Some of Sri Lanka’s most picturesque scenery plays out between Kandy, Hatton, Nuwara Eliya and Ella, where the beautifully manicured tea estates roll up and down hills and deep into valleys. Colourfully dressed Tamil ladies hard at work plucking ‘two leaves and a bud’ can be spied amidst the sea of lush tea estates, and visits to factories to see the antiquated tea producing machinery in action is a highlight of any visit to the island. Plenty of Sri Lanka’s tea is grown on low elevations too, and Handunugoda Tea Estate, near Galle, famed for its virgin white tea, is a great place to get an overview of Ceylon Tea if time is short.

Staying on a private Tea estate has its privileges. The Tea Factory on the Goatfell estate is just a few km’s down the track and we can arrange for a special guests a private tour of the Finlays Tea factory, accompanied by a professional Tea taster and finished with your very own ‘Tea Tasting’.

Where : Goatfell, opening in 2016/17