The majestic compartment of yester years, TCK 6685 is most probably the last of the compartments of the glorious past. The refurbished to its former glory, carriage TCK 6685 is a fine dining restaurant consisting of only 16 covers, a dining experience limited to a few on wheels at the highest elevation in Sri Lanka.
Hethersett Tea Factory which is now the Heritance Tea Factory was the highest located tea factory in Sri Lanka and Kandapola railway station was the highest located railway station in the country served by the Ceylon Government Railway when it was first commissioned in 1903.
Tea and railway went hand in hand in this region in the first part of the last century as tea was transported via the railway. Vestiges of the line still remain in a stout iron railway bridge near the race-course, the railway station at Nuwara Eliya and the stops at Brookside and Ragala now converted into shops.
At the Heritance Tea Factory TCK 6685 restaurant, the menu is a fusion of Western class and eastern aromas complimented with a variety of vegetables and herbs grown on the slopes of Kandapola village emphasizing on freshness and on quality. The six course menu is served elegantly by white -gloved railway guard.
The HeritanceTea Factory has been recognized by the Britain’s leading newspapers ‘Sunday Times’ as one of the 100 best places to stay in the world and ‘The Independent’ selected The Tea Factory as one of the 5 best factory hotels in the world. The Heritance Tea Factory mission is to enable guests to experience a unique interaction with nature and the tea culture, while leaving a minimum impact on the environment.
Media Release – 18 August 2010