Would you like to take a look at where your morning cup of tea comes from? Then a visit to the Pedro Tea Estate is where you should be heading if you are up in the hills of Nuwara Eliya. Nestled amongst the scenic beauty, the estate is situated in the shadows of Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala. The drive to the estate is 4 kilometres from the Hotel and entails a proud legacy similar to that of Grand Hotel.
The factory was established in 1885 and is still filled with ancient machinery of the 19th century. It is at this spot where the first tea bushes were planted by James Taylor, giving start to the line of Ceylon tea that followed.
The tour of the factory takes about 20 minutes and you are guided through the entire manufacturing process from grading to packaging. The factory operates during the night time in order to safeguard the tea from sunlight which could hinder the quality of the tea.
What’s more, overlooking the tea factory and the plantations you could indulge in some snacks and tea at the ‘Lovers Leap Ethical Tea Boutique’. You could even purchase factory fresh finest Ceylon Tea to take to your friends and family back home. The Bomburuella Reservoir with a picturesque view is visible from here too!
The factory is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but it is closed to visitors between 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m., and photography within the factory premises is not permitted. A visit to the Pedro Tea Estate is bound to be informative and an experience of a life-time, while giving you the space to relax and enjoy the best of tea Sri Lanka has to offer.