Kinellan Tea Factory

Kinellan Tea Factory, Ella: Address, Phone Number, Kinellan Tea Factory Reviews: 3.5/5

Kinellan Tea Factory
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KayRockwell25
Setagaya, Japan74 contributions
Tea leaves at bargain prices. 紅茶の直売所!?
Nov 2019
I have not visited the factory but found Kinellan Tea Center on a highway near the factory. It seemed like a large hut suddenly appears in the middle of the highway. I did not find anybody but a lady looked so bored because no one visits there.
The center sold large bags of tea leaves produced by the factory. I could purchase 500g of BOPF leaves with only 475Rs. The taste of the tea was genuine and excellent.
工場には行っていませんが、近くのハイウェイ上にKinellan tea centerなるものを見つけました。なにもない道路上に突如として現れる山小屋風の建物の中は、人気が感じられないのですが、紅茶の大袋を売っています。なんとBOPFの茶葉500gを475Rsで買えました。帰国後に飲んでみたところ、とても素晴らしい香りでした。500gは到底個人で消費できる量ではないと思いますが、小袋に分けて配ったりできると思います。
Written 5 December 2019
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d_gbr
6 contributions
Must see for tea lovers
Jun 2019 • Couples
The tour was absolutely amazing. Every step in the process of producing tea was explained in scientific detail. Maybe the facilities are not that spectacular but the guide was extremely friendly and a good teacher. Tea tasting at the end. We loved it.
Written 24 June 2019
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HarryPokker
38 contributions
Interesting to see the process but nothing special
Dec 2018
It was interesting to see all the different phases of the tea factory. Got lot of useful knowledge. For example that the black, green, white tea all come from the same plant. It differes, which leaves you pick and how you dry them
Written 13 April 2019
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HollysHollydays
Hong Kong, China51 contributions
Excellent tour of an old tea factory
Mar 2019 • Couples
We just showed up around 2pm one afternoon and got a private tour of the factory for 500 LKR per person.

The factory was in full action - deliveries being weighed to pay the pickers; fresh leaves being sorted and loaded into withering machines; withered leaves being rolled and then dried; dried leaves being shaken into all the different grades of tea... The whole process was fascinating!

The guide had a strong accent but was happy to answer all our questions (even if we had to ask a few times...) and took his time to show us around. Felt like stepping back in time as the factory was built in 1909 and it seems like not much has changed since then.

We could take lots of photos of the upstairs withering area but not of the drying or sorting processes.

There is no gift shop so there was no pressure to buy anything. It’s actually a shame we couldn’t buy any tea as we would have loved to have taken a bag home!
Written 5 April 2019
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Katarina B
Sri Lanka22 contributions
Good factory visit
Mar 2019 • Friends
This factory visit was good and detailed. The guide informed very well about the process. We just got there and then we got a guided tour. Not need to book.
Written 18 March 2019
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Johan V
Malmö, Sweden16 contributions
Old tea factory
Mar 2019 • Friends
At Kinellan tea factory we were shown how they prepare their tea with all different steps such as drying and processing of the tea plants to prepare high and lower quality tea. More information on the plantation would be appreciated. The guide did not have the best english and some questions were unanswered due to this.
Written 18 March 2019
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SteveJeanette
Leeds, UK82 contributions
Friendly and informative
Feb 2019 • Couples
We didn’t see this tea factory advertised anywhere but stumbled upon it while out walking. We called in on the off chance and were offered a tour for 500LKR each. The factory was working so we got to see the tea being dried, graded, sorted, everything from start to finish. We were the only two in our group , they seem to do personal tours as people turn up at the factory, and were happy to answer all our questions. Really enjoyable and informative
Written 2 March 2019
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Ricci A
Greater London, UK88 contributions
Sweet aromas
Jan 2019 • Couples
Upon discovering that the Uva Halpewatte tea factory was not operational, our tuktuk driver took an alternative route back to Ella and brought us to the small Kinellen tea factory. Here for 500rps each the two of us were given a very detailed and interesting tour of the entire process....except the final packaging since the electric power was out the generator couldn't cope with the final stage of process as well as the packing into large wholesale sacks.

A sour visit to a large factory turned into a sweet aromatic success.
Written 19 January 2019
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A K
Stockholm, Sweden67 contributions
Lipton Seat
Dec 2018 • Family
Very little Tea to buy, but did a guided tour was interesting. We viewed all the process through which was worth a visit. Good insights about the production.
Written 18 January 2019
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harshanipj
Galle, Sri Lanka36 contributions
small place with nice tea
Dec 2018 • Family
I did not visit the tea factory only visited their outlet which is a lovely rundown old building and there is a very friendly fellow who tells you a lot about how to select a good packet of tea which suits you. the tea is very cheap as they are sold in very simple packing but the quality is still the best.
Written 4 December 2018
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