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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  • October 1, 2017
    I would want to not miss out this guide for paltry 250 rupees. As mentioned in other reviews, the tea factory has a nostalgic character, as the old building and the corresponding machines are used. The guide was well done and it was entered on each question patiently. We had the luck that our driver (Mohammed Fareen from Haputale) had the best knowledge of local plants and processing this. Thus the harvest and processing was declared directly in the tea plantation us. We have finally had like to have a cup tea or tried out different qualities. This was unfortunately not also available with extra charge. -Therefore a point deduction. We would recommend, despite the meantime especially in combination with the Lipton's seat.
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  • September 24, 2017
    Dambatene Tea factory was our planned stop on the way to Lipton's seat. We took a local bus from Haputale, very cheap 80 rupees. The tour in the factory was short but the guy told us all the important...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    I thoroughly enjoyed the informative tour of this tea factory (250 LKR). It was intersting to see the machinery/people at work, feel the tea in the different stages of being processed, and be exposed ...  more »

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