Day 4: - The very 1st tea estate
With tea come early mornings as we visit another important palce in the story of tea. The country's first tea garden at Loolecondera Tea Estate in Galaha is popular tourist destinations with their history linked to the tea cultivation of Sri Lanka. known as Loolkandura Plantation among the locals, Loolecondera Tea Estate is the grand old lady of Sri Lankan Tea industry, still in her prime . It is here in the No.7 field of Loolecondera, Scotsman James Taylor tried his hand at tea cultivation, giving rise to a US$ 1.5 billion industry. Full day rest at a luxury manor house hotel on Taylor Hill, provides modern-day comfort to visitors, who come to Loolecondera, seeking the old age nostalgia of the country's 150-year-old tea industry. Today we have a full schedule which starts of course with tea! Enjoy a guided walk through the tea plantation, James Taylor Seat, Tea Tree, James Taylor Statue, James Taylor Log Cabin and weighing stations . Here you can see Taylor’s Seat, a rock seat used by James Taylor which gives a fantastic view of the surrounding mountain ranges, The chimney of the log cabin which was used by Taylor (only remaining part of the cabin), The well-used by Taylor and the very first patch of tea which was planted by Taylor now known as the No.7 field of the Loolkandura.Overnight - Taylor Hill Manor
James Taylor Statue is a monument built in honour of the Godfather of Ceylon Tea as thanks from the local families who benefited from the introduction of tea to the area. Visitors can Walk up to the remains of where James Taylor once resided among pretty flower gardens and read the tale told in the ‘Ode to James Taylor’ and Observe gatherings of tea pluckers with their burgeoning bags of tea leaves as they weigh their daily harvest using original equipment.