Galaboda Tea Factory

Discover the hidden treasure of Sri Lanka; The Holy City of Kandy

Meet traditional artisanal community


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Why should you book this trip?

  • Improve your knowledge about a distinct art and the long history of traditional local industries

  • Experience in watching how different arts and crafts are made - brassware, coconut shell crafts, patchworks (needle crafts), batik, etc.

  • Meet and interacts with the locals involved in the industry 

  • Enjoy a cup of locally grown and brewed tea with the locals and listen to folktales

  • Opportunity to visit a historical temple -the ‘ Galmaduwa temple’ in Kandy 

  • A chance to be an artisan and take your own craft back home as a souvenir 

  • Excellent photo opportunities of the locals, their arts and crafts and the village

  • Learn to cook a Sri Lankan meal taught by one of the locals (applicable for full day tour) 

  • This is an excellent community-based tour led by an experienced guide. So in turn, you contribute to the wellbeing of the local community.

 

 

STARTING FROM

 16 USD
PER PERSON

   Half a day - US$ 16 per person (minimum 2 pax)

Full day - US$ 25 per person (minimum 2 pax)

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  Quick Facts

  • Availability - all year round

  • Starting time - 9.00 am 

  • Duration - Half a day tour 4 hours

  • and Full day tour 7 hours 

  • Transport for arrival and departure to the Arts and Crafts Village from any location can be organized on request for an additional fee.

  • Children aged between 6 to 12 years of age will be charged 50% of the adult’s rate
     

You will meet

upali 
Upali Nawarathna

Upali is a 59 year old village craftsman, engaged in brassware with the support of his family. He is also an active member of the ‘Nattarampola Rural Colonial Industrial Cooperative Society’. Having started craftsmanship in 1982, soon after having left school, post his education, Upali now holds over 38 years of experience in the industry.

In addition to his work as a brass craftsman, Upali is also a local tour guide, certified by the Central Province Tourism Department, explaining the local arts and crafts to our valued guests. Upali also possesses vast knowledge on other crafts in the industry, and assures that our guests will receive the best experience when exploring the village and community with him.

 

Included in the price

  • Service of real local craftsman who talk good English as your guide 

  • Bottled water

  • Tea accompanied with local sweets 

  • Lunch + cooking experience (only for full day tour)

  • A souvenir to take back home 

  • Government taxes

 

Exclusions

  • Any transportation (can be arranged on request) 

  • Any tips to the staff

Tour in brief

  • Built in 1965 by one of the former Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka, the Arts and Crafts village in Kandy, is a village built for the local craftsmen in the area to showcase their artwork. The craft village is situated 10 kilometers off the main city of Kandy. 
  • The manufacturing of crafts in the village has a long history - dating back to the times of the Colonial British Era in Sri Lanka. It can be said that even back in the day, families would visit this original village or stop by on their way to Kandy to purchase various crafts. 
  • However, with the arrival of alternative commercialized imported products into the current market, and the younger generations of these craft families moving away from the industry is posing a threat to the continuity of this village’s long heritage. Despite all the challenges faced, the demand for their handmade one-of-a-king products remain alive due to the sheer willpower and dedication of those involved in the industry.

 

Important

  • Carry suitable clothing and footwear for warm, windy and rainy conditions and appropriate to visit the temple (shoulders and legs covered at least down to knee level)

  • Sensible and comfortable walking shoes 

  • Sun protection cream

  • Insect repellent cream/spray

 

 

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