Virgin White Tea Factory & Tea Tasting Hundungoda Tea Estate

  • 1 Hours (Approx.)

  • Tea Tour

  • Min 2 People

  • English

  • Guide Price From£29pp

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    • Handunugoda Tea Estate is situated about 30 minutes from Galle. It is also known as the closest tea plantation in the world to the sea. This tea factory is renowned for its ‘virgin white tea’. The plucking of ‘virgin’ white tea follows an ancient Chinese tradition lost in the sands of time for over 4000 years. According to legends, the Chinese Emperor employed virgins wearing soft silky gloves to cut the tea leaves with gold scissors into a golden bowl. The leaves were dried naturally with the help of the divine wind until they were ready to be stored. This tea was a drink exclusively served in the Imperial court and had been beneficial for health. Virgin White Tea is the rarest type of white tea which is untouched by humans from plucking to production till it reaches the lips of the consumer. This is a kind of tea rich with antioxidants and is passionately handcrafted for a unique tea experience.

      During the tour, you will be accompanied by a resident tea planter in the factory. The owner of the tea plantation is Herman Gunaratne who accompanies visitors most of the time in the factory. During his absence, a fellow team member would take his place. During this important tea tour you can see how this unique white tea is plucked and processed followed a tea tasting session.. There is a shop where you can purchase white tea.

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      What's Included
    • Guided tea tour
    • Tea tasting
    • Visit tea plantation
    • All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking
    • Cost Excludes
    • Pick and drop from your hotel ( Can arrange at extra cost once we know which hotel you need picking up from )
    • Excursions & detours beyond the itinerary
    • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, drinks and gratuities, photo fees at some monuments
    • Additional Information

    • Must apply for Visa before arrive in Srilanka. To apply go to
    • This is only an offer without any obligation on day tour, until such time the tour is confirmed and availability is checked
    • General Information

    • Koggala In Galle District there is a small costa town call Koggala with one of the longest beaches in Srilanka. Most of the area and still unexplored by tourist and becoming a place to visit and tourist from Unawatuna beach also come as both towns are located very close.
    • Time difference GMT +5 hours 30 minutes (summer) +6 hours 30 minutes (winter time)
    • The climate is tropical and warm, due to the moderating effects of ocean winds. Mean temperatures range from 17 °C (62.6 °F) in the central highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter, to a maximum of 33 °C (91.4 °F) in other low-altitude areas. Average yearly temperatures range from 28 °C (82.4 °F) to nearly 31 °C (87.8 °F). Day and night temperatures may vary by 14 °C (25.2 °F) to 18 °C (32.4 °F).[186]
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    • The whole day tour can be tailored to your requirement if needed.
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