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The best time to start the Haputale Tea Factory Trek is in the morning. You can find the ladies plucking tea leaves as the mist lifts revealing the beautiful valleys filled with tea plants as the sun rises. The best seasons to visit the Haputale tea plantation would be during spring and winter when it is not raining.
Tea was introduced to Sri Lanka by the British colonists who encouraged large scale cultivation of tea which has made Sri Lanka one of the top producers of tea globally. The tea factories are old and considered to be a part of the heritage and the cultural landscape of Sri Lanka.
The Haputale Tea Factory Trek is an easy one with a total duration of about 4-5 hours. The paths in the Haputale tea plantation are well laid out and are not steep or difficult to traverse. The path goes along the beautiful green valleys filled with tea plants passing the occasional small waterfalls that are found throughout the estate.
No, children are allowed on the tour.
Yes, the Haputale Tea Factory is totally worth visiting. The Haputale tea plantation are a scenic place filled with green covered hills and valleys. The view of mist lifting above the tender tea leaves across the huge valleys of tea plantations is a memorable experience. Walking through these serene gardens and watching the ladies pluck the tea leaves and tending to the plants will surely make one appreciate the effort and process that goes behind the making of a cup of tea.
The factory itself has multiple divisions where the Haputale tea is processed. The tea leaves plucked by the women are washed, segregated and processed based on quality. The processed Haputale tea is sorted into grades like dust and granules which is then packaged separately. There are also many flavors of tea available for the tea aficionados for tasting and purchase. You will get a chance to visit a local house to savor freshly brewed tea and also enjoy a picnic in the Haputale tea plantation.
The inclusions in this activity that make the package more practical and appealing for tourists are :
- Train tickets
- A pack of refreshments
- Professional trekking guide’s fee
- Local transport during the trek
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