We stayed at the Heritance Tea Factory for a single night as part of a week long tour of Sri Lanka.
Our driver took us from Kandy along the amazingly named Kandy Road to Nurwara Eliya and the Tea Factory, but this was no short ride. The drive was probably around three hours.. if not more.
Despite the drive, the scenery on the way more than makes up for it. You travel through small towns and villages and most drivers will be happy to stop for a break and let you grab something to eat and spend a short while walking round.
The real treat comes when you hit the hills and begin the ascent to Nurwara Eliya. The drive uphill goes on for an age, literally over an hour or so as you wind around the circumference of the hills, which gradually turn in to tea plantations. Occasionally you will pass a small village where the tea pickers live, and the landscape is truly amazing. Photographers will be wanting to get out and take images every few minutes.
Once you leave the Kandy Road, having driven through Nurwara Eliya, the Heritance Tea Factory is still about a 20min drive.
On arrival we were greeted by the staff with a traditional welcome of some tea, sugar and spice and hot towel... all very pleasant and seeing the the restored factory is interesting.
The room itself was a good size, with a good size bed and it was clean.
As a fairly authentic recreation of the tea factory, the rooms are a little dated. They are clean and comfortable, but this obviously isn't all sleek metal surfaces and flashy gadgets - if you want that you are in the wrong place.
The bath was small in our room, though if you wanted to you could sit in the bath and look out the window at the plantation.
Dinner was ok - It is a buffet with enough variety, but the food was ok, not great.
I made the effort to drag myself out of bed at 6am the next morning to catch sunrise and the scenery and my photos looks amazing. Watching the sky change colour and the silhouettes of the mountains appear as the sun lit them from behind was breathtaking. Even once the sun was up the abundant hills still meant that pockets of the valleys weren't lit up, and photographers will love exploring the various views from around the grounds of the hotel, and the small winding road that leads to it.
In summary go for the location, scenery and history of the place, not for the hotel facilities and you will enjoy it.
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- Also Known As:
- Heritance Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya
- Tea Factory Hotel Nuwara Eliya