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CEYLON TEA, The Journey: Sri Lanka, Part 1 - Guest Post by Linda Villano, SerendipiTea

Tuesday, February 21st 2017 @ 7:48 AM

Gail Gastelu, owner/publisher of the much acclaimed The Tea House Times, was invited by the Sri Lanka Tea Board to cover the 150th year anniversary of Ceylon Tea. Thanks to a gracious invitation from Gail to accompany her on this extraordinary assignment last month, I have a treasure trove of experiences to share. It's an enormous honor to have been involved!

There were many tea garden and factory visits but like the Amazing Race this journey took us along magnificent coastlines, up and down mountains, soaring in a Sea Plane, flying on a jungle zip-line, visiting temples and sacred sites, trekking up steep tea garden terrains and meandering alongside Nature Reserves in direct contact with monkeys, elephants and water buffalo. 

Some highlights of the journey included:

The Sri Lanka Tea Board Headquarters in Colombo
http://www.pureceylontea.com

Mlesna Tea Factory in Colombo
http://mlesnateas.com/

Cinnamon Air Sea Plane flight from Colombo to Kandy
http://www.cinnamonair.com

The Ceylon Tea Museum in Kandy District
http://ceylonteamuseum.com/

Loolecondera Tea Garden in Kandy District
Loolecondera-estate-

Glenwood Reserve
Hand-crafted specialty tea, start-up in Kandy District

Pedro Tea Garden and Factory in Nuwara Eliya District
http://www.kvpl.com

Hayleys Instant Tea Factory in Nuwara Eliya District
http://www.hayleysglobalbeverages.com

The Tea Research Institute (TRI) in Nuwara Elya District
http://www.tri.lk/
Photo credit The Tea House Times


98 Acres Spa & Resort Tea Estate in Ella, Uva Province
http://www.resort98acres.com/

Halpe Watte Tea Factory in Uva Province
http://www.halpetea.com/

Lumbini Tea Garden and Factory in Ruhuna District
http://lumbinitea.com/

Ahinsa Organic Tea Factory in Ruhuna District
http://www.ahinsatea.com

Gail and I will be reporting on each experience in detail here in our personal blogs (the shortcut/direct urls are: http://linda.theteahousetimes.com and http://gail.theteahousetimes.com), and also on The Tea House Times’ Sri Lanka Blog (http://srilanka.theteahousetimes.com), and in articles written exclusively for the The Tea House Times (Mar/Apr, May/June, July/Aug issues - subscribe) - All for the 150th year of Ceylon tea celebrations. 

Stay tuned!

LEARN MORE
Sri Lanka Tea Board

Website:  http://www.pureceylontea.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sri-Lanka-Tea-Board/181010221960446

Learn more about The Tea House Times' trip and how to follow our tale: HERE

Learn more about the 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea Scheduled Celebrations - HERE


~ Linda Villano, SerendipiTea

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LINDA VILLANO co-founded SerendipiTea.com in 1995 with Tomislav Podreka. With a passion for all things Tea, she oversees all aspects of the business; including client consulting, concept and design, staff training, sourcing and product development (recipe creations). Having grown up in a family of restaurateurs and chefs, she considers her role as a purveyor of premium teas & tisanes a natural continuation of her family’s culinary tradition.   Linda is a published illustrator and writer. Her illustrations appear in Tomislav Podreka’s book, SerendipiTea: a guide to the varieties, origins and rituals of tea, and she writes articles about tea for trade publications.

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