Kenilworth Overview

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:

Few Past Managers’ Detail

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


Medium grown



Total Population






Contact Details


+94 (0) 51- 4923379 (Office)

+94 (0) 51- 4922449 (Factory)


Kenilworth Estate

Ginigathena, Sri Lanka


Western medium/ Leafy/ Semi Leafy

Leaf Appearance – Blacker, Well Twisted, cleaner and neater

Infusion – Coppery Bright


Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP)

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)

Fair Trade

Rainforest Alliance

CQC 2 Star


Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) Certification

Society General Surveilance (SGS)