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SRI LANKA

SRI LANKA: TALE OF TWO CITIES & THE TEA TRAILS

Explore Some of the Historic Highlights of Sri Lanka and Learn All About the Iconic Ceylon Tea Industry. Enjoy History, Culture and Beautiful Landscapes on This Island Paradise.
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Sri Lanka: Tale of Two Cities & the Tea Trails


Sri Lanka promises scenic views, a friendly welcome, delicious cuisine and incredibly rich history; on this tour we’ve hand-picked some of the best highlights of this island nation. Explore Colombo and Kandy, two of Sri Lanka’s most important and vibrant cities, and learn more about the fascinating tea traditions in Hatton.

Learn about the country’s fascinating history in Colombo, on a city walk that explores the Sri Lankan identity and colonial heritage still present here. Then head to Kandy, where you will discover thousands of years of history and explore beautiful sights and the sacred Temple of the Tooth site. Travel to Hatton, home to breath-taking landscapes and the centre of Sri Lanka’s thriving tea trade. Visit a tea plantation and learn all about the amazing process that goes into making your morning cuppa! Before you head home, spend a day relaxing in luxurious surroundings in Minuwangoda, making the most of Sri Lanka’s natural beauty.

Our tours can be tailored to meet your requirements, or our team can create a bespoke Sri Lanka holiday especially for you. Read our tour for inspiration, and give our Destination Experts a call to start planning the holiday of a lifetime.

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Itinerary


Day 1 - UK - Colombo
Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by your Western and Oriental Travel Representative and transfer to your hotel in Colombo (approximately 1 hour transfer). Accommodation: Maniumpathy, Colombo
Day 2 - Colombo
Today take part in a personalized city walk, learning about the history and culture of this fascinating city. Learn about the Portuguese, Dutch and English colonial heritage here, and soak in the incredible Sri Lankan culture. These walks usually last between three and four hours, allowing plenty of time for rest stops and of course many fantastic photo opportunities. Accommodation: Maniumpathy, Colombo
Day 3 - Colombo - Kandy
After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Kandy (approximately 3 hours). This evening you will have the opportunity to visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth, one of the most important Buddhist shrines. As this is a religious site, we recommend light clothing with sleeves, and trousers and skirts below knee-length. Footwear should be removed before entering the temple.
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Day 4 - Kandy - Dambulla
Your transfer from Kandy to Dambulla will take approximately 2.5 hours. Today you will visit the Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 1st century BC. The cave complex features an array of incredible statues, inscriptions and paintings.
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Day 5 - Royal Botanical Gardens
Located southwest of the centre of Kandy in Peradeniya, these magnificent gardens are spread over 147 acres of land that contain over 4,000 different species of flora. Don’t miss the Giant Bamboo, or the Javan fig tree, which is more than a century old. Another highlight is the cannonball tree, so named for its round fruit, and the distinctive double-coconut palm. At the centre of the gardens find a lake shaped like Sri Lanka.
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Day 6 - Kandy - Hatton
Today you will be transferred by train from Kandy or Peardeniya to Hatton (approximately 2 hours followed by a 30-60 minute drive depending on the bungalow). Check-in to your Bungalow and spend the rest of the day exploring the area. Hatton is a beautiful town that is very important to the world-renowned Ceylon tea industry. Enjoy the breath-taking hilltop views and sweeping vistas of tea plantations. 
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Day 7 - Tea plantation
Today you will visit a Tea Plantation and Tea Factory. Learn all about the tea-making process and get first-hand experience of how Ceylon tea is produced. Taste fresh tea and enjoy the spectacular views over the tea fields. 
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Day 8 - Hatton
Today is free to explore Hatton at your leisure. Perhaps spend more time exploring the local tea trade, or head to Adam’s Peak – a towering and sacred pilgrimage site. Nearby, find the breath-taking Castlereagh Reservoir and the picturesque Warleigh Church.
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Day 9 - Hatton – Minuwangoda
Travel from Hatton to Minuwangoda (approximately 3 hours). Your accommodation for the night, The Wallawwa is a boutique hotel set in beautifully manicured gardens. Enjoy one of the relaxing treatments on offer at the Z Spa, perfect for unwinding after your tour of the island. 
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Day 10 - Sri Lanka - UK
Today proceed to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Pricing  


Cost Includes

 

Accommodation:

Maniumpathy, Colombo: Ultra-room on Bed & Breakfast Basis: 02 nights

Kandy House, Kandy: Ultra-room on Bed & Breakfast Basis: 03 nights

Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton: Luxury room on All Inclusive Basis: 03 nights

The Wallawwa, Minuwangoda: Garden Suite on Bed & Breakfast Basis: 01 night

 

Flights:

Economy class flights from UK airports

 

Transportation:

Exclusive Services of an English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide from pick up at the Airport to drop off at the Airport.

Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle.

 

Excursions: 

City Tour in Colombo (Mark Forbes) Royal Botanical Gardens

Dambulla Cave Temples Tea Factory & Tea Plantation

Temple of the Tooth

City Tour in Kandy

* All applicable government taxes/levies.

 

 

Cost Excludes

 

Any optional excursions mentioned in the itinerary (and not mentioned in the above excursion summary)

Accommodation and transportation not mentioned in the above itinerary

Use of vehicle and chauffeur guide while on leisure/beach stay

Tips of a personal nature and other incidental expenses

Camera charges, etc.

Porterage

Visa fees

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