Dambatenne Tea Factory
Dambatenne Tea Factory
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  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dambatenne Tea Factory
    T This is only 6 miles from Haputale and buses pass the factory every 30 minutes. Sir Thomas Lipton of Lipton teas built this factory in 1890. It is a very comprehensive tea-factory tour. There is a fee but afterwards you can sip a cuppa.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Max G
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite basic but definitely worth it - the bus journey there alone is spectacular
    For 1000 LKR it's worth it. Not the most informative tour (the factory noise made it hard to hear the guide), but you get to explore through the heart of the factory, touching, smelling and tasting the tea. Note - you can easily get here for 90 LKR on the bus from Haputale, but tuk tuk drivers will try and convince you that you can't !
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 February 2024
  • Sally D
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One highlight of Sri Lanka was Haputule
    This place is real. I mean it’s a working factory with tourists as a sideline. The other comments are all true about the guide being touchy but he was like that with everyone, helping up stairs and warning of dangers. The reason we loved it was because it seems like it has not changed over the years and it’s in the middle of beautiful scenery that is not to be missed. Think of it like fawlty towers! Have fun
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 March 2024
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PGR
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We toured this tea factory in 2022 so my review is a little late ,but i think still worth it. It was the most entertaining tour of anything i have ever done , and this was entirely due to the very eccentric tour guide we had . He was clearly recently retired from the Sri Lankan army ( or forces of some type ) as he treated us like his soldiers , commanding us to do this and that and not stand there or look there .He was so rude it was hilarious ! at the end he lined us up and demanded if we had any questions, when no one came forwards, he started asking us questions about the tour he had just given, and when one young lad was unable to answer he got a severe ticking off ! anyway the tour was very informative and the tea we bought is still being consumed here at home in Scotland ( special occasions only), lovely tea !
Written 11 May 2024
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Greenpanda0
57 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Complete waste of time. The gits English is terrible, he can't really be bothered. It's a shambles. It was 250 rupees but now it's a 1000. He smiles at the end because you've been mugged off for the last 30 minutes. Honestly go somewhere else, it's not worth it. Just robbery really and OK it's small beer for us but it's good money for them. I object to this type of scam. He knew exactly how I felt. A little more information, patience and time wouldn't go amiss
Written 16 March 2024
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Sally D
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This place is real. I mean it’s a working factory with tourists as a sideline. The other comments are all true about the guide being touchy but he was like that with everyone, helping up stairs and warning of dangers. The reason we loved it was because it seems like it has not changed over the years and it’s in the middle of beautiful scenery that is not to be missed. Think of it like fawlty towers! Have fun
Written 8 March 2024
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Max G
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
For 1000 LKR it's worth it. Not the most informative tour (the factory noise made it hard to hear the guide), but you get to explore through the heart of the factory, touching, smelling and tasting the tea. Note - you can easily get here for 90 LKR on the bus from Haputale, but tuk tuk drivers will try and convince you that you can't !
Written 16 February 2024
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Csilla
Budapest, Hungary13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We have visited the tea factory after a nice walk in the tea fields. (That was amazing)
You need to pay a fee to enter the factory. Our feeling was they asked a price as much as they want, but not an affical rate. You cannot make any pictures in the factory and we felt they are just giving some information about the process, but we did not feel this is valid.
After a tour you can try some teas, but it was left there for a while and you can try with a spoon only, not like a cup of tea. Was not charming at all.
You can also buy some teas, but only just the powder one.
I would not go there again. Walking through the tea fields was a better experience.
Written 1 November 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
T This is only 6 miles from Haputale and buses pass the factory every 30 minutes. Sir Thomas Lipton of Lipton teas built this factory in 1890. It is a very comprehensive tea-factory tour. There is a fee but afterwards you can sip a cuppa.
Written 29 September 2023
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Sara A
Milan, Italy83 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Did 2.30h driving from Ella, paying 4000 lkr to come here.. and the factory is closed. I cannot believe it. No one was able to explain me why, they just said: holiday.
Written 18 August 2023
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DorisDevone
81 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Went to the tea factory after a visit to Lipton Seat.
We were asked to wear masks & overshoes, & sanitise our hands. The guide did not do this. He was physically inappropriate - offering his hand & touching our arms. This continued despite as saying to him that we did not need any help. I have a strong feeling that the information he provided was inaccurate.

The tea factory floor had tea leaves in it, These were being walked through by the employees both barefoot & wearing shoes.

I would avoid this tea factory visit. I certainly would not visit this tea factory as a lone female. It was a very uncomfortable experience.
Written 10 July 2023
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Amaratunge
London, UK13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
It was a disappointing experience We visited the tea factory after being to Liptons seat. Guide arrived from outside and walked everywhere in the factory not wearing shoe covers or masks. We were asked to wear shoe covers and masks at all times. We let him know we are able to go up and down stairs without help But he kept trying to hold hand as if to help It was a very unpleasant experience His explanations were meaningless, He couldn’t answer our questions Bought a packet of tea leaves which was leaking I have nothing positive to say and whole experience put me off Liptons tea. I have been to many tea factories and never had a bad experience like this.
Written 8 July 2023
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Yolanda S
Jaco, Costa Rica7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Not worth going there. Too expensive (1000Rps) for almost nothing The guide could not speak very good English and was almost impossible to understand him, Contrary to other tea factories, you couldn´t take pictures. Also not evern a cup of tea at the end, as it is offered in other tea factories, where you don´t even pay for the entry. In summary you can save the visit and go to other tea factories that offer more value for money.
Written 29 March 2023
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