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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  • You have to pay 250 per person. We had to wait to get the tour start. You pay 20 for the toilet. We asked if we could get at least a cup of tea during the waiting. That was not possible. Also they men...  more »
  • More than mixed reviews... The visit is in itself not much expensive (250 rupees) but guide is English-speaking and the machines that run in the background do not promote understanding. Otherwise, nothing extraordinary to see except finish and drying rooms leaves: then we see more than sorters that separate the Teas in calibers, but where this might become interesting, you don't understand anything, as long as the guide has expl iQue things since we understand nothing: I saw who took to his heels at the end so it didn't interest them anymore. On the other hand, they try to flog their black tea to 2500 rupees 150g at the end... And you couldn't even taste any Cup of tea, which has never been proposed... Too bad... There must be better to visit.
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  • The only pleasant aspects about this 'tour' were the smells and sights. The guide himself was offhand, didn't care if you could hear what was said, spoke fast and hurried through. This was after being...  more »

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