The little island of Sri Lanka has been known throughout history as the land of delicious tea. A cup of ‘Ceylon’ tea -as it was known back in the day- was as good as a magic portion for it rejuvenated the body like nothing else. Evidence of the history of this remarkable industry can be seen today throughout several regions in Sri Lanka. The city of Kandy is where it all began. Located in the heart of the island, this city is almost always in the agenda of any visitor to the island.
Kandy is adorned with the best of all worlds. Its scenic beauty is unparalleled and it is etched with rich culture and plenty of history. The tranquility of the Kandy city can be experience at its best only from a Kandy Hotel that perfectly reflects the essence of this city. A Bungalow styled hotel such as the Secret Kandy is an excellent choice for it emulates the perfect age old ambience and is seated in the heart of Kandy city. From here, the Hantane Tea Museum is approximately 15 minutes away.
The Hantane Tea Museum is the finest tribute to Sri Lanka’s 130 yr old tea industry. It is located in close proximity to the famous Botanical Gardens of Perediniya; the location where James Taylor first planted his experimental tea plants. The Tea Museum was built in 1925 and was initially used as a Tea factory. Several years after it was abandoned, it was modified and converted to a Museum. Although the exhibits are of limited number, it does provide plenty of insight into the mechanism of tea manufacturing back in the day. There is old machinery on display here, some even dating back to more than a century. The library has some excellent books on tea manufacturing and there is a packet of fine tea that is 56 years old. Once you have thoroughly explored this Museum, head over to the 3rd floor and enjoy a cup of fine Ceylon tea.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+