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Evening show Kandy Kandy decorated Pinnawela Elephants St Clair Tea Pickers Temple of the Tooth Three Elephants Three tea pickers

Hill Country Journey

Kandy 2 nights
Nuwara Eliya 1 night

Day 1 Colombo/Kandy: Early morning pick up from Colombo airport or your Colombo hotel to drive to the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (approx 3 hours). Continue to Kandy.

Day 2 Kandy: Morning visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, with an amazing variety of flowers, trees and plants which was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was later expanded by the British. This afternoon a tour of the city of Kandy where many legends, traditions and folklore are lovingly kept alive. Drive around Kandy Lake, explore the local markets and this evening observe an evening pooja at the sacred 'Temple of the Tooth' followed by a cultural show.

Day 3 Nuwara Eliya: Proceed from Kandy to the cooler climes of tea country (approx 4 hours) and visit a working tea plantation and factory. Some 6,000 feet above sea level is the former colonial hill station of Nuwara Eliya whose style is pure Victoriana.

Day 4 Nuwara Eliya/Colombo: Continue via Kitulgala (approx 3 hours), the main location where "Bridge on the River Kwai" was filmed. En route pass by St Clair and Devin waterfalls. After lunch continue to Colombo city where your tour concludes (approx 5½ hours). Alternatively, why not extend to the Yala Safari National Park? Please see itinerary on this page.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily from Colombo.

Accommodation: 3* accommodation. 4* hotels and boutique properties are also available at a supplement.

Meals: Breakfast.

Tour price: The price shown for this privately escorted tour by air-conditioned car is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation, private transfers, sightseeing as outlined and services of an English speaking guide. 

Due to en route sightseeing and the nature of the scenic, winding roads, some journeys can take several hours. If time permits an overnight stay in Colombo is recommended on day 1 before departure for Kandy. Cinnamon air taxi transfers are also recommended. This tour is not recommended directly before or after an international flight.

3 night privately escorted side trip from £435pp

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