Tea Trails & Hill Country
If you say tea, you’re saying Sri Lanka. From the days the island was called Ceylon up till now, the teas of Sri Lanka are world famous. And rightly so! There are great teas to be had, from lighter tastes to really heavy and aromatic ones.
When tea trailing you will stroll through tea estates, meet tea pickers (often referred to as pluckers), visit tea factories, where you can see the whole tea-making-process, and take in the verdant surroundings of the stunning, panoramic, mountainous countryside, all at the same time. There are trails for every level of fitness. Some are only 1 to 2 hour-walks, others are full-blown treks of one or more days.
Tea is grown in the higher parts of the island as it is a plant that requires a cooler climate than the lower parts have to offer. So to go tea trailing actually means visiting the heartland around the cities of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, although there are some other locations, where the climate allows for tea growing.
Most possibilities to go tea trailing you will find in the area surrounded by Nuwara Eliya, Peak Wilderness Sanctuary and Horton Plains National Park. The best way to get there is to either take a train from Colombo to Hatton station, or drive there, which will take you about 5 hours.