Steep yourself in the origins of Sri Lanka’s tea industry thanks to this 6-hour private exploration of the famous Loolkandura Estate. Learn about the creation of this historic tea plantation and its founder James Taylor, as you explore his legacy and discover the tea cultivation and production process. All entrance fees, plus water and snacks, are included.
Explore Sri Lanka's historic tea industry during a private tour
Discover the life of famous tea planter James Taylor
Learn about Mr. Taylor by visiting his former residence and monuments to his life
Visit a tea factory still in operation today and a tea weighing station
Great way to get an in-depth look at Sri Lanka's tea industry
Receive an early-morning pickup from your hotel in Kandy, after which you’ll journey for one hour to reach Taylor Hill, site of the Loolkandura Estate. Start your visit by learning about the estate’s origins, including its creation by planter James Taylor.
You’ll spend the next several hours visiting the many highlights of the plantation created by Mr. Taylor, including a favorite chair once used by Taylor himself, a statue erected in his honor, and a log cabin the planter once called his home.
You’ll also tour the Loolecondera Tea Factory, which still packages tea to this day, and see the weighing stations where the fresh leaves are brought in from the fields for processing. A full listing of itinerary stops is detailed below. You’ll be dropped off back at your Kandy-area hotel at the end of the trip.
7:00am: You will be picked up from your hotel in Kandy and driven approximately one hour to reach the Taylor's Hill where you start your guided tea experience to the Loolkandura Estate. Loolkandura Estate in the Kandy district is the very first patch of tea was planted as a test after the failure of coffee plantation in Sri Lanka. With the wild success of this plantation, then 21 year old planter James Taylor, who was in charge of this plantation, has been forever immortalized and has become a part of post colonization history of Sri Lanka.
8:30am - 12:00pm: Enjoy a traditional Tuktuk to ride to the Estate and visit a number of historic sites in and around Loolecondera with a local guide who knows all about the estate.
Sightseeing Included in this tour
James Taylor Seat & Tea Tree - Take a pitstop at James Taylors seat where he used to rest and sit, overlooking the valley and see the first tea bush he planted.
James Taylor Statue – A monument built in honour of the Godfather of Ceylon Tea as thanks from the local families who benefitted from the introduction of tea to the area.
The Loolecondera Tea Factory - A functioning government-owned tea factory which still contains some of the original equip-ment. Walk through the factory and learn about the intricate pro-cesses of making the perfect tea.
James Taylor Log Cabin – Walk up to the remains of where James Taylor once resided among pretty flower gardens and read the tale told in the ‘Ode to James Taylor’.
Weighing Stations - Observe gatherings of tea pluckers in their colourful sarees with their burgeoning bags of tea leaves as they weigh their daily harvest using original equipment from the heyday of Loolecondera Estate
12:15pm: Return to Taylor's Hill and drive back to your hotel