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From Kandy: Nuwara Eliya by Train

1. From Kandy: Nuwara Eliya by Train

Start your tour at 7:30 AM from your hotel in Kandy, where you will be picked up by your chauffeur. You will be taken you to the Kandy or Peradeniya railway station at approximately 8:00 AM, depending on respective availability.  The train departs at approximately 8:30 AM. Enjoy a scenic ride of about 3 hours through some of the most beautiful highland countryside areas in Sri Lanka. See the vast green hills of the tea plantations and spot the picturesque villages with misty mountain backdrops. Enjoy the amazing sights of intimidating mountains, deep and dark woodlands, and magnificent waterfalls as they go by your window.  Arrive at Nanuoya at 12:15 PM where your guide will meet you at the station, which has been serving Nuwara Eliya for over a century. After you stretch your legs a little, your guide will take you to Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy the thrilling half-hour drive up the winding road. Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas, and beautiful mansions. Thereafter at approximately 13:30 PM, enjoy lunch at a restaurant of your choice at your own expense. Afterwards, your guide will show you the most important sights of the town, including Lake Gregory. See the timeless post office and take the opportunity to buy a few as souvenirs. Begin the journey back to Kandy by approximately 3:00 PM. Whilst en-route, visit the picturesque Ramboda Falls and the Blue Field Tea Factory where you would see where the world-famous “Ceylon Tea” is manufactured. Learn more about the history of the factory, which was founded in 1824. After this, depart at 5:00 PM to finish the return journey to Kandy, where you will be dropped back at your hotel at approximately 19:30 PM.

Sri Lanka: Five-day Multi-City Sightseeing Tour

2. Sri Lanka: Five-day Multi-City Sightseeing Tour

Explore the best of Sri Lanka with this tour to the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, rolling tea tea plantations in Ella, the chance to see wild elephants in the Udawalawe National park. Have your hotels, dinners, and breakfasts arranged for you in this fantastic tour package. Day 1Be welcomed by your guide at the Colombo International Airport where your guide will take you to your hotel in Negombo. Day 2Journey from Colombo to Sigiriya after getting your negative test results and eating a filling breakfast. Visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Relax before heading to the ancient rock fortress Sigiriya before having dinner and staying at a 4star hotel in Sigiriya. Day 3Travel to Kandy after a hearty breakfast to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic which holds the most important Buddhist relic in Sri Lanka. Take some time to unwind in your hotel before proceeding to see the amazing flora at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens. Eat dinner and stay overnight at a four star hotel in Kandy. Day 4Next, have a full breakfast before heading to Ella to walk among the lush tea plantations. Learn more about the colonial history of Sri Lanka and take in the stunning landscape views. Return to your hotel in Ella for dinner and to rest. Day 5After breakfast, drive to Udawalawe National park where you can spot elephants in their natural habitat.

Belihuloya: 2-Day Tour with Waterfall Walk and Rock Pool

3. Belihuloya: 2-Day Tour with Waterfall Walk and Rock Pool

Day 1 YOUR HOTEL / BELIHULOYA 07:30 You will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo or other selected cities ( see the departure point) and driven approximately 4 hours to reach Belihuloya. Dinner and overnight Stay at Tree House Chalets. Day 2 06:00 Wake up early in the morning and experience the sunshine over the mountains whilst discovering the wonder of nature surrounded by the hotel. 07:30 Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel restaurant. 09:00 Following breakfast, your guide will take you through another memorable walking trail to a waterfall in the property premises. Tranquil dip in this natural rock pool. No harsh chemicals, just you, pure mountain water and natural stone. This is a marvelous creation of nature! (Involves a somewhat adventurous, challenging short climb walks). 11:30 Arrive back at the hotel and get refreshed before leaving back to your drop off location. (We will arrange free drop off to your next destination. Please see the inclusions section for details)

Sri Lanka: 7-day Island Highlights Tour

4. Sri Lanka: 7-day Island Highlights Tour

Day 1 Meet your driver and proceed to your hotel in Dambulla. See the Dambulla Golden Cave Temple along the way. Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla. Day 2 After a leisurely breakfast, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Polonnaruwa historical city. Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla. Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast, leave for Kandy. Visit a spice garden along the way. After arrival in Kandy, enjoy a sightseeing tour and visit the Tooth Relic Temple and Royal Botanical Garden. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy. Day 4 After an early morning breakfast, head to the Kandy Railway Station and board the train for Nuwara Eliya. Stop to visit a tea plantation along the way. Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya. Day 5 After the breakfast, head for Yala. Visit a waterfall and the Sita Temple along the way. After arriving in Yala, enjoy an afternoon safari. Dinner and overnight stay in Yala. Day 6 After the breakfast, leave for Bentota. Visit Galle Fort, the Madu River estuary, and  the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre along the way. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalutara/Bentota. Day 7 After the breakfast leave for Colombo. Your driver will drop you off at your hotel or the airport after your Colombo sightseeing tour.

Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

5. Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

Immerse yourself in the nature of South Asia and embark on a glamping adventure at the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala. Upon arrival at Tissamarama, check into your luxurious campsite and get acquainted with the onsite amenities. Spend some time to relax, savor a delicious lunch at the campsite’s main restaurant or at one of the many outdoor locations. Venture out into the wilderness on a game drive to explore the natural landscapes of Sri Lanka. Keep an eye out as you look for leopards in their natural habitat. Afterward, head back to camp and freshen up before drinks, appetizers, and a delicious meal around the campfire. Wake up to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, leave the campsite, and trek through thick bushes with pathway access to a wonderful lake that offers breathtaking views and bird watching opportunities. Encounter elephants, deer, palm squirrels, wild boar, both endemic and migratory birds, butterflies, and land monitors slithering around the lake. Listen to singing birds while you eat breakfast by a private lake. Return to camp for lunch before heading out on a game drive at Bundala National Park which harbors a rich birdlife, including several species of migratory waterfowl. Take an alfresco shower followed by drinks and appetizers around the campfire before tucking into a BBQ meal. Leave for a morning game drive before breakfast. After a refreshing breakfast, check out and return to your hotel.

3-Day Guided Trip to Sigiriya & Kandy Ella Udawalawe

6. 3-Day Guided Trip to Sigiriya & Kandy Ella Udawalawe

Day 1 : COLOMBO – SIGIRIYA – KANDY Sigiriya Museum This decent museum has a fine diorama of the site, providing an excellent overview and explaining Sigiriya's cultural importance beyond the obvious natural beauty. The theory that Sigiriya was a Buddhist monastery is given here, although the established position that it was a palace or fortress prevails. Dambulla Cave Temple Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress Rising dramatically from the central plains, the enigmatic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa, and there are spellbinding vistas across mist-wrapped forests in the early morning. Overnight Stay at Royal Kandyan or Similar Hotel Day 2 KANDY-NUWARA ELIYA- ELLA Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja(offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth. It’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. As well as the revered main temple, the complex includes a series of smaller temples, shrines and museums. Glenloch Tea Factory Glenloch Tea Factory situated in Nuwara Eliya District at Katukithula on the way to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy. Glenloch tea plantation at Katukithula are been maintain using all the correct method of planting, Soil conversation and Maneuvering. Sri Lanka Become the bets land of most renowned beverage of the world. Sri Lanka silvering water falls process naturally the beauty of nature Ramboda Waterfall Ramboda Falls is 109 m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. Overnight Stay at Ella Gap hotel Ella City Tour – Udawalawe National Park - Colombo Little Adams Peak whether considering the word ‘Little’,it is named after the sacred Adams Peak Nine Arches Bridge The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is on the Demodara loop and spans 91 meters at a height of 24m. The beautiful nine arches make it a very picturesque spot especially as it is located in a dense jungle and agricultural setting Udawalawe National Park This park is home to several hundred elephants and other rare plants and wildlife We can arrange Drop Colombo Or Negombo or Airport or down south areas

Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

7. Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

Visit the Ramboda Falls and a Tea Factory with a guided tour through a tea estate and learn more about the varieties, processing methods and qualities of tea. Later go on a scenic tour in Nuwara Eliya City, the highland city that was the premium holiday resort town of the British in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas and beautiful mansions. Make memories in the old red-bricked post office and relax at Queen Victoria Park or on the shores of Lake Gregory. Visit the beautiful Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, with its montane grasslands and cloud forests. Enjoy the majestic views from the precipice of World's End and the cooling sprays from Baker's Falls. Catch glimpses of the many endemic fauna that make their home in the plains. Get to know more about the archaeological finds that were discovered in the area.

From Negombo or Colombo: 5-Day Central Highlands Tour

8. From Negombo or Colombo: 5-Day Central Highlands Tour

Embark on a 5-day tour of Ski Lanka from Negombo or Colombo. Enjoy 4 nights of accommodation in Colombo, Nuwara Eliya, and Kandy. Visit the World's End trail, Horton Plains National Park, Pedro Tea Estate, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and other iconic sites, with a guide and entry fees included. Day 1: Negombo or Colombo - Colombo Enjoy a free pickup service from your accommodation or airport in Negombo or Colombo. Meet your tour guide, who will drive you to Colombo. Spend the night in a three-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis.  Day 2: Colombo - Nuwara Eliya   Following breakfast, depart your hotel and drive to Nuwara Eliya (a 5-hour drive). En route, you will stop at the iconic Devon Falls waterfall, known as the veil of the Valley. Next, visit St. Clairs falls, another famous and most visited waterfall in Sri Lanka. Then in the afternoon, embark on a city tour through Nuwara Eliya. Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya is blessed with spring-like weather throughout the year.  During colonial times, it was a favorite British retreat with English country-style houses and half-timbered bungalows. Enjoy free time to get dinner before going to sleep at your accommodation.  Day 3: Colombo - Nuwara Eliya   Start your morning with a delicious breakfast before heading out to Horton Plains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage. Then, enjoy a guided walk along the nature trails to the stunning viewpoint known as World's End (a 1.5- hour drive). Visit a tea plantation in the afternoon. Try some of the best tea in the world. Did you know that Sri Lanka is the world's largest tea exporter? Yes, the highlands have the perfect climate for tea production, with more than 200,000 hectares of land. Producing 340 million kilograms of tea per year.  After your busy day, you will head back to your hotel. You have some free time to get dinner if you like or enjoy exploring your adopted city for the night. Spend the night in a three-star hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Day 4: Nuwara Eliya - Kandy Enjoy a delicious breakfast before you enjoy an action-packed day out to Kandy. Jump on the coach and take a seat. Enjoy the ride to Kandy (a 3-hour drive). Marvel at the green landscape, and be sure to snap some pictures. In the afternoon, you will take a city tour of Kandy, visiting the temple of the sacred tooth relic, upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary, and many more sites.  After your day, you can head out and explore Kandy's nightlife, catch dinner or some drinks if you like before calling it a night at your hotel. You will stay at a three-star hotel and get breakfast the following day. Day 5: Kandy - Colombo There is no itinerary planned today. Have breakfast at your accommodation and end your trip on a high. Depending on your booked option, your driver will take you to Colombo or Bandaranaike International Airport.

From Negombo: 8-Day Ramayana Themed Private Trip & Temples

9. From Negombo: 8-Day Ramayana Themed Private Trip & Temples

Day 01 You will be picked up from your hotel or the airport in the selected cities and greeted by your personal guide and take you to Colombo. Overnight stay at Ceylon City Hotel or Similar hotel on B&B basis. Day 02 You will drive to Rumassala in Galle (approx. 2 hours). It is part of the Himalaya Hill that was fallen when Mighty Hanuman was carrying it to find life-saving herbs for saving the life of both Lords Rama and Lakshmana. After this visit, you will be taken to Ussangoda (approx. 2 hours drive). It is believed that Lord Hanuman torched some parts of King Ravana’s empire and Ussanggoda is on the torched areas. Proceed to Katharagama (approx. 2 hours) and visit Kataragama shrine. It is said that God Kataragama came from India, married a Jungle Girl from Sri Lanka and lived here. Overnight at Lake Wind Resort or Similar hotel on B&B basis. Day 03 After breakfast, you will be driven to Ella (approx. 3 hours) where you can visit Ravana falls and Ravana Caves. The locals believe that King Ravana has lived in one of the caves above the waterfalls. On completion, you will be driven to Nuwara Eliya (approx. 2 hours), en-route visit Hakgala Botanical gardens and Seethai Amman Temple. Overnight at Camellia Lake Resort or Similar hotel on B&B basis. Day 04 In the morning, you will visit the Gayathri Peedam where King Ravana's son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and poojas and in return was granted super natural powers by lord Shiva. After this visit, we will drive to Kandy (approx. 3 hours) en-route visit Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple - on the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sita. Overnight at Oak ray City Hotel or Similar hotel on B&B basis. Day 05 Today you can do a city tour of Kandy including visits to Botanical Garden and Temple of Tooth Relic. Overnight at Oak ray City Hotel or Similar hotel on B&B basis. Day 06 After breakfast drive to Sigiriya. En-route visit Dambulla Cave Temple. In the afternoon, you can climb the Sigiriya rock fortress. Overnight at Sungreen Hotel or Similar hotel on B&B basis. Day 07 Today you will be driven to Munneshwaram Temple and Mannavari Temple (approx. 5 hours). Munishwaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here and Mannavari Temple is the first lingam installed and prayed by Rama and till date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Overnight at Camelot Beach Resort or Similar hotel on B&B basis. Day 08 There is no itinerary planned today. You will be driven to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo or the selected cities.

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What people are saying about Nuwara Eliya

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 13 reviews

We were about 16 hours on the road and looked at something for a maximum of 4 hours. From Bentota, this excursion is quite strenuous. In the botanical we had an hour. That's a little bit of time but it wasn't that nice either. The botanical garden in Kandy should be better. A visit to the tea factory is also superfluous. You will be told a bit about the different types of tea and how they are made. But in the end they only want to sell tea. I would have liked a little hike through the tea fields better. What is definitely worth it are the impressions in the highlands. This is really nice.

Excellent experience. Suitable with time during the train journey and during the remaining trip. Experienced a lot of old English history. The pick-up from the hotel also worked perfectly. Our guide Dushan Munasighe was absolutely excellent perfect English o also expert. Took us to all the places listed in the tour and more. Top guy

The person who drove us was very sweet and respectful. We felt very safe. We were just 3 girls traveling so he made us very comfortable and was patient. He also made the right stops for lunch etc. Overall I would totally choose getyourguide again for future trips

We had a good day trip. Kandy as a city doesn’t have too much to offer, and we are glad we made this booking to spend a day fruitfully. The chauffeur guide was very polite and friendly.

Very good experience. We got to see a lot and had a really sweet guide! There was plenty of time for us to do and see what we wanted! Would definitely recommend this tour and guide.