3 Days Trip to Kandy & Nuwara Eliya
Spend 3 days in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya which are two scenic and extremely beautiful destinations in the hill country of Sri Lanka. Kandy has the distinction and pride of being the only Sri Lankan city to defy the European colonizers for just over 300 years. The city retained much of its culture and heritage even after in fell to British rule in 1815. The Kandyan Kingdom, the last independent kingdom of Sri Lanka, has many interesting tales of bravery, betrayal, faith and legend. Read on to learn more about these tales which provide insight into the city and its illustrious history. Nuwara Eliya also has a variety of attractions, mainly associated with its colonial past. However, there are also some wonderful places in and around the city that showcase the natural beauty of the island. This is a must do tour if you tour to Sri Lanka!
• Hassle free two way hotel transfers
• Hear commentary from an expert guide
• Best 3 days scenic tour
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What's included :
- 2x Breakfast
- 2x Dinner
- 3x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 2 nights
- Bottled water
- 2 nights accommodation
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Private transportation
- All entrance fees
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Entry/Admission - Royal Botanical Gardens
- Entry/Admission - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
- Entry/Admission - Udawattekele Sanctuary
- Entry/Admission - Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
- Entry/Admission - Gregory Lake
- Entry/Admission - Horton Plains National Park
What's excluded :
Day 1: Colombo/Negombo - Kandy
Stop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya Road, Peradeniya 20400 Sri Lanka
Originally founded by the British in 1821 to grow coffee and cinnamon, today the 147-acre Peradeniya Botanical Gardens are the largest in the country. Located just under 6km from Kandy, these gardens contain a varied collection of tropical woody plants. The important specimens found here include, palms, orchids, gymnosperms and flowering trees. The intriguing ‘Cannonball Tree’, planted by King George V and Queen Mary in 1901, is a key feature here. A 40-meter-tall Burma Bamboo and a giant Javan fig tree are also popular attractions. The gardens were used by the Allied effort during the Second World War. The botanical gardens served as the headquarters of the South East Asia Command under Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in South Asia.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
The Sri Dalada Maligawa, or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is one of the most important temples in the Buddhist world, as it houses a part of the canine tooth of the Lord Buddha. The ancient significance of the Tooth Relic, along with the significance of the temple it is housed in, has resulted in it being recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It was in the early 18 th Century that the young King Vira Narendra Sinha built the present temple to deposit the ancient artefact for protection. A simple complex in the beginning, many more additions were put in place by successive kings, as the relic quickly became a symbol of monarchic power and the right to rule.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Kandy Lake, Centre of Kandy City, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
The serene Kandy Lake was built in 1807, during the reign of the last king of Sri Lanka, King Sri Vickrama Rajasinghe. The Kandy Lake we see now was initially acres of paddy fields, which nourished the Kandyan Kingdom. The king’s move to turn this into a lake was debated by many of his advisors, since the lands were of economic importance to the kingdom. Regardless, the king went ahead and appointed Deveda Moolacharya as the architect to build a magnificent lake in the heart of the city. Today, original features such as the bathing house of the harem, can still be seen near the shores of the lake, alongside the Sri Dalada Maligawa. Named ‘Kiri Muhuda’ (sea of milk) by the king, the present-day lake is an ideal place to just relax and take in the views of the hill country.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Udawattekele Sanctuary, Lovers Walk, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
The Udawattekele Forest Reserve is a hidden gem located in the middle of the city of Kandy. Containing an eclectic mix of flora and fauna, the forest reserve is a wonderful place to trek and enjoy the natural beauty of Sri Lanka. It’s a haven for many species of flora and fauna, especially endemic avifauna, which attracts bird watchers from around the world. The reserve also attracts a number of cultural aficionados, since it is the home of a number of hermitages, where many notable monks took abode. These caves are well hidden and are often found by traversing through rough terrain.
Duration: 2 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Kandy
Day 2: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Stop At: Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, A5, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
The Victoria Park, located on the Nuwara Eliya – Uda Pussellawa Road, was built by the British in the year 1887 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Victoria. The area started life as the research field of the nearby Hakgala Botanical Gardens, where the British used to test certain cash crops for mass cultivation. However, this soon changed and the park was built to resemble the sprawling gardens of English country manors. Couple that atmosphere with the sweet singing of endemic birds and fresh mountain air, and you are bound to feel that you have been immersed in an old English picture postcard.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Pedro Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
The Pedro Tea Estate, established in 1885, is considered to be one of the first places in which the pioneer of the local tea industry, James Taylor perfected the art of growing Ceylon Tea. The estate is just about 3.5km away from the center of Nuwara Eliya. Retrace the steps of the colonial pioneer while you walk through the tea bushes, learn the art of tea plucking and experience the process of how the famed tea brand comes to life. What makes this particular tea estate all the more enticing, is that the manufacturing process remains true to orthodox methods which have been used for over a century. Once you are done with the plantation and factory visit, head over to the Lovers’ Leap Ethical Tea Boutique located right above the estate and enjoy a cup or two of hot tea while you enjoy the lush green view.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, Grand Hotel Road, Nuwara Eliya 22200 Sri Lanka
The Golf Course located in Nuwara Eliya, known the world over for the premier quality of the tea produced in the plantations that surround the club. Despite being situated just a stone’s throw from the town, the club still maintains an air of exclusivity, a desirable apartness, so that when one enters its gates one is transported to a world that has been left behind by the march of history. The 18-hole course, 6399 yards long, is a testing par 71 and is made up of long , narrow fairways, bordered by rows of towering eucalyptus trees and elegant cypresses, held together by dense acacia shrubbery. Good positional play is must for a positive outcome and the course terrain, with its succession of undulating dales and hills, and the many water hazards.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
Nuwara Eliya’s Lake Gregory, is an artificial lake reminiscent of the Serpentine in Hyde Park, United Kingdom. Constructed in 1873 during the governorship of Sir William Gregory, the lake was built primarily to aid power generation, but soon became a popular spot for recreational activities such as boating and fishing. Today the lake and its surroundings have been re-developed by the Sri Lankan government and provide an ideal location for picnics, quiet strolls, pony rides or even a quick paddle in a swan boat available for rent.
Duration: 2 hours
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Day 3: Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Colombo/Negombo
Stop At: Horton Plains National Park, Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka
The Horton Plains National Park, is a protected area covered by mountain grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters (6,900–7,500 ft.) and has been said by many to resemble the African savannah. The National Park is unlike any other in the island; it’s as beautiful as it is eerily, and offers a world that is oddly different from any other part of Sri Lanka. The Horton Plains National Park is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe. In Sinhala the plains are known as Maha Eliya Plains.
Duration: 4 hours
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all places in Negombo and Colombo Airports
- Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
Departure Time :7:00 AM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.