Golden beaches, hilltop rock temples, lush rainforests, vanished empires and stunning highland tea plantations make up the colourful mosaic that is Sri Lanka, all of it hiding in plain sight for you to discover. Follow in Buddhist footsteps as your walking journey introduces you to the marvelous tea estates, the wetlands of Gin Ganga and to the wondrous and historic Galle fort. Then, just when you think you’ve seen everything, hop on the train to Hill Country and experience what is said to be one of the greatest railway journeys in the world! Let the island pull you in as you become one with this legendary nation and its culture.
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Spend an exciting first day exploring the city of Colombo! Enjoy a historic walking tour of the Fort and Pettah market, followed by dinner at our favourite restaurant in the 'Old Dutch Hospital', recently converted into a trendy shopping and restaurant district.
Your route today begins at Gadaladeniya Temple in the outskirts of Kandy. Enjoy charming views of the spice gardens, rice paddies and small villages as you mosey down quiet country roads, stopping for a picnic lunch along the way. Tonight, enjoy a private show of traditional Kandyan dance and music over dinner.
Follow in the footsteps of millions of devout Buddhists this morning with a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth—considered one of the most culturally significant places in the country. This afternoon, stroll through the former leisure gardens of Kandyan Royalty before returning to your hotel for some poolside lounging.
All aboard! Take in the dramatic landscapes of tangled green peaks and tea plantations on what is considered to be one of the greatest railway journeys in the world! Pass colourful Hindu temples and smell the incense as you explore the surrounding tea estates before dinner overlooking the hotel reservoir.
Get the full tea experience today as you meet the Tamil men and women who work the tea plantation fields.
Then, get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at one of the area’s tea factories, accompanied by a tea expert who will take you through the process from bud to bag.
Take a seaplane ride today from the Tea Trails down to the sun-soaked South Coast – or, make the journey by car, stopping for a hike and picnic along the way. Upon arrival in Galle, spend the afternoon exploring the hidden alleyways of South Asia’s largest living fort with our local friend, Juliet.
After breakfast, head to the mouth of the Gin Ganga where you’ll take a tour of the wetlands by water. (Keep an eye out for some furry friends swinging from the trees!) Spend the day ambling through traditional villages, rice paddies and fragrant cinnamon plantations. Dinner tonight is a special surprise!
After breakfast you’ll be driven to the Colombo Airport in time for your departure flight.Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
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