These Cities Are the Top Tea Travel Destinations

When on holiday, most people tend to focus on one thing: relaxing. And while we love to kick back and chill out just as much as the next hardworking Londoner, the team at Green Lady has another goal in mind when travelling. We want to explore all that this wide world of tea has to offer – and drink some incredible brews along the way! Fortunately, there are a multitude of breathtaking travel destinations where the locals consider tea as not just a drink, but a way of life. Put these cities on your must-visit list to learn all about the complexities of tea and experience a cuppa like never before.

Darjeeling, India

Home to the ‘Champagne of Teas’ that inspired our sparkling tea, Darjeeling’s tea farms are some of the most scenic in the world. You won’t want to miss taking a trip to the Glenburn Tea Estate, a plantation tucked away in the Himalayas that grows and harvests fine tea, in addition to offering gorgeous accommodations and delicious food. When you visit the estate, you’re able to take a tour of the tea factory that dries and processes the leaves to make their famous tea. Then, you get to have a tea tasting session, so you can understand how different processing methods affect the tea’s flavours. Surrounded by the glistening snowy mountains, you’re sure to develop a new appreciation for tea that will last you a lifetime.

Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella is worth visiting for its fantastic, varied scenery alone. Located in the highlands of Sri Lanka, Ella has it all – mountains, valleys, rivers and waterfalls – and you’ll want to spend a significant portion of your trip simply marveling at the town’s stunning beauty. However, its tea factories, famous for Ceylon tea, truly set it apart as a go-to travel destination. At facilities such as the Newburgh Tea Factory and the Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory, you can witness each step of the tea-making process. Bonus: the Newburgh Factory makes green tea, while the Halpewatte Factory produces black tea, so you can compare the tours to see how the methods differ! Between tours, take a hike to the top of Ella Rock, where you’ll have a majestic view of the landscape below.

Uji, Japan

This small city in Japan is a green tea lover’s paradise, as it produces some of the best green tea and matcha in the world. Situated in a lush, green valley, Uji is only a twenty-minute train ride from Kyoto. Recently, the tea farms and factories in the region have started giving tours, so you can get a full understanding of the area’s teas during your visit. Beyond matcha, Uji is known for its beautifully designed temples and gardens, which tourists can explore between checking out all the tea farms, shops and sweets. Once you’ve exhausted your energy for the day, pay a visit to the Tsuen-chaya Tea Shop, the oldest tea shop in all of Japan. Sip some tea, have an ice cream and absorb the peaceful atmosphere of this gorgeous city.

We love using tea as a tool to discover places we’ve never been. To the team at Green Lady, tea is a calming, refreshing drink, but it’s also an adventure. Each tea leaf has a story – and through travel, we can uncover the intricacies that are brewed into each cup. Of course, if you can’t manage to take a holiday just yet, don’t worry – one sip of energising Green Lady Sparkling Tea will have you ready to embrace the adventure of everyday life!