Cultural Kandy & Tea Tour

A short but comprehensive private tour showing casing Sri Lanka's superior hotels, ideal for combining with a relaxing beach stay. Take in a traditional village experience en route to the fascinating and historic city of Kandy, then wind into Nuwara Eliya for Sri Lanka’s beautiful tea plantations.

Duration
4 days

Guide Price

£369 pp
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • Temple of the tooth relic
  • Cultural show at the botanical gardens
  • Watch the manufacturing process of tea

Your guide and driver will collect you from your chosen beach resort.

Experience and insight into Sri Lankan Village life at ‘Iparanigama’. From lush green paddy fields to traditional thatched roofed mud huts, this picturesque setting is known as ‘Iparanigama’; a haven hued by the multiplicity of what this country epitomised. This old village has recreated both the solemnity and the exuberance of village life that once thrived with abundance. The outstanding recreation of life in a Sri Lankan village has been achieved with precision.

The simplicity and plainness that exemplifies village living is showcased in the reconstructed village. The houses represent the abodes of people of importance in the village, such as the village Headman, the blacksmith, the weaver, the potter, the medicine man, and the drummer. It offers a journey back in time as each dwelling has a scattering of instruments that had been used by these different occupants. The farmer and the paddy field were integral to village life and Iparanigama depicts the farmer at work in the field with buffaloes while the different tools are put on view. There are actual people who are standing by to explain the many facets of village life and attending to everyday tasks for visitors to observe.

Transfer from Iparanigama to Kandy and onto your overnight hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Earl's Regent or similar

After breakfast visit Kandy town and bazaar. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala King, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.

Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts centre, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Transfer from Kandy to Peradeniya. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala King and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.

In the evening, witness a cultural show in Kandy.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Earl's Regent or similar

After breakfast, depart for Nuwara Eliya and see the lush tea plantations in the hill country.

En route visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you can observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.

Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka's most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Sri Lanka's highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in south Asia.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Jetwing St. Andrew's or similar

Have breakfast at your hotel before transferring from Nuwara Eliya to your chosen beach hotel, via Kitulgala.

The Kelani River (the broadest river in Sri Lanka) flowing through Kitulgala was the main location where the Oscar winning movie Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed. On the hill above this town, a prehistoric cave was recently discovered containing large middens of shells from some unknown civilisation.

In addition, you will be able to witness Devon and St. Clairs Falls.

Please note if you are travelling onto Yala National Park for our Yala Extension tour, you will take a different route and will not pass Kitulgala Road so will not get to witness the Bridge on the River Kwai film location.

Included

  • Selection of superior hotels (Accommodation is based on availability)
  • Meals as stated
  • Private air-conditioned transport
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking local guide
  • All site entrance fees while touring as appropriate

Not included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Beverages during meals
  • Tips for the driver/guide
  • Optional excursions
  • Video camera permits at elephant sanctuary, video and still camera permits at Temple of the Tooth Relic.
  • Pick-up and drop-off at beach resorts other than Kalutara, Wadduwa or Negombo (small fee)