Dambatenne Tea Factory, Haputale

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Learn about the process of making tea at the hidden gem of Dambatenne Tea Factory. Sir Thomas Lipton built the tea factory in 1890, with some of the original machinery he used still on display in the factory. Learn about the various production techniques, and try different kinds of tea. See the circular machines, which demonstrate the refining processes required to make top-quality tea, then enjoy mountain views after you finish the tour. On your way to the factory, you can see tea workers collecting the leaves. The tea processing takes place on certain days, so check the factory's schedule before you visit in order not to miss out on a special learning experience. A visit to Dambatenne Tea Factory represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Haputale trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We waited 30mins in the waiting room. Our 250 rupees each was collected and we were lead into the factory and stood in front of various stages of tea making. The employee gave a very hurried, rehearse...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    The lush green tea plantations are worth a visit (a small entrance fee is asked to go to Lipton's Seat on its grounds'. Lots of well meant plaques on nature and ecosystem adorn the main road (in a cha...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    A well presented factual tour about the production of tea with a chance to see all the ancient machinery in action. It is probably all the same as it was over 100 years ago. You can buy a box of excel...  more »

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While Haputale offers few international chain hotels, the town has a solid selection of affordable, locally owned accommodations. Because of the excellent price point on lots of the town's lodgings, many travelers use Haputale as a jumping-off point to visit the nearby national park and other attractions. For an authentic experience during your trip to Haputale, consider staying at a friendly guesthouse or small inn, many of which offer home-cooked meals and arrange travel to surrounding areas. While this destination used to fill up with tourists, its popularity has dwindled recently, so making reservations should not present too much difficulty.
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