The Dambatenna Tea Factory was built by Sir Thomas Lipton himself in 1890 and is still in operation today. The term "Ceylon tea" was used here, and Lipton started tea and sold its first pound of tea from the factory premises.
The factory tour is an education on the complex processes involved in fermenting, rolling, drying, cutting, filtering and grading, and the extensive tour concludes with an authentic tea tasting experience.
Dambatenne tea factory history:
The Dambatenna Tea Factory was built by Thomas Lipton when he started his tea empire in 1890 and is home to his famous Lipton Ceylon black tea factory. Lipton brought the tea industry to where it is today. He sold his tea around the world with tea harvest workers and soon made Lipton a household name.
The Dambatenna Tea Factory is a short distance from the Lipton seat in Haputale and you can follow the path by tuk tuk or across the tea estate. If you are traveling with small children, perhaps choose the latter option, as it allows your children to run through a very beautiful tea garden.
There is a visit to the factory that runs every 30 minutes and it is a really interesting activity to do, especially if you are interested in drinking tea. At the factory, you will be given a tour of the factory premises, where you can see the entire production process from the collection of tea leaves to the oxidation process and finally the packaging of black tea. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to get some samples of world famous Ceylon tea and buy some souvenirs here. When you return from your trip, take everything with you and leave only your footprints.
Dambatenne tea factory contact
Dambatenne tea factory entrance fee: LKR 250
Dambatenne tea factory opening hours:
- Dambatenne tea factory contact number: 0575 677 978
- Dambatenne tea factory address: Distretto di Badulla.
Open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Please note that it is closed on Sundays.
Dambatenne is 9km northeast of Haputale.
- By Buses: cost Rs 28 / time 20 minutes
- By three-wheeler: Haputale to Dambatenna Tea Factory one-way / return costs Rs 600 -1000