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 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Sri Lanka Heritage Private Tour

Day 1 : ARRIVE / SIGIRIYA You will be picked up at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and warmly greeted by your personal chauffeur guide and transferred to Sigiriya (Approx. 4 hours drive). Spend Overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.DAY 2: SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA Morning : Visit The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO world heritage site) with approx. 2 hours driveAfternoon: 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.DAY 3: SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / KANDYMorning: 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. 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 a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 4 : KANDY/ NUWARA ELIYA Morning: Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, one of the best botanical gardens in AsiaOn completion of the botanical garden 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. Spend Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Accommodation is in a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 5 : NUWARA ELIYA / COLOMBODrive to Colombo. En route visit Devon & St. Claire's waterfalls. Arrive Colombo in the evening and spend overnight in Colombo. Accommodation is in a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 6 : COLOMBOWe will take you to the airport based on your flight schedule.

$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.

$130 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Day 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 bannedMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight Stay At 3 star hotelDay 2: KANDY-NUWARA ELIYA Stop At: Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceBarely 3.5 kilometres from Nuwara Eliya town, Pedro's Tea Factory lies nestled in the hills. The view is stellar, the Lovers' Leap Ethical Tea Boutique chic, and the factory a bit small but nevertheless interesting. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ambewela Farms, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceAmbewela is a small town, or a hill station, located in the Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka. The area is also sometimes called "Little New Zealand". The town is situated approximately 17 km south-east of the district capital Nuwara Eliya. Ambewela is also a service center to the New Galway tea planting districtDuration: 1 hourStop 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 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight Stay At 3 star hotelDay 3: KANDY-SIGIRIYAStop At: Sigiriya World Heritage Site, 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 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$27 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Day 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 bannedNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: KANDY-NUWARA ELIYA Stop At: Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceBarely 3.5 kilometres from Nuwara Eliya town, Pedro's Tea Factory lies nestled in the hills. The view is stellar, the Lovers' Leap Ethical Tea Boutique chic, and the factory a bit small but nevertheless interesting. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Ambewela Farms, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceAmbewela is a small town, or a hill station, located in the Nuwara Eliya District of Sri Lanka. The area is also sometimes called "Little New Zealand". The town is situated approximately 17 km south-east of the district capital Nuwara Eliya. Ambewela is also a service center to the New Galway tea planting districtDuration: 1 hourStop 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 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: KANDY-SIGIRIYAStop At: Sigiriya World Heritage Site, 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 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$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.

$25 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tea Plucking and Tea factory tour from Nuwara Eliya

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Central Province08:15: You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Pedro tea plantation.  08:45: Arrive at Tea plantation and get ready with the tea workers to go on the field to pluck tea with the necessary tools.09:00-09:30: Learn and enjoy tea plucking with the estate workers. This will be an unforgettable experience during your tour in Sri Lanka.10:00-10:45: You will be taken on a guided tour to witness the tea making process in the Tea Factory. On completion of the factory visit, you will have a chance of tasting a pure cup of Ceylon Tea.11:00: Leave the Tea Factory and proceed to your hotel.11:45: You will be dropped off at your hotel.Duration: 4 hours