Where in Sri Lanka is tea grown?

Where in Sri Lanka is tea grown?

Sri Lanka’s tea country is located mainly in the central highlands, although some of the tea growing areas spread as far as the coast. The reason that tea grows well here is because of the topography and the climate.

What is the largest tea estate in Sri Lanka?

Sabaragamuwa. While Sabaragamuwa might be a region best known for gems, Sri Lanka’s other famed commodity, the province is also the country’s biggest tea growing region. Sabaragamuwa is known for producing low grown tea reaching altitudes of 2,500ft.

How many tea estates are there in Sri Lanka?


District Total population No. of estates
Nuwara Eliya District 36,184 21
Kurunegala District 207,885 21
Matara District 143,379 11
Total 1,044,168 996

Who owns tea estates in Sri Lanka?

It is a matter of pride for Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC to be a part of the Hayleys Group, one of the largest and most diversified multinational conglomerates in Sri Lanka with a history spanning 140 years, with whom we continue to bring you the greatest Ceylon teas of the land.

What tea is famous in Sri Lanka?

Ceylon tea, as it has been known since the 19th century, has been the base tea of choice for most tea manufacturers around the world. Sri Lankans believe that their ground water has a magical quality, not only for growing great tea plants but also for brewing it.

Who is the biggest tea exporters in Sri Lanka?

Akbar Brothers has marked 26 years as Sri Lanka’s largest tea exporter with 2017 shipments topping 42 million kilos worth over Rs. 36 billion in valuable foreign exchange to the country.

Where is the first tea plant in Sri Lanka?

The Legend of Ceylon Tea It was in 1824 that the first tea plant was brought from China by the British and planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy. It is considered to be the first non-commercial tea crop to be grown in the country.

What was the old name of Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka’s government has decided to change the names of all state institutions still bearing the nation’s former British colonial name, Ceylon. The government wants the country’s modern name to be used instead. The decision comes 39 years after the country was renamed Sri Lanka.

What does BOP mean in tea?

Black Tea Leaf Grades

P Pekoe smaller, shorter leave than OP
TGFOP Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe GFOP with more golden tips
FTGFOP Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe Better quality TGFOP teas
BOP Broken Orange Pekoe OP leaves that are broken
FBOP Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe FOP leaves that are broken

Which tea is famous in Sri Lanka?

Where was tea invented?

The story of tea begins in China. According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created.

Which District in Sri Lanka is best for tea cultivation?

Another district in the Central Province is Nuwara Eliya, best known for its tea. Due to its geo climatic attributes, Nuwara Eliya is known to produce tea of particularly fine quality. With the highest altitudes at over 6,000 ft, cool climes, and moderate rainfall the region possesses a highly conducive environment for tea cultivation.

Where does Sri Lanka’s Tea come from?

Ruhuna is now, along with Sabaragamuwa, one of the key tea-producing districts of Sri Lanka, producing its own characterful varieties. Between them, the two provinces account for around 60% of the total production of the island.

What is Sri Lankan Ceylon tea?

Renowned worldwide, Ceylon tea is one of Sri Lanka’s primary exports. It all started when British-born James Taylor first began developing Ceylon tea at the country’s first tea estate, Loolecondera, in 1867.

Where is Ruhuna tea grown in Sri Lanka?

Bearing the old Sinhalese name for the south of island, the Ruhuna tea-growing district lies in what is now the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The tea-growing terrain, coastal plain with low hills towards the interior, lies mostly in the western part of the province, within the ‘wet zone’ watered by the southwest monsoon.