The Nildalukanda Tea Factory produces premium CTC Ceylon black tea and, in 2010, became the world’s first FSSC22000:2010 Certified CTC Black Tea Manufacturing Facility. The factory processes approximately 20,000 kilograms of tea leaves per day from 1,000 small growers, and employs more than 60 people from nearby villages.
The factory has produced orthodox black tea since 1891. Its storied history includes a 1953 visit by then-Prime Minister Mr. Dudly Senanayaka. Since its inception, the factory has changed ownership only five times, including in 2010, when Walters Bay purchased the facility and converted it into a state-of-art, CTC black-tea-processing center.
Located in the Kandy District, the Nildalukanda Tea Factory sits at about 470m above sea level and is surrounded by gorgeous mountains. The major city in this centrally located area is Gompola, the former capital of the island during the reign of King Buwanekabahu IV.
Noori Tea Factory produces premium Orthodox Ceylon black tea and, in 2010, became the world’s first FSSC22000:2010 Certified Orthodox Black Tea Manufacturing Facility. This factory employs more than 60 people, while the estate itself employs more than 150, most of who are from nearby villages. Noori Tea Factory processes 10,000 kg of tea leaves daily from 500 small farmers.
Named after the first daughter of the factory’s founder, the Noori Tea Factory has been operational since 1928. Its creation was not easy. Thick jungle and hilly terrain resulted in a six-year construction project. Nevertheless, the owner, Francis Ademalai, believed the property brought good luck because of the birth of his daughter.
Located in the Planting District of Kegalle, the Noori Tea Factory is supported by the surrounding villages of Deraniaygala and Polgaswatte, where the majority of the population depends for their incomes on tea planting and cultivation.
Steady rainfall and fertile soils make this part of Sri Lanka an ideal location for a tea estate, which is surrounded by an abundance of flora and fauna, as well as gorgeous waterfalls.
Located in Kegalle district, the Maliboda Tea Factory produces premium Orthodox Ceylon black tea, which is categorized under low grown orthodox black tea. This factory provides direct employment for more than 100 people, with an estate workforce of 400. Most of these employees come from nearby villages. The factory processes leaves grown by 1,000 small farmers and processes more than 20,000 kg daily.
Founded as a rubber and coconut plantation in 1926, the Maliboda Estate evolved into a renowned, three-story tea-processing factory 12 years later. The forest bordering the northeast portion of the estate is home to an elusive herd of Dwarf elephants, which, according to legend, protect the sacred areas of Sri Pada.
“Maliboda” comes from the name given this herd of elephants in ancient times: “Maha Ali Goda.”
Located 750 feet above sea level, the Maliboda Estate sits in the Sabaragamuwa province, nestled against the southwestern slopes of the peak wilderness. This wilderness is home to seven waterfalls known as the Hathella.
A special feature of the estate is the Kelani River, whose crystal-clear waters, fed by Hathella, cut through the tea fields. The factory features a breathtaking view of Adam’s Peak, with the Seven Virgins mountain range in the background.