The four-story Ceylon Tea Museum, three miles outside Kandy, may not be the most exciting place you could visit in Sri Lanka (unless, of course, your heart races at the sight of turbines and tea rollers), but it’s based on a picturesque plantation with sweeping low-country views. So, what the heck. Take a tour of the grounds, learn something about all those fossilized tea bags and rusty factory equipment, and exchange your ticket at the end of the self-guided tour for a free pot of tea in the top-floor cafe. Afterward, head out back to explore rows of rolling green and meet a few leaf-plucking locals. Just be prepared to part with some rupees if you want to take their picture.
The tea museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Non-resident adult admission is 800 LKR ($5.22 USD).
Hatana Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka; +94-813-803-204