Hill Country Tour

7 Days & 6 Nights




Day 01 - Colombo


Stay in Colombo at the Hotel Galadari or Colombo Hilton.

In the afternoon city tour. Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka with a population of 1,1 million. The Fort, in the very centre of the city, is where most of the colonial remnants, mainly from the British era are still to be found. Nearby Pettah is Colombo's busiest and most traditional bazaar, a mosaic of human activities and architectural memories. Cinnamon Gardens is the most prestigious residential area.


Day 02 - Colombo / Kandy


After breakfast you leave Colombo and the coast and drive along a busy highway into the interior of the island, past paddy fields, palm groves and coconut plantations. In Pinnewela you visit the elephant orphanage, where about seventy elephants are well looked after, mostly young animals that have been found throughout the country sick and abandoned by their herd and brought Hill Country Tour to Pinnewela. If you are lucky, you can watch the feeding or the daily bath in the river of the jumbos.

After this visit the road begins to ascend gradually. You stop for a short visit at a rubber factory, where you will learn in detail, how the milky sap called latex is treated to become raw rubber. Another stop will be made at a spice garden; where you see many unknown trees, bushes and plants. After this stop you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the central highland with its hills and mountains. At noon    you reach, the old royal city of Kandy situated at 500 m, beautifully nestled between green hills. In its very centre lies a small artificial lake and the palace of the last Singhalese king which has become a temple and the most holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, where the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is highly venerated. Check-in and lunch at the Hotel Suisse or Hotel Queen's.

In the late afternoon short city tour of Kandy with visit to a lapidary. In the evening we shall pay a visit to the temple of the holy tooth. After the temple visit you have the opportunity to attend a dance performance, where you will see the famous Kandyan dances, as well as up-country and devil dances. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Suisse or Hotel Hill Top.


Day 03 - Kandy


In the morning after breakfast visit of the world famous Botanical Garden Peradeniya. The park dates back to under the reign of king Vikrama Bahu III when he held court here. The English put the cornerstone of the present garden in 1821. During the Second World War the garden served as the headquarters of Earl Mountbatten, the supreme commander of the allied forces in Southeast Asia who became later the last Viceroy of India. You will find in the garden a very large variety of orchids, spice trees, palms, bushes, as well as tropical plants and flowers of all type.

Lunch at the Hotel Suisse or Hotel Hill Top. Afternoon free for personal activities. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 04 - Kandy / Nuwara Eliya


After breakfast you leave Kandy from Peradeniya the road starts to ascend steadily and at noon, shortly before reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will have climbed 1'500 m. You are now in the tea country; wherever you look, you will see tea plantations, the rich full green of thousands and thousands of tea bushes. And out of the green in regular intervals the white coloured tea factories will enchant your eyes. Occasionally you can see a few rice fields and near the villages, vegetable plantations or gardens.
Whenever possible we shall do our best to organize your trip from Peradeniya to Nanuoya by train. A journey by train through the tea country, past waterfalls, mountain creeks and through the tea plantations is something very special!! With no more than 40 km the train drives uphill and masters the severest inclines by means of impressive tunnels. - Your driver brings you in Peradeniya to the railroad station and waits for you upon your arrival in Nanuoya (at about 2 PM). The drive from Nanuoya up to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya takes about half an hour.

The small resort town of Nuwara Eliya, situated at 2070 m above sea level, lies on a little lake and is surrounded by mountains covered over and over by tea bushes. At the town boundaries there are a lot of vegetable plantations and flower fields, but also along the roads of Nuwara Eliya and in most of its gardens flowers are blooming.

(Late) lunch, dinner and overnight at the Hotel St. Andrew's or Galaway Forest Lodge, Nuwara Eliya.
Should it not be possible to take the train, the journey up to Nuwara Eliya will be done by car. After lunch at the hotel you would have the opportunity to visit the Hakgala botanical garden with its col- lection of sub-tropical trees, bushes and smaller plants and its well-known rose garden.

Day 05 - Horton Plains


After breakfast in the hotel, you leave for an excursion to the Horton Plains, the most beautiful plateau in Sri Lanka. The variety of its manifold tropical and sub-tropical flowers, plants, bushes, trees, birds, and butterflies are remarkable. A walk over the plateau to World's End, considered the finest view in all of Sri Lanka, is a must, here the terrific escarpment drops vertically for about 1500 m. On a clear day one can see the Indian Ocean about 80 km to the south. You can choose to return to the hotel for late lunch or take your lunch package with you and stay longer on the plateau. Today you will also visit a tea factory where you will learn in details, how the green tea leaves are treated to become high quality Ceylon Tea. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel St. Andrew's  or Galaway Forest Lodge, Nuwara Eliya.


Day 06 - Nuwara Eliya / Colombo


You leave Nuwara Eliya after breakfast and drive in western direction towards the coast, passing at first tea and vegetable plantations, waterfalls, forests and small settlements. From the descending road you have now and then a fabulous panoramic view to the surrounding mountains and hills and into the many valleys. After reaching the plain you see again paddy fields, coconut and rubber plantations.

In the evening you reach Colombo. Check in and overnight at your Colombo hotel.

Day 07 - Colombo

Breakfast at your hotel and end of tour