Handunugoda Tea Estate
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  • LineJaniche
    Stockholm, Sweden39 contributions
    Very nice visit
    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!
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 24, 2020
  • Oreng
    Jerusalem, Israel1,488 contributions
    A working Tea Estate Museum
    A beautiful frozen in time Tea Estate, we arrived and where greeted by a guide that walked us along the White Tea plantation and showed us the Rubber trees and Cinnamon trees. We saw women harvesting the tea leaves by hand and heard various explanations. Then we arrived at a beautiful colonial style villa at the top of the hill where we got a peace of cake and cup of delicious tea, after relaxing in the cool breeze we toured the villa saw a Mongoose crossing the path and went down to the tea factory witnessing the same 150 year old machines still working today drying and separating the tea leaves. And finally ended up at the shop where we tasted all of the tea varieties and bought some tea to take with us.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written December 31, 2019
  • Elena Ciocan
    Timisoara, Romania1,725 contributions
    We speak your language!
    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.
    Visited March 2019
    Written February 28, 2020
  • karenrhoades
    Bognor Regis, United Kingdom90 contributions
    Don't waste your time
    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.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 28, 2020
  • Dilan D
    Kalutara, Sri Lanka7 contributions
    Wasting of time to visit here...
    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.
    Visited February 2020
    Written March 5, 2020
  • libero7
    620 contributions
    Blown away
    We absolutely loved our visit to this very special plantation. Had a great tour which was just the right length for our hot kids who at 8 and 11 didn’t exactly have a tea plantation on their list of to-dos! Plantation is extremely beautiful and on our little walk we saw lots of tea plants and also wildlife and herbs. Factory was really interesting too. The tea and amazing cake on the verandah was really welcome (kids loved it!) and the tea tasting was incredibly well done too with all the different teas available for tasting - again something the kids really enjoyed. Others have said the teas are expensive. All I can say is that in the UK they would cost a lot more so we certainly bought quite a few. A really fun visit for the whole family and easy to fit into the day if you’re in the Galle area.
    Visited April 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written April 8, 2022
  • Binu tours
    Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka5 contributions
    A place where only money is expected
    I am a Lankan. I went to this place today. With a foreigner. One person has to pay 2$ to see this. The price of tea here is very high. The driver and guides who come with foreigners also have to pay 2$ to see this. The guides here even take a photo as the tourists like. Not given the chance.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 20, 2023
  • fehne09
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates38 contributions
    Pleasant outdoor activity
    We had a lovely stroll in the tea plantation with a very knowledgeable guide. At the end of the walk you are treated for a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the owners house. From here you continue to the tea factory where the whole process is explained. It’s amazing! They work with 145 years old machines!!! At the end of the tour you can taste at least 20 different kind of teas and buy your souvenirs. The tour used to be free, but due to the difficult economical situation they have introduced a nominal entrance fee of 2 USD.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 28, 2022
  • karolina34
    Brno, Czech Republic9 contributions
    Amazing family tea estate!
    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. :))
    Visited September 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2021
  • Marky
    Bystrice nad Pernstejnem, Czech Republic26 contributions
    Awesome Virgin White tea plantation
    Driving through small local villages and communities describe closely how's life on Sri Lanka. Plantation is beautiful and peaceful place you should visit and learn more about tea. Delicious tasing (cake and tea), guided tour through the plantation were very educative and interesting. You'll se the factory inside and on the end - you may taste tea samples to choose which one is the best for you. It's not about the one - you should buy more. All are delicious planted with love.
    Visited February 2022
    Written February 20, 2022
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karenrhoades
Bognor Regis, UK90 contributions
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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Dilan D
Kalutara, Sri Lanka7 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

libero7
London620 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We absolutely loved our visit to this very special plantation. Had a great tour which was just the right length for our hot kids who at 8 and 11 didn’t exactly have a tea plantation on their list of to-dos!

Plantation is extremely beautiful and on our little walk we saw lots of tea plants and also wildlife and herbs. Factory was really interesting too. The tea and amazing cake on the verandah was really welcome (kids loved it!) and the tea tasting was incredibly well done too with all the different teas available for tasting - again something the kids really enjoyed.

Others have said the teas are expensive. All I can say is that in the UK they would cost a lot more so we certainly bought quite a few.

A really fun visit for the whole family and easy to fit into the day if you’re in the Galle area.
Written April 8, 2022
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Binu tours
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka5 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
I am a Lankan. I went to this place today. With a foreigner. One person has to pay 2$ to see this. The price of tea here is very high. The driver and guides who come with foreigners also have to pay 2$ to see this. The guides here even take a photo as the tourists like. Not given the chance.
Written March 20, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

fehne09
Dubai, United Arab Emirates38 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We had a lovely stroll in the tea plantation with a very knowledgeable guide. At the end of the walk you are treated for a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the owners house. From here you continue to the tea factory where the whole process is explained. It’s amazing! They work with 145 years old machines!!! At the end of the tour you can taste at least 20 different kind of teas and buy your souvenirs.
The tour used to be free, but due to the difficult economical situation they have introduced a nominal entrance fee of 2 USD.
Written December 28, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

karolina34
Brno, Czech Republic9 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Marky
Bystrice nad Pernstejnem, Czech Republic26 contributions
Feb 2022
Driving through small local villages and communities describe closely how's life on Sri Lanka. Plantation is beautiful and peaceful place you should visit and learn more about tea. Delicious tasing (cake and tea), guided tour through the plantation were very educative and interesting. You'll se the factory inside and on the end - you may taste tea samples to choose which one is the best for you. It's not about the one - you should buy more. All are delicious planted with love.
Written February 20, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jacqueline K
Marlborough, UK37 contributions
Feb 2022
We spent a lovely morning here guided around by the Manager David. He gave us a so much information and clearly loves the place, more than just a job. We saw lots of spices and wild life during our walk.

Fascinating story of the history of Tea and the White Silver Tips.

A beautiful cup of tea with excellent cake was enjoyed @ the owners residence, followed by a tour of the factory which was also extremely interesting. This followed a venture into the Tea Shop where the many teas manufactured were available for tasting and purchase. Which naturally did.
Written February 12, 2022
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Livingthetraveldream
19 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Wow! A hidden gem! What a lovely afternoon and how much we learned. Looking at the plants, learning about the types of tea, seeing the processing plant, a cup of tea and chocolate cake as well as tea tasting at the end.
Please buy tea when you’re there as the tour is free and this is least we can do to repay a free, informative tour.
Thank you to all.
Written March 27, 2022
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Andrew Oliver-Morley
London, UK359 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We’ve assays wanted to visit a tea plantation and this estate was perfect en route to Galle. The guide was knowledgeable and a proper character. We loved learning about the tea process and the cuppa on the veranda ( with chocolate cake )
The old factory was fascinating as were the old pieces of machinery still in use. We tasted and purchased tea in the shop at the end , mainly to support the estate but also as a memento of a great couple of hours.
Written May 1, 2022
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