The Mackwoods-Labookelie Tea Estate

The Mackwoods-Labookelie Tea Estate

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On the road back from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy, we made a short detour to the Mackwoods-Labookelie Tea Estate. This storied business was started by the British Captain William Mackwood in 1841, and today owns an incredible amount of land to the city’s north. On the bus into Nuwara Eliya, it seemed that every field for at least ten miles had a big “Mackwoods-Labookelie” sign stuck in the middle of it.

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At the estate, we joined a free tour of the tea-making process, from picking the correct leaves to rolling, drying and sifting them. It was fairly interesting and the factory itself smelled amazing. I had no idea that tea bushes could be cultivated every five days, nor that the entire manufacturing process takes no longer than 24 hours. Our tour was done in about ten minutes, and afterwards we sat down at a table in Mackwoods’ café and enjoyed some of the finished product.

I’ve never been much of a tea-drinker, but have been warming to the practice since arriving in Sri Lanka. I’ll be the first to admit, though, that my suddenly-aristocratic mannerisms and the faux-British accent I use while sipping tea are obnoxious. Sometimes, I’m a right bloody wanker!

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  • Chic Soufflé

    This tour looks awesome! As a tea-drinker (no faux British accent or lifted pinkie, heehee), this is one of my dream tours. What tea varieties do they grow?

    March 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm
  • jan

    Did this tea drinking involve scones at all?

    March 8, 2012 at 1:27 am
  • Melissa

    I am a tea drinker.Drinking tea at that place in your pics would be a highlight of visiting Sri Lanka for me.I just looked up the visa requirements for Sri Lanka. It is a real pity the boats between India and Sri Lanka have not yet resumed, because that would be an ideal place to go after the 30 days on the Sri Lanka visa are up. I presume, one could go back to Sri Lanka for more days on the same visa after visiting another country.

    July 16, 2013 at 11:05 am
  • aynzan

    My family and I  visited this tea estate recently and adore the place. I must admit ,I am Sri Lankan but never got an opportunity earlier to see the lush greenery .Glad we made it this time.

    October 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm