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. Dambatenne Tea Factory is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Haputale Edition.
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  • Nice 20 minute tour of working tea factory. Very interesting & guide very helpful if you have any questions. You can buy tea at the end, but no shop or tea tasting offered. No photos allowed either.  more »
  • We had a beautiful drive to the Dambatenne Tea Factory from Ella; tea and tea plantations all around. The factory visit is not very long but it is a working tea factory and very interesting to see. No...  more »
  • Our tour guide was very good and it was fascinating to learn how tea is made and to see the factory in action. Set amongst the tea plantations, the views on the walk up the road amongst the tea fields...  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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