Essential information This tour will operate by coach and on foot.
The Galaboda Tea Factory was established in 1935 and has a long history of tea making which has been passed down from generation to generation.
The estate is spread over an area of 39 acres, which includes an organic tea nursery.
For international shopping and restaurants, head for the Fort District in the north of the city and then catch some local colour in the Pettah Bazaar District.
This is a warren of streets rich in mosques and Buddhist and Hindu temples and lined with shops selling everything from exquisitely worked gold jewellery (on Sea Street) to herbs for Ayurvedic treatments and bargain-priced CDs and cassettes (Malwatte Avenue).
During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the tea being handpicked at the estate before heading to the tea factory.
Here, you’ll be able to watch the handpicked tea crop being graded, before going through the many different stages involved in quality tea production.It is recommended to bring a pair of thick socks as the pavement can be hot. The journey to Kelaniya Temple is approximately 45 minutes each way.Embark on a scenic drive of around 3 hours to Akuressa, a lush region boasting ideal conditions for growing tea.You’ll see offerings of lotus flowers at the magnificent white stupa (religious monument).Here, coconut oil lamps are lit and purified water is sprinkled at the foot of the Sacred Bodhi Tree.The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.