Welcome to Nuwara Eliya


A recent construction boom has blighted the scene to a degree, and the dusty and bustling centre is a thoroughly Sri Lankan urban tangle, but Nuwara Eliya still makes a fine base for a few days' relaxation. The verdant surrounding countryside of tea plantations, carefully tended vegetable plots and craggy hills is highly scenic. Treat yourself to a night in one of Nuwara Eliya’s colonial hotels, play a round of golf or a few frames of billiards, and soak up the town’s unique bygone heritage.


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$545 Cultural & Theme Tours

6-Day Sri Lanka Heritage Private Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival to Sigiriya Stop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceYou will be met and warmly greeted by your personal chauffeur guide at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and driven to Sigiriya (Approx. 4 hours drive). Spend Overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight Stay at a 3-star hotel in Sigiriya Day 2: Visit Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya Stop At: Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa, North Central ProvinceMorning : Visit The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO world heritage site) with approx. 2 hours drive. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceAfternoon: Climb the famous Sigiriya rock fortress and visit rocky abode and water gardens, an UNESCO world heritage and one of the Wonders of the World).Spend Overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel in Sigiriya Day 3: Visit Dambulla and Kandy Stop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceMorning: Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage site), a batik factory and a spice garden where you can see the best spices in Sri Lanka. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceAfternoon: You will do the city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kandy Lake, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceYou will also do an upper lake drive and visit market square, gem lapidary and more Spend Overnight in Kandy. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Kandyan Dance Performance, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceEnjoy a cultural show at one of the theaters in Kandy city. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Stay at a 3-star hotel in KandyDay 4: Visit Botanical gardens and Tea Plantations Stop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy District, Central ProvinceMorning: Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, one of the best botanical gardens in Asia. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ramboda Waterfall, Pussellawa, Kandy District, Central ProvinceVisit Ramboda waterfalls and enjoy the beauty of nature. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceOn completion of this visit, you will be driven to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit a tea plantation and tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Stay at a 3-star hotel in Nuwara Eliya Day 5: Enjoy a City tour of Nuwara Eliya and drive to Colombo Stop At: Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceEnjoy a city tour of Nuwara Eliya including a visit to Victoria Park, Gregory Lake and drive to Colombo for the overnight. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: St Clair's Falls, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceEn route visit St Clair's waterfalls Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Devon Falls, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceEn route visit Devon waterfalls Duration: 15 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight Stay at a 3-star hotel in Colombo Day 6: Departure or Hotel drop offStop At: Negombo Beach, Negombo, Western ProvinceAfter breakfast, you will be dropped off at airport or your hotel in Negombo or Kalutara Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$275 Day Trips & Excursions

4-Day Rail Tour: Sri Lanka Countryside

Day 1 : COLOMBO / KANDY (TRAIN + TUKTUK)08:45 hours: You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Fort Railway Station in Colombo by TukTuk. TukTuk is a tranditional Asian vehicle with three wheels. 09:15 hours: Arrive in Fort Railway Station and board the Expo rail or Rajadhani Express leaving for Kandy. 09:45 hours: This train journey is a scenic delight. Morning snack with tea and coffee will be served on-board 12:31 hours: Arrive at Peradeniya Railway Station where you will meet your driver. You will be taken to your hotel in Kandy by TukTuk. Evening: You will be able to enjoy a city tour of Kandy including Kandy Temple and Cultural show. Spend Overnight in Kandy. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 2 : KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA (TRAIN + A/C VAN) Morning: You will be driven to Peradeniya by TukTuk to visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, one of the best botanical gardens in Asia.12:00 hours: We will take you to Peradeniya Railway Station and you will take the train to Nanuoya Railway Station on Expo rail. This train journey is the most scenic ride in Sri Lanka. Train leaves Peradeniya at 12:31 hrs and reaches NanuOya at 15:55hrs. Lunch will be provided on-board. 15:55 hours: Arrive at Nanuoya Railway Station where you will meet your driver who will take you to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya by an air conditioned Van. Spend Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 3 : NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARA ELIYA (A/C VAN)Morning: Make an early start to Horton Plains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End (approx. 1 hour & 30 minutes drive).Afternoon: Visit a tea plantation and factory where the best tea in the world is being produced. Spend Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 4 : NUWARA ELIYA / COLOMBO (TRAIN + A/C VAN + TUKTUK) Morning: Start your day with a city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya enjoys spring-like weather throughout the year. 12:50 hours: You will proceed to Nanuoya Railway Station and take the train back to Colombo. Train Leaves Nanuoya Railway Station at 13:50 pm. 21:00 hours : Arrive at the Fort Railway Station in Colombo where your driver awaits to transfer you back to your hotel in Colombo by TukTuk. Lunch, Dinner, Tea and Coffee will be provided on-board.

$98 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Days Tour to Kandy Nuwara Eliya & Sigiriya from Colombo

ItineraryDay 1: COLOMBO - KANDY Pass By: Apple Vacations Srilanka, Colombo, Western ProvinceWe operate with our own fleet of vehicles to maintain our high standards of services together with our team of professional licensed tourist guides and chauffeurs who are fluent in most of the major languages required for tours. Our Customer Service, Our fleet of Vehicles & Drivers are Available for 365 days in the year, 7 days in the week & 24 hours in the Day Apple Vacations truly capture and understand the needs of our valued customers. Our reputation will be developed by providing a high quality product and services Our ultimate goal is to provide an unforgettable travel experience to our clients, not just to see the Sri Lanka to experience the real Sri LankaStop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceSri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the BuddhaDuration: 1 hourPass By: Kandy Lake, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceKandy Lake, also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing bannedStop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy District, Central ProvinceRoyal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is near the Mahaweli River. It is renowned for its collection of orchids.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kandy View Point, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceClimb the hill by Kandy Lake to reach Kandy view point and receive a view of the city that cannot be beaten. As a popular tourist spot, the area brings in a large amount of peddlers, though they often sell sub-par items. The area also has a reputation for high pickpocket activity, so keep an eye on your belongings. From the hill, you can enjoy great views over the lake and the cityDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceKandy cultural show – Sri Lanka, a country rich with culture & tradition offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances, in the form of Kandy cultural show. The beat a dancing from \"Salupliya\" depicting several demons, \"Thelme\" vibrant expression of low country rhythm, Fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. As many as 12 different folk and traditional dances are performed by Kandy lake club dance troop within the span of one hour.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight Stay At 3 star hotelDay 2: KANDY-NUWARA ELIYA Stop At: Seetha Amman Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceSeetha Amman Temple is located approximately 1 kilometre from Hakgala Botanical Garden and 5 kilometres from Nuwara Eliya. The temple is located in the village of Seetha EliyaDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Hakgala Botanic Gardens, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceHakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The other four are Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden and Seetawaka Botanical Garden. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Glenloch Tea Factory, Katukitula, Kandy District, Central ProvinceGlenloch Tea Factory situated in Nuwara Eliya District at Katukithula on the way to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy. Glenloch tea plantation at Katukithula are been maintain using all the correct method of planting, Soil conversation and Maneuvering. Sri Lanka Become the bets land of most renowned beverage of the world. Sri Lanka silvering water falls process naturally the beauty of nature, also the most favorable factor of the climate and the best soil conditions required for the health grow of the Tea Plant. Experience, dedication and the practice of the correct technology and along with its natural resources Sri Lanka to earn the best reputation for its tea , Ceylon tea all over the world. Glenloch tea is one of the giant partners of its significant endeavor of Sri Lanka to become the world No:01 and the biggest producer of quality tea.Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight Stay At 3 star hotelDay 3: KANDY-SIGIRIYAStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceSigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres highDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceDambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri LankaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Sigiriya Ceylon Tours, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceSigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres highDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla, Central ProvinceDambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri LankaDuration: 1 hourStop At: Sigiriya Museum, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceThe Sigiriya Museum known to be the most beautiful museums in all of South Asia is managed by the central Cultural Fund. This museum represents the cultural, technological and archeological value of Sigiriya. The Sigiriya Museum allows its visitors to explore three decades of archeological research on Sigiriya. The design of the Sigiriya museum was inspired by the complex design systems evident in Sigiriya itself. Most importantly the cleaver use of water, where it both enhances the beauty and quality of the environment as well as the conservation of it for the purpose of irrigation is been replicated here at the Sigiriya Museum.Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$26 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Days Tour to Kandy Nuwara Eliya & Sigiriya from Negombo

ItineraryDay 1: NEGOMBO - KANDY Pass By: Apple Vacations Srilanka, Colombo, Western ProvinceWe operate with our own fleet of vehicles to maintain our high standards of services together with our team of professional licensed tourist guides and chauffeurs who are fluent in most of the major languages required for tours. Our Customer Service, Our fleet of Vehicles & Drivers are Available for 365 days in the year, 7 days in the week & 24 hours in the Day Apple Vacations truly capture and understand the needs of our valued customers. Our reputation will be developed by providing a high quality product and services Our ultimate goal is to provide an unforgettable travel experience to our clients, not just to see the Sri Lanka to experience the real Sri LankaStop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceSri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the BuddhaDuration: 1 minutePass By: Kandy Lake, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceKandy Lake, also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. Over the years, it was reduced in size. It is a protected lake, with fishing bannedStop At: Kandy View Point, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceClimb the hill by Kandy Lake to reach Kandy view point and receive a view of the city that cannot be beaten. As a popular tourist spot, the area brings in a large amount of peddlers, though they often sell sub-par items. The area also has a reputation for high pickpocket activity, so keep an eye on your belongings. From the hill, you can enjoy great views over the lake and the cityDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy District, Central ProvinceRoyal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is near the Mahaweli River. It is renowned for its collection of orchids.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceKandy cultural show – Sri Lanka, a country rich with culture & tradition offers a very vibrant and unique show of Sri Lankan traditional dances, in the form of Kandy cultural show. The beat a dancing from \"Salupliya\" depicting several demons, \"Thelme\" vibrant expression of low country rhythm, Fire and Harvest dances accompanied by Ceremonial Drums and the Drum Orchestra rising and falling to the lively tempo. As many as 12 different folk and traditional dances are performed by Kandy lake club dance troop within the span of one hour.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: KANDY-NUWARA ELIYA Stop At: Seetha Amman Temple, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceSeetha Amman Temple is located approximately 1 kilometre from Hakgala Botanical Garden and 5 kilometres from Nuwara Eliya. The temple is located in the village of Seetha EliyaDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Hakgala Botanic Gardens, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceHakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The other four are Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden and Seetawaka Botanical Garden. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Glenloch Tea Factory, Katukitula, Kandy District, Central ProvinceGlenloch Tea Factory situated in Nuwara Eliya District at Katukithula on the way to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy. Glenloch tea plantation at Katukithula are been maintain using all the correct method of planting, Soil conversation and Maneuvering. Sri Lanka Become the bets land of most renowned beverage of the world. Sri Lanka silvering water falls process naturally the beauty of nature, also the most favorable factor of the climate and the best soil conditions required for the health grow of the Tea Plant. Experience, dedication and the practice of the correct technology and along with its natural resources Sri Lanka to earn the best reputation for its tea , Ceylon tea all over the world. Glenloch tea is one of the giant partners of its significant endeavor of Sri Lanka to become the world No:01 and the biggest producer of quality tea.Duration: 20 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: KANDY-SIGIRIYAStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceSigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres highDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceThe Dambulla Cave Temple is located 24 km (30 min) from Sigiriya in central Sri Lanka. Built in about 80BC It is the largest and best preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka. Inside are 153 Buddha statues in various reposes, three statues of ancient kings, and four other statues including those of Vishnu and Ganesh. The ceiling and walls have been repainted over the centuries contain a juxtapose of imagery including those of royal life.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sigiriya Ceylon Tours, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceSigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres highDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Sigiriya Museum, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceThe Sigiriya Museum known to be the most beautiful museums in all of South Asia is managed by the central Cultural Fund. This museum represents the cultural, technological and archeological value of Sigiriya. The Sigiriya Museum allows its visitors to explore three decades of archeological research on Sigiriya. The design of the Sigiriya museum was inspired by the complex design systems evident in Sigiriya itself. Most importantly the cleaver use of water, where it both enhances the beauty and quality of the environment as well as the conservation of it for the purpose of irrigation is been replicated here at the Sigiriya Museum.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla, Central ProvinceDambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri LankaDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$399 Kid Friendly

5-Day Sri Lanka Classic Tour

Meet your guide upon landing at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo for your 5-day tour of Sri Lanka. Travel by private vehicle to Kandy. Explore a spice garden and a batik factory before checking in at your hotel. In the evening, watch a Kandyan dance performance. Afterward, visit the Temple of the Tooth, home of a Buddhist tooth relic. Stay overnight at the Jasmine Hillhouse in Kandy.Begin the following day with breakfast before setting out on a Kandy city tour. Stop by the Royal Botanical Gardens. Depart Kandy and visit a tea factory en-route to Nuwara Eliya. There, see a local golf course, Victoria Park, and Gregory Lake. Spend the night at Thuruliya Lodge in Ramboda.After breakfast in the morning, depart to Kataragama, visiting Ravana Waterfalls on the way. Check in at Peacock Reach before embarking on a jeep safari in Yala National Park. At the conclusion of the safari, return to your hotel.Head out the following morning for the Hambantota salt plains. Continue to Weligama and pause to gaze at the area’s stilt fishermen. Drive to Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses the colorful old city of Galle. Journey on to Colombo, and proceed on a Colombo city tour. Stay at Fairview city hotel in Colombo for the night.Enjoy breakfast on your last morning, and then depart for the airport in time for your departure flight.

$375 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Sri Lanka Central Highlands Tour

Day 1 : COLOMBOWe will pick you up at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, you will be warmly greeted by your very own chauffeur guide and transferred to your hotel in Colombo (Approx. 1 hour drive). Spend Overnight in Colombo. Accommodation is in a three star hotel on bed & breakfast basis.Day 2 : COLOMBO / NUWARA ELIYA Drive to Nuwara Eliya (approx. 5 hours drive). En route visit Devon & St. Claire's waterfalls. Afternoon: You will have a city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya is blessed with spring-like weather throughout the year. A favorite retreat of the British during colonial times, the town is dotted with English country style houses and half-timbered bungalows.Spend Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Accommodation is in a three star hotel on bed & breakfast basis.Day 3 : NUWARA ELIYA / HORTON PLAINS / NUWARA ELIYA Morning: Start your day early to Horton Plains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage, and take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End (approx. 1 hour & 30 minutes drive).Afternoon: Visit a tea plantation and tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 25% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as the World’s largest tea exporter.Spend Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Accommodation is in a three star hotel on bed & breakfast basis.Day 4 : NUWARA ELIYA / KANDY Today after breakfast, you will be driven to Kandy (approx. 3 hours drive). Afternoon: You will do the city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary and more.Spend Overnight in Kandy. Accommodation is in a three star hotel on bed & breakfast basis.Day 5 : KANDY / AIRPORT Drive from Kandy back to Colombo and take you straight to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (approx. 3 hours drive) to catch your flight.