With refreshingly cold weather, surreal views and oodles of tea hills covered in rolling mist, tea estates in Nuwara Eliya looks like something that came out of a fairy tale. But don’t be deceived, there is more than what meets the eye to these beautiful lands…
The perfect tea?!
Located in high altitude, tea estates in Nuwara Eliya are special. It is said that tea produced on these hills are the most flavourful. The tea hills are well nourished by rich and fertile soil and they occasionally receive rain, the perfect weather condition instil and lock all its wonderful flavours and aroma within the leaves – this is why tea produced in the hills of Nuwara Eliya is of premium quality.
Impeccable quality standards and high maintenance
When you are in an estate in Nuwara Eliya, you could notice that the tea hills are far more different than others found around other regions of the central hills – that is because the estates here are well maintained and tea bushes are pruned and harvested periodically. Everything happens here just to maintain the quality of the end product – the best tasting Ceylon tea!
One of the most intricate parts of producing tea is plucking the right leaves! This is one of the few processes that could not be automated in the industry of tea. For the finest tea, a plucker breaks off a bud with one or two tender leaves. They will have to pluck thousands of leaves by hand judjing their quality by their eyes, every day to earn a living.
Making the finest tea is not an easy task! The harvested tea leaves undergo a strenuous and time-consuming process to be transformed in what gets into your cuppa. There are many tea factories in Nuwara Eliya and all of them run round the clock 24×7 to meet the worldly demands.
You can see first hand how tea is made in a factory during your stay at hotels In Nuwara Eliya the likes of Heritance Tea Factory. What is special about this hotel is that, it was an old tea factory that has been converted into a luxury resort property. And yes, part of the tea factory is still functional and that is exactly where you can see how tea is being made.