Damro Labookellie Tea Factory & Tea Lounge
Popularly known as the Mackwoods Labookellie Factory is the first tea factory in Sri Lanka that was awarded with ISO 9001:2000 for its quality standards maintain in the process of tea production. Nuwara Eliya is considered the heart of the best tea country Sri Lanka – while the Damro Labookellie lies there at an elevation of 200m.
With the proper usage of facts and findings from the Tea Research Institute the Labookellie Tea Factory has adapted modern techniques at tea plantation. There are approximately 700-800 international and local travelers like you visiting the Labookellie Tea Factory and Estate per week, while it exceeds 2000 at the April season.
You can relax, have a cup of tea, pay a visit to the Tea Museum, explore the Art Gallery, Test and taste different tea types, Capture the endless shots in your camera and buy tea for your friends and family back home. The Tea Centre here had been renovated and expanded to give the visitors a splendid tea experience in a more comfortable setting where you could get a complete understanding on how the World’s Finest Tea is made!
Pedro Tea Estate
Pedro’s Tea Factory lies on the hills, approximately 3.5km from the Nuwara Eliya town with the tea plantations, the Lover’s Leap Ethical Tea Boutique and a small factory – which is a quite fascinating place to visit. If you are just curious on what Lover’s Leap means you will find a waterfall nearby by the same name, which was named after an ancient prince and his lover leapt to their death rejecting to get separated from here. And yes a lot more fable tales around to ponder while having the world famous cup of ‘Ceylon Tea’
Early in the 1880s, the pioneer planter James Taylor planted the very first few tea bushes in Sri Lanka and it was here at the Pedro Tea Estate. Eventhough the factory was burnt down in 1940’s more of the original steel structures and wheels were left. The interest of the location grows as a plenty of vintage machinery could be found in use here.
Some areas of the factory might not allow your cameras and the guides will be careful to inform you before but you will be more than free to witness the entire tea process with your own eyes from sorting, threshing and etc.
The tea boutique is just above the estate and you will be able to have a lush green view of endless tea spreads ahead infront of you from up there. And the view has some specialties as well, like the few international guests planted bushes, lovely conifers and the Bomburella reservoir.
The vintage weighing scale at the boutique will weigh your small boxes of tea which are for sale and you can even relax at the outdoor part the boutique exploring the view at an eve.