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Nilmini P
Sri Lanka89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Kondagala is situated in Loolkadura estate near Delthota via Galaha road. There is hug flat rock which is easy to climb. View from there is marvelous and there is another view point at Tailors seat.
It is the first tea estate of Sri Lanka and their is ancient well and remains of old bungalow.
Written July 31, 2018
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Akhma60
Kandy, Sri Lanka160 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Family
This deserves more attention and publicity, specially considering the historical significance of this estate to Ceylon Tea.

According to Google maps, the climb up to the top to see James Taylors Seat is 4.5km and about 1:15 minutes. But in reality it takes much longer - for us it was over 2 hours. If we go there again we would opt to take the vehicle. This is not a free facility, but is certainly worth the insignificant entrance fee.

The view from James Taylors seat is a breathtaking. But to enjoy it properly, you need to avoid rainy or overcast days. Also, note that the weather in this area can change very fast. Unless it is during a dry season, it is advisable to be prepared for rain. It can also get a bit cold at the top of the hill.
Written April 12, 2017
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Bandu N
DC335 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Friends
What a place to be there? Historical, Cool, amazing nature, very first tea plantation in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), one time the longest tea factory in the country, bordering to NuwaraEliya towards South, Victoria Reservoir to the North, the morning busyness of the tea pluckers, natural wildlife plus, plus plus
Written December 6, 2014
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Malshan97
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
This is a hidden gem...From kandy first you have to go to Delthota...There are enough buses to go...After 2 hour journey(by bus) then you can buy things from Delthota...It is a small town..Near loolecondera estate you can't find enough shops..Then you have to enter to the Hewaheta bus.(there are some buses from Kandy to Hewaheta.but there are less numbers).After 20 miniutes you can reach Looleconders...Then go on foot..it is the most enjoyable thing...After 5km walk you can reach Kondagala...You must hike this rock.....Remember specially public transport travelers,there are no buses from Delthota to Kandy from 6 pm..so you have to manage your time...If you miss the buses you have to hire small lorries to come to Kandy...
Written September 12, 2018
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Anuruddha B
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Jan 2017 • Couples
First of all must say this place is the place where the first tea plant was planted in srilanka. It is a one day trip from kandy town. The whole travel is very scenic.
Written January 3, 2017
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Alan C
Bangkok, Thailand168 contributions
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Mar 2016 • Solo
Not sure what the spelling permutations are. Loolkandura vs Loolecondera but same place. This was a truly magnificent day trip from Kandy. Roads are totally horrendous in places. I took a little tuk tuk, it did struggle a bit and it took a hammering on the roads so a hefty tip was given at the end of the day. This places ticked three of my Major Factor boxes, Tea, History and stunning scenery. The tea plantations are nothing but spectacular and stretch as far as the eye can see, the back drops are world class, some informative information boards (few but good) and extremely well kept plantations and historical points of interest. A lot of effort has clearly went into maintaining this area, it's something special. If you have any interest in the history of tea in Sri Lanka (Ceylon as it was known previously) then this is a MUST SEE, the first commercial tea estate planted and run by James Taylor (the Scots father of Ceylon tea). What is left of his little cottage has being lovingly preserved and information boards placed with care. I aslo made a visit to the Loolecondera tea factor which is a little bit away from the tea fields and Mr Taylor's bungalow / bath / seat. I later visited Lipton's seat in Haputale and while I thoroughly enjoyed it, Loolecondera remains number one tea plantation visit. An ABSOLUTE MUST SEE if interested in tea, tea history and specifically the history of tea in Sri Lanka. Mr Taylor was one tough cookie! If in doubt, go visit! I had the entire place to myself (March 2016).
Written September 24, 2016
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Rukshan K
Colombo, Sri Lanka325 contributions
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Jun 2016 • Friends
This is a great location to visit as a 1 day trip. We could reach there within 1.5 hours from peradeniya. I like the view in Sir. James taylor seat which is similar to lipton seat. We had to get a tuk-tuk due to road condition from gate of this tea state. Don't forget to climb the hill.
Written July 1, 2016
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Yasanga Wijekoon
Kandy District, Sri Lanka33 contributions
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Nov 2015 • Couples
Suddenly planned during morning tea cup. Left home just before noon since it is just 40 clicks from Peradeniya. Turned out the road is too narrow winding road uphill from Mahakanda Junc. It may take 40 mins to Galaha, 60 mins to Delthota and 80 mins to reach Loolcondera border.
Signage are placed at right points, you will hardly miss any.
It is typical tea estate road up the hills from the main gate. Entry fee is Rs.250 for a car or van. A vehicle with good clearance is highly recommended. The gravel road is maintained regularly but driving is a bit challenging.
You will be mesmerized by the views, climate and calmness, the higher you go.
My recommendation is to go to the cottage ruins first. There is a narrow pathway next to the cottage going up to the summit, where you will have a view of a lifetime.
Be aware that in a sudden you will be covered with clouds and mists with or without rain. So be prepared for that. Also speak to the gatekeeper for Leopard warnings are on. There has been a few seen around the Original tea block (No.7) area.
You may require to bring your own food and shopping can be done at Delthota town.
Written November 29, 2015
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Chanu2013
Colombo, Sri Lanka81 contributions
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Sep 2015 • Friends
The Loolecondera estate was the first tea plantation estate in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) started in 1867 by Englishman James Taylor, it is situated in Delthota, Sri Lanka. James Taylor started the plantation of tea within 19 acres (77,000 m2) of land in Loolecondera and it grew rapidly. In 1872, he started a tea factory with his latest invention of the tea leaves cutting machine. Here you can see the ruins of cabin of James Taylor was located. The popular view point called taylor seat was located with 300m distance to East from the log cabin. Once you set there you would be able to view, Victoria reservoir, the sleeping warrior (Hinnasgiriya range), Knuckles range, Wilshire (Brandy gala) and Hampshire of Matale and some times Friars hood (Toppigala) of the Eastern plane over the valley.
Written October 4, 2015
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LizY123
Tunbridge Wells90 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Poorly maintained and impossible to understand a word the guide said. Views and surrounding countryside were outstanding though.
Written January 4, 2019
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