Top House is a beautiful working cinnamon estate of 25 acres, just inland from Weligama and within 10 minutes drive of Cape Weligama. There the cinnamon grows on the steep slopes of a high hill in this cinnamon heartland. The main house is perched on the hilltop with spectacular views over the jungle to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south.
The English owners have restored the plantation over the last five years and now produce true Ceylon cinnamon. They have also built an artisan distillery where they extract fine cinnamon oil according to age-old techniques fine-tuned with modern technology.
The Cape Cinnamon Experience is a bespoke tour for couples, families or small groups, led by the owners in person. The tour is unique, entirely private and designed to suit guests’ own timing and level of interest. For most of the year, the tours can be arranged for Cape Weligama guests at short notice.
This is no ordinary tour: there is lots to see, lots to learn and lots to taste. The tour covers the nursery, the plantation, the peeling hut and the oil shed.
It explains the history of Ceylon cinnamon as well as showing the planting, harvest, peeling and preparation of quills. It also explains cinnamon leaf bundling and the entire process of cinnamon oil extraction, as well as the surprising uses of this very special oil. It demonstrates an eco-friendly and perfectly self-sustaining farming process, with every part of the plant used or recycled, and a completely natural and health-giving result.
The tour can be enjoyed anytime between 8 am and 3 pm. It entails a short walk and a brief journey by tractor/trailer. The tour itself generally lasts around 1.5 hours but can be longer or shorter, depending on your level of interest and participation. You may choose to have a go yourself at peeling the cinnamon or stoking the furnace!
After the tour there are delicious refreshments or lunch up top, hosted by the owners, where guests can learn more about the life of a cinnamon farmer in Sri Lanka. Relax and enjoy fresh food and drink, much of it grown on the land and all of it home-cooked.
Cape Cinnamon Experience requires a minimum of two participants with at least one day advance notice.
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