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Ruhuna

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

The Ruhuna tea-growing district lies in what is now the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The tea-growing terrain, coastal plain with low hills towards the interior, lies mostly in the western part of the province, within the ‘wet zone’ watered by the southwest monsoon. Eastward, the land is predominantly scrub jungle, with some areas of grassy plain and coastal salt-marsh, growing wilder and more barren as one travels eastward. This eastern region is home to a number of nature reserves, including Ruhuna National Park, better known to Sri Lankans as Yala, whose upper reaches extend into the adjacent province of Uva. The forests of Ruhuna are home to wild elephants, leopards, bears, wild boar and many kinds of deer. It is a paradise for bird-lovers, with hundreds of native and migrant species, including giant flamingos which spend their breeding season among the salt-pans and marshes of Bundala, another coastal reserve.

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Ruhuna was a latecomer to tea. It was only around 1900 that the first estates were opened up among the foothills of the central mountain massif, at a convenient distance from Galle and Matara with their road and rail connexion to the capital.

During the early 1970s, political and economic changes in the Middle East resulted in a greatly increased market for the strong, full-flavoured black teas that are a Ruhuna speciality. This resulted in a boom, the effects of which have lasted more or less until the present day. Ruhuna is now, along with Sabaragamuwa, one of the key tea-producing districts of Sri Lanka, producing its own characterful varieties. Between them, the two provinces account for around 60% of the total production of the island.

Ruhuna teas are defined as ‘low-grown’. The tea-estates of the region all lie at altitudes between sea level and 600 m. Although the main tea-growing areas are relatively near the coast, the predominant weather patterns prevent them from receiving the full force of the southwest monsoon winds and the rain they bring. Before the coming of tea, this zone of moderate climate, watered by several small rivers, was devoted to the cultivation of spices. The soil of Ruhuna, combined with the low elevation of the estates, causes the tea-bush to grow rapidly, producing a long, beautiful leaf that turns intensely black on withering and is particularly suited to rolling. Ruhuna factories produce a wide variety of leaf styles and sizes, from prized ‘tips’ through whole- and semi-whole-leaf teas to ‘fannings’ and CTC.

Tea factories

NameTea DistrictAdmin DistrictAddress
A B C RuhunaRuhunaKalutara
AbervalleyRuhunaMataraMillagahahena Group Beralapanathara
AbewickramaRuhunaGalleAbewickrema Watte Weerapana Opatha
AddaraduwaRuhunaGalleKobala Roadimaduwa Galle
AgilmaRuhunaGalleShantha Lane Elpitiya
Alfa Valley InstantRuhunaGalleYatagala Karandeniya Galle
AlhewanaKalutaraRuhunaNabada Road Matugama
Allan ValleyRuhunaMataraKotapola Matara
AndaradeniyaRuhunaMataraGalle
AnningkandeRuhunaMataraAninkanda Estate Deniyaya
ArunaRuhunaKalutara
Asiri Tea FactoryRuhunaAkuressaWahala Kananke Welipitiya Akuressa
AthukoralaRuhunaKalutaraKuruduwatta No 1 Pitigala Mathugama
AthumaleRuhunaMataraMapalagama Nagoda Galle
AthuraliyaRuhunaMataraAthuraliya Akuressa Matara
AyagamaRuhunaKalutaraParagala Ayagama Kalawana
BaddegamaRuhunaGalleBaddegama Estatebaddegama
BaduraliyaRuhunaKalutaraBaduraliya Mathugama
BalagalaRuhunaMataraKiyaduwa Akuressa
BambarakandaRuhunaGalleBambarawana Niyagama Galle
BanagalaRuhunaMataraOpatha Pitabeddara Matara
BatuwangalaRuhunaGalleMorawaka Roadlelwala Neluwa
BelmontRuhunaMataraAkuressa Matara
BengamuwaRuhunaMatara
BerubeulaRuhunaMataraBerubaula Estate Urubokka
BeverleyRuhunaMataraDeniyaya
BogodaRuhunaMataraBogoda Group Kolawenigama Deniyaya
BrombilRuhunaKalutaraPitigala Roadpelawatte
Campden HillRuhunaMataraEnsalwatta Deniyaya
Captain GardenRuhunaGalleGonamulla Junction Galle
CatanwillaRuhunaMatara
Cee Tea HillsRuhunaMataraBeralapanathara
Co-Op LankaRuhunaMataraKotapola Mpcs Ltd Waralla
CoopwinRuhunaMataraDeniyaya Roadakuressa
CopecollaRuhunaMataraDeniyaya Road Kotapola
DampahalaRuhunaMataraDampahala Matara
DankoluwaRuhunaPitabeddera
DanlandaRuhunaMataraPattigala Beralapanathara
DavidsonRuhunaGalleWanduraba Galle
DediyagalaRuhunaMataraDediyagala Maliduwa Akuressa
DellawaRuhunaGalleMorawaka
DeniyayaRuhunaMataraKotapola Deniyaya Matara
Deniyaya NewRuhunaMataraKiruwanaganga Tea Fac Deniyaya Matara
DerangalaRuhunaMataraKiriwelkelle Pitabeddara
Derangala HillsRuhunaMataraAtu-Ela Morawaka
Desan ValleyRuhunaMataraMillawa Roadmorawaka
DewagiriRuhunaGalleDevagiri Groups Kottawagama Via Galle
DewenigewatteRuhunaGalleKeppetiyagoda Nagoda Galle
DevituraiRuhunaGalleDeviturai Estate Ethkandura Elpitiya
DevoniaRuhunaMataraGaldola Kotapola
DhanawalaRuhunaGalleDanawela Neluwa
DiddenipotaRuhunaMataraDiddenipota Estate Mulatiyana Junction Mulatiyana
DodangahaRuhunaKalutaraWattehena Talgaswala
DumbaraRuhunaKalutaraDumbara Estate Ingiriya
Ehala KandaRuhunaMataraEhalakanda Gomila Mawarala
EkvinRuhunaHambantotaBanagala Roadopatha Galle
EllewattaRuhunaKalutara
EnsalwattaRuhunaMatara
EramullaRuhunaKalutaraEramulla Estate Pinikahana Elpitiya
EtambegahawilaRuhunaMataraKananke Bazar Weligma Matara
EthgandaraRuhunaGalle
EvergreenRuhunaKalutaraThalawa Rd Horangalla
Fairy LandRuhunaMataraBopagoda Akuressa
FairymountRuhunaMataraMilla-Ela Morawaka
FortuneRuhunaMataraKeeripitiya Roadurubokka
GahalawattaRuhunaKalutara
GalabodaRuhunaMataraGalabada Group Akuressa
Galaboda Organic GreenRuhunaMataraGalaboda Group Akuressa
GalagawaRuhunaMataraGalagawa Tea Factory Bopagoda Akuressa
GalataraRuhunaKalutaraGalatha Atabage Gampola
GalatharaRuhunaKalutaraWalallawitahalwala Galatara
GallindaRuhunaGalleTalgaswela Estate
Galpotha WattaRuhunaGalleAgaliya Galle
GamagodaRuhunaGalleNayapamulagamagoda Baddegama
GanganiRuhunaKalutaraBalpaloswatte Kanontudawa Haltota
GangasiriRuhunaGalleWeerapanaopatha Morawaka
GikiyanakandaRuhunaKalutaraGeekiyanakanda Estatemathugama
GinnaliyaRuhunaMatara
Golden LeafRuhunaGalleGonamulla Pitadeniya Raod Galle
Gona PinuwelaRuhunaKalutaraWeihena Mattaka
GonatipolleRuhunaGalle
GracelandRuhunaGalleNarawala Akmeemana
Green HouseRuhunaMataraPanakaduwa West Pasgoda Matara
Green LankaRuhunaMataraGinnaliya Eastpasgoda Deniyaya Matara
GunawardenaRuhunaMataraThalahagama Westporathota Akuressa
GurugodellaRuhunaKalutaraNiyagama Thalgaswala
GurukandeRuhunaKalutaraGurukanda Estate Talgaswala
H P PRuhunaKalutaraMaminiyagodella Bulathsinghala
HadigallaRuhunaKalutara
HadunugodaRuhunaGalleTitthagallaahangama
HalgahadolaRuhunaKalutaraEramulla Estate Kahaduwa
HalvitigalaRuhunaGalleTea Smallholder Fac Ltd Halvitigala
HandfordRuhunaMataraHandford Estate Deniyaya
Hartley HillsRuhunaKalutaraIhala Welgamabulathsinghala Kalutara
HasaliyaRuhunaGallePoddala Bope
HayesRuhunaMataraUlliduwawa Deniyaya Matara
HedigallaRuhunaKalutaraKalutara
HenakandeRuhunaGalleLelwala Estate
HenathennaRuhunaKalutaraDelmellabulathsinghala
Heycock ValleyRuhunaGalle
HillgardenRuhunaGalleIndurupathvilaweihena Baddegama
HillsideRuhunaGalleWanduramba Galle
HillwayRuhunaGalleWaduweliwitiya Unanvitiya
HillviewRuhunaGalleHappitiya Neluwa Galle
HimaraRuhunaGalleAmbalegedara North Neluwa
HingulgodaRuhunaGalleHiniduma Galle
Hiniduma - Tea ShakthiRuhunaGalleTea Shakti Fund384Pannipitiya Rd Pelwatte
HoptonRuhunaMatara
HulandawaRuhunaMatara
IddamaldeniyaRuhunaGalleDevagiri Group Kottawagama Yakkalamulla
ImbulgahagodaRuhunaGalleImbulgahagoda Estate Wanduramba Estate Galle
IriyagahaRuhunaGalle
Ivy ValleyRuhunaGalleBaddegama Raod Lelwala Wanduramba
IvyhillsRuhunaGalleUdalamatta-Via Galle
JanahithaRuhunaGalleKottawagama Galle
Jasmine ValleyRuhunaGalleThawalama
JayagathRuhunaKalutaraNiyagama Thalgaswala
JayasingheRuhunaGalleBatuwangalaneluwa
KallumalayRuhunaKalutaraBulathsinghala
KalubowitiyanaRuhunaMataraKalubowitiyana
KandedolaRuhunaMataraGorakawela Pitabeddara
KannaliyaRuhunaGalleKoralegamapanangala Thawalama
KanrichRuhunaMataraHoragoda Rd Henegama Akuressa
KanthisiriRuhunaGalleDikkumburaahangama
KanuketiyaRuhunaGalleImaduwa Galle
KaragodaRuhunaGalleMoraketiya Roadkaragoda Galle
KatandolaRuhunaKalutaraKatandola Estate Elpitiya
KatukelleRuhunaKalutara
KekundeniyaRuhunaMatara
KellapathaRuhunaKalutaraAmugodakellapatha
KetanwilaRuhunaMataraMaliduwa Akuressa
KirimetideniyaRuhunaMataraParaduwa Akuressa
KiruwangagaRuhunaMatara
KodagodaRuhunaMataraBatheegamamaliduwa Akuressa
KorahilagodaRuhunaMataraThelijjawila Matara
Kottawa ValleyRuhunaGalleGalle
KowlanawattaRuhunaGalleAluth Ihala Nagoda Galle
KudamalanaRuhunaGalleMapalagama Central Talgaswela
KudapanaRuhunaMataraMawarala Mulatiyana
KumuduRuhunaKalutaraNo48 Ambatale Mulleriyawa-New Town
KunduppakandaRuhunaGalleAngulugaha Galle
KurunduwattaRuhunaGalleGonamulla Junction Kuruduwatte Galle
KurupanawaRuhunaGalleNagoda Galle
LakmaliRuhunaGalleMapalagama (Central)
LakvinkaRuhunaMataraGalmola Junction Bengamuwa
Lenama HillsRuhunaMataraNo 181/A Deegala Lenama Akuressa
LihiniyawaRuhunaGalleLihiniyawa Meegahathenna
LionsRuhunaMataraKetawala Roadberalapanathara
LiyanageRuhunaMataraNishhankapura Kotapola Matara
LiyontaRuhunaMataraMatara
LiyotaRuhunaGalleUdubattawaakmeemana Galle
LuckyRuhunaGalleNewathimulla Hiniduma
Lucky DaisRuhunaMataraBeralapanathara Deniyaya Matara
Lucky KottawaRuhunaGalleGalgodella Road Thalgampola
LuckydaysRuhunaMatara
LumbiniRuhunaMataraLumbini Watte Kolawenigama Deniyaya
MadolaRuhunaGalleWalahanduwa Galle
MagedaraRuhunaGalleMagedara Galle
MahaliyaddaRuhunaGalleWeihena Estate Weihena Galle
MahambanaRuhunaGalleBaddegama Galle
MahendraRuhunaMataraMahendra Estate Athu Ela Morawaka
MaheslandRuhunaGalleTellambura Nakiyadeniya
MakanduraRuhunaMataraMatara
MandalapuraRuhunaGalle
MarakandaRuhunaKalutaraMarakandapoddiwela Galle
MatotaRuhunaMataraMathota Tea Factory Kiriveldola Kotapola
MeddagedaraRuhunaKalutaraMaddegedara Estatematugama
MeegahathennaRuhunaGalleNawanimulla Hiniduma Galle
MenikkandaRuhunaGalleHiyare East Hiyare Galle
MidellaRuhunaGalle
MihirigeekeleRuhunaKalutaraMillakanda Estat Bulathsinghala
Miyanawathura Refuse Tea ProcessingRuhunaGalleAndaradeniya Estate (Pvt) Ltd Morawaka Road Lelwala
Modaragoda KandaRuhunaGalleModaragoda Walpola Imaduwa
MoragallaRuhunaGalleMoragalla Estate Imaduwa
MoraketiyaRuhunaGalleKaragodagalle
MorawakaRuhunaMataraMorawaka Estate Weliwa Morawaka
MorawakkoraleRuhunaMataraKotapola Matara
MulatiyanaRuhunaMataraMulatiyana Junction Mulatiyana
MussendapotaRuhunaGalleMussandapotha Group Wanduramba Galle
MusvennaRuhunaGalleWalpolaimaduwa
MuthuhettigamaRuhunaMatara
NaindawaRuhunaGalleBeranagoda Yakkalamulla
NandanaRuhunaMataraAkuressa
NehinigalaRuhunaGalleNehinigala Baddegama Galle
Neluwa LelwalaRuhunaGalleLelwala Neluwa Galle
Neluwa ThiniyawalaRuhunaKalutaraKeeniyawala Neluwa
NeptuneRuhunaMataraWelihena Bopagoda Akuressa
New DiyagalaRuhunaMataraDeniyaya Kotapola Matara
New GaminiRuhunaMataraPallegama Raoddeniyaya
New J. S. P.RuhunaKalutaraHorawalawelipenna
New KandahenaRuhunaMatara
New RatnawilaRuhunaMatara
New SingharajaRuhunaGalleSannasgamalellopitiya Ratnapura
Nil EllaRuhunaMataraNill-Ella Tea Factory Kosnilgoda Deniyaya
NilgiriRuhunaMataraJayabimaparagala Morawaka
Niluwa/MadagamaRuhunaGalleNeluwa Madagama Tea Factory Neluwa
NilwalaRuhunaMataraKodikaragoda Morawaka
OmritRuhunaGalle
Paragoda KandaRuhunaGalleGalle Road Paragoda Imaduwa
PasgodaRuhunaMataraPasgoda Matara
PelawatteRuhunaKalutaraPelawatte Estate Weerakanda Walallawita
PerusingheRuhunaGalle
PimburagalaRuhunaGalleUrala Nagoda Galle
PitiagodaRuhunaGallePitiyagoda Estate Nakiyadeniya
PolgahawilaRuhunaGalleAgaliya Baddegama Galle
PothotuwaRuhunaMataraBeralapanathara
RanmeerRuhunaGalleEla Ehala Thawalama South Galle
RansagodaRuhunaMataraRansegoda South Makandura
RansaviRuhunaGallePanashena Opatha Thawalama
RasaRuhunaMataraPattigala Beralapanathara
RasotaRuhunaGalleElla Elpitiya Galle
RathkandaRuhunaGalleKeembikandawanduramba Galle
RatnaRuhunaGalleGalle
RatnayakeRuhunaMataraRathnayaka Deniyaya
RekandahenaRuhunaGalleRekadahena Estate Kahaduwa
RichilandRuhunaMataraDeniyaya
RottumbaRuhunaMatara
RukkattanaRuhunaGalleRukatenna Estatenagoda Galle
S.L.SRuhunaMatara
SamrinRuhunaGalleGalle
SamroRuhunaKalutaraKevitiyagala Polgampola Mathugama
SandamaduraRuhunaGalle
Seetha EliyaRuhunaMataraSeetha Eliya Tea Factory Kandilpana Deniyaya
SemidaleRuhunaMataraHenegama Akuressa
SiharaRuhunaGalleSingha Stores Thawalama South Galle
SilveryRuhunaGalleNagodagalle
SinghakawayaRuhunaKalutaraSinhakavayaambana Elpitiya
Singhe ValleyRuhunaGalle
SinghevalleyRuhunaGalleOpataha Thawalama Galle
SirimevanaRuhunaGalleSirimewana Yakkalamulla
SlsRuhunaMataraMalani Watte Hikgoda Akuressa
South Co-OpRuhunaMataraHenagama Akuressa
Southern PorowagamaRuhunaPorawagama
SouthernhillRuhunaMatara
SunriseRuhunaMataraSunrise Tea Factory (Pvt) Ltd - Beralapanatara
SusanthaRuhunaKalutaraBambarawana Mattaka Galle
SuviskaRuhunaGalleGalle
TalagaswellaRuhunaGalleTalgaswela Estate Talgaswela
TalangahaRuhunaGalleTalangaha Estate
TalapalakandaRuhunaMataraThalapalakanda Beralapanathara
TalgasyayaRuhunaGalleWadiyawatte Narawala Akmeemana
Tea Shakthi - DeniyayaRuhunaMataraKolawenigama Deniyaya
Tea Shakthi - MawaralaRuhunaMataraGomila Mawarala Watte Mawarala
Tea Shakthi - WalahanduwaRuhunaGalleWalanduwa
Tea Shakthi- ElpitiyaRuhunaKalutaraGenegodaelpitiya
TellamburaRuhunaGalleThalgampola
ThalgampolaRuhunaGalle
ThammennaRuhunaMataraGroup Link B Waralla
ThilakaRuhunaKalutaraPituwalaelpitiya
ThiruwanakandaRuhunaGalleKottawagamagalle
ThisaraRuhunaGalleHalpathota Baddegama Galle
ThotupolawattaRuhunaGalleKeembiella Baddegama
Three TimesRuhunaMataraWeliwela Morawaka
ThundolaRuhunaKalutaraThundola Walallawita Kalutara
TilakahenaRuhunaMataraColony Roadrotumba Pasgoda
TippolaRuhunaMataraAkuressa Matara
TritonhillsRuhunaMataraHakmana Road Mulatiyana Matara
UdamullagodaRuhunaGalle
Udu EllaRuhunaGalleMagedaragalle
UnityRuhunaGallePanangala Hiniduma Galle
Upper HomadolaRuhunaGalleHomadola Estate Udugama Galle
UrubokkaRuhunaMataraUrubokka
UruwelaRuhunaMataraUruwela Estate Akuressa
VadiykandaRuhunaGalleKattadikanda Imbulgoda Ratnapura
WalawwattaRuhunaMataraWalawwatta- Waralla
WalpitaRuhunaGalle
WathuruwilaRuhunaKalutaraWaturawila Elpitiya Galle
WaulugalaRuhunaGalleWaulugala Group Haupe Imaduwa
WeewarugodaRuhunaGalleNabadawa Yakkalamulla Galle
WeihenaRuhunaGalleWeihena Baddegama
WewegodaRuhunaGalle
Wicklow HillsRuhunaGalleWicklow Hills Watta Wanduramba
WidurangalaRuhunaKalutara
Wijaya GroupRuhunaGalleGalle
WilehenaRuhunaGalleHaupe Galle
Willie GroupRuhunaMataraWillie Group Deniyaya
VinoraRuhunaKalutaraHoragodawatte Baduraliya
WinwoodRuhunaKalutaraRatnapura Road Nambapana Ingiriya
VoganRuhunaKalutaraVogan Estatemathugama Kalutara
WoodlandRuhunaAkuressaKiyaduwa Akuressa
YahaladuwaRuhunaGalleYahaladuwa Estate Nilhena
YakkalamullaRuhunaGalleYakkalamulla Galle
YaltaRuhunaMataraDeniyaya Roadwaralla
YattapathaRuhunaKalutaraWeihena Estatebaddegama Galle

Source: Sri Lanka Tea Board
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