Sri Lanka is holidaymakers' cup of tea

15th Jul 2013

Tea-loving holidaymakers on city breaks to Sri Lanka generally head for the hills on their second trip.

Most first-time visitors on group tours to this island paradise go for the heavenly beaches.

But they come back again for the Hill Country encircling Kandy, the country's second most important metropolis, mainly in search of a good cuppa.

The surroundings boast idyllic ingredients for a relaxing getaway, with a fusion of brooding emerald hills, a plethora of enticing restaurants and some of the freshest Ceylon tea you'll ever taste.

The city lies at the heart of hills in the Kandy plateau, which traverses a region of tropical plantations, mainly tea, hence the need for a tea museum.

Ceylon Tea Museum can be found in the 1925-vintage Hanthana Tea Factory, 4km (2.48 miles) south of Kandy on the Hanthana road.

There are exhibits on tea pioneers James Taylor and Thomas Lipton, and plenty of vintage tea-processing equipment.

Expert guides will answer the most complex of questions and there's a free cuppa afterwards in the top floor tea room, where visitors can commandeer the telescope for great views.

Kandy is also home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic, which was made a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

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