Tea MuseumCurrently Closed
- Address: Hantana, Kandy, Sri Lanka
- Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
- Phone: 9470-2803204
- Ticket Price: 650 LKR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids, Specialty Museums
An essential stop on any Sri Lankan tea tour, this museum occupies the 1925-vintage Hanthana Tea Factory, 4km south of Kandy on the Hanthana road. Abandoned for over a decade, it was refurbished by the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Planters’ Association of Sri Lanka.
The Ceylon Tea Museum at Hantane, three kilometres from Kandy city is served by a motorable road that circles the museum tourist coaches. This four storeyed museum consists exhibits very old items of machinery used in tea brewing, a library and an auditorium with facilities for audio visual presentations. The third floor is allocated to tea sales outlets, where a selection of Sri Lanka's fine tea is available.
A panoramic view of the Kandy town surrounded by the beautiful Hunasgiriya, Knuckles Range and the Matale range of hills can be viewed through a telescope mounted on the fourth floor.
The grounds surrounding the Tea Museum are to be landscaped with different varieties of teas. Kandy is a mandatory stop virtually on every tourist's itinerary and the location of the Ceylon Tea Museum at Hantane enhances the attraction of the hill country to visitors.
- The museum has facilities like Ample Parking for cars and coaches, Restaurant, lifts and washrooms.
- Guides for the tour are available.
- The students have a concession in the entry fee.
- The museum may close prior to the official time so it is the best to be here before 3.00 pm.
- You can hire a three-wheeler which is called a tuk-tuk. Walking is also recommended as all the attractions are close to each other.
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95% of people who visit Kandy include Tea Museum in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
39.8% of people start their Tea Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Tea Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tea Museum
The old tea factor building that the museum is housed in is preserved very nicely. The very first pull systems used to produce the tea are very cool. Tickets cost 800 rupees which come with a guided tour and a free cup of tea at the end. Staff is knowledgeable and there are many signs explaining equipment, history and tea benefits. Only 5k from Kandy.
The building has some history, and it was good to see the machinery, but these sorts of things should be extremely low cost to go and see as nothing works and you just walk around looking at old machines. But really disappointed about staff there. they didn't even do any introduction or knowledge about machinery for locals. The ladies who are there to explain about the exhibits will describe exhibits only if you are white skinned only.
When it comes to museum its a great place. They have all the old machinery and also they will explain you about everything. If you wanna enjoy any kind of a tea they do have a restaurant and you can buy tea as well
Sadly it's just a small museum which is a bit interesting but probably not worth the money. We were hoping for working tea factories, however as the closest ones were quite far from Kandy, we had to resort to the Ceylon Tea Museum instead. The building has some cool history, and it was good to see the machinery, but these sorts of things should be extremely low cost to go and see as nothing works and you just walk around looking at old machines. The best part was being able to try a cup of tea which was good, but even then you are only offered the basic black tea, with anything else being extra. I probably wouldn't recommend it unless you don't have the time to travel a bit further to a working tea plantation.
If you have time to know about Tea and its History in Sri Lanka this is the place. With tea testing, old procedure of growing and making tea. Old technology and new. Difference between tea, Different type of tea. You can also buy your favorite tea and souvenir from there. Decent place to hang around. if you are not a tea lover do not go with a high expectation.