Handunugoda Tea Estate

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karolina34
Brno, Czech Republic9 contributions
Amazing family tea estate!
Sep 2021 • Couples
This was an amazing visit of this family tea estate - we came without previous notice (in the Covid era - we were there completely alone) and the manager showed us around, explained the tea planting and tea making process...he spoke a good English. The tour, which was free of charge (tip if you liked it), was finished by tea tasting - we could taste every single tea they sell and then buy what we liked. :))
Written September 28, 2021
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Theboss54321
9 contributions
Tea trip
Mar 2020 • Couples
Fantastic little trip. Enjoy having a walk around the plantation and seeing how the process of the tea making takes place. Free guided tour and then buy some tea at the shop. Worth the trip.
Written March 9, 2020
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LizzyLeeton
Leeton, Australia619 contributions
A great place to visit
Feb 2020
Another tea estate we thought but we were really glad we decided to come here. You are taken by tuk tuk and given an individual tour of the plantation and given a great cup of tea along the way. You then go tothe factory where you can see, touch and smell the tea making process which was fascinating. You also learn about the Virgin White Tea which this estate is famous for. There was a shop at the end but there was nopressure to buy anything. There were numerous teas available for taste testing, which we did, and ended up buying some , including the Virgin White Tea. We also bought a great souvenir inthe form of a book called The Suicide Club which is the story of the founder, and thattoo was very enjoyable.
Written March 7, 2020
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Dilan D
Kalutara, Sri Lanka7 contributions
Wasting of time to visit here...
Feb 2020
Although this is a free place to visit, it is not useful to visit there.
1) Actually this is situated in Down South, therefore the climate is not good for a quality product. - the best Ceylon tea we can found in Hill country.
2) If you visit here you can get an actual experience of a real tea factory. This place will mislead you and will give wrong information.
3) When comparing the price with the best tea in Sri Lanka, this is very expensive.
4) Also the staff is not friendly.
5) Finally I'm saying this is kind of a scam that will mislead you.
Written March 5, 2020
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Elena Ciocan
Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
We speak your language!
Mar 2019
This was a unique experience! The gentleman who welcomed us asked where are we from and then greeted us and told us to follow him in our own language! Such a nice man, he was making an effort to learn words in all kind of languages. The estate is so beautiful, besides the tea we saw rubber tree, pepper plant. They served us with tea and cookies, showed old equipment, it was relaxing and educational.
Written February 28, 2020
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LineJaniche
Stockholm, Sweden38 contributions
Very nice visit
Feb 2020 • Couples
We arrived early (no booking) in the morning and was welcomed and informed of the specialty of the plantage the White Virgin. Then another guide took us around the plantage telling us about the different teas, how they grow and are picked. Me and my husband were the only guests.
On the terrace to a beautiful house we were served oolong tea and cake for free.
We were introduced to the manufacturing in the factory and then the tea tasting of 40 different types! Very interesting! You don’t have to buy the tea from the shop they have shipping through their website.
Before you leave you donate a voluntary sum, no individual tip is allowed.
It was a great experience- lot to see and learn, so nice breathing fresh air and walking in the lush plantation. Recommended!
Written February 25, 2020
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Jennifer D
5 contributions
Really interesting
Feb 2020
We are so impressed that this plantation is offering tours for free. The guide was so knowledgeable and they even gave us tea and cake. It was a pleasant way to spend an hour or two and we learned a lot as well
Written February 10, 2020
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fanny201823
Paris, France13 contributions
Nice experience!
Feb 2020 • Friends
Nice experience but it will not be the same with the best guide ever! Istouti so much Sellamuthu !!!
Written February 10, 2020
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sjh1976
Southampton, UK24 contributions
Intersting
Jan 2020
Really interesting to learn a little about the history and techniques used within the tea plantation. Even 40 different teas to try - the Masala Chai flavoured tea was my favourite!
Written January 30, 2020
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karenrhoades
Bognor Regis, UK78 contributions
Don't waste your time
Jan 2020
Well I cant believe all the good reviews of this place, I will tell you how it was for us. We arrived around 8.20 am no one was around. Our driver went off to find someone we were then told quite curtly by an older gentleman guide that we were too early and would have to wait ( your website clearly says tours start at 8am) We were asked to sit in the shop on damp cushions and given a tatty dog eared sheet explaining all the teas they manufacture. About 15 mins later we summoned by the guide just the two of us as no one else had arrived who fleetingly told us about the virgin tea, peppercorns and cinnamon. He told us that 100 people worked on the estate. He then walked us up to the bungalow at record speed passing just 2 x pickers. I had to be quick to take photos as he was desperate to keep going. Tea and cake was served at the bungalow...might be a heathen but tea was awful prefer my Yorkshire blend. We were taken to the so called factory, not one machine was in operation or staff working when do they manufacture all this tea? my doubts are not here looking at the ancient machinery. We also entered there with no hair nets strategically placed were pots of tea leaves of which he put some into my sweaty hand for me to pour it back...yuck !!!We were then had to trudge back down to the shop to sample all the teas. Cant say I was enthralled with any of them bar one. We decided to buy one box you could tell the guide was upset that's all we were spending so tried to get us to buy cinnamon sticks, we have our own catering business back home and have buckets of cinnamon. Disappointed with what we were going to buy he walked off..no goodbyes etc etc Came away with little knowledge the place is run down, glad we only stopped here enroute to National park would have been miffed if we had paid a taxi or tour guide to take us here. Whilst this is free run by volunteers this place is just a ploy to sell tea.
Written January 28, 2020
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