deep in colour
Some of the best quality tea is grown here, and the high altitude, reaching up to 6000 feet, with not much in the way of rainfall in the area, gives some delicious tastes and flavours. The tea is light, not too heavy, and the colour also reflects that. There are a few big named brands which are grown here, including a grade of tea called whole-leaf orange pekoe.
This particular area is largely dedicated to tea plantations, as there isn’t much in the way of population in this region. The hills reach up to 5000 feet, so you get that mid-range tea here again, and the two seasons provide different flavours, depending on how much rain has fallen. The tea here is similar in flavour to that found in Nuwara Eliya, but it is darker, and looks more like tea from Kandy.
Close to Badulla and Moneagala, Uva is a stunningly beautiful region of the island, and the wild and rugged landscapes make for some beautifully tasting tea. You’ll find high-end tea produced here, which experts in the tea business consider to be some of the best. You’ll also find different teas here, such as green tea.
Finally on our list we have Dimbula. The high altitudes and wet and foggy climate makes for some delicious tea, and because of the range of weather patterns and different types of landscape, there are many different types of tea which are able to be made. You’ll find tea with that amber glow here, not too dark and not too light, and a freshness to the taste.
If you’re visiting Sri Lanka, it would be a crime not to try some of the delicious Ceylon tea types on offer.