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Dambatenne Tea Factory, Haputale
(2.8/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We had bad luck, we got some holiday and factory work which does not mean that it cannot be visited. We toured the entire factory, who told us the entire production process. I do not know why, but still I felt in this factory days of colonialism. A must on the trail.
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  • Visit of 15 min with a manager who speaks almost no English. They did not tea to taste. Prescindoble
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  • Worth the admission, the lead is very short but it's worth to visit the tea factory and marvel at all the machinery and fabrication steps
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  • Nice building and machinery. Tour was underwhelming, the guide was explaining the process in broken English. Due to the background noise it was very hard to understand. 250 Lkr per person without tasting at the end. It is possible to buy tea at the end but there is no choice and they only sell bagged tea.
  • We went to the factory expecting to learn more about tea but end up with nothing new. Factory is nice and could be a great tour but the guide just took us around showing the machine like he was in a rush. I wouldn't recommend to pay for the tour, but if you are there just walk around the plantations there are some nice views
  • Interesting to see the process, some great industrial machines. The tea plantations are fantastic, and worth the tuk tuk ride up to Lipton's Seat
  • This tea factory was built by Sir Thomas Lipton, and it has hardly changed. It's like stepping back in time seeing an antiquated production process that produces tea within 24 hours of being picked. We went on a Monday; not a good idea as no tea was picked the day before and the factory was not producing much. Also they are not set up for tourists as the guide spoke very poor English and their retail sales were limited to a few boxes of tea in the cabinet of the tasting room. Even so, I'd fully recommend it. PS: On Lipton's Tea web site, it says that the they are the largest brand in the world. That makes Dambatenne the "Mecca" of tea. All tea lovers should be encouraged to make "pilgrimage" for a fresh cup of their wonderful product.
  • You can see how a leaf of tea becomes an instant tea bag. For a small fee, staff give you a guided tour around the tea factory showing you how fresh tea leaves dry, crush and packed for export. Even you can buy tea bags made at the factory after the tour. It is very scenic drive and takes about 1 hour from Haputale town.