English owner of Ashburnham, David Swannell, will take guests on a 3 hour tramp of the estate. A long-term Sri Lanka-phile, David is a great source of knowledge and anecdote on the island. He’s equally passionate about Ash, and loves little more than uncovering new tracks and waterfalls on the property. David will lead a three-hour walk, taking in tea fields, waterfalls, and the other eclectic crops of the property. The walk will conclude with drinks (on the house) back at the terrace.
What: A private tea estate tour
When: Most days by prior arrangement
Where: In Elkaduwa, an hour north-east of Kandy
How much: $220 per group of 4 and $20 for each additional person for a private and immersive experience
Need to know: The tea pickers don’t work on Sundays. While the tour can still be done on Sunday, worth keeping in mind that you won’t get to see the pickers in action.