Loolecondera Tea Estate


MapCrew : 5

Transportation : Car

Duration : One day

Loolcondera, mostly known as “Loolkandura” is the place where the first ever commercial tea estate in Sri Lanka is located. The road we used is (B364) Peradeniya>Galaha Junction>Hindagala>Mahakanda>Deltota>Loolecondera. There is around 35kms to Loolecondera tea estate from Peradeniya and you need to go a nother few kilometeres inside the estate to reach the ruins of James Tayolr’s Log Cabin. If you are planning to use public transport, you can find Deltota Buses in Kandy town. But i must say that these buses get really crowded most of the time.

James Taylor was born in 29th March 1825 in a cottage called Mosspark in Mriboddo estate in Kineordineshire, Scotland. He came to Sri Lanka by a ship called “Sydney” at the age of 17. He initially came to Naranghena estate (now it is a division of Lollecondera estate) which was a coffee plantation at that time. He then cleared 19 acres of land and started the first ever tea plantation in 1865 and 5 acres of this original plantation is remaining up to this date. It is said that he hand rolled tea in the verandah of his log cabin and sold one pound 1.50 rupees each in the local market at that time.

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The route From Peradeniya to Mahakanda is in fine conditions but from Mahakanda onwards the road gets narrow and should be driven carefully because of the bendy road.

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We arrived thee Loolecondera tea factory around 11 a.m. and only then we knew that a special permission is required to go inside the factory, But the people there were kind enough to call management of the factory and give us the permission to go inside within few minutes of time. The factory is a four story building with a steel structure and wooden floors. This factory was built in 1923 (after James Taylor passed away).

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Then we went to see the ruins of James Taylor’s wood cabin, which is in middle of the remaining 5 acres of original tea plantation. There is a dirt road up to the mountain which is good enough to travel by even a car (but recommend to use a vehicle with good ground clearance). The only thing remains in the wood cabin of James Taylor is the chimney which is made of Stone. You can still see Stone foundations that cabin must have built on. On the way to the cabin there you can see the well (I saw it as a pond) which James Taylor used. On one edge of the plantation there is a Seat made of Stone facing the wide Valley of Knuckles mountain range (and Victoria reservoir).

We had our lunch near the James Taylor seat and then left loolecondera estate around 3 p.m. One of my friends who has been visited loolecondera previously said me that the tea estate covers in a thick white mist in the evening and the surrounding was magnificent. Since buses on B364 road is not very frequent, it is not encouraged to stay in the estate to see the mist unless you came from your own vehicle.
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2 thoughts on “Loolecondera Tea Estate

  1. The search for this estate name immediately bought me here. May I know what is the opening timings of this estate factory ? And how can we obtain the permission for visit prior to reaching here ?

    Thanks,
    Aparna

    • I don’t have the exact opening times of this tea factory. We just went there to see the James Taylor seat and remains of his house and the factory happened to open on that day. So we didn’t obtained permission to visit the factory earlier. Gate keeper helped us to contact the Superintendent and he was kind enough to make a call to the owner and let us see the factory.

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