The Ceylon Tea Museum is a great place to visit if you are interested in learning about tea and how it shaped the British Empire and the Sri Lankan mountains forever.
The History of Tea
Tea was first introduced to Sri Lankan after the coffee blight of 1896. James Taylor, called the father of Ceylon tea moved to the hills of Kandy from his home country Scotland and started a small tea estate. He found that the conditions were ideal and the rest was history.
The Tea Museum
The Ceylon Tea Museum is located inside a now-defunct plantation factory. It was first established in 1927 and is made up of four floors that each carry machinery and other displays from the industry’s heyday.
Have a Cuppa
On the third floor, there is a small boutique where you can buy your own cartons of tea to take home as souvenirs. The fourth floor is home to a restaurant and café where you will be offered a free cup of the delicious brew.
Check Out the Views
A telescope located on this floor will help you look out into the views of the Kandy plateau including the picturesque Knuckles Mountain Range. All these reasons are why the museum is one of the best places to visit in Kandy.
How to Get There and Times
The Ceylon Tea Museum is about 3km up the hill from the city. You can visit sites such as Kandy Escapes to get an in-depth story of the roads to take and times to visit.