|Ceylon Tea Museum Kandy|
Inside the building, one needs to buy the entry ticket after which the option to take a free conducted tour or do it yourself tour is presented to the visitor. The free tour is a better option. There are fixed timings for the conducted tours - 8.30, 9.30, 10.30, 11.30am and 1.00, 2.00, and 3.00pm. In view of the small number of tourists coming to the museum, even during the Perahera days, the tour timings are flexible. If there is staff available, they give a tour guide to every visitor.
|Power Engine at Ceylon Tea Museum Kandy|
|Tea Sorting Machine Ceylon Tea Museum Kandy|
The tour starts at the ground floor, which is the factory floor. There is a power generator that was used to run the factory. Just one power geneator did it all through a network of pullies and belts connecting the rest of the moving equipment in the factory. There are other machines and and stuff, like rollers, dryers, fermentation tables, sorting machines, etc. etc. Photo / videography is allowed. The guide explains the process and the machines on display.
|Old Tea Boiler at Ceylon Tea Museum Kandy|
|Exhibits at Ceylon Tea Museum Kandy|
The second floor houses the library and museum where they have quite a few exhibits from the long history of the tea factory.
|Tea Shops at Ceylon Tea Museum Kandy|
There are shops on the third floor where one can buy varities of ceylon teas and other local stuff. Ceylon teas come from seven different regions - Uva, Kandy, Ruhuna, Sabaragamuwa, Nuwara Eliya, Uda Pussellawa, and Dimbula. The last one is the most famous. The shops have it all - Green, Black, or White tea processed according to several recipes like the ever present BOP (Broken Orange Pecoe) or the high-end Sencha. After buying tea packets here, one is welcome to head to the top floor restaurant where a free cup of tea awaits, served by a smiling hostess.
|Restaurant at Ceylon Tea Museum Kandy|
|Free Tea at Ceylon Tea Museum Kandy|
The free tea should not be missed. I had a BOP with milk and it tasted excellent. Those people sure know how to brew tea. The tour, the shopping for tea and the final cup of tea in the restaurant were all a great experience for me. No reason why it will not be the same for you. Even if you have been to a tea museum before, this one surely deserves a visit.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|