Ceylon tea is one of the major products found in Sri Lanka. It plays an important role in the economy of Sri Lanka and also in world market. Before moving on to its history, you can have a look at what exactly it is. It is a form of black tea that is grown in Sri Lanka. It is golden in color and has a flavor that almost every person appreciates who has tasted it. The tea is also used in tea blends and is found in almost every part of the country.
Since then many major events took place in the history that are as follows:
Since then there was no looking back for them and they kept on growing larger. The tea plantation was initially started on just 19 acres of land but soon it became the largest tea producing country in the world. After 1873 many new tea plantations were established. The major amongst them were Rookwood, Hope and Mooloya and Le Vallon and Stellenberg.
A person known as Henry arrived at Ceylon in year 1880 and is known as one of the founders of tea plants. On his arrival he bought some coffee plantation plants and by the year 1883 started converting them into tea plantations.
Following this many technological developments made the commercial production of tea possible. The major contributions in this area were:
• Samuel C. Davidson in year 1877 invented a machine used for drying tea.
• First Teal Rolling Machine in 1880 with the efforts of John Walker and Co
• Construction of Central Tea Factory at Fairy Land Estate in Pedro in the year 1884.
After this there were many achievements that were made in the history. For instance, in 1893 unbelievably large numbers of tea packets were sold in a fair held at Chicago.
The major areas used for growing tea are
• Haputale, Badulla, and Bandarawella in Uva Province.
• Kandy and Nuwara Eliya in Central Province
• Ratnapura and Kegalle in Sabaragamuwa Province.
• Matara, Galle, and Mulkirigala in Southern Province.
Then the few principal regions where tea is grown are
1. Nuwara Eliya: it is basically a plateau of oval shape at a height of 6240 feet.
2. Dimbula: it is one of the areas used initially for tea plantation. It has been in use since 1870’s. This area is at a height of 3500 feet to 5000 feet. The tea grown in this area has a great flavor due to environmental conditions like monsoon rain and cold weather from January to March.
3. Uva Province: the tea grown in this area has a flavor distinct from others and is mainly used in tea blends. Plantations here are found at an elevation of 3500 feet to 5000 feet.
4. Kandy: this area is known for mid-grown tea. This is one amongst of those areas that were used for tea plantations in the earlier times. it is at a height of 2000 feet to 4000 feet.
There are different railway lines that connect Sri Lanka to other countries and people can easily move to Sri Lanka from other places. The main railway line was constructed between Colombo and Ambepussa. The train was primarily used for transporting tea to other countries. But now many of them are used for passengers as well. Other popular lines in the area include the Matale Line, the Coast line, the Mannar line and lots more.
When you are purchasing tea exclusively from Sri Lanka then make sure it contains the Lion Logo in it. The presence of Lion Logo confirms that it was produced in Sri Lanka and is of superior quality. A quotation is also present with the logo that says ”pure Ceylon Tea- Packed in Sri Lanka”.