Tea Country, Railroads & The Colonial Past | Sri Lanka Luxury Tour

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Tea Country, Railroads & The Colonial Past

Sri Lanka Tour

Tea Country, Railroads & The Colonial Past
Sri Lanka Tour

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Few islands in the world offer the diversity that exists in Sri Lanka, which arouses the senses and intoxicates its visitors with its potpourri of cultures, religions, races, customs, lifestyle and its sheer natural landscapes.

Sri Lanka certainly offers a panoply of elements in which an individual traveler makes their own meanings through engagement and encounters – there’s little doubt about it.

The immediate contact with locals draws natural smiling faces, there’s a sense of immense warmth around you, and you feel that you are no longer a stranger to this Island which has a very rich history, its own mysteries, stories, legend and myth.

Welcome to the Island of unexpected pleasures!

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Accommodation

Enjoy seven nights in four different luxury hotels.

Immerse yourself in the local culture, exploring the sites and staying in our hand picked five star hotels. At each hotel, you’ll be greeted with smiles and luxurious amenities to make you feel at home.

The hotels you will be staying at are:

  • 2 nights at Taylors Hill, Kandy
  • 2 nights at Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton
  • 2 nights at Rampart Street, Galle
  • 1 night at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo

Your Journey

Day One - Arrival & welcome

AYUBOWAN! This is the greeting you will hear from our airport manager as he welcomes you with flower garlands and sheaf at the Colombo Airport, arrival lounge. He will then introduce you to your guide and escort you to your vehicle. We welcome all clients with colourful garlands typically Sri Lankan welcome.

Day Two - Ceylen Tea Experience

After breakfast, you’ll go on a trek to the Taylors Seat which is known as the place where James Taylor sat and planned the future of the tea industry in Sri Lanka. Passing through the Loolecondera tea plantation while learning about the Ceylon Tea Story.

Day Three - Peradeniya train to Hatton

After breakfast, you will check out and proceed to Peradeniya station. Your guide will provide insight about the Sri Lanka railway which was introduced by the British and the history that connects the railways to the history of tea. Thereafter, you will board the train from Peradeniya to Hatton, embarking on the scenic journey through the mesmerising hill country.

Day Four - Evolution of Tea in Hatton

After breakfast and a warm cup of energizing Ceylon Tea to wake you up to a beautiful morning, you will visit a tea factory with their resident planter Mr. Bernard Holsinger, who has 30 years of experience in the tea industry. You will learn how the Ceylon tea industry evolved through the marketing and branding of Sir Thomas Lipton through the brand Lipton Tea. Lipton tea glorified and introduced Ceylon tea on a global scale earning the country the fame of one of the largest tea exporters in the world.

Day Five - Travel to Galle and Galle Fort tour

After an early breakfast, you will travel by air to the upcoming hip and trendy town of Galle. In the afternoon, you will be taken on a walking tour at the Galle Fort with an eccentric local host.

Your host is a former advertising executive from Colombo. A year ago, he decided to quit the advertising world and delved straight into the stories that make Galle Fort less a fort – and more a home for thousands. Today, he is leading curious tourists into one of Sri Lanka’s most beloved UNESCO World Heritage Sites, helping them decode the fort’s magic and mystery.

Day Six - Handungoda tea factory visit

After leisurely breakfast, you will proceed to Handungoda the white tea plantation/factory. This unique tea estate is one of the lowest lying tea estates in Sri Lanka and also has rubber and cinnamon plantations.

Day Seven - Explore Colombo, relax and

After breakfast, check out from the resort and proceed to the capital city of Colombo. En route visit Brief Garden by Bevis Bawa who was the elder brother of the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa. Bawa brothers were recognized for their architectural masterpieces Brief Garden and Lunuganga.

On arrival to Colombo check in at the hotel and daytime spent at leisure.

Spend the evening with resident host Mark Forbes as he takes you through the glory days of the Colombo Fort, on a journey back in time where we learn about the days of colonization of Ceylon and the spice route trade network.

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