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The name board of the Loolecondera estate, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The Loolecondera estate was the first tea plantation estate in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) started in 1867 by Scotsman James Taylor, it is situated in Kandy, Sri Lanka.[1][2]

James Taylor and Loolecondera[edit]

James Taylor in Kandy, Sri Lanka in 1860s

James Taylor started the plantation of tea within 19 acres (77,000 m2) of land in Loolecondera and it grew rapidly. In 1872, he started a tea factory with his latest invention of the tea leaves cutting machine.

He spent most of his life in Loolecondera until his death in 1892.

The authorities of Sri Lanka built a museum at Loolecondera in 1992 to commemorate him.

Loolecondera is the way Britishers spelled the native name Lool kandura. ලූල් කඳුර in Sinhala . Loolkandura means the Stream full of Loola fish. (Channa striata)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TED Case Studies – Ceylon Tea". American University, Washington, DC. 
  2. ^ "The rise of the Ceylon Tea Industry James Taylor and the Loolecondera Estate". Official Website of the Government of Sri Lanka. 

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