My Experience with Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Estate in Nuwara Eliya

Memorable Personal Experience with Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Estate

Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Estate in Nuwara Eliya is one of the most mysterious, awe-inspiring landscapes I’ve ever seen.

Mackwood Tea Plantation Sri Lanka

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in the UK Dr. Chris Nonis and others at the Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Estate in Kandy, during his visit to Sri Lanka

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I wanted to visit the place on our way to Nuwara Eliya but my friends wanted to visit the place on our way back to colombo as we were bit hungry. We wanted to go Nuwara Elliya and have our Lunch.

Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sri-Lanka

Left to Right: Tharidu,Our Van Driver,Dilen,Diluk,Malith and Myself

Mackwoods’ tea factory at Labookellie is on the A5 up to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy, past Tawalantenne and the Ramboda Tunnel. You can’t really miss it, sitting on a bend on the road, all green and white. It’s surrounded by swirling rows of plantation, the lush green hillsides all around striated by tea bushes with colourful dots here and there – the tea pickers of Plantation. Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre, situated approximately 1500 meters above sea level.

Mackwood Tea Plantation Sri Lanka

Mackwood Tea Plantation Museum.

Mackwood Tea Plantation Sri Lanka

This is the entire Landscape of the Mackwood Tea Plantation.

This Tea Centre has been expanded and refurbished to give its many visitors & customers better service in a more comfortable setting. I am pretty sure, they have a very good team to maintain the Brand of Mackwood as they have invested a lot of things to experience the Mackwood Brand. I am pretty sure, if somebody comes to this Tea Centre, they never buy any other Brand other than Mackwwod Brand :-).

Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sri-Lanka

When you enter into the Tea Centre,everybody wants to see the “Mackwood” Logo clearly.

Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sri-Lanka

If you stand in front of the fence, you this MackWoods Logo.It looks like “Hollywood” logo :-). When you stand in in front of this fence, you can see the beauty of the Landscape.

Mackwoods has been associated with tea almost since it’s inception. Today, Mackwoods manages 27,000 acres of plantations.

Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sri-Lanka

Right side of Mackwood Tea Plantation

I am NOT very sure about the name of this river, but It looks gorgeous and add more colours to the landscape of the Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Estate.

Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sri-Lanka

Left side of Mackwood Tea Plantation

This is the history of Mackwoods, if you are interested. Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Estate founded in 1841 by Captain William Mackwood, Mackwoods has the distinction of being the second oldest Mercantile Firm in Sri Lanka.

Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sri-Lanka

The Company remained in the Mackwoods family until 1956 when the ownership passed on to Mr. N.S.O. Mendis, a visionary Sri Lankan entrepreneur(I wanted do a research of this ownership change :-))

Mackwoods Tea Plantation-Sri-Lanka

Mackwoods Tea Plantation-Sri-Lanka

Most of Tea Plantation factories offer guided visits, which include walks through the tea fields, tours of the factories themselves and, of course, complimentary tea tastings. Macwoods also provides factory guided visit and do not hesitate to ask if you are interested.

If you are budget traveller, You can  take on a local bus from Nuwara Eliya bus station in the centre of Nuwara Eliya town. There is a bus stand with a ‘Labookellie’ sign above it and a small shuttle bus takes you there. Buses are pretty regular and cost us about 0.25 USD each one way. Just tell the conductor where you want to get down and he will tell you when to get off the bus.

If you are foreigner or local, you need to know that, this entire entertainment and tea factory tour is totally FREE. if somebody tell you that you need to pay for this, you can inform the management about that. It is totally free. But if you drink tea, you have to  pay . please be aware this.

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