Ouvakelle Overview

Situated in the Central Province of Nuwara-Eliya District to the furthest hilly forest range to the east, is Ouvahkellie Estate which also boarders Ambewela, which extents upto the Horton Plains Forest reserves.This Property was purchased by Mr.Goe.Smith in 1871 – 1872 in Jungle and was subsequently planted in Coffee and Chinchona. Tea in this Estate was first planted in the Year of 1880 and this Estate was for the first time absorbed into a Company in the Year 1895. The present Bungalow was built in 1907 and thereafter this Estate was bought over by Glasgow Estates Co.,Limited in1954 and was again vested under the Land Reform Commission on 15th October,1975. Thereafter it was acquired by Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation on 15th March,1976 and it was again deamalgamated on 1st February,1978 and was clusterised under the Janatha Estates Development Board (J27) on 1st October,1989. Subesequently it was declusterised and was acquired by the Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation on 1st May,1990. Finally this Estate was privatised under Watawala Plantations Limited on 18th June,1992 and was Managed by Lankem. Subsequently taken over by Hatton Plantations PLC.

Few Past Managers’ Detail

Name From To
Mr. G.R. Radhakrishnan 1978 1981
Mr. S.T. Gunatilleke 1981 1981
Mr. D.M. Chandrasekera 1981 1983
Mr. G. Gunawardena 1983 1984
Mr. K. Sivalingam 1984 1990
Mr. A.A.S.W. Herath 1990 1992
Mr. J.G.G. Swaris 1992 1994
Mr. R. Edwawrds 1994 1995
Mr. M.W. Newman 1995 1997
Mr. T.R. Tissera 1997 1998
Mr. S.P. Egodage 1998 2002
Mr. E.N. Weerakoon 2002 2003
Mr. U.A. Karunanayake 2003 2005
Mr. S.D. Pannilaratne 2005 2005
Mr. K.B. Medawala 2005 2006
Mr. P. Kumaran 2006 2008
Mr. H.P.T. Hulangamuwa 2008 2015
Mr. A. Jayaram 2015 2016
Mr. H.M.P.K. Sunilratne 2016 2018
Mr. D.H.K. Sumanaratne 2018 2019
Mr. H.C. Wijesinghe 2019 To date

General Facts

Region

Temperature

20-25˚C

Total Population

1350

Elevation

1615m

Rainfall

1648 to 1968 mm

Contact Details

Telephone

+94 (0) 51-4922180 (Office)

Email

Ouvahkelle@sunshineholdings.lk

Location

Ouvahkelle Estate

Lindula, Sri Lanka

Characteristics

Refuse Tea Processing

Certifications

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP)

Rainforest Alliance