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“Not an Attraction. Its simply a typical tourist setup.”

Glenloch Tea Factory
Ranked #145 of 811 things to do in Sri Lanka
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

This is a typical stop arrange by the taxi drivers and tour operators to put tourist in commercially tourist shops. They sell it as a "tea factory tour" but is basically a show around the factory to end in the factory souvenir shop to be force either to tip the tour guide or to buy a very expensive selection of tea's.

This is very common in this part of the world. You would see this kind of stops in Thailand, Indonesia and even in India. The Spice Garden is something very similar and its around the corner. You might buy something that you like but at a very expensive price (for Sri Lanka). But don't allow to be push around with this methodology. If you don't wanna stop or buy, nobody can force you.

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

As I have only ever visited one( this) tea factory I really can't say how good it is in comparison to others. What I can say is that we really enjoyed it. Didn't take too long, say the process from start to finish, saw the the classic scene of the tea pickers at work, old but functioning machines drying sorting and rolling the leaves. Very informative guide and a great cuppa to finish it off overlooking the amazing hills.
Really recommend this place for a visit

1  Thank cozzer10
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

On our trip towards Nuwara Eliya we stopped off for a visit at the Glenloch Tea Factory. The Guide shows you upstairs in the tea sorting room and explains the process involved in tea production. The machinery is very old but obviously still does the job. Workers seemed used to having tourists watch them work. You can take photos. Even thou there is a clear sign not to tip the Guide you are put in a position to discreetly pass him something. I did not see the Tip Box. After the tour a very nice hot cuppa is provided. No idea what type we were given as we were left in peace to enjoy it.
No pressure made to purchase any tea as the shop was busy with a bus of tourists. We did not have the opportunity to walk amongst the tea bushes but our driver very kindly offered a stop further down the road.

Thank Sue C
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

My taxi driver took me from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya to visit the Glenloch tea plantations which has a 150 years old Tea factory. I enjoyed some beautiful scenery on the way with waterfalls and lush green tea estates on the hills. The tour of the factory was very interesting. It is amazing to see how the green leaves are taken through various stages to turn it into the black tea we all enjoy. The tour is free, but visitors are expected to put some money in the Tip box in the cafe, where everyone is offered a complimentary cup of tea.
I as well as a few other visitors had picked up a leaflet on this tea factory from a tourist office and it had an offer of a free mug on it. But unfortunately all of us were disappointed as the cafe did not honour it.

Thank globetrotter3114
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We found the Heritage Tea Plantations beautiful as we were driving through the tea country from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Our driver stopped at Glenloch Tea Factory to show us how tea is being dried and packed to be ready for a drink. We visited the tea factory late afternoon, so we could not see the whole process. In spite of this, our guide was very nice and he explained everything while he was taking us round. It was so interesting! We got a sample cup of tea to taste their product and then we could buy tea in the shop. We enjoyed our visit here and brought a few boxes of their nice tea home!

1  Thank erikapelles
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