Tea in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has two massive exports, cinnamon and tea. As the world’s highest producer of tea, the tea industry employs over 1 million people. The very first tea plant was brought to Sri Lanka in 1824 and was only meant to be an ornamental plant for a botanical garden. Eventually, plants were brought in from Kenya and India. Today, there are 7 different tea regions, and 10 different types of tea you can try when you’re visiting the various plantations. Be sure to try the ‘white tea’ that is not fermented and the buds are hand-rolled individually, making it the only handmade tea in Sri Lanka.