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.
On arrival at the Colombo Airport you will meet your guide and be taken to a wonderful colonial bungalow claimed to have been, one of the private residences of Lord Louis Mountbatten (Approx. 3 Hrs drive).
On arrival at the Bandaranayake International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Kandy (Duration 4 Hrs).
Overnight at the Mountbatten Bungalow in Kandy
This morning you may visit the famous Temple of the Tooth and explore the cities highlights for a couple of hours (approx. 2 ½ hours) before you head out to Nuwara Eliya.
the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka (the last Kingdom of the Sri Lankan Kings) nestled in a valley in the Highlands and locally referred to, as "Nuwara" meaning The Great City. A picturesque town by the side of a miniature lake, the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. Visit one of the only natural reserves within city limits, the beautiful Udawatta Kele famous for its avifauna.
The Dalada Maligawa, The Temple of the Tooth one of the most sacred & famous Buddhist sites, not just in Sri Lanka but also in the religion worldwide, 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 temple took nearly a hundred years to construct from 1687 to 1782 and houses the sacred tooth 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 pageant features over a 100 elephants in elaborate and colourful dress, accompanied by traditional dancers, drummers and torchbearers.
A hive of activity during the day with shops displaying, handicrafts, colorful batiks in cotton and local silk, antique & skillfully crafted jewelry, semi precious and precious stones, it quietens down at dusk. Add flavor to your visit by trying out the local cuisine! Don’t forget to sample the 'short eats’ (snacks) as its popularly known.
The next two nights will be spent in Nuwara Eliya. Drive along the winding roads through Sri Lanka’s mountainous interior, heading towards a unique hotel in the hills. Experience the fresh mountain air as your journey takes you through stunning vistas of lush green mountains covered in tea plantations with its scattered roaring streams and picturesque waterfalls.
Stop at a Tea Factory! Inhale the smell of the fresh tea being manufactured as you take a tour of the factory! Sip a cup of fresh high grown tea before you continue on your journey through the rolling tea plantations.
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.
Check-in to The Tea Factory! Evening at leisure and overnight in Nuwara Eliya
Yes, you will stay in a converted tea factory! Delve into Sri Lanka’s rich heritage for an up close and personal experience of everything that is tea! From the stunning vistas of the tea plantations from your window to the old machinery that once worked the factory! Visit a tea factory and learn about the cultivation of tea – one of Sri Lanka’s most famous exports, and enjoy tastings to appreciate the difference in strength and flavor of the leaves.
Take a leisurely stroll through the mist covered plantation and join the tea pluckers on the field followed by a tea tasting session with an expert who will walk you through the process. Take home a special selection of tea as a souvenir of your journey.
Rest of the day at leisure to explore the region
Overnight at the Tea factory
After a leisurely breakfast, drive down to Colombo (4 hours)
Depending on the day you spend in Colombo we will arrange for you to visit the Tea Auctions!
Overnight in a colonial hotel in Colombo
Depending on your time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.