Highlights & Features
Visit a tobacco processing factory near Negombo and follow the journey of leaves from their arrival to preservation, cutting, wrapping and packaging for export.
In Katunayake, there is a free trade zone designed to benefit the country’s economy and local people. Alongside textile and apparel manufacturers (largest export), a different type of leaf processing than that of Ceylon Tea can be found. Tobacco from all over the world arrives here to be processed by 2,000 expert staff, trained for 4-6 months and aided by new technologies. Though the company itself has operated in Sri Lanka for 30 years, the factory you will visit is only a few years old and boasts the largest cold room in Sri Lanka! The tour almost feels theatrical as you travel through chambers via huge doors that reveal the next step.