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  • Author: Max Tillberg
  • Date Posted: Aug 25, 2015
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  • Address: Dimbula, Sri Lanka

Between these two high plateaus Horton Plains and Nuwara Eliya lies the tea-growing district of Dimbula (or, as it is sometimes spelled, Dimbulla). The name is derived from that of the valley which lies at the heart of the region, surrounded by the sub-districts of Bogawanthalawa, Dickoya, Kotagala, Maskeliya, Nanu-Oya and Talawakelle.


Its isolation ended with the coming of tea in the 1870s. Dimbula was, in fact, one of the earliest districts to be planted in the new crop. The teas of the district were found to produce a distinctive flavour of their own, one that lovers of fine tea prize to this day. This happy discovery brought settlement and commerce to the formerly uninhabited region, though Dimbula and its sub-districts remain wild and thinly populated to this day. Most local residents are plantation workers and their families; the remainder also tend to be occupied in work that serves the plantation industry in other ways, such as supply and transport.

Dimbula teas are characterized as ‘high-grown’; the regional definition specifies an elevation of between 1100 m and 1600 m, but in practice the region’s estates all stand at an altitude of over 1250. It is wet and misty for much of the year, and western-facing estates are drenched by the southwest monsoon between May and September; however, Dimbula also benefits from the cool, dry winds of the western ‘quality season’, a period that begins around the turn of the year and continues until March or early April. Dimbula estates yield their best teas during this season, when the air is crisp and cool by day while the nights are cold and windy.

The teas of Dimbula, like all high-grown teas, are slow-growing and small-leaved. The higher the elevation at which it was picked, the greater will be the brightness and freshness of the liquor in the cup. This is particularly the case with tea from the Nanu-Oya sub-district, whose high altitude and proximity to Nuwara Eliya results in a tea that bears noticeable similarities to the products of that region. Other sub-districts, such as Dickoya, produce a darker, more strongly flavoured tea.
Tea factories

NameTea DistrictAdmin DistrictAddress
AbbotsleighDimbulaNuwara EliyaAbbostleigh Estate Hatton
Agrakande GroupDimbulaNuwara EliyaAgrakande Estate Agarapathana Nuwara Eliya
AlbionDimbulaNuwara EliyaAlbion Estate Agarapatana
AltonDimbulaNuwara EliyaAlton Tea Factory Upcot
AnnfieldDimbulaNuwara EliyaAnnfield Estate Dick Oya
Argra OuvahDimbulaNuwara EliyaAgra Ouvah Estate Agarapathana
BalmoralDimbulaNuwara EliyaBalmoral Estate Agarapathana
Bambrakelly GroupDimbulaNuwara EliyaBambarakelley Group
BattalagalaDimbulaNuwara EliyaBatthalagalla Estate Dick Oya
BearwellDimbulaNuwara EliyaBearwell Estate Talawakelle
BlinkbonnieDimbulaNuwara EliyaBlinkbonnie Estate Dick Oya
BogahawatteDimbulaNuwara EliyaBogahawatta Estate
BogawanaDimbulaNuwara EliyaLoinorn Group Bogawanthalawa
BogawantalawaDimbulaNuwara EliyaBogawantalawa Bogawanthalawa
BrunswickDimbulaNuwara EliyaBrunswick Estate Maskeliya
CampionDimbulaNuwara EliyaChampion Estate Bogawantalawa
CeyteaDimbulaNuwara EliyaAgarapathana
Chrustlers FarmDimbulaNuwara EliyaChrystlers Farm Group Kotagala
Chrystal FarmDimbulaNuwara Eliya
ClarendonDimbulaNuwara Eliya
ColdstreemDimbulaNuwara EliyaStrathedan Group
Craigie LeaDimbulaNuwara EliyaCraigie Lea Estate
DeesideDimbulaNuwara EliyaGlenugie Estate
DessfordDimbulaNuwara EliyaDessford Estate
DickoyaDimbulaNuwara EliyaDickoya Estate Dick Oya
DimbulaRahunaDimbula Patana
Diyagama EastDimbulaNuwara EliyaDayagama Nuwara Eliya
Diyagama WestDimbulaNuwara EliyaDeyagama Bazar
DraytonDimbulaNuwara EliyaDrayton Estate Kotagala
DunkeldDimbulaNuwara EliyaDunkeld Estate Dickoya
Eildon HallDimbulaNuwara EliyaEildon Estate Lindula
FairlawnDimbulaNuwara EliyaFairlawn Estate Minicing Lane Upcot
FordyceDimbulaNuwara EliyaFordyce Estate Dickoya
GartmoreDimbulaNuwara EliyaGartmore Group Maskeliya
GlentiltDimbulaNuwara EliyaGlentilt Estate Maskeliya
GouravillaDimbulaNuwara EliyaGouravilla Estate Upcot Maskeliya
Great WesternDimbulaNuwara EliyaGreat Western Estate Nuwara Eliya
HarringtonDimbulaNuwara EliyaHarrington Estate Kotagala
Hautale ValleyDimbulaNuwara EliyaAgarapathana
HautevilleDimbulaNuwara Eliya
Henford GroupDimbulaNuwara EliyaHenfold Estate Lindula Talawakelle
HolyroodDimbulaNuwara EliyaHolyrood Estate Thalawakelle
IngestreDimbulaNuwara EliyaIngestre Estate Dickoya
Kelaniya & BraevarDimbulaNuwara EliyaKelaneiya Estate Maskeliya
KelliewatteDimbulaNuwara EliyaKelliewatte Estate Kotagala
KewDimbulaNuwara EliyaKew Estate Norwood
KirkoswaldDimbulaNuwara EliyaKirkoswald Group Bogawanthalawa
KotiyagallaDimbulaNuwara EliyaKotiyagalla Group Bagawantalawa
KumbaloluwaDimbulaNuwara EliyaPundaluoya
LancomDimbulaNuwara EliyaKotagala Ambagamuwa Dimbula-Pathana
Lanka ComanyDimbulaNuwara Eliya
LaxapanaDimbulaNuwara EliyaLaxapana Group Maskeliya
LethentyDimbulaNuwara EliyaLethenty Estate Ambagamuwa Nuwara Eliya
Liddesdale GroupDimbulaNuwara EliyaLiddesdale Groupthe Standard Tea Co Of Ceylon Ltd Clomessrs George Steuart And Co Ltd
LippakelleDimbulaNuwara EliyaLipakelle Estate Lindula
LogieDimbulaNuwara EliyaLogie Estate Nuwara Eliya
LoinornDimbulaNuwara EliyaLionorn Estate Bogawanthalawa
Maddacombra SouthDimbulaNuwara EliyaMeddakumbura Dunukedeniya Kotmale
Maha EliyaDimbulaNuwara EliyaMahaeliya Nanu - Oya
MahacudagallaDimbulaNuwara EliyaNuwara Eliya
MahaniluDimbulaNuwara Eliya55/20 Vaxhall Street Colombo 2
MattakelleDimbulaNuwara EliyaMattakelle Estate Lindula
MayfieldDimbulaNuwara EliyaHatton
Meddecombara NorthDimbulaNuwara EliyaNorth Meddekumbura Watagoda Kothmale
MochaDimbulaNuwara EliyaMocha Estate Maskeliya
MorayDimbulaNuwara EliyaMoray State Plantation Maskeliya
Mount VernonDimbulaNuwara EliyaMount Vernon Estate Kotagala
Mousa EllaDimbulaNuwara EliyaTalawakelle Lindula
MousakellieDimbulaNuwara EliyaMousakelle Estate Maskeliya
New LuccombeDimbulaNuwara Eliya
North PunduluoyaDimbulaNuwara EliyaPundaluoya
NorwoodDimbulaNuwara EliyaNorwood Group Norwood
OsborneDimbulaNuwara Eliya
OuvahkellieDimbulaNuwara EliyaOuvahkellie Estate Agarapathana
PoyslandDimbulaNuwara EliyaPowysland Estate Dayagama Via Nuwara Eliya
QueensberryDimbulaNuwara EliyaQueensberry Estate Kothmale
RadellaDimbulaNuwara EliyaRadella Estate Nano Oya Nuwara Eliya
Robgill GroupDimbulaNuwara EliyaRobgill Estate Bogawanthalawa
RosellaDimbulaNuwara EliyaRosella Ambagamuwa Korale Nuwara Eliya
SandringhamDimbulaNuwara EliyaSandringham Estate Agarapathana
ShannonDimbulaNuwara EliyaShannon Estate Hatton
SheenDimbulaNuwara EliyaSheen Estate
SomersetDimbulaNuwara EliyaSomerset Estate Udahentenne
St. ClairDimbulaNuwara EliyaSt Clair Estate Thalawakelle
St. CoombsDimbulaNuwara EliyaTea Reserach Talawakelle
St. TheresiaDimbulaNuwara EliyaTheresia Estate Bogawanthalawa
StockholmDimbulaNuwara EliyaStockholm Estate Norwood
Stony Cliff GroupDimbulaNuwara EliyaStony Cliff Group Kotagala Nuwara Eliya
StrathspeyDimbulaNuwara EliyaStrathspey Estate Upcot
TalawakelleDimbulaNuwara EliyaTalawakele
TangakelleDimbulaNuwara EliyaTangakelle Estate
TientsinDimbulaNuwara EliyaBogawantalawa Estate Bogawanthalawa
TilllyrieDimbulaNuwara EliyaTillyrie Estate Dick Oya
TorringtonDimbulaNuwara EliyaTorrington Estate
TroupDimbulaNuwara EliyaTroup Estate Talawakelle
WaltrimDimbulaNuwara EliyaLindula Thalawakelle Nuwara Eliya
WanarajahDimbulaNuwara EliyaWanarajah Group Dickoya
WangioyaDimbulaNuwara EliyaRadella Estate Nanuoya
WattegoddeDimbulaNuwara EliyaWattegoda Estate
WaverleyDimbulaNuwara EliyaWaverley Group Agarapathana
Vellai OyaDimbulaNuwara EliyaVellai Oya Estate Hatton
VentureDimbulaNuwara EliyaNorwood Group Ambagamuwa Nuwara Eliya
WoottonDimbulaNuwara EliyaWootton Estate
YuillefieldDimbulaNuwara EliyaHatton

Source: Sri Lanka Tea Board

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