Agarapatana Plantations


Presently, Sri Lanka has established itself as the world’s second largest tea exporter in terms of USD revenues in 2021, and Ceylon Tea holds an esteemed position among tea connoisseurs worldwide. At Agrapatana Plantations Limited, we take immense pride in our contribution to this illustrious and historically significant industry, which continues to flourish despite numerous challenges.

As we reflect upon the extraordinary journey of Ceylon Tea, from its humble origins to its current global eminence, we remain resolute in our commitment to safeguard and propel this rich legacy forward. Agarapatana Plantations Limited embraces the complexities of the modern era while remaining deeply rooted in our heritage.

With our dedicated workforce and the ingrained resilience within us, both as a business and as a prominent participant in this pioneering art, we hold unwavering confidence that the future holds limitless opportunities for Ceylon Tea.

Our company owns plantations situated in the Agras Valley and Uva regions of Sri Lanka. Among our notable properties is the historic Dambatenne Estate, located in the Badulla district of the Uva province, spanning an elevation range from 1509m to 1936m above sea level. Dambatenne is intricately intertwined with the history of Ceylon Tea. It played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Lipton Tea Empire and, consequently, in shaping the enduring legacy of Ceylon Tea when Sir Thomas Lipton acquired the estate in the 1890s and retained ownership until his passing off in the early 1930s. Teas from Dambatenne continue to be highly sought after under the distinguished “Bandara Eliya” garden mark, evoking the same allure as in the days of Sir Thomas Lipton.

Corporate Information

Date of Incorporation: 22 June 1992

Legal Form of the Company: Incorporated in Sri Lanka under the provisions of the Companies Act No. 17 of 1982 as a limited liability company and re-registered on 26 February 2009 under the provisions of the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007

Authority of Incorporation: Registrar General of Companies (ROC), Colombo

Company Registration Number: PB 899

Vision & Mission

Our Vision
To be the foremost producer of High-Quality Tea in full conformity with desired quality requirements
Our Mission
To produce the highest quality Tea whilst protecting and preserving the environment and safeguarding the interest of the community with whom we work, improving our asset base, developing our employee base and providing value to our shareholders.

Our Business Objectives

To lead the way in the technical and innovative development of the Tea industry and operate with responsibility towards society and the community.

Our Core Values




Location: Agarapatana Plantations Limited
53 1/1, Sir Baron Jayathilaka Mawatha, Colombo 01

Company Secretaries: Corporate Managers & Secretaries (Pvt) Ltd

Auditors to the Company: Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants

Bankers to the Company:

Bank of Ceylon
Hatton National Bank PLC
Nations Trust Bank PLC
Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC
Sampath Bank PLC

Board of Directors

S.D. R. Arudpragasam – Chairman

Non-Executive Director

C. P. R. Perera – Deputy Chairman

Independent Non-Executive Director

D.R. Madena – Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director

S. S. Poholiyadde

Executive Director

M. Kowdu K. Mohideen

Executive Director

Anushman Rajaratnam

Non-Executive Director

P. M. A. Sirimane

Independent Non-Executive Director

G. K. B. Dasanayaka

Independent Non-Executive Director

A. M. de S. Jayaratne

Independent Non-Executive Director

Key Milestones achieved


Since 2019, all factories and gardens within the company have been certified by the Rainforest Alliance, except for Glenanore and Gonamotawa, which primarily engage in the manufacturing of Bought Leaf sourced from Small Holders.


Starting from 2019, all factories have obtained ISO 22000:2018 certification.


Uva Region is currently selling above the elevation since the Financial Year 2022.


As confirmed by the Sri Lanka Tea Board, APL has risen to the impressive rank of No. 5 in the High Grown category among all Regional Plantation Companies, based on the cumulative average price as of December 2022.


According to confirmation from the Sri Lanka Tea Board, as of December 2022, APL has achieved the remarkable position of No. 1 in terms of tea volume sold at the Colombo Tea Auctions among Regional Plantation Companies in the High Grown Category.


The current financial year, 2022/23, has seen the group achieve its highest recorded profitability to date, reaching LKR 1.9 billion as of December 31, 2022.


Successful implementation of mechanical harvesting took place in 2020/21, with the company having mechanized harvesting cover approximately 22% of the total extent as of December 31, 2022. The company aims to increase this efficiency to the optimal level of 30% during the financial year 2023/24.


As part of the company’s Renewable Energy strategy, Waverly Power (Pvt) Ltd was acquired in September 2022. Waverly Power operates as a mini-hydro power plant, supplying electricity to the National Grid of the Ceylon Electricity Board.

Estate Properties

Estate Extent (ha) No of Workers
Agras valley Region
Albion 585.00 651
Balmoral 423.50 441
Diyagama East 497.06 368
Diyagama West 858.29 759
Glasgow 409.50 375
Hauteville 574.00 614
Holmwood 254.89 214
New Portmore 226.39 153
Sandringham 218.00 280
Torrington 414.10 314
Waverley 445.25 418
Sub Total 4,905.98 4,587
Haputale Region
Beauvais 357.18 267
Dambatenne 872.45 665
Glenannore 552.05 343
Gonamotava 267.00 251
Haputale 941.98 513
Kahagalla 400.93 288
Nayabedde 498.70 467
Pitaratmalie 667.78 417
Udaveria 715.13 103
Sub Total 5,273.20 3,314
Company Total 10,179.18 7,901

Awards & Accreditations

We take great pride in the recognition and certifications we have obtained, which underscore our dedication to product responsibility, food safety, and sustainable practices.

By implementing and upholding the Food Safety Management System (ISO 22000:2018 & HACCP 9001:2015) across all our tea processing centers, we ensure that every step of our tea production, from planting to harvesting, processing, and distribution, adheres to stringent food safety and quality standards. This commitment guarantees that our customers receive a product that meets the highest levels of safety and excellence.

Furthermore, our Rainforest Alliance farm certification is a testament to our ongoing journey towards sustainability. This certification covers all our tea gardens and serves as tangible proof of our efforts to operate in an environmentally conscious and socially responsible manner. It showcases our commitment to protecting the environment, preserving biodiversity, and prioritizing the health and safety of our workers.

Driven by these certifications and guided by our commitment to producing a superior product, we unwaveringly uphold the highest standards of agricultural practices. This not only ensures the quality of our tea but also contributes to the protection of the environment and the promotion of worker health and safety. By adhering to sustainable agricultural standards throughout our plantations, we strive to leave a positive impact on the communities and ecosystems where we operate in.

Salient Strengths and Competitive Edge

Within the magnificent Dambatenne Estate, an iconic spot known as “Lipton’s Seat” stands proudly, perched on the edge of a sheer descent that stretches nearly 1524m (5,000 ft). Offering a breathtaking 360-degree view, this spot holds a cherished memento of a bygone era—the very seat where Sir Thomas Lipton himself once marveled at the scenery that unfolded before him.

The tea produced at Dambatenne by Sir Thomas Lipton was not only enjoyed by esteemed royal guests who visited his estate bungalow but continues to be part of a longstanding association. Even today, Unilever, the custodian of the Lipton brand, purchases tea from the Dambatenne Tea Factory. This tea, known by the prestigious “Bandara Eliya” garden mark, is carefully selected and sent to the Colombo Tea Auction. It remains an essential ingredient in the artful blends of Lipton Tea, ensuring that the legacy and excellence of Dambatenne’s tea persist in every sip.

Agrapatana Plantations Limited proudly owns 11 prime tea estates in the prestigious Agras Valley, often referred to as the “Golden Valley” of Ceylon Tea. These prime properties stretch from the eastern boundary of Lindula in the Nuwara Eliya District to the foothills of the remarkable Horton Plains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated at altitudes ranging from approximately 1372m (4,500ft) to over 1829m (6,000 ft) above sea level, these estates benefit from the region’s ideal climatic conditions, characterized by two monsoons and a cold climate perfect for producing high-quality Western High Grown tea.

Noteworthy tea estates such as Diyagama East, Diyagama West, Hauteville, Glasgow, Albion, and Balmoral can be found in the Agras Valley. Balmoral, renowned for its high-quality produce, is situated at the western end of the valley and is known by the distinguished “Clydesdale” mark. Additionally, the Agras Valley boasts two hydro power projects—one at Diyagama West and the other at Waverly—which further contribute to the region’s advantages.

Tourism is anticipated to play a significant role in the development and progress of the Agras Valley. The initiation of the 300km “Pekoe Trail” will take hikers through Sandringham Estate, adjacent to Diyagama, along Diyagama East Estate, all the way to the Horton Plains. Efforts are underway, with the collaboration of the Wildlife Department and the private sector, to reopen the entrance to the Horton Plains sanctuary at the top end of Diyagama East Estate. This will facilitate trekkers and limited vehicles to explore the area, including the second and third highest mountains in Sri Lanka, Kirigalpotta and Thotupola, within the Horton Plains reserve.

The proximity of our estates to fascinating attractions such as World’s End, Devil’s Staircase, Bambarakanda Falls, and Lipton’s Seat adds an extra layer of allure for visitors. To leverage this potential, we are actively exploring avenues for value addition through tourism. As tea tourism represents a niche we are eager to embrace, envisioning a harmonious fusion of Ceylon Tea’s rich heritage with the breathtaking natural beauty of our island, our plans include renovating our bungalows and creating chalets to enhance the visitor experience.

Agarapatana Plantations Limited has strategically embraced innovation by implementing mechanization as a vital solution to address the scarcity of plantation labor. Since privatization in 1992, our workforce has significantly reduced from 21,000 to 9,000. Recognizing the need for progress, we have formed a team of innovators who drive the advancement of mechanization. Currently, approximately 22% of our fields are harvested by machines, and we aim to increase this number to 30% by the end of the current season. The benefits of mechanization extend beyond efficiency and productivity gains, allowing us to cultivate areas that were previously inaccessible. We remain committed to this path, ensuring that our workforce receives the necessary training and upskilling to adapt to this modern era.

Looking ahead, we are enthusiastic about the emerging opportunities for Agarapatana Plantations Limited.


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