Sri Lanka benefits from its perfect geographic positioning which blesses it with natural beauty and a soothing climate. One of these benefits is the flawless tea accented with exquisite tastes and unique aromas. Behind this gift of nature is a long process which begins in the hands of the tea pluckers who gracefully pluck the bud and the two youngest leaves, for it is only these leaves that have the flavour and aroma. The rest of the process is carried out in the tea factories which play a vital role in the final value of the manufactured tea. Regardless of how carefully the leaf has been grown and plucked, if the processes at the factory are not carried out properly the end result will be of a poor quality.
Most upcountry tea estates are surrounded by tropical waterfalls that spill into bottomless gorges, and are bordered by luscious greenery which indirectly helps to create misty mornings, magnificent horizons and bring peace and tranquillity into being. The tea estates are punctuated by these tranquil settings and the colonial Tudor-styled homes, complete with trimmed rose bushes and manicured lawns found in these areas serve as gentle reminders of an era when English Tea Barons ruled these areas.
The tea estates in Sri Lanka are still a vibrant industry, providing valuable foreign exchange revenue and a source of livelihood for more than one million Sri Lankans.