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Friday, 21st July 2017


Kenilworth Tea Garden is situated in the Central Province in the District of Nuwara Eliya, approximately 102 Kilo Meters from Colombo - the Capital city of Sri Lanka. Kenilworth is the flagship Estate of Watawala Plantations PLC. It would appear that the name KENILWORTH originated from an English background, which is traced to a magnificent Castle situated in Warwickshire, UK. This estate was originally owned and managed by M/s Gorden Frazer & Co. Ltd. The last British Planter to serve on Kenilworth was Mr. W R D Waller. The Planters who served on Kenilworth are:

Mr. R R D Waller

1947 to 1950

Mr. Anil De Silva

1991 to 1997

Mr. W R Bainz

1950 to 1962

Mr. Mahendra Pilapitiya

1997 to 2000

Mr. Victor St. George

1962 to 1968

Mr. Ajitha de Alwis

2000 to 2002

Mr. A E Anandappa

1968 to 1978

Mr. Alex Samuel

2002 to 2005

Mr. M C B Talwatte

1979 to 1988

Mr. E M K Ambanpola

2005 to 2009

Mr. Kavi Senevirathne

1989 to 1990

Mr. Dinesh Perera

2009 to 2014

Mr. K G S Perera

1990 to 1991

Mr. Manoj Ramdas

Since November 2014

The Estate nestles between two prominent rivers of Sri Lanka “Kelani” & “Mahaweli”. Kenilworth experiences an annual rainfall of approximately 4500 mm spread over 200 days and enjoys the benefits of both the South West and the North East monsoons. Elevation varies from 616 to 640 meters.

The total extent of Kenilworth is 603.11 Hect. Of which 295.36 Ha (49%) is planted in Tea. The remaining 51% is under Fuel wood cultivation/Forestry and in grass to be replanted into tea. Of the total extent in Tea 86% is under high yielding vegetatively propagated (VP) tea. The annual production of Kenilworth is around 560,000 kgs of made tea representing a yield of 1900 kgs per hectare.

Under the Medium Grown category, Kenilworth occupies a prestigious position in the Sale Average and is possibly one of the prime selling marks of Sri Lanka. The Factory is situated at an elevation of 616 meters and carries out an orthodox process of manufacture. The annual production including bought crop is approximately 800,000 kgs made tea. The factory has obtained “Fairtrade Certificate” in July, 2008. (FLO certified producer) Existing Tea factory was built in 1947 having demolished the old Factory built in 1942.

Kenilworth Tea garden, which consists of five Divisions is situated in the Central Province and comes under the District of Nuwara Eliya, and in close to the Ginigathena town.


General Facts
Region Medium grown
Temperature 22-25˚C
Total Population 3029
Elevation 640m
Rainfall 4500mm
Western medium/ Leafy/ Semi Leafy
Leaf Appearance – Blacker, Well Twisted, cleaner and neater
 Infusion – Coppery Bright

ISO 22000:FSMS,

CQC 2 Star

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)



FSMS/Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP)

Fair Trade Labeling Organization ( F L O )



Rainforest Alliance


 In society differently abled people are facing many challenges as they have to depend on someone to attend to their day to day personal affairs and to provide for their livelihood. Differently able people in economically depressed families are much more affected than in the other families. The situation is more complicated in the plantation sector due to socioeconomic issues and consumption oriented life styles. Under such circumstances the differently abled people are a burden to their families and they get very little treatment in their own house and within the society they live in. This leads them to be much depressed and with the sense of hopelessness in their lives. However if they are given the opportunity to spend their time in a more organized manner and in a safe environment, it will not only give them an opportunity for self-reliance and self-respect but also it will be a relief to everyone concerned of their wellbeing. Considering the social status of the Plantation community, we have been mindful of the issues parents or the relatives face to look after the differently abled persons as the family members themselves are finding it difficult to manage their own affairs.

We have in consideration thereof revitalized a project in order to have a holistic approach that addresses the socio – economic issues of the differently abled persons through the Vocational Training Center at Kenilworth Estate Ginigathena which we were able to establish in the year 1998 and from there it has developed many creations during the recent past and also has now come up to the extent of implementing 5s, implementing 5s has given us the opportunity to stabilize with international standards and we were able to secure a bronze award at the Jasteca 5s competition in the CSR category for the year 2013, and to the extent of it not only being advantageous to the beneficiaries but to the family members in particular and the community in general. Our Company is undertaking this as a CSR project and takes responsibility of the maintenance of the building infrastructure and the payment for the caretakers as well. The Company facilitates income generating projects involving the talents and skills of her differently abled Associates, arranges for the sales of the produce and ventures to make it sustainable and also the income from the sale of produce generated by the beneficiaries goes back to be distributed to the differently abled.

The project also helps identify the hidden talents of the individual and provides them with an opportunity to make use of its creativity under the guidance and supervision of instructors skilled in art and handcrafting and also helps prepare the differently abled persons for a life of dignity by bringing out their latent talents. This also supports individuals of many varying disabilities such as deafness, downsyndrome, bilateral polio, short stature and leg amputations. At the Vocational Training Center the differently abled are trained and encouraged to bring out their creativity by helping them produce items such as pillows, pillowcases, bed sheets, cushions, cushion covers, cloth carpets, christmas decorations, cards, new year cards, birthday cards, thanking cards, envelops, dispensing envelops, recycled bags, news paper bags, wall hangers, necklaces, bracelets, incense sticks, aprons, tea handling bags and tea pouches. We have provided them with a safe place and is designed according to their requirements. Also by providing them door step transport service we ensure their security from home to the VTC. Their health factors are also considered accordingly and medical facilities have been provided when needed. We are providing them with a glass of milk, a free mid-day meal, free medication and each associate has a separate medical checkup file.

This project is to improve the quality of life of those persons and to make the differently able equally able.


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Contact Us

Kenilworth Estate
Ginigathena, Sri Lanka
+94 (0) 51- 4923379 (Office)
+94 (0) 51- 4922449 (Factory)
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