Ceylon Tea Museum
Ceylon Tea Museum
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  • Kartik54
    Mumbai, India437 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit place for tea lovers to see a factory in original shale keeping the then used machinery. Also taste tea
    A more than 100 years old tea factory keeping the original machinery purchased around 1880 kept on display showcasing the technology then. Very well kept place with very friendly staff who enthusiastically show you around. Any tea lover would love to spend areast an hour and also taste the tea being offered to taste . Store on sight sells good collection and variety of teas
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Handysmith
    Ryde, Australia307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tea Museum on the outskirts of Kandy
    This is a museum, not a working tea factory. However for a small entry fee they take you on an informative tour of all the various museum pieces and explain how it all worked in those times. The museum is in an old multi story tea factory. We id this museum and also a working tea factory which was a good combination. Staff were great and spoke excellent English.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 26, 2023
  • Joy M
    118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good place to learn about tea production
    After reading reviews about tea factory tours and not finding anything acceptable, we chose to go to the tea museum. A good choice too. We were shown round the museum by a very informed guide who knew all the answers to our sometimes obscure questions. There was a lovely exhibition of old and new photographs depicting the life of a tea picker. A welcome free cup of tea and a not overpriced gift shop. Highly recommended LKR 1000 per person entry for foreigners Closed on Mondays
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 7, 2024
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Brett S
Kandy, Sri Lanka12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Cool tuk tuk ride up to the hills to visit a museum that provides a great informative history of tea ‘story’ in the region. Worth the trip and a lively place to support in the current economic climate. Recommended.
Written August 11, 2022
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Kanishka Herath
Kurunegala, Sri Lanka137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This museum loated just 3 - 4 km from Kandy city. It gives you a better explanation about history of tea industry of Sri Lanka which was the back bone of Sri Lankan economy in the colonial era. This place was established by converting old tea factory in to a museum. This is a 5 story building.

It is worthy to travel there and study the history and culture. It will be a unique experience.
Written February 28, 2023
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Kartik54
Mumbai, India437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
A more than 100 years old tea factory keeping the original machinery purchased around 1880 kept on display showcasing the technology then. Very well kept place with very friendly staff who enthusiastically show you around. Any tea lover would love to spend areast an hour and also taste the tea being offered to taste . Store on sight sells good collection and variety of teas
Written November 11, 2023
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Sameera K
Ella, Sri Lanka291 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
A thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour,very interesting to learn about the tea,we got a great tour nevertheless...!
Written January 18, 2015
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Caroline P
London47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
A total overview of the tea industry in Sri Lanka. Machinery, processes, culture, the people who brought tea to Sri Lanka. No need to travel further in a bus for hours to see the processing of tea and the growing of the bushes in the fields.. Everything is here and know one op seems to visit. While we were there only 4 other couples. Even had a film show and a cup of tea. Should be the number one attraction in Kandy.
Written February 18, 2015
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Darshana Ratnayake
Amman, Jordan2,082 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Just 3km from kandy city..This musium is all about tea history in Sri Lanka. Old tea factory has converted in to the musium. Totaly this is a 5 story building. LKR 100 for local and LKR 800 for foriegners.
In these you can see many exhibits related to tea industry. You can see many belonginess of the father of the tea Mr. James Tayler toi. There is a good simulation which showes how the tea factory works. The first tea bag, first tea drying machine, first tea rollimg machine also exhibit.
Top of the museum there is a tea cafe and they will offer you free Sri lankan tea.. its delicious. Next to it there is a big tea sales shop with various tea types in sri lanka.
Written June 7, 2019
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randomcharm
Kuwait City, Kuwait403 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
Having been to Nuwara Eliya and spent the whole day passing through and stopping on different tea plantations to drink a cup of tea and go around and listen to a lady dressed in their national costume and explain to you how tea is being processed, you would want to give this place a visit. The Ceylon Tea Museum in Hantana is a bit of a climb (well, I haven't literally climbed it as I was riding in a car, but the road's a bit steep and its recommended to get a tuktuk because its a bit far from the main road of Kandy), but worth the visit if you're truly interested in the history of Ceylon Tea. There were only a few visitors when I visited the place. Not very crowded compared to the tea plantations I've visited in Nuwara Eliya. Here, you'll find the very first tea packet, the first machinery used to produce tea in the land, the story on how Sir James Taylor started the tea industry in Sri Lanka and even one of the first tea shrubs ever. The experience was overwhelming as you could see how the tea industry in the country has evolved from manually grinding and drying the tea leaves to the modern way used in tea plantations nowadays. It's definitely a must-go place for tea lovers like me. There's a pot of tea that awaits you at the end of the tour.
Written January 7, 2017
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Prachi Varshney
Doha, Qatar103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
My husband planned it because he wished both kids to see how actually tea was originated. We loved the guide and we loved the British era building very well kept too.

The tea they offer actually opens your eyes that what crap actually multinational companies are serving you in the name of finest tea.

We bought loads of tea from there.

Must visit if you believe in the quality of life.
Written July 22, 2016
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mevrouwt
London, UK55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
The best thing was the journey up to the museum.
The tour was fine, but we didn't know the basics about Tea growing/making and she didn't explain any of it to us, and therefore we struggled to understand what she did tell us (3 Doctors, we aren't stupid!)
I subsequently went to two different working tea factories and they were miles better, the tour at the others was really informative and seeing the machines working gave a much better idea of what it was all about.
At Mackwoods they also take you to a tea bush and explain there which helps.

I wouldn't go, go to a working tea factory, there are so many choice of places to explore the tea industry, no need to go to a sub-optimal one.

Tour is about 5-10 mins and there are then 3 floors to look around and on the top floor is a cafe for you to have a complimentary taste of tea.
3rd floor is shops but they were mostly closed as we went out of season.
Written June 27, 2014
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rikaz77
Colombo, Sri Lanka80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
A wonderful historical and entertaining journey down memory lane. All the equipments are labeled in an orderly fashion. A tour guide is available on request. It has four floors. On the first floor is a mechanized model of an tea factory. On the second floor one can see the oldest tea package in Sri Lanka. On the fourth floor you can have a cup of tea and buy some tea. Very friendly staff.
Written December 14, 2019
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