Two-day tour Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

 

 
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What we will see:

  • Sacred Buddha Tooth Temple,Buddha Tooth Museum
  • Bahiravakande Monastery, Buddha Statue on the Hill and The Observation Point
  • The 700-year-old Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya, one of the largest in the world, where you can see trees planted by the last Russian emperor, Yuri Gagarin, as well as many kings and presidents
  • End of Earth and Plain Horton - National Park with the most stunning scenery.
  • It is possible to travel by train along the mountain road (tickets must be reserved in advance)
  • Picturesque Tea Plantations,Tea Factory
  • Botanical Garden and Lake Gregory
  • Elephant Dung Paper Factory and Elephant Museum, Elephant Orphanage

What else you can do while visiting Kandy:

  • Participate tea ceremony and do the degustation of more than 10 varieties of tea ($15)
  • Ride the Elephant through the jungle ($25)
  • Visit batik factory where you can try traditional dresses including kandian sari (the only sari in the world which is different from indian sari)
  • National Dance Show
  • Traditional agricultural villages, such as Rambutan Village, Pineapple Village, Leather Village and Keshyu Village (passing on the way)
  • Gem Museum
  • Numerous waterfalls
  •  Rafting, Cycling
  • Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Adam's Peak - holy mountain for christians, hindu and muslims.

Detailed Program

Day 1:

7:30 Breakfast and departure from the hotel
8:00 Buddha Tooth Temple

Buddha Tooth Temple

Around 540 BC, the deceased Buddha was cremated and four teeth were taken out of the fire, which were transported around the world. The tooth was brought to Ceylon in 371.

The city of Anuradhapura was chosen as the initial storage location, then the tooth was transferred to the city of Polonnaruwa, and already at the beginning of the 18th century it was transported to Kandy.

The shrine, after several centuries in India, was sent to Ceylon IV by the ruler of Kalinga, who suffered defeats in wars and feared for the fate of his state. The relic on the island was transported by the ruler’s daughter, hiding it in her hairdo.

Magical power has long been attributed to this tooth: possessing it, he possessed all the fullness of power. Therefore, the tooth of the Buddha became the possession of the royal dynasty.

Buddha Tooth museum, which displays a variety of offerings donated to the temple, can be visitted here.

10:00 Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya

Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden, whose history spans over 700 years.The shrubs and trees here are gigantic in size, reminiscent of Gulliver's Travels to Lilliput Kids. 


 
Here we can see the magnificent orchid garden, as well as the Alley of Memorial Trees planted by famous historical figures, among whom are Nicholas II ( Russian King), many British King and Queen and Yuri Gagarin.

11:00 Buddha Statue Bahiravakande Observation Deck

Buddha Statue Bahiravakande Observation Deck



Next, we will visit the monumental statue of Buddha, located on top of a hill towering above the city.

Gem Museum

Sri Lanka Gem Museum is unique in the Gemological plan. There is no other place on Earth that for thousands of years has been famous for being the birthplace of the best precious stones in the World.

We can see the rarest of them in the Museum of Precious Stones, where we will also get acquainted with the process of extraction and cutting of precious canals.

Tea plantations and tea factory

We will visit a tea plantation and a factory where we can see how it is assembled and produced, and even we can taste the legendary, universally recognized Best Ceylon Tea in the World.



Ceylon tea became the front-runner of the industry and was much loved for its unmatched quality and variety. The alchemy of land, sun and rain in the Paradise Island of Ceylon, as it was known 40 years ago, presents the ideal climatic conditions for cultivation of tea.  

Silk and Batik Factory

We will get acquainted with the painstaking technique of making batik using paraffin, wild bee honey, and also learn how to wear traditional Sri Lankan clothes, including unique Kandy sari, which can not be found anywhere else in the world.

Elephant Dung Paper Factory


Elephant Dung Paper Factory is an eco-friendly factory that introduces and explains the unique steps involved in making our much talked about paper products from elephant poop fibers! 

National Dance Show

Dance plots are borrowed from various features of village life - crop dance, dance with a jug, etc. Dance performers perform in traditional peasant clothes - short blouses and long tight skirts.

Magical dances associated with ancient beliefs exist on the island in our time. Sri Lankans attribute all misfortunes, ailments and troubles to the wrath of the gods and the evil will of demons.

If the disease is caused by the wrath of the gods, then a rite of bali is done to appease the god. The rite is accompanied by dancing, sacrifices and spells.

 

Day 2:

Train Ride

The train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya  powers up through Sri Lanka's southern hill country, through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels as it descends to reach Ella. This is a journey not to be missed!

12:00 Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya, called Little England, was a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.

It  is known for its temperate, cool climate – the coolest area in Sri Lanka. 

13:00 Hakgala Botanical Garden 

Botanical Garden

Hakgala Botanical Garden is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. It is situated on the Nuwara Eliya- Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya. The garden has a cool temperate climate because of altitude is 5,400 feet above the sea level.

14:00 Lake Gregory

Lake Gregory

Lake Gregory is a reservoir  in heart of the tea country hill city, Nuwara Eliya.It was constructed during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This lake is popular with tourists who enjoy strolling the footpaths, taking out a swan-shaped pedal boat  or trotting around on a pony . 

15:00 Tea Plantation and Tea Factory

Tea Plantation and Tea Factory

We will visit a tea plantation and a factory where we can see how it is assembled and produced, and even we can taste the legendary, universally recognized Best Ceylon Tea in the World.

16:00 The World's End and the Horton Plains

The World's End and the Horton Plains

One of the most beautiful World Heritage Sites in the world is definitely the Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka. The star attraction of this national park is the World’s End, which is where the plateau of the park comes to a sudden end and has a deep plunge of over 800 meters. On clear days, you can see Adam’s Peak from the World’s End.

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Tour cost: 

For a group of 1-3 people : 4-seater car (the price is indicated for the car regardless of the number of people)

From Colombo and Negombo - 240 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 260 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 300 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 320 usd
From Trincomalee - 295 usd
From Tangalle - 375 usd

For a group of 4-8 people . Minibus.

From Colombo and Negombo - 305 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 345 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 365 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 395 usd
From Trincomalee - 345 usd
From Tangalle - 475 usd

* To specify the cost from other locations or more people write or call us.

What is included. Entrance tickets


Included in price:
2-day tour (unlimited time for every day)
comfortable car (or minivan) with air conditioning
1 night accommodation for 2 people
gasoline, parking, toll roads
English-speaking driver

Not included: 
entrance fees (since you have an individual excursion you can choose what you want to visit and what to skip):
 Temple Buddha's tooth - $ 10
 Monastery Bahirawakanda and observation deck - $ 10
 Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya - $ 10
 elephant nursery in Pinnavele - $ 18
 elephant Museum + elephant ride + Paper Factory of elephant excrement - $ 25
 Tea eremoniya and tea tasting - $ 15
food (lunch in a European restaurant is possible as a buffet - $ 10 per person)