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“Under appreciated - well worth”
Review of Ceylon Tea Museum

Ceylon Tea Museum
Ranked #11 of 84 things to do in Kandy
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We spend a few enjoyable hours here. It is around 4km fro the city centre of Kandy. The ride to the museum is already quite nice as it takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Kandy. The last few 100s of meters you actually pass some tea plantations already to get you in the mood.

We did call in advance to make sure they were up and running on a Saturday. Upon arrival it looked like we were the only guests though more people followed. Still not busy anyway. Reading some of the other reviews we sort of expected information not to be readily and easily available.

Guides are available, though we did not bother using one nor checking prices. There is a fair bit of information available in the museum but you do need to make the effort to read it. Lots of old stuff including equipment but also newspaper clippings that describe what went on in the old days. Some of it supported by extra boards with information.

Nice write ups on how Taylor and Lipton started and expanded their business.

The top floor has a sort of summary display that explain the benefits of tea, what happened in the industry as well as the process. It would have made sense to put that first and then go into the details of machines and the process.

There is one floor with some shops that sell tea. Interestingly no real hard sales going on there. We went to the Tea Board shop to get some teas as gifts. Good variation and decent prices.

Although not all is super clear laid out for one, our visit was enjoyable and we did learn a fair bit about tea and the industry development so worth the visit.

We paid just over 600rps entrance fee at 9 august 2014.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We visited in July, which isn't really tourist season as it's pretty hot. The museum was very quiet but we learnt a lot about the 2 main tea companies we know, Lipton's and Taylor's. You need to be able to walk up the stairs to the 5 floors of the museum, showing you how a factory would've worked.
It was very interesting but would've been better if everything was open (the cafe was closed as off season) so we could try the tea.

1  Thank Vicki0503
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

I cant believe we had this place to ourselves, The tea shops are quite cheap and the free tour guide makes this place. Not on the beaten track but its worth the small detour

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Reviewed 27 July 2014

Learned a lot about early tea production and saw excellent machinery. Tour guides available if needed.

Thank chichi777
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

The Ceylon Tea museum was incorporated on 9th January 1998 under Section 21 of the Companies act no 17 of 1982 and declared open to the public on 1st December, 2001. It is housed in the 1925 established Hanthana tea factory, 4kms from Kandy and at a height of 2499 feet. The museum consists of four floors. The ground floor has the Engine room and Rolling room where old machinery connected with the tea industry are displayed. The first floor has Drier room and furnace room and related machinery displayed. The second floor has sifting room and related equipments. The James Taylor museum and the archive room is also located on this floor. The third floor is allocated to Tea sales outlets where one can buy the finest selection of Ceylon Tea.

The entire fourth floor area is a restaurant where visitors are served complimentary tea. They can also take part in Tea tasting session. A panoramic view of the Kandy town surrounded by beautiful Hunnasgiriya Knuckles range and the Matale range of hills can be viewed through a telescope here. This floor also has the original cat walk platform which was used by the superintendent and the tea maker of the tea factory for monthly inspection of the roof and removal of any tea fluff.

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