The People

Factory Employees

Each day in the life of the employees of the factory, begins with motivational activities that boosts their morale, and invigorates both their bodies and souls.

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Tea Farmers

The Wikiliya Plantations supports the livelihood of approximately 15,000 tea farmer families in the area of Balangoda.

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The Factory

Right from the entrance, the pleasant aroma of tea wafts around the area; the fragrance is soothingly delicious to the senses, and irrefutably beckoning.

Inside the factory, tea manufacturing is not a job, it is a lifestyle. Within the precinct there are quirky motivational quotes hung about, to keep the exuberance of the workers elevated.

The Wikiliya factory is located on the top of a hill, bordering mid grown and low grown elevations, and is snugly situated between the dry and wet zones, which makes it continuously susceptible to variable weather conditions. It is so unique, that the natural breeze blows from both the UVA and Bogawantalawa hills across the area, giving Wikiliya tea its full bodied flavour and characteristic. With decades of experience in the tea industry, the management operates the factory according to good manufacturing practices (GMP) to enhance the production processes. Strict hygienic conditions are maintained to ensure the end product enjoyed by the consumers is of the highest quality and exceptional standards. The Wikiliya brand currently produces over 5 million kilograms of black tea per annum.

The Balangoda climate is ideal for the synthesis of ‘L-Theanine’, a unique amino acid found in tea. L-Theanine relaxes the human mind, whilst simultaneously aiding alertness. A unique advantage in the tea produced in Wikiliya, is that it abundantly contains ‘Catechins’, or what is commonly known as ‘Polyphenols’, which is a type of disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant.

The Bunglow

Just a stone’s throw away from the factory, and preserving all of its old world charm, the Wikiliya bungalow stands in all its warmth, a welcome sight to visitors

From the hill on which the bungalow stands, the vast rubber plantation rolls down, occasionally lit up by a bright red Flame tree, or an Ehela tree bearing cascading yellow bunches of flowers. The lawn itself is a crisp green, bordered by white, red and pink rose shrubs and other flowering plants galore. Even from inside the bungalow, the back garden exhibits a cascade of bright purple Bougainvillea, often visited by palm-sized butterfly colonies.

The black embellished crisp white walls, complimented by the red polished floors, and the kitschy veranda furniture akin to gnarled tree roots are just the beginning; the interior is complete with a cosy fireplace, white panelled ceiling and large plush bedrooms. The corridor is a walk down nostalgia; sporting framed pictures of the first planter family, to faces of Colombo, Colpetty and the Galle Face Green dating right back to the 1880’s! The Bungalow has its own maintenance staff, and the friendly ‘appu’ who prepares meals fit for royalty, meal after meal.

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