dedication and determination, Taylor was largely responsible for
the early success of the tea crop in Ceylon. Between 1873 and
1880, production rose from just 23 pounds to 81.3 tons, and by
1890, to 22,899.8 tons.
Most of the Ceylon
tea gardens are situated at elevations between 3,000 and 8,000
feet in two areas of the southwestern part of the island, to the
east of Colombo and in the Galle district on the southern point.
In the hot, steamy plains and foothills, the tea bushes flush
every seven or eight days and are picked all year round. The
finest teas are gathered from late June to the end of August in
eastern districts and from the beginning of February to
mid-March in the western parts.
Until 1971, more than 80 percent of the islandís tea estates
were owned and managed by British companies. In 1971, the Sri
Lankan government introduced a Land Reform Act which gave the
state control of the majority of the plantations (which also
grow rubber and coconuts for export) leaving about one-third in
private hands. Since 1990, a restructuring program has been
going on to involve the private sector companies (both Sri
Lankan and foreign) as Managing Agents of the state-owned
plantations. The long-term aim is for the private managing
companies to take on most, if not all, of the financial
responsibility and control of the estates, with the government
The following Tea
Plantations are open to Invest
650Acr tea plantation and factory with a mini hydro power plant seeking an investor.
All approvals are completed. It is one day transaction for an investor. Property has some bungalows and internal water resources which are much suitable for tourism. Investor can run the tea plantation plus tourist resort in the property.