When you wake up, what is it that comes to your mind first? The work load that you are due on, or that sweet sense-soothing aromatic cup of tea that will boost you to do your work much efficiently? In this article we will explore the rich Sri Lanka Tea Culture in depth.
Tea is a huge part of our lives to be true, anyone would say yes to a good old cuppa at any time of the day. But did you know that Sri Lanka exports one of the best – more likely – ‘The’ best – tea in the whole world? It is well renowned and the British Royals adore Ceylon tea even in the present day. It’s high time to think about vacations, maybe plan a Sri Lanka Holiday. Let’s take a little tea tour to experience the Tea Culture in Sri Lanka prior to visit or even a preview for your Sri Lankan Holiday Blog!
Where it started…
It was in the 19th Century of the British colonization when Tea was first introduced to Sri Lanka. Although it was Coffee plantation which was initiated, tea took over the soils as a disease destroyed all coffee fields in the hill country. In 1867, the first tea plantation was introduced by British citizen James Taylor. Located in Loolecondera, Kandy. It was the very beginning of Ceylon’s Tea Industry.
How it’s made – Story of the Tea Leaf
Tea goes through quite a bit of process to be in this consumable position. At every dawn, the hill country tea pluckers head to the fields to pick and gather the tenderest, most fresh leaves from the plantation to bring to the tea estate where the fresh leaves are dehydrated to take away the remaining moisture on them. Then these leaves are crushed, rolled so that all remaining liquids of the leaves are taken off. Finally they are carefully heated in ovens and sifted in to particles. Fascinatingly this whole process takes no more than a day.
Defining Tea – The First Sip
Tea is a magical portion that comes in different flavors, qualities and colours. Ceylon Tea is categorized and defined according to grades and different elevations of tea plantation. However they all fall into the basic category of Black Tea. There are three main categories to which tea falls in. Low-grown, Medium-grown and high grown. The high-grown tea is the most delicate and finest of them all, as it brings a subtle rich flavor to the cuppa. The medium-grown tea is strong in terms of flavor and darker in colour too. And the low grown has its own distinctive flavors and usually comes from the Southern side of the country.
Where to visit – Tea Tours
Your first tea option would be, of course, Kandy!! The birthplace of Ceylon Tea. The tea found here is much stronger and fuller in flavor, but if you are into the fine subtleties you better try out the tea produced in Nuwara Eliya as it brings out the true gentle elegance of flavors. Tea produced from the Southern are much recognized and well marketed in the Middle-East for its unique flavor.
Located between Nuwara Eliya and Uva, Uda Pussellawa is known as the best place for tea cultivation, while appreciating both seasons, this area maintains the perfect surrounding for plantation, giving out aromatic teas in colour as well as strength wise.
The best of produce is usually auctioned and mostly exported. But there’s nothing like going on a unique tea experience yourself. We have the perfect Sri Lanka Holiday Packages for you to experience the Tea Culture in Sri Lanka from the bushes to the teas. Tea Tours usually include showing the process of tea leaf picking, refining and tea testing as well. You can start off your tour at the fields. Pick up some leaves, head to the estate, witness the process and taste some good tea.
And remember, a soothing cuppa will promise to fulfill your dream Sri Lanka Holiday plan just the way you dreamt it!