Mackwoods Tea Factory

Tea Factory

Mackwoods is one of many large tea plantations in the highlands of Sri Lanka between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. Large air dryers are the first stage of the tea production, which are shown in the Mackwoods museum tour.

Tea pickers can be seen at a weigh station where they see how much money they will get for their labors. A sign shows the top tea pickers for the past year – to judge their income, divide Rp by 130 for US dollars (1000rp = US$7.70).

Tea sales have grown dramatically since the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009, which Chinese becoming an especially important market, as seen in the Mackwoods tea store. I was curios as the what the Macwoods IT and English Literacy Centre was all about.

Like nearby Nuwara Eliya, the population here is mostly Hindu, and Hindu roadside shrines are common (Buddhist roadside signs are more common in other parts of Sri Lanka). The cool temperatures and high humidity make for fine tea, as well as numerous waterfalls.

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