Kandy - Nuwara Eliya Tour

Two-day excursion to Kandy - Nuwara Eliya: Royal Garden, elephant, waterfalls and tea plantations

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya excursion is one of the best selling tours in Sri Lanka.



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Highlights of the tour:

  • Sacred Buddha Tooth Temple, Buddha Tooth Museum
  • Bahiravakande Monastery, Buddha Statue on the Hill and The Observation Point
  • 700-year-old Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya, where you can see trees planted by the last Russian emperor, many kings and presidents
  • Tea Plantations, Tea factory
  • Lake Gregory
  • Elephant Dung Paper Factory
  • Ramboda Waterfall
  • Nuwara Eliya town

Other attractions in Nuwara Eliya (optional):

  • Tea tasting ceremony (15 usd/pax)
  • Horton Plains National Park and World's End (40 usd/pax)
  • Train ride
  • Ride the Elephant through the jungle ($25)
  • Batik factory
  • National Dance Show
  • Village tour, immersion in authentic village life and cooking class
  • Gem Museum
  • Rafting, Cycling
  • Sinharaja Rainforest

Detailed Program

Day 1: Kandy

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. Inside the Temple there is also a Buddha Tooth museum, which displays a variety of historical artefacts and offerings donated to the temple.

Bahirawakanda Buddha Statue and Observation Point

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

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 (Last Russian King), many British Kings and Queens, first spaceman Yuri Gagarin, etc.

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.  

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! 


What else we can do while visiting Kandy:

  • Participate tea ceremony and do the degustation of more than 10 premium varieties of tea ($15)
  • Ride the Elephant ($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
  • Gem Museum


Day 2: Nuwara Eliya

Ramboda Falls

One of the biggest and remarkable waterfalls in Sri Lanka.

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. 


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 . 


Optional activities (can be added to the program upon request):

Train Ride

The train from Ella 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!

The World's End and the Horton Plains

Horton Plains National Park is definitely one of the most beautiful World Heritage Sites 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.

Hotels where we stay:

Hotel Topaz (Kandy)

Excursion features

Private tour
For ready-made groups of 1-8 people

Can start any day
This tour is not tied to specific dates, you can start on any convenient day

Variable program
The program can be changed and customized for you

Possible with children
The tour is recommended for travelers with children

Start from anywhere
We pick up from any hotel

Comfortable car
Transport: air-conditioned car or minivan



Private car + accommodation BB
(entrance tickets not included)

Group size 3* hotel  4* hotel
2 $180 per pax (360 total) $200 per pax (400 total)
3 $150 per pax (450 total) $160 per pax (480 total)
4 $130 per pax (520 total) $150 per pax (600 total)
≥5 $110 per pax  $130 per pax


All inclusive
(private car, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, all entrance tickets)

Group size  3* hotel  4* hotel
2 $260 per pax (520 total) $280 per pax (560 total)
3 $230 per pax (690 total) $250 per pax (750 total)
4 $210 per pax (840 total) $230 per pax (920 total)
≥5 $190 per pax  $210 per pax

What is included. Entrance tickets

Comfortable car (or minivan) with air conditioning
English-speaking driver
Gasoline, parking, toll roads
One night accommodation

Entrance tickets (for reference):
 Temple of the Tooth Relic - $ 10
 Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya - $ 10
 Elephant Orphanage - $ 18
 Elephant Museum + Elephant ride + Factory Paper of elephant excrement - $ 25
 Tea ceremony and tea tasting - $ 15
 Horton Plains and World's End - $ 40

 * All prices in US dollars per person


Reviews about the organizer




I, as a professional wildlife photographer, traveled to Sri Lanka with some unusual requests. Igor helped not only to plan the route through the national parks and provided a very good driver, but also helped to find professional ornithologists in all the necessary locations.
We traveled to almost all national parks - Udawalawe, Minneriya, Yalu. We went to Sinharaja. There are many elephants and birds everywhere. Yala confirmed its reputation - here we managed to see leopards, however, unfortunately - very far away. I really liked Khabarana - the best place for shooting birds that you can find. We took a half-day ride to Wilpattu - a little-known park among tourists, which Igor recommended to me. The park itself is beautiful, comfortable, good paths, it is clear that they are taking care of it. You can definitely put it on a par with Yala. Unlucky to see leopards, but lucky to see Himalayan bears and giant squirrels. Of the minuses in Wilpattu - the complete absence of normal hotels near the park. I would not advise anyone to stay here overnight.
The rain spoiled the experience a bit. Complicated filming in Sinharaja. It is a pity that because of the rains it was not possible to shoot in the forests in the Kandy region. If you go to Sri Lanka for the sake of animals and national parks, you still need to take into account the season. But anyway, a huge thank you guys for organizing! With all the difficulties, it was thanks to them that we managed to squeeze the maximum out of this trip. Organization at the highest level - the guys will solve any problems, always in touch, find hotels in the right places at any time, organize transport, professional guides and ornithologists will prompt. Definitely 5+




Good afternoon, the tour went great. Very good guide, we will recommend you to all our friends. THANK YOU!