Sir Lipton’s Estate.

At an elevation of 1566 metres above sea level, Sir Thomas Lipton's estate is one of the greatest standing testaments to a legendary man. Although perphaps most famous for his legacy of Lipton Tea, the Scotsman was also famous for being a prolific businessman, advertiser, and yachtsman. His estate sprawls for acres, features tea estates, tea factories, bungalows, and of course the vantage viewing point of Lipton's Seat

On a recent visit to Thotalagala, a historic planter's bungalow in Haputale converted to swish luxury property, we explored some of Sir Lipton's former haunts. We began with Lipton's Seat, which is really interesting for its view. It's apparently a vantage point from which Lipton used to gaze upon his plantations. However, when we went, it was incredibly misty and cloudy and our view was a uniform grey sheet. Shifani had more luck when she went though, so you can have a look at her gorgeous photos

We then had a look at Lipton's factory, now known as the Dambatenne Estate Factory. It was built in 1890, and still retains a lot of its original wooden structure and heavy metal measuring instruments. These are fully functional, but look like antique pieces – very cool!

Our guide took us through the entire process, from picking to sorting, threshing, drying, cutting, drying again, sorting again. It seemed like a superbly procedure-heavy method, but our cups of tea tasted good at the end of it, so no complaints here. What's really fascinating is the delicate mix between the original processes that are over a century old, and the high-tech quality gauging that happens at the end of it. 

We also got to have a look at the different types of tea and qualities that are produced at the end, and learn how to identify the differences. The whole tour took about 15 minutes, so we're essentially tea connoisseurs now.

Apart from the factory, which you can enter and get a guided tour for about Rs. 300, there's also just the natural beauty of the estate around to soak in. Walks around are perfect for a bit of cosy romance, or to get the whole family doing something active in the fresh air.

We also had a look at Lipton's Bungalow, which is maintained in pristine condition. Walking through the premises was a real blast from the past, and we absolutely imagined ourselves living a feudal lord/ Downton Abbey-esque existence there.

 

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

Cinnamon Lakeside’s delicious High Tea spread- 2022

Cinnamon Lakeside has made an exotic appearance at the main lounge, serving a range of

Kamu

Cooking with the Silvermill Coconut Culinary Range

As a Sri Lankan, can you imagine cooking without coconut? It is a universally accepted

Highlights Kamu

Cheers to The Great Indian Roast at Bombay Borough

By Hashini Pathirana We are all here for a short time and definitely for a

Highlights Kamu

Get Fuel’d with Street Burger’s All New Lunch Menu!

By Shamrina Carim Street Burger has launched an exciting, affordable, and a simple lunch menu

Highlights Kamu

Fine Dining with a Sri Lankan twist

Black Coral at Jetwing Beach, Negombo By Shanali Fdo Bringing the luxury of fine dining

Kamu

An epic Saturday brunch at Uga Residence

By Shamrina Carim Rare bar + Kitchen is a quintessential significant historical home that is

Highlights Kamu

Trending.

A Silver Lining at Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts Colombo

Seasonal celebrations centered around Resilience of the Nation   Colombo, Wednesday 30th November 2022: Resilience, a

Trending

Kingsbury Colombo launches a “Christmas Carriage of Hope”

The Kingsbury Colombo launched their “Christmas Carriage of Hope”, a festive icon that represents the

Trending

PickMe celebrates the launch of PickMe Pass!

PickMe had an exciting event where they celebrated the launch of their new initiative PickMe

Trending

Shangri-La Colombo Toasts to Five Years of Celebrating the Colorful Joys of Life

Shangri-La Colombo toasts to five years of celebrating the colourful joys of life here in

Trending

Don’t miss these 11 Daraz Deals on Electronic Appliances

Daraz 11.11 Biggest Sale! Daraz, the leading e-commerce platform in Sri Lanka, is all prepped

Trending

A Cabin Immersed in Nature

The Latest Addition to Hanthana Eco Lodge Delivers a Transcending Experience Inspired by the wonders

Trending

Yamu Guide.

5 Places to watch the FIFA World Cup

By RR It's been a week of toasting wins and drowning sorrows around the globe. 

Highlights Yamu Guide

High Tea Buffet Round Up 2022

By Ruchika Seneviratne The exquisite British tradition of High tea has well and truly cemented

Highlights Yamu Guide

Vegan and Vegetarian Spots around Colombo (October 2022)

By RR This article is dedicated to all the vegans and vegetarians out there looking

Highlights Trending Yamu Guide

5 Things to expect at Nelum Kuluna

By Ruchika Seneviratne It is the ‘Full happening’ place in Colombo right now. It seems

Yamu Guide

7 Cozy Cafés around Colombo (October 2022)

By Rahma Rifkhan Every now and then, we all just need to press pause on

Highlights Yamu Guide

6 Stores to get the iPhone14

By Shanali Fdo Bigger and better than ever Apple has done it again! The talk

Highlights Yamu Guide