Nuwara Eliya is known for its Pedro Tea Estate. Lucky me, thewhere I stayed is overlooking the tea plantation. The views were stunning from my vantage point – the balcony. We arrived at the accommodation just in time for the sunset. After admiring the stunning scenery below, I asked the receptionist which way I could go down to the tea estate. I grabbed my jacket and explored the emerald field – alone. I didn’t see anyone there. The tea pickers must have resigned for the day already. Down the valley and across the field, three kids waved at me and I waved back. I sat down on a huge rock and enjoyed the golden sun hiding behind the mountains.
Tea Factory Tour. Pedro Tea Estate Factory offers a 20-minute tour during the day. However, I was told that there’s not much going on inside because the factory does their production at night – when the temperature is low. And oh, while on tour, you’ll get to wear their green uniforms! 🙂
The Tea Pickers. They start their daily routine at 9:00 in the morning. I think this is the best time to go while the sun is still bearable. You can take a picture with them, too, in exchange for some rupees.
Where to stay. Book at the for a the stunning view of the plantation from your room.
It is, of course, possible to go around the country using public transport. But, you’ve got to be adventurous and can stand on the heat. And be patient, too. Trains are slow and most of the roads are winding and narrow, especially when you’re going to the Hill Country. If you have limited time in the country and want to see / experience more, say, 8-10 days, going a tour is more practical. You don’t have to plan for transports and hotel accommodation. Intrepid Travel offers various options for every kind of traveler.