Meet Samantha, the master peeler, and his team. Watch him scrape the dry outer bark, rub and peel the moist inner bark and press perfect quills. See and feel the tools: scraper, brass rod, peeling knife, scissors and measuring stick. Have a go yourself. It’s a lot more difficult than it looks. Smell the finished quills drying in the roof breeze. If it’s a market day, watch the bales being prepared and weighed.
Learn how to distil essential oil from cinnamon leaves. Feel and smell the warm oil. Discover the secret of the magic barrel.
End the tour at the main house is perched on the hilltop with spectacular views over the jungle to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south. Relax and enjoy a fresh meal, much of it grown on the land and all of it home-cooked.
There is lots to see, lots to learn and lots to taste.
What: A private cinnamon estate experience
When: Most days by prior arrangement but the tour isn’t available on full moon days each month as the workers have the day off on these religious days
Where: 1km inland from Weligama Bay
How much: $125 per person for a private and immersive experience
Need to know: The tour is capped at a maximum of 5 people due to the exclusive hands on nature of it. Group discounts are available for 3 or more people.