Nestled amongst the scenic beauty of Sri Lanka’s hill country and situated in the shadows of the country’s highest mountain, Pidurutalagala, you will find the Pedro Tea Estate.
Pedro Tea Estate is just a few minutes drive from the centre of Nuwara Eliya, and is well worth a look if you have a free morning or afternoon, especially if you’re a big tea lover like we are! Sri Lanka is famous for it’s tea production, and you can’t really come here without visiting one of their many tea plantation factories. Pedro Tea Estate is quieter than some of the more popular plantations such as the one at Lipton’s Seat, so it has a more intimate feel and we loved the opportunity to escape the crowds for a while.
What to expect from a tour of Pedro Tea Estate
Arrive early and take a stroll through the vibrant green tea fields where you will see the tea pickers at work, carefully picking the “two leaves and bud” that go into making the Pure Ceylon Tea. They will let you have a go at picking some for yourself, and will show you how it is done correctly!
After you have seen the tea picking in process you can take a guided tour of the factory and learn about the next stage in the production of tea making. The full process involves Tea Plucking, Withering, Rolling, Fermentation, Firing and Sorting/Grading before it is bulk packed to be sent to the tea auctions in Colombo. The tour guides here speak good English, though be kind with your questions!
The tour is actually quite fascinating (I think I expected a lot less!) but you should be aware that because of the type of tea make here (a very light tea), most of the production in done at night when the temperatures are cooler, so you won’t see all the machines at work. One of the most interesting parts of the tour was having the opportunity to see and learn about the tea types, which are sorted by the size of the leaf; the large leaf teas fetching higher prices in comparison to the dust grades.
After the tour is of course the highlight, trying the tea that is made here. The cafe has a balcony that overlooks the stunning tea plantations and they will bring you your very own cup if Pedro Tea Estate tea for you to enjoy alongside the view.
Top tip: Photography is forbidden inside the tea factory itself, but make sure you get some snaps of the beautiful tea plantations just outside.
How to get to Pedro Tea Estate
Pedro Tea Estate is situated about 3.5 KM east of Nuwara Eliya and is accessible by vehicle. A tuk tuk from Nuwara Eliya will cost around Rs 450 return, including waiting time. The Ragalla-bound bus (Rs 15) from the main bus station in Nuwara Eliya will also stop here.
Pedro Tea Estate-Opening times and prices
Opening times: 8-11am & 2-4pm
Tour price: Rs 200
Where to stay to visit Pedro Tea Estate
The most obvious place to stay when visiting Pedro tea Estate is in Nuwara Eliya itself. There are hundreds of different options for accommodation in this colonial town, ranging from cheap as chips to pure luxury. We have listed some possible options below.
A stay at The Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya is something you won’t forget in a hurry. Prepare for real old fashioned luxury at this incredible colonial hotel. The afternoon tea is to die for!
Cheap as chips!
For around £6 a night, this hostel is a steal. The rooms are said to be clean and comfortable, but you will be a little out of Nuwara Eliya.
A little different
If you’re after something close to Pedro Tea Estate then you won’t get much closer than Pedro View Homestay. Only a few hundred metres from the entrance, this homestay has views of the tea plantations and a welcoming host family.
Don’t leave yet. Instead, take a hike up to Lovers Leap Waterfall and take in the fantastic views that surround it, or take a refreshing dip in the cool waters! After that check out this guide for a wealth of ideas of things to do in Nuwara Eliya.
If you’re on your way then perhaps you should consider visiting Horton Plains and trekking to the famous ‘Worlds End’.
Planning a trip to Sri Lanka? Check out our detailed guides to some of Sri Lanka’s must see spots in the links below.
2 week Sri Lanka itinerary-the ultimate guide
5 days in Sri Lanka-don’t miss out on a short trip to Sri Lanka
Head up North to Sri Lanka’s iconic Sigiriya Rock
Trek through some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful tea plantations at Lipton’s Seat
Head to the coast and do a spot of whale watching
Go trekking in the stunning Knuckles Range Mountains