Little bit about Ceylon Tea Museum (Hantane)
Do you want to see the oldest known packet of Ceylon Tea? Hantane Ceylon Tea Museum is the place to be!
The museum is situated about 4 km south of the Kandy city along the Hantane road. This four floor building has prehistoric exhibits on tea pioneers of Sri Lanka - Sri James Taylor and Thomas Lipton.
The ground and the second floor display the antique items of machinery used in tea brewing. A library and an auditorium with facilities for audio visual presentations are available on the first floor. A tea café is situated on the top floor of this museum and experience the real taste of Sri Lankan tea while enjoying the magnificent Kandy view through the telescope kept on this floor. If you are looking for some tea souvenirs to take home, the fourth floor is dedicated for selling of tea.
Main highlights of the museum are:
- A 'Little Giant' tea roller - a hand operated tea roller over 100 years old
- a hot Bulb Engine - over 100 years old
- The first Tea Drier ever made by W&J Jackson called the Venetian Drier, is special feature on display (1880)
- The oldest know packet of Ceylon Tea, still in its original packing (1944)
- A photography of the largest Tea Bush in the world showing 28 pluckers surrounding the bush holding out stretched hands
- Belongings of James Taylor - known as the father of Ceylon Tea (James Taylor tea museum is now translocated at the Ceylon Tea Museum)
- A hand-written Visiting Agent's reports dated 25th June 1895
- And many more depicting the evolution of Ceylon's greatest industry
How to reach Ceylon Tea Museum
Get near to the Kandy Teaching Hospital - at the backside of the Hospital, you will see the Hantane road.
Its about 10 minutes straight drive in the Hantane road - you will see the Museum entrance on the left hand side.
Ceylon Tea Museum Contact Details
Phone: +94813803204, +94814946737
Address: PO Box 179, Hantane, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Things to know before you go
Museum is open on Poya days, if it falls on a weekend
Locals: LKR 100
Foreign Adults: USD 6
Foreign Children: USD 3
Tickets to be purchased at the entrance.