At the end of an 8km drive up the winding Hantane Road from Kandy and converted from a four-storey tea factory built in 1925, is The Ceylon Tea Museum, created under the auspices of the Tea Board and the Planters Association of Ceylon. Visitors are greeted warmly and give a full guided tour of the museum.
The ground floor is dedicated to the 19th century machinery used to operate a pulley-powered factory. On the first floor are items associated with James Taylor, considered the founding father of Sri Lanak’s tea industry, as well as a library of old books about tea. There are shops selling tea on the third floor, while the fourth floor (where tea can be tasted in a café) retains the high-flying catwalk used by the supervisor to view factory operations.