Following the overwhelming success of the Jan 2010 tea tour, experience the 15-day tour of Sri Lanka covering tea gardens and factories, tea auctions and The Tea Research Institute. Learn tea manufacture, drive through tea gardens and afterwards, relax with a typical afternoon tea. Laze at sunny beach resorts, and indulge in shopping. Explore cultural sites and temples, and travel on safari. You will be accompanied by Lalith Guy Paranavitana, President Empire Tea Services, USA (since 1990). A former Tea Estate Manager and Director of the Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation, Sri Lanka (1970 - 89).
The tea industry in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is over 150 years old. It is a traditional industry commenced by the British when Ceylon was a colony. Vestiges of the Colonial heritage are still evident, particularly in the tea growing regions. Meet tea experts and scientists at the Tea Research Institute and learn about the latest scientific discoveries. Sharpen your tea tasting skills with experts. Spend a night on a tea plantation.
CULTURE & SHOPPING
Visit Sri Lanka and witness the culture and heritage of this beautiful island! Sightseeing temples, ancient ruins of kingdoms past that reveal the Buddhist influence on Sri Lankan culture. There is a gamut of interests for all. Sri Lankan Handicrafts and Spices make wonderful souvenirs.
BEACHES & SAFARI
The coastline stretches for 450 mile round the island. Stroll along pristine sandy beaches. Resorts are modern with all conveniences and serve Western & Eastern cuisine. Pampering guests is a time honored tradition in Sri Lanka. A safari tour of the Yala National Park is just the right adventure for close encounters with bears, elephants, leopards and crocodiles in their natural habitat. An unforgettable experience.