Welcome to The Hill Country

Picture Sri Lanka and visions of golden beaches probably dance before your eyes. But there’s another side to this island. It’s a side where mists slowly part to reveal emerald carpets of tea plantations and montane forests clinging to serrated ranges bookended by waterfalls. This is Sri Lanka's Hill Country; a place where you can wear a fleece in the daytime and cuddle up beside a log fire in the evening. A region... Read More

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$30 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Kandy Highlights Tour

After pickup at 8am see the spice garden followed by Kandy Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya. It is started in 1374 as a garden of the kings of Kandy, 147 acres in extent with more than 4,000 species of rare and endemic trees and plants as well as flora from the tropical world. You do not want to miss the Orchid House that has more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchid from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids. You can also see great lawn, spice garden, double coconut palms, cacti, bamboo and more. In the afternoon, visit to the Temple of Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa). The Temple of Tooth Relic is the World Heritage Site that houses the sacred Tooth relic of Buddha. The golden roofed temple is visited by both locals and tourists bearing flowers and incense daily throughout the day and night. It is a genuine place of worship. The original dated from the 16th Century, though most of present buildings and Patthiripuwa (Octagon) were built in the early 19th century. You could see Kandyan Moonstone, Makara Thorana, Udamale, Sanctuary, Audience Hall, Sri Dalada Maligawa Museum and International Buddhist Museum. You can also observe Poojas (offerings) the ancient traditions of drumming and sacred chanting in honor of the Tooth Relic performed several times every day. The most colorful Asela Perhara is held in July and August every year. The last stop is Gem Museum, wood crafting and Kandyan cultural show. After the tour is concluded, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Kandy.

$48.75 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip: Nuwara Eliya from Kandy by Train

Get picked up from your Kandy hotel at 8am for the short journey to Peradeniya Railway Station. The train departs at 8:32am, and your guide will assist you into the first-class carriage for the journey to Nanuoya. Watch green hills studded with tea plantations roll past, the higher parts wreathed by early-morning mist. You might also like to bring a packed breakfast (at own expense) to enjoy on the train. At 12:45pm the train arrives at Nanuoya Station, which has been serving Nuwara Eliya for over a century. Your guide will meet you here and, after a moment or two to stretch your legs, you'll make the 30-minute drive to Nuwara Eliya in a chauffeured private vehicle.Enjoy lunch at a restaurant of your choice (at own expense) before beginning a guided tour of the town. Nuwara Eliya was once a favorite holiday resort for the British, as evidenced by the colonial mansions and their perfectly manicured lawns, the 18-hole golf course, and the Tudor-style post office complete with a clock spire – one of the oldest post offices in Sri Lanka. Explore Lake Gregory, created by the British governor Sir William Gregory in 1873, and the beautifully-arranged Queen Victoria Park founded in 1897, as well as many other sights which give Nuwara Eliya a sense of being displaced from time.At 3pm you will leave Nuwara Eliya to travel to the Blue Field Tea Estate, around a 45-minute drive away. Take a 90-minute tour of the tea estate and factory, learning about the various types of tea and how tea leaves are made. Relax with a cup of tea and a snack in the restaurant if you wish, and perhaps purchase some fresh tea from the gift shop as a souvenir.Join your guide for the drive back to Kandy. On the way, stop off at Ramboda Falls – one of Sri Lanka's tallest waterfalls. Spend a few minutes taking in the view and snapping some photographs before continuing back to your Kandy hotel, where you will arrive at 7:30pm.

$26.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day-Tour: Highland Highlights from Kandy

Depart from Kandy at 7am for your 12-hour highlands tour. Drive towards Nuwara Eliya in a private vehicle. After two hours, reach Ramboda Falls and admire the gushing rapids surrounded by lush greenery. Continue on 20 minutes to Mackwoods Tea Estate Labookellie, a center of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Soak in the views of rolling tea plantations on the drive through the countryside. The tea factories are open to visitors and sell fresh tea and leaves at outlet prices. Take an hour-long break for lunch (not included in the tour price). Drive to Hakgala Botanical Gardens and spend two leisurely hours exploring the blooming flora, including orchids and roses. Proceed to Nuwara Eliya’s Lake Gregory. Enjoy a long relaxing walk or lounging lakeside near the cool waters. At 6:30pm, depart for Kandy.

$75 Transfers & Ground Transport

Airport Departure Transfer: Kandy Hotels to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)

Sri Lanka is the paradise of travelers in Asia. On your departure date, you will be picked up by your driver at your hotel in Kandy and transferred to Colombo Airport (approx. 3.5 hours). Enjoy the 24-hour transfer service and your driver will take the whole responsibility until you arrive at the airport on time.

$103.75 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Departure Transfer: Kandy City to Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport CMB BIA

Once you have completed your holiday in Sri Lanka and are ready to head back home, your friendly driver will meet you at your hotel in Kandy and drive you directly to the airport. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner, or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free ride. Airport departure transfers have never been this easy. Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety in our luxurious cars and get to your flight in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service.

$40 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Day Trip to Sigiriya and Minneriya from Kandy

You will be picked up from your hotel at 7 am. The travel time is around 2 hours to reach Sigiriya. You will reach Sigiriya at 9 am. You will climb up the rock through the magnificent entrance flanked by two lion paws, which once formed the base of the lion that the entire rock was carved as. Now only the paws remain of this marvel of architecture that may have rivaled the Sphinx of Egypt in its heyday. From here onward you will enter the domain of the ancient king Kashyapa, who ruled in the 5th century CE. You will get to see many wonders, advanced beyond their time; multi-tiered gardens, unfading frescoes, a mirror wall and much more. After viewing these sights you will climb back down with the aid of your guide to leave for your next destination at 11am. You will arrive at a local Village after a 20-minute drive. Many fun activities await you here. You will get to have a 15-minute ox cart ride ending at a reservoir, where you will then go on a catamaran tour for 15 minutes. Your catamaran will drop you off at a bank that borders a field. Then your guide will take you on a relaxing 10-minute walk through the fields. The end of the walk will find you back at the village. Your guide will then take you to the house of one of the villagers. With the aid of your guide, you will receive a demonstration on traditional Sri Lankan cooking. You will try your hand at making a single dish with guidance. Your lunch will be at 12:15pm, following the demonstration. (Village Tour and lunch at your own cost) The lunch will be an authentic Sri Lankan buffet. The menu will include rice with six traditional curries, freshly fried river fish, green salad and papadam. You will also have dessert in the form of seasonal fruits and/or curd with kithul treacle. After a quiet and delicious lunch, you will be leaving the village at 1 pm bound for your final destination, Minneriya. You will reach the Minneriya National Park after a travel time of 30 minutes. There you will go on a three-hour mini safari to see the elephants which this park is famous for. The park is based around the artificial reservoir created by King Mahasen in the 3rd century CE and is the feeding grounds and home for many species of wildlife. Included in the list of wildlife inhabiting the park are the Sri Lankan Elephant, the Sri Lankan Leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth, two kinds of deer, many kinds of monkeys, saltwater crocodiles and much more. There are also lots of species of birds; some local and some migratory, so keep your eyes peeled. You will finish your safari and leave the park at 4:30pm. Your vehicle will get back to the city of Kandy at 7pm completing your tour.