I'm not a particularly big tea drinker but I was curious to see a plantation and my girlfriend really wanted to buy some good Ceylon teas whilst we were visiting. It is quite a way from the main roads, but when we arrived we were met by a guide (Xavier) who first showed us the various tea leaves and rubber trees, before taking us up to a bungalow on the hill, where we were served some cake and a cup of their own tea.
Following this we walked down to the factory buildings, where we saw the entire process from drying the fresh leaves to bagging the finished products for shipping. At no point was money/tipping mentioned, which was a refreshing change from other attractions we had been to in Sri Lanka. When the factory tour was over it was suggested that we have a look in the shop, where we could buy the different varieties of teas they produce. All the different flavours were laid out for you to try, and we left with a few boxes of not inexpensive (about the same price as good quality tea in a US/European supermarket) teas. Others who didn't wish to buy anything were allowed to leave without hassle.
All in all it's well worth a visit. It is an interesting and well explained tour of the tea making process, and it was nice to be allowed to wander at your leisure without being given a hard sell. Plus, if you like tea, they have an endless list of varieties and all of it produced on the estate.