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Sabaragamuwa

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

Sabaragamuwa is Sri Lanka’s biggest tea-growing district, whose relative importance has increased since the expansion of markets for Ceylon Tea in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. The teas of Sabaragamuwa, like those of Ruhuna, are mainly low-grown. Its estates range in elevation from sea level to around 800 m. The highest estates lie just below the boundaries of the Sinharaja and Peak Wilderness nature reserves and share in the microclimatic conditions produced by the rainforests, cloud forests and high, grassy plains endemic to this region. As a result, they produce tea of a somewhat different character to that grown at lower elevations in the district. Some of these estates receive the highest rainfall of any in the plantation districts. Other upper Sabaragamuwa estates receive some weather from the nearby Uva climatic system, which affects the character of the tea they produce in an entirely different way.

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The Sabaragamuwa tea-growing district covers most of the western and south-western faces of the central mountains of Sri Lanka. The terrain is hilly, with numerous small valleys cut into the hillsides by streams and rivers draining the upper massif. Copiously watered by the southwest monsoon, it features climatic conditions typical of tropical rainforest: hot and humid in the open, moist and cool where tree cover is thick. The most famous of its many places of interest is Adam’s Peak or Sri Pada, a 2200 m mountain peak, conical and symmetrical, at the summit of which a giant, intricately-decorated and detailed footprint has been carved into the rock. Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims all venerate this relic, whose origins are lost in the mists of antiquity.

Adam’s Peak is only the most prominent attraction of a land rich in history and legend. Indeed, the earliest traces of human settlement in Sri Lanka, dating back 34000 years or more, were found not far from Ratnapura. Various legends relating to the ancient Hindu epic, the Ramayana, have been attached to places in Sabaragamuwa; the region also has a number of important associations in history and folklore and was the scene of much warfare and intrigue during the Portuguese period (1505-1658). Tea from the estates of Sabaragamuwa seems to distil the essence of this rich and varied culture, belying the district’s twentieth-century rise to prominence in the industry.

Given the slightly wider range of growing altitude and more varied climatic conditions, it is not surprising that the teas of Sabaragamuwa show a little more variation in character than those of the other predominantly low-grown district, Ruhuna. As with the latter, Sabaragamuwa produces a fast-growing bush with a long leaf, very black when withered and well suited for rolling. The liquor, too, is similar to that of Ruhuna teas, dark yellow-brown with a reddish tint in the dry season, though lightening somewhat with altitude. The ‘nose’ or aroma, however, is noticeably different from the Ruhuna product, with a hint of sweet caramel, and not quite as strong as the latter.

Tea factories

NameTea DistrictAdmin DistrictAddress
Adams ViewSabaragamuwaRatnapuraNo 4 Sri Pada Mawatha Ratnapura
AgarslandSabaragamuwaRatnapura
AigburthSabaragamuwaRatnapuraBuluthota Kolonna Ratnapura
AllertonSabaragamuwaRatnapuraAllerton Estate Rakwana
AllupolaSabaragamuwaRatnapura
ArontaSabaragamuwaRatnapura849E Kumbaduwa Walallawita
AvissawellaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraSeethawak Industrial Park Avissawella
AvondellSabaragamuwaRatnapuraRatnapura
BandarahenaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraBandarahena Estate Nivithigala
BentotaSabaragamuwaRatnapura
BibilaoyatennaSabaragamuwaRatnapura
Blue MountSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPinnawala Balangoda
BoscombeSabaragamuwaRatnapuraMiriswatte Balangoda
BroadlandsSabaragamuwaNuwara EliyaBrolands Estate Pitawala
BulathsinhalaSabaragamuwaKalutaraNo 04 Anguruwathota Road Horana
CamelliaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraAdavikande Kuruwita Ratnapura
CeciliyanSabaragamuwaRatnapuraCeciliyan Estate Thapaswarakanda Kalawana
Chamwin Speciality Tea Processing CentreSabaragamuwaRatnapura37 A Sripada Mawatha Ratnapura
Co-Op TeaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraYainna
Daduwangala CtcSabaragamuwaRatnapuraRatnapura
Daduwangala WatteSabaragamuwaRatnapuraMillawitiyakuruwita Ratnapura
DawalagiriSabaragamuwaRatnapura
DeerwoodSabaragamuwaRatnapuraEkneligoda (North) Kuruvita Ratnapura
DelgodaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKalawana
DenagamaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraDenagama Estate Balangoda
Depedene EstateSabaragamuwaRatnapura
DeshikaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKottala Atakalampanna Ratnapura
Diagala HillsSabaragamuwaRatnapuraDawgalagamakalawana
Diyagala HillsSabaragamuwaRatnapuraDiyagala Streetpalabaddalasiripagama Ratnapura
DoloswellaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraDoloswella Estate
DoralavitiyahenaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraNo 202Batalanda Pelmadulla
DotaloyaSabaragamuwaKegalle
EdurapollaSabaragamuwaKegalleEderapolla Estatebulathkohupitiya
EmbuldeniyaSabaragamuwaRatnapura
EndaneSabaragamuwaRatnapuraEndane Estate Kahawatte
FalconSabaragamuwaRatnapuraElapatha Ratnapura
FerndelSabaragamuwaRatnapura
GalahitiyaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraRatnapura
GalaturaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraMeda Galathuta Ayagama Ratnapura
GalboddaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraGalboda Tea Factory Ratnapura
GallexySabaragamuwaRatnapuraThannahena Navalakanda Kalawana
GalpaditenneSabaragamuwaRatnapuraGalpaditenna Lellopitiya Ratnapura
GeekiyanahenaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraSanasgama Lellopitiya
Golden ValleySabaragamuwaRatnapura
HalgolleSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHalgolla Estatemallalpola Yatiyantota
HallinaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHunuwella Estate Opanayake
HapugastenneSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHapugastenne Estate Gallalla
HatherleighSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHatherleigh Estate Rakwana
HaughtonSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHaughton Estate Kalawana
HaverstSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPinnawala Imbulpe Ratnapura
HidellanaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHidellanaratnapura
HoramullaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHoramulla Godakawela Ratnapura
HoupeSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHoupe Estate Kahawatte
IdangodaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPahala Kuttapitiya Pelmadulla Ratnapura
IlluktenneSabaragamuwaKegalleMiyanawita Estatederaniyagala
JaylankaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKawduwawa Godakawela Ratnapura
KalawanaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraManana Kalawana
KarawitaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKarawita
KehelwalaSabaragamuwaKegalleKehelwala Deraniyagala
KelaniSabaragamuwaKegalleKelani Estateparussella Yatiyantota
Kelani ValleySabaragamuwaRatnapuraKuda Oya Nuwara Eliya
KendalandaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraYatiwala Deraniyagala
KeragalaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKeragalla Estate Kuruvita
KolonnaSabaragamuwaKegalleBoralankada Via Dehiovita Kegalle
KongahawatteSabaragamuwaRatnapuraRilhenapelmadulla
KoppakandeSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKoppakande Omalpe
KukulegangaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPitigalakanda Roadnawalakanda Kalawana
KuttapitiyaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKuttapitiya Estatepelmadulla
LankabaranaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraNo 34 Buddha Jayanthi Mawatha Thumbagoda
LellopitiyaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraLellopitiya Estatelellopitiya Ratnapura
MadampeSabaragamuwaRatnapuraMadampe Estate Rakwana
MahawelaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraMahawala Estate Ratnapura
MalibodaSabaragamuwaKegalleMaliboda Estatemaliboda
MaratenneSabaragamuwaRatnapuraMaratenne Tea Factory Balangoda Group Balangoda
Menik VelleySabaragamuwaRatnapura
MillavitiyaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraMillawitiya Estate Ratnapura
MisaSabaragamuwaKegalleGonagamuwa Yatiyanthota Kegalle
MorapitiyaSabaragamuwaKalutaraMorapitiyaagalawatte
Mount CarmelSabaragamuwaKegalleMount Carmel Estate Ambalakanda Aranayaka
NawagamuwahenaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraSannasgamalellopitiya Ratnapura
NawalakandaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraNawalakandauada Haupe Kahawatte
NelunkandaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKoswaththa Kalawana
New DoralawitiyahenaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraTalgasyaya Akmeemana Galle
New DoralawitiyahenaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraWellandura Kahawatta Ratnapura
New HopewellSabaragamuwaRatnapuraWeligepolabalangoda
New KandagastenneSabaragamuwaRatnapuraBathgamgoda Pelmadulla
New KirilipanaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraMoragala Pasgoda Deniyaya
New LaksakandaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraErathna Kuruvita
New PanapitiyaSabaragamuwaKegalleMadampe Atakalanpanna
New PanawennaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPanawennakahawatte
New UdakadaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKamarangahapitiyapelmadulla
New VithanakandaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraNew Withanakanda Estate Delwala Spo Ratnapura Via
NilagamaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPalmadulla Estatekahawatte
Nilvin ViewSabaragamuwaRatnapuraHapurudeniya Estate Wellandura Kahawatte
NiwithigalaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraMadara Estate Nivithigala
NooriSabaragamuwaKegalleNoori Estatenoori
NoragallaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraNoragalla Tea Factory Nivithigala
OpathaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraOpata Estate Kahawatte
Orange HillSabaragamuwaRatnapuraDorawela Balangoda Ratnapura
Palm GardenSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPalm Garden Estate Ratnapura
PambagamaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPambegama Estateparakaduwa
PanawennaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPanawenna Kahawatte
PanilkandaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraUliduwewapanil Kanda Deniyaya
ParakaduwaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraDaduwangalawatte Millawitiya Kuruvita
PeekviewSabaragamuwaRatnapuraDippitiyalalellopitiya
PinehillSabaragamuwaRatnapuraUdugala Ayagama Ratnapura
PoronuwaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPoronuwa Estatekahawatte
RajjuruwatteSabaragamuwaRatnapuraRajjuruwatte Kalawana
RandolaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraKirimetithenna Balangoda Ratnapura
RasagallaSabaragamuwaRatnapura
RatnapuraSabaragamuwaRatnapuraParadise Kuruvita
RayigamSabaragamuwaKalutaraRaygama Estate Ingiriya Kalutara
RilhenaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraRilhena Estate Pelmadulla
RitigahaoyaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraDedugalabulathkohupitiya
RosythSabaragamuwaKegalleRosyth Tea Factory Rosyth Estate Pussella
RyeSabaragamuwaRatnapuraRye Estate Balangoda
SabaragamuwaPanawatte Road Magammana Dehiowita
SamawattaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraEndana Estate Kahawatte
SapumalkandeSabaragamuwaKegalleMiyanawita Estate
SeronSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPolwatta Wewelwatte
SherwoodSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPinnawala Balangoda
Spring ViewSabaragamuwaRatnapuraRatnapura
SpringwoodSabaragamuwaRatnapuraSpringwood Estate Rakwana
St. JoachimSabaragamuwaRatnapuraSt'Joachim Estate Ratnapura
St. MichaelSabaragamuwaRatnapuraImbulpe Balangoda
SunhillSabaragamuwaRatnapuraRatnapura
SunilsSabaragamuwaKalutaraEduragalaingiriya
Tea BreezeSabaragamuwaRatnapuraElapatha Nivithigala Ratnapura
Tea LankaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraWeralugahamullamadampe
Tea Shakthi - BalangodaSabaragamuwaRatnapura
Tea Shakthi - Rayigam KoraleSabaragamuwaKalutaraMaputugala Horana
Temple ViewSabaragamuwaRatnapura
TinylandSabaragamuwaRatnapura
WatapotaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraWatapotha Estate Nivithigala
WeddagalaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraVeddagala Kalawana
WellanduraSabaragamuwaRatnapuraWellandura Estate Kahawatte
WevalkaduraSabaragamuwaRatnapuraPebotuwakalawana Ratnapura
WewawattaSabaragamuwaRatnapura
WikiliyaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraDepalamulla Balangda Ratnapura
Virgin ForestSabaragamuwaRatnapura
YatideriyaSabaragamuwaRatnapuraYataderiya Estateudhugoda Bulathkohupitiya

Source: Sri Lanka Tea Board
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