Dambatenne Tea Factory

Dambatenne Tea Factory, Haputale: Address, Dambatenne Tea Factory Reviews: 3.5/5

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Ladja
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Original tea factory founded by Sir Thomas Lipton.
Mar 2020
This tea factory is very interesting. The guide tour in English about tea processing takes about 20 minutes. Various teas can be purchased at the end of the tour. Unfortunately, there is no tasting.
Written April 16, 2020
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nir0sh
Colombo, Sri Lanka856 contributions
Informative tour
Aug 2019
I have been at Dambethenna tea factory last year with one of my friends. According to them this is the largest functioning tea factory in Sri Lanka. They provide a guide (either English or Sinhala speaking) for tour through the factory. This factory is four storied building and still well functioning. We got a clear idea about tea production at the end of the tour. It is a worth to visit there on your way to Lipton's Seat. Unfortunately photographs are not allowed.
Written March 20, 2020
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Goda
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Rather quick tour
Jan 2020 • Couples
The tour itself was ok, but rather quick (took around 20 min) and did not include tea tasting. The guide told us about different tea making processes, tea types and in the end of the tour advertised teas sold on their shop. I was really excited to visit tea factory, which was built by Lipton himself, but knowing this information I would have rather picked some other tea factory with more extent program :)
Written February 5, 2020
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Joll32
Brno, Czech Republic374 contributions
good tour
Jan 2020
About one hour tour wit shopping the tea products. tour was nice and too much long.. you can smell the aroma from tea leaves whole the time.
Written February 2, 2020
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Johan G
Norrtalje, Sweden9 contributions
Old and cool!
Jan 2020 • Couples
Amazing to see how the tea is made! It costs 250rs per person and you get a guide! (You cant take photos inside) The Factory is connected with Rain Forrest Alliance, they had built hospitals and schools. According to our tuktuk driver they where also building new houses for the workers!
Written January 13, 2020
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sajida018
Colombo, Sri Lanka79 contributions
Nice Stop
Dec 2019
A very beautiful old building. On the day we visited, there was no tea process happening but we decided to go in and checkout... The young lady who explained the process was really great, we could easily imagine the process with her thorough explanation.
We realized Srilankans are getting Grade 4 and 5 tea , where the best grades are exported. Got to pity myself for being a Sri Lankan..

SO the higher grade teas are not affordable by all middle-class Sri Lankans.. I thought it should be the other way.. Expensive for foreigners and cheap for the locals..

We can only proudly say 'Our country is the best for tea' .. for the best tea we cant have it ourselves.

There was a G&T chinese processed tea,, where 150grams was LKR3200.. One teaspoon of that tea makes 6 cups with 6 different flavors.. That was a nice thing to know but ofcourse not affordable to buy and try it :P
Written December 30, 2019
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Kulitha
Colombo, Sri Lanka18 contributions
Dambatenne Tea Factory
Sep 2019 • Friends
This is an attractive tour,guide will explain you every part of process,its worth of spending LKR 250 ( less than 2 dollars)to get a Proper knowledge of black tea process .Visitors can buy various type of tea products for a reasonable price
BOP, BOPF, SILVER TIPS,GOLDEN TIPS,GREEN TEA & G&T
Just 7km drive to Lipton seat from factory through beautiful tea fields.🌱
Simply its worth 💪
Longest factory in SRILANKA 🇱🇰
Written September 21, 2019
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Titus D
Sri Lanka6,909 contributions
Factory Founded by Sir Lipton, and having very old Machines.
Sep 2019
We parked our car on advice of our hotel inside the Dabetenna Tea Factory itself by paying parking fees to a catcher.There were other vehicles parked. There were no space on the road in front of the tea factory for parking and also it may be risky to park elsewhere.
. We were contacted by a three wheeler driver and we agreed to fare of Rs 800. (We paid a him Rs 200 more when returned as it was very tedious journey)
This factory was founded by Sir Lipton in 1890.
We visited the factory as my family members wanted to do so. I had got training in tea planting including factory production of tea in Oodoowela, estate, Kandy, as a undergraduate training for the B,Sc Agriculture. I had visited many other factories also ( Labukelle estate factory, Diyagama West)
They do not allow photos to be taken inside the factory.We were shown the weathering of tea leaves that were plucked and brought to the factory. We were also shown the crushing by rotating machines allowing the enzymes of the tea leaves to act on the leaf contents In the proper time,they were sent through a drier to stop the reaction of enzymes. The machines were too old of the Belfan model..
We bought tea leaves packets from there.
We also went to their toilet by paying a reasonable charge.
Written September 19, 2019
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jberthelet
Montreal, Canada22 contributions
Expeditive visit... not worth your money
Sep 2019
Despite its great location, Dambetenne does very little to attract tourists. Though the history behind the factory is great (founded by sir Lipton in 1890) the tour itself isn’t worth it. They charge you 250 rupees per person for an expeditive tour that lasted 10 min, yet they tell you the fee is for management. No pictures allowed, the guide, which seems to be the plant manager, does not look like he wants you there. Broken english.

On the upside, he did answer all our questions and we got a good understanding of tea processing. It was simply done in a very bland, dry way. No tea tasting afterwards either.
Written September 10, 2019
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Stephen O
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Take an hour of your day to learn a bit of history and process
Sep 2019
Well worth a visit - no need to book just call in, you might have to wait a few minutes but trust me its worth it - I had no idea what was involved in the process from the ladies picking the leaf of the bush to you picking up a packet of tea of the shelf at the local market. I would imagine it would be really good if you've got kids!
Written September 9, 2019
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