The history of Ceylon tea was inaugurated by a disaster and grew with a meteoric rise. The once-thriving coffee industry was ruined by a blight and Tea took its place.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, remarked of it: “Not often is it that men have the heart, when their one great industry is ruined, to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place: and the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion of Waterloo”.
Scotsman James Taylor is renowned in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) as the ‘father of the Ceylon tea enterprise’ because his experiments during the 1860s led to the first successful commercially cultivated crop of the famous beverage – Ceylon Tea.
It was in 1867 that Taylor planted 20 acres of tea on the Loolecondera estate (of which he was superintendent). It was here he perfected the technique of fine plucking – `two leaves and a bud.’
Ceylon tea became the front-runner of the industry and was much loved for its unmatched quality and variety. The alchemy of land, sun and rain in the Paradise Island of Ceylon, as it was known then, presented the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea.
In honour of the 150th anniversary of the first planting of Ceylon Tea, Tea Trails has unveiled its Ceylon Tea Celebration Package.
- Dining locations to be selected from the available locations and out-door dining requests are weather dependent.
- A minimum 4 nights required. Option of extending the package by another 3 nights at Cape Weligama on Half Board is available.
- The Package is only available for Owners Cottage room category. Cape Weligama, Grand Ocean View Villa will be arranged for extended package.
- Extended package will include a 60 minute couples treatment.
- The package can only be reserved via prior inquiry.
- Full payment is required at the time of booking.
- Booking dates cannot be amended; reservations are on non-refundable basis.
- This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.
- This offer can be booked from now till 31st December 2017 for stays between 01st January 2017 till 31st December 2017.
- A 4 night stay in the 145sqm Owner’s Cottage at Tea Trails Dunkeld Bungalow with stunning views over Castlereagh lake and the Great Western mountain range. Gourmet meals and beverages - wines and spirits are included, even laundry.
- A private Tea Experience with our Resident Tea Planter who will demonstrate the age-old tea making process from picking in the fields to processing.
- Plant your own tea bush and unveil a plaque at Dilmah’s Dunkeld estate. The bush should start yielding a high-quality tea in 18 months and continue for at least 50 years!
- A Night Trail with Tea Trails naturalist, Anuradha Ediriweera and his team. Spot different types of amphibians, sleeping lizards, snakes and wild boar plus three different types of cats including fishing cat, rusty spotted cat and jungle cat. The elusive Sri Lankan leopard may be spotted if you are lucky!
- A gourmet dinner with a Tea Planter and Historian who will regale you with interesting snippets from the history of this wonderful beverage.
- A hamper, with an exclusive 150 year Dilmah blend.
- A tea tasting with the Founder of Dilmah Tea, Merrill J Fernando at the Dilmah Tea Rooms in Colombo followed by a classic Sri Lankan curry lunch.
- A master class in Tea Mixology at the Dilmah tea lounge in Colombo.
- Transfers from Colombo to Tea Trails via seaplane.
- An option to add a 3 night stay at sister beach resort Cape Weligama, also a member of Relais & Chateaux, including a visit to a low country tea estate which is distinctly different to the high grown teas around Tea Trails. A tea based spa treatment at Cape Weligama is included.
- Ceylon Tea Trails only (4 nights): USD 10,000/-
- Extended package (Ceylon Tea Trails, 4 nights + Cape Weligama, 3 nights): USD 14,000/-