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Highlights Of Srilanka in 6 Days 5 Nights

DAY 01 : COLOMBO – KANDYEarly morning your tour will starts & your 1st leg of the tour will be Elephant Orphanage. After that Highlights of Kandy Tea Factory, Temple of Tooth, View point of Kandy & Botanical Garden. Once you have done your tour Overnight stay at Kandy Hotel.DAY 02 : KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA2nd Day Morning after the breakfast your tour destination is Nuwara eliya The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls, Hindu temples, Garden and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. Overnight stay at Nuwara eliya. DAY 03 : NUWARA ELIYA – HORTON PLAINS3rd Day Morning after breakfast your tour destination is The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations.  DAY 04 : NUWARA ELIYA – ELLA4th Day after breakfast proceeds to Ella. 127 miles from Colombo and 8 miles from Bandarawela, on the leeward side of the central mountains. The view from Ella Gap is one of the most spectacular scenic sights in Sri Lanka - the landscape falls away in a dizzy drop of 3000ft to the eastern plains.The Ella rock is famous for the cave of Ravana a legendary king of Sri Lanka ruled during the pre-historic times. The 1080 foot high waterfall few miles from the Ella Rest House is one of the most beautiful falls in the country. After hiking overnight stay at Ella Hotel. DAY 05 : ELLA – UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK – GALLE5th Day after breakfast proceeds to Udawalawe National Park Rich in elephant population the park is having an estimated 500 or more elephants. They roam about in herds of 50-100 at times. The park is known to be a good breeding ground, for Baby elephants, guarded by their elders is seen round the year. Once you done the safari you will proceed to Galle for Overnight Stay. DAY 06 : GALLE – COLOMBO6th Day after breakfast Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural Harbour.Stroll around the lighthouse and Harbour or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carvers and purchase some the finest souvenirs. You will discover Galle fort, Galle light house & Galle beach. Once you completed your tour you will drop off to your Hotel in Colombo or at Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB)

$49 Outdoor Activities

Best Things To Do In Ella - 3 Icon Trekking Tour

7.00 am – pick up from the hotel near Ella, Wellawaya, Haputale and Bandarawela.8.00 am – Start the hike to Ella rock. En-route enjoy refreshments snakes and either king coconut or Ceylon tea. The iconic Ella Rock is a mesmerizing view point that gives you an unhindered view of the mountain silhouettes and the villages below. Loved by hikers and nature enthusiasts, conquering Ella rock during your stay here is an absolute must! 11.30 am – depart for Demodara 9 arch bridge. The famous Nine Arches Bridge has made it to almost every Instagram feed of explorers to the  island. The bridge is located between Ella and Demodara railway stations and is most famous because of its curved structure. Known to be the best example of a colonial-era railway, the bridge has attracted tourists from around the world. The bridge is approximately 30m high. 1.00 pm – lunchstart the hike for Little Adam’s peak. You will have refreshments on top of mountain while enjoying endless green views across south coast and sunset. Deriving its name from its big brother, the sacred mountain Adam’s Peak, Little Adam’s Peak is 2243m above sea level. The trail to the mountain is fairly average and would require you to have a medium level of fitness. With marked paths, you’ll have to clamber through some narrow rocky areas to reach the summit. The view from the peak is definitely worth the arduous climb. There are a number of hotels located in the area to cater to the large number of tourists that visit the mountain. The ideal time to start your hike is either in the morning or late evening, 5.30 pm – Drop off to the hotel

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Day Tour Ella to Haputale

7.00 am – pick up from the hotel near Ella, Haputale and Bandarawela.8.00 am – Start the trekking / walking or biking tour to Leapton  Seat. Lipton’s Seat is the most famous viewpoint where the man himself, Sir Thomas Lipton used to look over his tea plantation and host tea parties with his guests. Lipton’s Seat is the highest observation point located on the hills of Poonagala, near the Dambatenne Tea Factory. For the best view, visit before 10.00 am. Tea and vegetable plantations, endless views across south coast, smiling school children and amazing nature en-route makes you amazed. 10.00 Refreshments with local tamil foods11.00 am –  Enjoy Adisham Bungalow trekking / walking or cycling Adisham Bungalow is a country house located near Haputale. Built in 1931 by Sir Thomas Villiers, an English aristocrat and painter on an area of 12 acres, the bungalow consists of 40 rooms. Curious travellers can explore the grounds of the monastery at specific times during the day. Stroll through flourishing orchards and orchid paths as you admire the expansive, colourful gardens of the monastery. 1.00 pm - Lunch2.00 pm - Visit Highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, Babarakanda Waterfall Trek to the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, Bambarakanda Falls measures about 263m in height and is said to be amongst the tallest in the world. Cascading between acres of pine forest, the area is ideal for a picnic. The natural pool at the base of the waterfall is great for a quick plunge, do keep in mind that the currents can get strong, so swim with caution. You can hike to the top of the falls if you follow the Horse Trail. 4.30 pm -Refreshments5.30 pm - Drop-off to hotel

$169 Outdoor Activities

Private Tour: 4WD Tour to Liptons Seat St Catherines Seat and Pilkington Point

You will be starting your tour from the Ellla Jungle Resort at 6:30 am. Your guide will be picking you up in a 4WD safari jeep and driving you to your first destination - the famous Lipton’s Seat. It is suggested that you wear hike-friendly gear with proper hiking boots, and take a sweater as the temperatures can be quite chilly. If you did not have an early breakfast, you can bring a packed breakfast to have on your way there.You will need to hike over 3.5 km along little foot trails, through beautiful rich green tea plantations, to reach Lipton's Seat. You will be able to see occasional tea pluckers or little huts where they rest. You will reach the viewpoint after about an hour. It gains its name from Sir Thomas Lipton, the famous tea planter who began the Lipton’s Ceylonta Tea company; and used this location to survey his expanding tea empire over a century ago. The viewpoint gives a broad and clear panoramic view of the Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and Eastern provinces. One of the more hilarious and iconic aspects of the viewpoint is the statue of Sir Lipton seated on a bench with a cup of tea, that you will find there. You can take a photo together. There’s also a little shop promoting the Lipton Ceylonta brand of tea, and you can buy a small pack if you wish.On your way down from the viewpoint you will be stopping by the St Catherine’s Seat viewpoint. It offers a stunning view of Bandarawela, Diyatalawa and the Uva valley. After taking a few photographs here, you will be making your way down. As your final destination you will be driving to Pilkington Point another place with one of the best views on the island. Named after the Managing Director of the Poonagala Valley Co. Ltd., this viewpoint is located over 4600 feet above sea level. This ensures that it gives spectacular views of the rolling plains to the East and South of Sri Lanka. After spending some time there, you will be beginning the return trip back to the resort.You will be able to get back by 11am, completing your tour.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka Airport (CMB) to Orient Hotel, Bandarawela

Once you land at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA / CMB), your friendly driver will meet you and drive you directly to your hotel, Orient Hotel, Bandarawela. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private airport transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free start to your vacation. Airport transfers have never been this easy. Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety in our luxurious cars and get to your destination in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service.SKU: LK43201650

$60 Day Trips & Excursions

Adisham Rail Tour from Ella

You will be starting your tour at 8:30 am from your hotel in Ella or Bandarawela; where you will be picked up by a tuk tuk, the most famed mode of local transport. Once you get to the train station; you will be boarding the 9:00 am train to Haputale. Along the way your view will change from bright sunshine over cloud forests interspersed with rolling hills; to misty peaks, tree plantations and sleeting rain.After disembarking from the train at 10:30 am, you will begin the hike to Adisham Bungalow. Your guide will lead you along the railway tracks. Skipping along the old wooden railway sleepers is a fun experience in itself. You’ll be in no danger since you’ll be walking by during a period of lull; and you can also see and hear any passing trains from a great distance away, allowing your guide to conduct you safely.Once you get to Adisham Bungalow by approximately 11:30 am, you’ll find yourself facing a beautiful old stone Tudor manor. The house was designed and built by Sir Thomas Lister Villiers in the early 1900s. You’ll be able to admire its perfectly polished wooden balustrades and hardwood floors, attractive interior decor and interesting architecture. Adisham was designed after Leeds Castle located in Kent, in the UK. It too has sprawling lawns and colorful gardens populated by a myriad of local birdlife and butterflies. You will also be able to take part in the guided tour of the bungalow and learn more about it. At 1:00 pm you will be moving to a tea estate nearby; where you will be treated to a delicious picnic lunch. Afterwards, at 2:30 pm you will be hiking back to the train station in Haputale and boarding the train. A tuk tuk will drop you off back at your hotel by 5:00 pm.Your Day Itinerary • 08:30 am – pick up from the hotel near Ella and Bandarawela • 09:00 am – start the tour for Haputale from Train. • 10:30 am – reach to Haputale town and start the walk to the Adisham Bungalow along the railway. • 11:30 am – reach to the Bungalow • 01:00 pm – lunch (middle of the tea plantations) • 02:30 pm – walk back to Haputale town along the railway. • 03:30 pm – Back to Ella, Bandarawela from Train • 05:00 pm – Drop off at Hotel Comfortable clothes for cooler weather, walking shoes and hats recommended for this tour.