Move through years of a traditional practice; an art identified and perfected in time that brings with it a selection of distinct flavours here at the Handunugoda Low Country Tea Plantation in Ahangama. However those wanting to take a tour of this impressive plantation will discover that tea is not the sole reason for the area to be attracting large numbers of visitors. This is due to the fact that the premises which covers an impressive 200 acres also houses coconut, rubber, cinnamon and pepper plantations which only add to its appeal amongst those who are fond of traversing across endless stretches of lush green gardens.
Functioning as a working museum and a true depiction of how one of the world’s most loved beverages is prepared and served to tea connoisseurs, Handunugoda is currently managed by Malinga Herman Gunaratne who counts over 45 years of experience in plantation management. As part of the experience, onlookers have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and admire a collection of vintage tea processing equipment that contribute largely towards the manufacturing and production of some of Sri Lanka’s favourite low country teas. Well known for its ‘Virgin White Tea,’ Handunugoda also features a cosy tea shop from where you may take home a few souvenirs that comprise flavours ideally mixed and matched for the most complete experience that tea drinkers the world over would yearn for. Found near are a few hotels in Kalutara such as the Anantara Kalutara Resort and a few others from where visits to the plantation can be easily scheduled, one is advised to take time, enjoying the pungent aromas of Handunugoda before settling down to be treated like kings and queens, pampered with your choice of tea and cake as you begin to take in the vistas of beautiful tropical gardens unravelling before you. Arguably one of the acclaimed tourist destinations in the region, the Handunugoda Low Country Tea Plantation invites you to come and learn of its amazing story that continues to be retold to all its patrons.
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+