Great Scenes of Dambatenne

One of the most impressive tours from Colombo by road, one would feel, is the climb to Haputale through Ratnapura, Balangoda and Belihuloya. When you come to the bottom of the Haputale hills, you would start feeling the coolness of the Uva province right from a small...

Basics of Tea Manufacture

“Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way.” – Mary E. Pearson, The Fox Inheritance This article is not for those who want to learn Tea Processing in detail but to make our readers get a basic understanding of the...

The Backbone of Ceylon Tea!

Upcountry Tamils of Tea Plantations “At first, man was enslaved by the gods. But he broke their chains. Then he was enslaved by the kings. But he broke their chains. He was enslaved by his birth, by his kin, by his race. But he broke their chains. He declared to all...

How did we end up with? Regional Plantation Companies

Most tea plantations in the island continued to be under the ownership of either foreigners, British to be more specific, or local companies, until 1976. They were also known as ‘Sterling’ Companies for British owned or as ‘Rupee’ Companies for...

Ceylon Tea & Beyond

A Cross-Section of Sri Lanka’s Top Tea Factories is The Central Hills. Ceylon Tea has always fascinated me! Having born on a tea plantation in the Upcountry planting district of Dickoya, I attended one of the Hill Country’s leading schools at Hatton. Upon...