The relaxed pace of these tours allow you to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the country, whilst staying at the very best in terms of accommodation Sri Lanka has to offer in the tea plantation areas. Your holiday has been designed to provide you with an insight into the Ceylon Tea experience, with an introduction to the process of Tea Manufacture and the different flavours produced in Sri Lanka. Accompanied by an expert on a " field round" on the plantation, you will be briefed on the finer aspects of managing the tea bush to achieve a good standard of green leaf for harvest, and participate in the plucking of tea.
You will then visit a Tea Factory to be guided through the process of the weighing, spreading and the withering of the harvested leaf, followed by the process of manufacture - rolling/ fermenting/ firing (drying)/ sifting, grading and packaging.
The highlight of this experience will be the final tea tasting and evaluation session, rounded off with a briefing on the history of tea and the various buying preferences globally.
Ayubowan! A warm welcome to our Island Nation!!!
On arrival at the Colombo Airport you will meet your guide and be taken to one of the oldest and a beautifully restored colonial hotel in Colombo (1 hours drive).
Depending on the day you arrive, visit the Colombo Tea Auctions. Explore the city and visit its highlights.
A sundowner on the terrace at the Galle Face Hotel is memorable.
Overnight at the Galle Face Hotel
Head south on the Southern Expressway to the historic city of Galle. Look out for the rubber, cinnamon and low country tea plantations bordering the expressway. Visit Handunugoda Estate your first stop on this experiental journey and taste the low country teas. An expert will walk you through this tour.
Continue on to the city of Galle and check-in to your hotel located within the ramparts of the Galle Fort. Explore its quaint streets and the maritime museum.
The Port city of Galle has grown from its ancient origins into Sri Lanka's 5th largest city, but it differs from the rest in terms of character & atmosphere. Its sea front gives it a languid air. At the heart of the city - but strangely detached from it - lies the Old Dutch Quarter known as the Fort. Dutch administrators and those in their service lived within the Fort protected by its city walls and the ramparts by the sea. Its entrance, a massive archway gives it a medieval air and appears magically time warped, with its red tiled Dutch period villas, their open verandahs facing the narrow streets, bearing names like Church Street, Leyban Street and such like.
A well-preserved townscape with a number of imposing churches, Dutch period storehouses, a courthouse and a lighthouse jutting out to sea, it has lasted through the centuries. A stroll on its lengthy ramparts overlooking a natural harbour at sunset is a must. Other places to visit include a marine museum, the St. Mary’s Church and thoughtfully restored Amangalle, a historic luxury hotel.
Life moves at an easy pace within the Fort. Visitors may relax at any of its several arty restaurants and watering holes.
The Galle Literary Festival is a much sought after annual event that has secured its place on the cultural calendar." The Festival throws, people, cultures, hot ideas, hot food, laughter, poetry and arrack together in a beautiful country. Pointless to resist," Sebstian Faulks a participant had this to say of the event. Outside the Fort, Galle has a cricket stadium and a string of resort hotels along its coast; a favourite for visitors, has been the beautiful stretch at Unawatuna beach.
Evening at leisure and overnight at the Galle Fort Hotel
Head north towards Bandarawela, a scenic drive through Sri Lanka’s rural countryside. You will notice the change in the landscape and feel the air getting cooler as you wind your way up the hills.
Check-in at Kirchchayn Bungalow – an original tea planter’s residence with a beautiful garden, full of charm and modern conveniences.
Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight in Bandarawela
After a leisurely breakfast explore this interesting region starting with a visit to a tea factory and taste the ‘Uva Teas’ produced in this region.
You may then choose from a visit to the mist shrouded Lipton’s Seat with its stunning views, where Sir Thomas Lipton is said to have surveyed his burgeoning empire from this spot, the beautiful waterfalls in the area or the historic temples dating back to the 4th century.
Evening at leisure and overnight at Kirchachayn in Bandarawela.
Today we recommend you take the train from Bandarawela to Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya station – ½ an hour). It is one of the most scenic train rides in the country that passes through the Pattipola station – the highest railway station in Sri Lanka (elevation of 6,225 ft.)
Your vehicle will collect you from the station. Take a tour of Nuwara Eliya town before you proceed to check-in to your hotel.
Perched high up in the hills, nearly a mile above sea level, Nuwara Eliya at 1869 meters, sits like a sentinel overlooking tea country on all sides. Piduruthalagala, Sri Lanka's tallest peak is only a short way away.
A replica of English country towns with their lush greenery and profusion of gorgeous flora, Nuwara Eliya is touted as "Little England" with its Victorian houses, a colourful park, golf coarse, Lake Gregory, a racecourse and Hakkgala Gardens. A number of hotels including colonial structures like the Hill Club and the Grand Hotel which lives up to its name to this day, a uniquely converted tea factory hotel, with amazing attention to detail built among tea gardens only hours away from the town, and several holiday homes make this a popular holiday resort.
The climate is cool throughout the year with an annual average temperature of a chilly 15.9C and nearly 2,000 mm of rain, alternated by days of bright sunshine.
The British established Nuwra Eliya in the 19th Century, to cater to the Europeans settled in Sri Lanka, to whom it came to be home away from home if only for short spells. However it grew to be Sri Lanka's foremost holiday resort with the town coming alive in April. A weeklong calendar of events, including horse and motor races, are its biggest attraction.
Holidaymakers in droves converge on Nuwara Eliya in season.
Hindu pilgrims from around the world visit the Hanuman and Seetha Amman Temples based on the Ramayana epic of Rama & Seetha.
Evening at leisure and overnight at the Tea Factory.
Indulge in the beautifully laid out breakfast buffet bound to please every palette, followed by a walk through the lush green tea fields. You will encounter the friendly plantation workers. Perhaps you may want to join them at plucking!
Visit the iconic Grand Hotel and the Hill Club, or perhaps a round of golf before you proceed on to Dickoya and check-in at the Tea Trails. (Approx. 2 Hrs drive)
Evening at leisure with drinks on the verandah watching the sunset overlooking the beautifully manicured lawns of the bungalow.
Overnight at the Tea Trails
Spend the day at leisure or exploring the surrounding area!
Be pampered with a spa treatment!
Overnight at the Tea Trails
Continue with your journey on to Kandy, the Capital of the Hill Country. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens en route before you check-in to your hotel.
is the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka, locally referred to as “Nuwara” meaning The Great City, the most scenic ancient city in the country and the only city that borders a natural reserve – the Udawatte Kele famous for its avifauna.
Dalada Maligawa as its known locally or The Temple of the Tooth is one of the most sacred & famous Buddhist sites, not just in Sri Lanka but also in the religion worldwide. The spectacular 17th century temple took nearly a hundred years to construct from 1687 to 1782 and houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Rituals are performed daily at 04:30, 10:30 and 6:30 p.m. The sacred square and old city centre within the temple complex contain the four shrines of the Gods Vishnu, Natha, Kataragama and the Goddess Pattini and many historical buildings and museums.
The temple is host to one of Asia’s most celebrated festivals, The "Esala" procession, held during the month of July/August around the Full Moon. The casket of the tooth relic is paraded through the streets on the back of a tusked elephant in a grand procession followed by several traditional dancers, drummers and torch bearers accompanied by over a hundred beautifully costumed elephants.
Nestled in the highlands, not only does its rich historical significance make “Nuwara” a popular tourist destination, but also the many shops displaying precious and semi-precious stones, skillfully crafted jewelry, handicrafts, colorful batiks and silks, and local food add unforgettable flavor to this beautiful city.
Evening at leisure and overnight at the Mountbatten Bungalow.
After a leisurely breakfast, embark on your final lap to Negombo. Take a tour of the city’s highlights and gain an insight into its local life before proceeding onto the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a visit guaranteed not to disappoint.
Not far from the International Airport 5 kms away along the coast, lies Negombo, a seemingly laid back town crisscrossed by canals. Aptly nicknamed 'Little Rome’ for the several ornate Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches to be seen here. The town has a frequent festive feel to it with the many churches celebrating their respective Feasts. A major beach resort, Negombo is home to a small port based on its centuries-old fishing industry. It still retains its quaint, tranquil air despite the stir of a busy town. Soak up the atmosphere with a stroll down Beach Road and imbibe the atmosphere created by its trendy cafes and bars.
Check-in to your hotel in Negombo and spend the evening at leisure.
Depending on your time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.