Hill Country Mini Tour No. 300 H
Day 1 Colombo - Kandy
You leave Colombo and the coast in the morning and drive along a busy highway into the interior of the island, past paddy fields, palm groves and coconut plantations. In Pinnewela you can visit the elephant orphanage, where about seventy elephants are well looked after, mostly young animals that have been found throughout the country sick and abandoned by their herd and brought to Pinnewela. If you are lucky, you can watch the feeding or the daily bath in the river of the jumbos.
After this visit the road begins to ascend gradually. Another stop will be made at a spice garden; where you see many unknown trees, bushes and plants. After this stop you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the central highland with its hills and mountains. At noon you reach, the old royal city of Kandy situated at 500 m, beautifully nestled between green hills. In its very centre lies a small artificial lake and the palace of the last Singhalese king which has become a temple and the most holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, where the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is highly venerated.
Before arriving at your hotel you visit of the world famous Botanical Garden Peradeniya. The park dates back to 1371 under the reign of king Vikrama Bahu III when he held court here. The English put the cornerstone of the present garden in 1821. During the Second World War the garden served as the headquarters of Earl Mountbatten, the supreme commander of the allied forces in Southeast Asia who became later the last Viceroy of India. You will find in the garden a very large variety of orchids, spice trees, palms, bushes, as well as tropical plants and flowers of all type. Check-in at the Hotel Suisse.
In the afternoon you do a short city tour of Kandy with visit to a lapidary. In the evening you shall go to the temple of the holy tooth. After the temple visit you have the opportunity to attend a dance performance, where you will see the famous Kandyan dances, as well as up-country and devil dances. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 2 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast you leave Kandy from Peradeniya the road starts to ascend steadily and at noon, shortly before reaching Nuwara Eliya, you will have climbed 1'500 m. You are now in the tea country; wherever you look, you will see tea plantations, the rich full green of thousands and thousands of tea bushes. And out of the green in regular intervals the white coloured tea factories will enchant your eyes. Occasionally you can see a few rice fields and near the villages, vegetable plantations or gardens.
Whenever possible we shall do our best to organize your trip from Peradeniya to Nanu Oya by train. A journey by train through the tea country, past waterfalls, mountain creeks and through the tea plantations is something very special!! With no more than 40 km the train drives uphill and masters the severest inclines by means of impressive tunnels. Your driver brings you in Kandy to the railroad station and waits for you upon your arrival in Nanuoya (at about 2 PM). The drive from Nanuoya up to your hotel in Nuwara Eliya takes about half an hour.
Should it not be possible to take the train, the journey up to Nuwara Eliya will be done by car. After lunch at the hotel you would have the opportunity to visit the Hakgala botanical garden with its collection of sub-tropical trees, bushes and smaller plants and its well-known rose garden.
The small resort town of Nuwara Eliya, situated at 2070 m above sea level, lies on a little lake and is surrounded by mountains covered over and over by tea bushes. At the town boundaries there are a lot of vegetable plantations and flower fields, but also along the roads of Nuwara Eliya and in most of its gardens flowers are blooming. Check-in, dinner and overnight at the Galway Forest Lodge, Nuwara Eliya.
Day 3 Horton Plains
After breakfast in the hotel, you leave for an excursion to the Horton Plains, the most beautiful plateau in Sri Lanka. The variety of its manifold tropical and sub-tropical flowers, plants, bushes, trees, birds, and butterflies are remarkable. A walk over the plateau to World's End, considered the finest view in all of Sri Lanka, is a must, here the terrific escarpment drops vertically for about 1500 m. On a clear day one can see the Indian Ocean about 80 km to the south. You can choose to return to the hotel for noon or take your lunch package at your cost with you and stay longer on the plateau. Today you will also visit a tea factory where you will learn in details, how the green tea leaves are treated to become high quality Ceylon Tea.
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Galway Forest Lodge.
Day 4 Nuwara Eliya - Colombo
You leave Nuwara Eliya after breakfast and drive in western direction towards the coast, passing at first tea and vegetable plantations, waterfalls, forests and small settlements. From the descending road you have now and then a fabulous panoramic view to the surrounding mountains and hills and into the many valleys. After reaching the plain you see again paddy fields, coconut and rubber plantations. - In the evening you reach Colombo. End of tour.
The prices are on request and include half board (American breakfast & dinner), transport in air-conditioned car or micro bus with experienced English speaking driver/guide from Colombo & again back to Colombo. The entrance fees to the sites mentioned are not included. As the operators pay the same prices as the guests, it makes sense that the guests pay these fees direct on the spot. The entrance fees amount to about USD 65.00 per person, children up to 12 years pay half.
At the Hotel Suisse during the Kandy Perahera
On the 24th December and 31st December inclusive of gala dinner,