Nestled among the verdant foothills of Ahangama, the Handunugoda Tea Estate is renowned for producing artisanal luxury teas including its Virgin White, Sapphire Oolong, and Ceylon Souchong. Carefully curated and handcrafted under the watchful guidance of its sole proprietor Herman Gunaratne, Herman Teas still preserve the age-old traditions and techniques of the Chinese art of tea. The estate’s signature Virgin White Tea in particular traces back its roots 4,000 years ago to the imperial courts of China; here it was served exclusively and even back then was considered to be highly beneficial to one’s health.
Surrounded by the evergreen forest of the southern province, the plantation is the only Handunugoda tea factory and estate located on the coastal belt of the island. Visitors will be able to tour the lush tea slopes while also getting the chance to observe how the beverage is produced without the use of any machines or human touch.