Beyond the exotic beaches and architectural glory, Sri Lanka is also known for its lush tea plantations that are spread over a vast area. For a closer look at fine tea leaves, the Ceylon Tea Museum is a must-see during your Sri Lankan holiday.
To see every part of the museum, keep this detailed guide with you and enjoy the delicious taste of Sri Lankan tea at this heritage place.
About Ceylon Tea Museum
The Ceylon Tea Museum is located in the former Hantana Tea Factory, built in 1925, on the southern edge of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Hantana was one of the first areas where tea cultivation began successfully after the failure of the coffee venture. The factory which now houses the museum is a relatively modern building.
Abandoned for over a decade, it was recently refurbished and houses a fine collection of exhibits from tea pioneers James Taylor and Thomas Lipton. The Tea Museum is a building consisting of four floors from the ground floor to the second floor housing old machinery, library and auditorium. Whereas on the third floor, tea lovers can buy Sri Lankan tea and taste it. And on the fourth floor one can enjoy the panoramic view of the hills while sipping their favorite tea without paying any money.
The building is filled with original machinery such as the iconic “Little Giant Tea Roller”, which twists dried tea leaves into spirals for cutting. There are also archival prints of the 19th century industry, including the life and work of tea pioneer James Taylor. The factory is a pleasant tricycle ride from Kandy and is worth a visit.
Kandy is a must-stop in every traveller’s itinerary and the location of the Ceylon Tea Museum in Hantana adds to the attraction of the hill country for visitors. In addition, it is a convenient distance from the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and Lulekondera Estate, where tea was first grown commercially in Sri Lanka, making Hantana an ideal location.
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Best time to visit Ceylon Tea Museum
The museum is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays. Opening hours are from 8.30 am and remains open till 4.00 pm. One must enter at least one and a half hour before the museum closing time to have enough time for the tour and exploration.
Ceylon Tea Museum Entry Fees and Timings
Time: On Sundays and public holidays it closes early, around 3 pm.
Price for non-resident adult: 800 lkr
For non-resident children: 400 lkr
How to reach Ceylon Tea Museum?
- The nearest airport to Kandy is Bandaranaike International Airport. The airport is approximately 103 km from the center of Kandy. Public transport is easily available for commuting.
- Traveling by train to Kandy is relatively cheap, enjoyable and safe. There are many trains running from the capital Colombo to Kandy on a daily basis.
- Air conditioned buses are also available for transportation. You can use public transport to commute.
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Where to Stay near Ceylon Tea Museum
If you are Ceylon Tea Museum and don’t know where to spend the night or where to stay then here are some suggestions based on popular choices of travelers:
1. Bee View Home Stay
B View Homestay is located just 1 kilometer from the museum, making it an ideal place to stay. Situated amidst the finest views in Kandy, B View Homestay offers free WiFi and a comfortable stay. Bike rentals and car rentals are available at this homestay and the area is popular for hiking.
Place: 71/B/1-A, Housing Scheme, 20000, Sri Lanka.
contact: +94 77 216 1834
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2. Kandyan View Villa
This gorgeous villa is a self-catered accommodation located just 900 meters from the Ceylon Tea Museum, which is another great option to stay. One can enjoy the mountain and city views from the balcony of their room.
Place: No.75, Tapodarama Mawatha, Hantana, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
contact: +94 77 360 2661
Things to do near Ceylon Tea Museum
1. International Buddhist Museum: Discover Buddhist Culture
Visit the International Buddhist Museum to get information about Buddhist culture and origins. Popularly known as Dalda Maligawa Museum, it is the only museum in the world that exhibits the influence of Buddhism in different parts of Asia.
Distance from Ceylon Tea Museum: 6.1 km
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2. Temple of the Tooth: Go on a Religious Expedition
The Temple of the Tooth, also known locally as Sri Dalada Maligawa, is one of the most famous attractions in the region. The massive structure of the temple makes it an ideal place for meditation. It is situated approximately 5,350 feet above sea level. Behind the temple there is a beautiful and peaceful view of the Udawatta forest.
Distance from Ceylon Tea Museum: 5.3 km
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3. Kandy Lake: Take a leisurely stroll
Once you’re done with the sightseeing and museum visit, spend the evening strolling around Kandy Lake. Built by the last ruler of the Kandy Kingdom, this man-made lake is worth a visit. The best way to spend some leisure time in Kandy is to enjoy a leisurely walk along the lake.
Distance from Ceylon Tea Museum: 7.2 km
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