Be a tea plucker for a day!

They are the heart of Ceylon Tea. The tea plucker’s life is a simple one. They are hardworking and are physically fit. With a keen eye and deft fingers, they snip the leaves that make for a refreshing cuppa.
Be a tea plucker for a day
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Be a tea plucker for a day
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By Time Out editors |

If you head to the hills or the tea fields in the south, take up the challenge to be a tea plucker for a day. You’ll receive a rare perspective...

Wake up!
Rise before the sun. Breakfast and lunch are prepared and packed. Children are sent to school. And then off to the fields they go.

Dress for the job
Wear loose fitting airy clothes and cover your head to protect from the cold and afternoon sun. Fix your basket on your back, make sure it’s firmly on. 

Snip snip...
With your fingers pluck the tender two leaves and a bud that is not mature or not too young. Clench them in your palm with care not to crush. Toss the leaves into the basket. The ideal leaves produce the best aroma. Skilled pluckers use both hands and are quicker than your eye. 

Breakfast break
Sit by the slopes and enjoy breakfast amidst a mesmeric view of the tea fields.

Take up the challenge!
The hours are long as you snip all day to collect a sack weighing 18 kilograms. That’s your goal for the day. Can you do it?

Weights and scales
It’s the decisive point! The sack of tea leaves is taken to the collection point. The crushed unusable leaves are sorted out. The tea is then weighed and given to the factories.

All in a day’s work
It’s time to head home as the sky dims. Your feet might be tired and your hands stiff. But your body is invigorated by the day long workout. As you hit the pillow, it will be a good night’s sleep. There’s no wonder why tea pluckers are so fit!. 

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