Colombo, Kandy & Tea Country

Colombo, Kandy & Tea Country

Sri Lanka promises scenic views, a friendly welcome, delicious cuisine and incredibly rich history; on this tour we’ve hand-picked some of the best highlights of this island nation. Explore Colombo and Kandy, two of Sri Lanka’s most important and vibrant cities, and learn more about the fascinating tea traditions in Hatton.

Learn about the country’s fascinating history in Colombo, on a city walk that explores the Sri Lankan identity and colonial heritage still present here. Then head to Kandy, where you will discover thousands of years of history and explore beautiful sights and the sacred Temple of the Tooth site. Travel to Hatton, home to breath-taking landscapes and the centre of Sri Lanka’s thriving tea trade. Visit a tea plantation and learn all about the amazing process that goes into making your morning cuppa! Before you head home, spend a day relaxing in luxurious surroundings in Minuwangoda, making the most of Sri Lanka’s natural beauty.

Our tours can be tailored to meet your requirements, or our team can create a bespoke Sri Lanka holiday especially for you. Read our tour for inspiration, and give our Travel Specialists a call to start planning the holiday of a lifetime.

    DAY 01

    UK - Colombo


    Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by your Inspiring Travel Company Travel Representative and transfer to your hotel in Colombo (approximately 1 hour transfer). Accommodation: Maniumpathy, Colombo
      DAY 02



      Today take part in a personalized city walk, learning about the history and culture of this fascinating city. Learn about the Portuguese, Dutch and English colonial heritage here, and soak in the incredible Sri Lankan culture. These walks usually last between three and four hours, allowing plenty of time for rest stops and of course many fantastic photo opportunities. Accommodation: Maniumpathy, Colombo.
        DAY 03

        Colombo - Kandy


        After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Kandy (approximately 3 hours). This evening you will have the opportunity to visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth, one of the most important Buddhist shrines. As this is a religious site, we recommend light clothing with sleeves, and trousers and skirts below knee-length. Footwear should be removed before entering the temple.
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          DAY 04

          Kandy - Dambulla


          Your transfer from Kandy to Dambulla will take approximately 2.5 hours. Today you will visit the Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 1st century BC. The cave complex features an array of incredible statues, inscriptions and paintings.
            DAY 05

            Royal Botanical Gardens


            Located southwest of the centre of Kandy in Peradeniya, these magnificent gardens are spread over 147 acres of land that contain over 4,000 different species of flora. Don’t miss the Giant Bamboo, or the Javan fig tree, which is more than a century old. Another highlight is the cannonball tree, so named for its round fruit, and the distinctive double-coconut palm. At the centre of the gardens find a lake shaped like Sri Lanka.
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              DAY 06

              Kandy - Hatton


              Today you will be transferred by train from Kandy or Peardeniya to Hatton (approximately 2 hours followed by a 30-60 minute drive depending on the bungalow). Check-in to your Bungalow and spend the rest of the day exploring the area. Hatton is a beautiful town that is very important to the world-renowned Ceylon tea industry. Enjoy the breath-taking hilltop views and sweeping vistas of tea plantations. Accommodation Options

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                DAY 07

                Tea plantation

                Tea Country

                Today you will visit a Tea Plantation and Tea Factory. Learn all about the tea-making process and get first-hand experience of how Ceylon tea is produced. Taste fresh tea and enjoy the spectacular views over the tea fields. Accommodation Options

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                  DAY 08



                  Today is free to explore Hatton at your leisure. Perhaps spend more time exploring the local tea trade, or head to Adam’s Peak – a towering and sacred pilgrimage site. Nearby, find the breath-taking Castlereagh Reservoir and the picturesque Warleigh Church. Accommodation Options

                    DAY 09

                    Hatton – Minuwangoda


                    Travel from Hatton to Minuwangoda (approximately 3 hours). Your accommodation for the night, The Wallawwa is a boutique hotel set in beautifully manicured gardens. Enjoy one of the relaxing treatments on offer at the Z Spa, perfect for unwinding after your tour of the island. Accommodation Options

                      DAY 10

                      Sri Lanka - UK

                      Today proceed to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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