Ceylon Tea in Sri Lanka – Everything you need to know!

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Long before Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948 Sri Lanka which was popular as Ceylon the pearl of the Indian ocean. Tea was the main source of income then and now in Sri Lanka.  The tea industry began when our coffee plantation started to slowly but surely die and gradually dwindled to nothing. Coffee planting started somewhere in the 1800s. Had it not got some kind of fungus and been destroyed we would be having both tea and coffee industries thriving the world around. The coffee plantation was also one of our first beverages.  After it is sad demise, Ceylon tea started to take its place.  We still have a few coffee trees dotted here and there in Ceylon (Sri Lanka)  but it is not enough for mass production.

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History of Ceylon tea cultivation 

So the first tea plant came to Ceylon in 1800 or so which was brought by the British from China and planted in the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Slowly other tea plants were brought into the country from other countries as well like India and the tea planter started its growth little by little in other places and regions of the country. 

However, it was Mr.James Taylor who was the first British tea planter to bring a tea plant and plant it in Ceylon in the Loolcondere area in Kandy.  He bought up land of 9 acres and started the tea industry – growing tea.  Soon he built a tea estate and the tea business began to thrive.  Other estate planters also took a leaf off his book, or should we say took a  tea leaf off his book! And followed in his footsteps and very soon Ceylon Tea was born.  Ceylon is the geographical name given for Ceylon tea.

The tea plant survived in Ceylon because of the hot and humid weather and the good earth, the cool and hilly climes along with its tropical weather in Nuwara Eliya and other parts and regions of  Sri Lanka  (Ceylon).  It is now our main source of foreign exchange for our country and is the most popular export around the world.  

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More about the tea industry in Sri Lanka…

So, the tea industry thrived in Nawalapitiya Thalawakele, Lindula, Bandarawela, Kandy Nawalapitiya, Haputale Hatton   Ambepussa areas and other areas   The tea production grew very rapidly in the 1888s  and the tea cultivation exceeded the coffee industry which was now sitting in the back benches.  As it grew more and more rapidly,  tea estates were built and more estate workers were employed for plucking off these tender leaves.   

You could travel down to Nuwara Eliya and stroll down these winding and curving roadways and paths and see many lush green tea bushes.  Walking early morning with the mist you could come across the colorful tea pluckers dotted among the tea bushes plucking their tender tea leaf tips and putting them into their baskets which hang over their head.  Walking down these lanes you can see little water streams and many famous waterfalls with the cool mist on your face and you feel the beauty and serenity of these estates and you feel like you have been transported into another world. 

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Highlights of the Tea Museum in Sri Lanka

There is a tea museum in Kandy Hantane. Anyone has the chance to visit that museum in order to enhance the knowledge about this industry. Here the whole story of how it all began,  is shown in the photographs and other items you can also see all the old machinery that was used during the start of the tea industry. You can have a conducted and detailed tour and explanation there. You could also take a peek through the telescope and look at the whole wide plantation. There is also a shop and cafeteria where you can buy pure Ceylon tea or sit down at the little table and sip a cuppa pure Ceylon tea and go down those long forgotten days…

Sri Lanka has now stood on its own two feet and come a long long way from 1888 thanks to one British Planter  Sir James Taylor.  

Ceylon black tea

Ceylon comes from the geographical name of the country,  hence it is named as Ceylon tea.  Black tea is good to drink for many health-related reasons. It comes both in tea bag form and loose leaves. Moreover; the manufacturer has to carefully pick, handle and pack in order to ensure its good quality and taste stays. Fighting off diseases like cancer, heart-related illnesses are good at consuming black tea.   Taken without any milk is better than adding milk to it.  It also has the capacity to protect and strengthen our immune system.

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What is Ceylon tea? 

Tea is a plant grown in Ceylon  (Sri Lanka) hence the given name Ceylon. A highly popular beverage both locally and worldwide.  

You can have it iced or as a hot beverage.   You can add some lemon or ginger to enhance its flavor. Or else you can serve tea with milk and sugar to cut off its strong tea aroma. Whichever way took it is a very pleasant beverage.

The flavor of this tea varies depending on the manufacturer’s country. The soil, temperatures, cool climes, and the sun play a big part in giving that perfect blend flavor and aroma… Mmm, which reminds us that it’s the perfect time for a cuppa…

Ah! Tea that refreshes always works for everyone…

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There is some caffeine content in tea.  Tea bags have a little more than tea leaves.  The more you soak your tea bag longer it gives out more caffeine than it is the counterpart, the tea leaves.  If the black tea has been made of black leaves then there will be more caffeine. Or else, if it is the green leaves then there will be less amount of caffeine. 


If you consume a lot of caffeinated tea, you might have to experience certain side effects like dizziness, headaches and sleep problems.  Nothing is good in excess amounts at all!

Ceylon tea benefits  

The benefits of drinking tea are that it will prevent any heart disease ailments. Lowers your bad cholesterol levels keeps your blood pressure in check and works well in cancer, diabetes and improves your sleep patterns. 

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Black Vs. Green tea 

There are slight differences in taking these two green and black teas.  Both tea kinds can prevent disease like heart, stroke, high blood pressure [BP], diabetes etc. Its the same thing mentioned above and all over this article.

Both these tea kinds are energy saver and help keep up your strength. Black tea is full of minerals and vitamins necessary for one’s body. 

Trying out both teas is each person’s preference.  Some people like black tea while others may prefer green tea.  The choice is yours.

So both teas of green and black are about the same. There is not much of a difference. 

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