It is not without reason that Sri Lanka is called “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. Arriving in the capital of Sri Lanka Colombo, you will first discover the cultural Kandy, with its home of a series of fascinating ancient temples. Get insights in a large number of nature adventures such as elephant orphanage, hiking, visiting a tea estate, and much more. To Ella, take one of the world’s most beautiful train rides. Finally get inspired by impressions of Colombo historical sites and absorb some of Sri Lanka’s newfound energetic vibe.

Destinations: Colombo – Kandy – Ella – Galle – Colombo

Tour Highlights | Colombo & Hill Country Adventure

– Close up interactions with elephants, the gentle giants at an elephant orphanage
– Visit a magical Ceylon tea plantation and factory
– Hike the majestic Ella Rock
– Get a tour of the UNESCO heritage site Galle Rock Fort
– Sri Lankan Hindu culture exploration
– Explore the wonderful hill country of Sri Lanka
– Adventure through the enchanting streets of Colombo

Brief Itinerary | Colombo & Hill Country Adventure

Day 1 Arrive in Colombo, transfer to Kandy, 2 nights in Kandy (no meal)
Day 2 Kandy, Pinnawala Elephant orphanage (Breakfast)
Day 3 Kandy transfer to Nuwara Eliya, train ride to Ella, 2 nights in Ella (Breakfast)
Day 4 Ella, soft adventure trek (Breakfast)
Day 5 Ella transfer to Galle, transfer to Colombo, 2 nights in Colombo (Breakfast)
Day 6 Colombo half-day city tour (Breakfast)
Day 7 Colombo Departure (Breakfast)

Tour Details | Colombo & Hill Country Adventure
Day 1 Arrive in Colombo, transfer to Kandy, 2 nights in Kandy (no meal)

Colombo arrival, meet-welcome and transfer to Kandy.
2 nights stay at Kandy House.

Day 2 Kandy, Pinnawala Elephant orphanage (Breakfast)

Visit Pinnawala Elephant orphanage – The orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into fits and ravines in their quest for water during drought period. Other inmates at the orphanage are those displaced from their natural environs by development projects or those founds diseased or wounded. The animals that were brought during the initials years are now capable of breeding and have in fact bred. The best time to visit is during the feeding times, when one will have the opportunity of seeing the baby elephants being bottle-fed. Also could accompany the elephants to a river close-by and see the elephants having their daily bath. Optional you can visit in the evening a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lanka Dancing, Mask and Fire.

Day 3 Kandy transfer to Nuwara Eliya, train ride to Ella, 2 nights in Ella (Breakfast)

En route to Nuwara Eliya visit Pedro or Lipton, visit the tea plantation / factory, where the best tea in the world produced, you will be told about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded and taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory for complementary.
Enjoy a 3 hours Sri Lankan Train journey to Ella. Choose the first class wagon or observation wagon. The driver will drop you in Nanu Oya station for the ride and again then pick you up in Ella station. 2 nights stay at 98 Acres Resort, Ella.

Day 4 Ella, soft adventure trek (Breakfast)

The most rewarding, and most taxing, hike around Ella is the ascent of the majestic Ella Rock, which looms over the village. It’s around a four-hour hike in total, with an interesting mix of rail track, tea plantation, and some steep stuff near the summit. Carry food, water and good footwear, and take care in wet weather, when tracks can get slippery – and be aware, too, that mist and rain can descend quickly at the top.
There are several different possible routes; most begin by following the rail line south out of the village, then following one of the various paths which strike off up the rock.

Day 5 Ella transfer to Galle, transfer to Colombo, 2 nights in Colombo (Breakfast)

Morning, drive to Galle is a major city in Sri Lanka. Visit the fortified city, it has a colorful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria IV, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.” After the Galle Fort tour you can use the new highway to reach Colombo quickly. Check-in into the hotel and relax the rest of the evening. You can explore the city neighborhood on your own and dine at a nice restaurant as per your choice. 2 nights stay at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.

Day 6 Colombo half-day city tour (Breakfast)

After breakfast get ready for the Colombo half-day city tour. The rest of the day is free to explore the place on your own.

Day 7 Colombo Departure (Breakfast)

Free until transfer to International airport in time to board the outbound flight. End of your Colombo & Hill Country Adventure

Cost
CNY 7660 per person twin or triple sharing
CNY 9980 per person single room
based on a minimum of 6 pax

What’s Included
– 6 nights hotel accommodations
– Hotel buffet breakfasts
– Airport transfers as per the itinerary using private vehicle
– Transportation in an air conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver-guide
– Guidance and assistance throughout the tour from driver/guide
– Sightseeing tour entrance fees incl. Pinnawala Elephant orphanage
– Train ticket with First Class from Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Accommodation | Colombo & Hill Country Adventure

Hotel Name: The Kandy House, Kandy
Information: The House is a unique ancestral manor house providing seclusion and serenity for its guests in a lush, tropical garden setting. The aim is to give guests an experience of staying more in a private house than a conventional hotel.
Location: Ideally situated just a few minutes out of Kandy centre (2.5km), the house affords stunning views within a peaceful setting.

Hotel Name: 98 Acres Resort & Spa, Ella
Information: A passion and deep concern for the environment is reflected in the design and construction of the resort. The rooms are bright and able ambiance for the guests and are completed with laminated wooden balconies to the total experience. Amidst other facilities is the elegantly designed pool overlook- deck made of cut stones.
Location: Located in a picturesque ninety eight acre Uva Greenland Tea Estate creating a small haven that has an almost perfect climate.

Hotel Name: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
Information: The hotel reflects the grandeur of a bygone era yet offering modern comfort for today’s traveler. Hotel offers Spa and Swimming pool facilities in a calm and comfortable environment for guests to relax after a busy day.
Location: Sri Lanka’s iconic historic hotel, Galle Face Hotel, situated in the heart of Colombo, along the seafront facing the famous Galle Face Green.

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