Tea Trails Tour in Sri Lanka
The Tea Country is the most scenic part of Sri Lanka with breathtaking views of mountain ranges and ravines, of winding roads and waterfalls. It is home to one of the most significant landmarks in the country. Over 200,000 hectares of rolling tea carpeted hills make Sri Lanka the world’s largest exporter. Nimble pluckers still handpick “two leaves and a bud”. Tea from Sri Lanka is still known by the country’s former name of Ceylon, a name synonymous with the finest tea.
The tour outlined below, gives you the best chances of exploring the tea country in style.
Arrival in Sri Lanka and transfer to Hilton Colombo for one night. Evening, take a walk along the colonial streets of Colombo Fort area.
Morning, take the train to Hatton, you will be booked to travel in the observation unit of the train which would give you fantastic views of the tea country. Your tour guide will receive you at the railway station and transfer you to Ceylon Tea Trails for four nights.
Day 3 – 5
Each of the four bungalows is different. Summerville with an air of a country cottage, Castlereagh with an eclectic style of its own, the high colonial Tientsin; one of the first planter’s residences to be built in Ceylon and the more modern Norwood; abounding with 60’s character. Summerville and Castlereagh are situated opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh lake, Norwood is at the other end of the valley about 15 minutes away by car and Tientsin is about 30 minutes away in the next valley. Each house comes with its own manager, chef, butler and houseboys and from 4 to 6 luxurious Master Suites, Garden Suites and Luxury Rooms. You can book a room or the entire bungalow.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing Warwick Gardens, Nuwara Eliya for two nights. Evening, enjoy a walk in the private garden.
Morning, visit Horton Plains National Park to see Cloud Forests and rare montane fauna, which include the endemic Rhino-horned Lizard, which was featured in Charles Darwin’s monumental work on evolution. Mammal highlights include Bear Monkey, Giant Squirrel and Sambhur. Walk though the grasslands and Cloud Forests to a popular viewpoint known as World’s End, which is an escarpment with an 870 m drop. Afternoon, visit Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Here we look for the highland races of Purple-faced Leaf Monkey and Toque Macaque. The Toques brim with self-confidence and may approach the visitors!
Transfer to Jetwing Beach, Negombo.
Transfer to the International Airport.