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Kandy To Nuwara Eliya Return Tour By Tuk Day Tour

1. Kandy To Nuwara Eliya Return Tour By Tuk Day Tour

🟢Pickup 7.45AM In Kandy⏭(22km) Ceylon Tea Factory ⏭ (28km) Ramboda Water Fall ⏭(8km) C Tea Plantation ⏭ (15km)Gregory Lake⏭(5km)Seetha Amman Hindu Temple⏭(1.5km)Hakgala Botanical Garden⏭(34km)Ramboda View Point⏭(49km)Drop-off Your Hotel 🛑 Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s highest town and a favourite hill station during British colonial times. The town is still touted as ‘Little England’, an illusion maintained by the presence of the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, a racecourse, the Victoria Park and excellent trout fishing in nearby lakes and rivers. The temperature can drop close to freezing at night, and log fires are a common feature of the many Tudor-style houses. Adding to the atmosphere is the spectacle of its townsfolk wrapped in winter jackets and woolly hats, carting incredible bundles of turnips, leeks, marrows and cabbages to the markets. Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya has a much cooler climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with a mean annual temperature of 16 °C. But the temperature changes, and sometimes it can be as low as 3°C. It is pretty cold at night in the winter, and there can even be frost. Although it rapidly warms up as the tropical sun climbs higher during the day. Among the most iconic vistas of Nuwara Eliya are the rolling estates with their vast swathes of terrain carpeted in an emerald sea. Women draped in colourful saris resemble butterflies as they work their way along the bushes, deftly picking just two leaves and a bud from each branch and tossing them into baskets slung on their backs. The British introduced tea to the island in the late 19th century, which was vital to the economy. Some of the finest in the world is produced in the hill country. Visit a factory and see how they are plucked, dried, crushed, fermented and fired using machinery that has remained unchanged since Victorian times. Nuwara Eliya comes alive in April for the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, and it is difficult to find accommodation as Sri Lankans holiday in the region during this period. The festive "Nuwara Eliya Season" starts on April 1 annually in a proper manner. The ceremony consists mainly of a band show in which all the local school bands participate. Main attractions in Nuwara Eliya during the April season include the numerous motor and horse racing events. Motor racing comes alive with the Mahagastotte and Radella Hill Climbs, the former being run since 1934. The Nuwara Eliya Road Race and the 4X4 Lake Cross on the edge of Lake Gregory attract a fair share of enthusiasts. Parties are held nightly in the hotels, and the season culminates in the nine-furlong (1811 m) Governor's Cup, Golf Tournaments and the flower show at the end of the month. The town's attractions include the golf course, trout streams, Nuwara Eliya Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. Victoria Park is an attractive and well-used oasis. It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities it gives to see various

Horton Plains, Worlds End, Bakers Falls & Train Ride

2. Horton Plains, Worlds End, Bakers Falls & Train Ride

The tour began early morning at 5.AM with packet breakfast, we meet you at the Ella, bandarawela,or Haputale Railway station for a scenic train ride to Ohiya station. Arrive at 8:30 AM where you will be picked up and transferred to Horton Plains National Park. By vehicle Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by Montana grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination. The plains’ vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest, and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan sambar deer feature as typical mammals, and the park is also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains. Forest dieback is one of the major threats to the park and some studies suggest that it is caused by a natural phenomenon. The sheer precipice of World’s End and Baker’s Falls are among the tourist attractions of the park. We trek 3 to 4 Hours in the Horton’s plane and back to the gate for a picnic lunch After the picnic lunch if you like to climb the Totapolakanda is the third highest mountain in Sri Lanka 2,357 m (7,733 ft) above mean sea level. The mountain is located within the Horton Plains National Park. A trail to the top of the mountain, about two kilometres long, Most parts of the mountain surface is covered with shrubs adapted to the cool and windy climate of Horton Plains National Park. Strobilanthes, Osbeckia and Rhodomyrtus species grown as shrubs are common among them. Trail to Thotupola kanda will let you experience the unique montane forest ecosystem of Horton plains with minimum difficulty. On a clear day, you will be able to enjoy the breath-taking view of the surrounding savanna and forest patches of Horton Plains from the summit. Even though Thotupola kanda is the third highest peak inSri Lanka, this trail is easy to tackle since the elevation gain from trail head to the peak is quite smal About two hours to up and back and we drive back to Ohiya station and take the train back to Ella, Haputale Or Bandarawela

Horton Plains National Park Tour & Scenic Train Ride

3. Horton Plains National Park Tour & Scenic Train Ride

Get picked up from your hotel at 5:45 AM and drive to the railway station for a scenic train ride to Ohiya station. Arrive at 8:30 AM where you will be picked up and transferred to Horton Plains National Park. When you arrive, begin your walk along the park's nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End with your guide. Walking through the narrow paths will be really interesting as you pass grasslands and interspersed with patches of thick forest, rocky outcrops, filigree waterfalls, and misty lakes. The surprising diversity of the landscape is matched by the wide variety of wildlife. The World's End Viewpoint is a sheer cliff, with a drop of about 4,000 feet (1,200 m). Nearby, you will also find the Baker Falls, a 20-meter cascade of water named after Sir Samuel Baker, a famous explorer. Admire the stunning views, relax and enjoy scenic beauty. At 2:30 PM you will be taken back to your hotel, arriving at approximately 4:30 PM.

From Ella : Horton Plains National Park & Nuwaraeliya Tour

4. From Ella : Horton Plains National Park & Nuwaraeliya Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in ella , bandarawela , haputhle to start your journey to horton plains national park. As a tropical island with cool climates, Sri Lanka offers stunning landscapes and panoramic views that are perfect for adventurous trekkers. Horton Plains, a Unesco world heritage Site, showcases the beauty of cloud forests, grassy plains, streams, waterfalls, and unique flora and fauna. The trek will take you through wild grasslands, cloud forests, and various rock formations, offering breathtaking sights of waterfalls and misty lakes. Keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife, including birds, sambar deer, and even leopards. The park is also home to a wide variety of plant species, making it a nature lover's paradise. upon your journey back to the city, you will stop at a strawberry farm. be sure to indulge in the popular strawberries and cream, waffles or strawberry cheesecake or anything else that takes your fancy. Then you will visit nuwara eliya.this city tour will start with the drive to nuwara eliya. Once in town, you will be shown one of Sri Lankas oldest post offices. A typical Tudor styled colonial building that stands proud with its red brick exterior. You will then be taken to see other traditional colonial buildings that reflect the British influence during their colonial years. Such buildings would be the HNB Bank, nuwara eliya Police Station, St. Xavier’s Church and nuwara eliya’s pride, the prestigious colonial masterpiece of the Grand Hotel with its gorgeous manicured lawns from outside. Next, you will visit Lake Gregory, a man made marvel of colonial days. It was initially built for the purpose of electricity and is now used for recreation and leisure. This beautiful lake is surrounded by breathtaking views of mountains in the distance. You will have time to take part in the activities provided on site. Such as paddle boats and other water sports After a day filled with adventure and exploration, you will return to Ella ,bandarawela , haputhale for an overnight stay at your hotel.

Visit Horton plains and Nuwara Eliya from Ella

5. Visit Horton plains and Nuwara Eliya from Ella

Depart early in the morning, setting out on a scenic drive through the verdant hills and tea plantations. Arrive at Horton Plains National Park, known for its breathtaking landscapes. Embark on the World's End and Baker's Falls trail, a 9.5-kilometer hike showcasing stunning views from the precipice of World's End and the beauty of Baker's Falls. Immerse yourself in the serene surroundings and capture the awe-inspiring scenery. After the trek, make your way to Nuwara Eliya, often dubbed "Little England." Explore its colonial charm, visit a tea plantation and factory to delve into the tea-making process, and relish a cup of fine Ceylon tea. Stroll around the picturesque town, perhaps visiting the golf course or indulging in some horseback riding. Capture the captivating blend of architecture and nature. As the day draws to a close, journey back to Ella, filled with memories of the lush hills, the majestic plains, and the unique beauty of Nuwara Eliya and Horton Plains.

Kandy To Nuwara Eliya Day Tour By Tuk Tuk Sri Lanka

6. Kandy To Nuwara Eliya Day Tour By Tuk Tuk Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya was Sri Lanka's highest town and a favored hill station during British colonial times. The town is still referred to as 'Little England', a perception maintained by the presence of the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, a racecourse, Victoria Park, and excellent trout fishing in nearby lakes and rivers. The temperature can drop close to freezing at night, and log fires are a common feature of the many Tudor-style houses. Adding to the atmosphere is the spectacle of its townsfolk wrapped in winter jackets and woolly hats, carting incredible bundles of turnips, leeks, marrows, and cabbages to the markets. Due to the high altitude, a much cooler climate is experienced in Nuwara Eliya compared to the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with a mean annual temperature of 16 °C. But the temperature fluctuates, and sometimes it can be as low as 3°C. It is pretty cold at night in the winter, and there can even be frost. Although it rapidly warms up as the tropical sun climbs higher during the day. Among the most iconic vistas of Nuwara Eliya are the rolling estates with their vast swathes of terrain carpeted in an emerald sea. The bushes are tended by women draped in colorful saris, resembling butterflies as they work, deftly picking just two leaves and a bud from each branch and tossing them into baskets slung on their backs. Tea was introduced to the island by the British in the late 19th century, proving vital to the economy. Some of the world's finest tea is produced in the hill country. A visit to a factory allows observation of how they are plucked, dried, crushed, fermented, and fired using machinery that has remained unchanged since Victorian times. Nuwara Eliya comes alive in April for the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year, and accommodation is challenging to find as Sri Lankans holiday in the region during this period. The festive "Nuwara Eliya Season" starts on April 1 annually in a proper manner. The ceremony consists mainly of a band show in which all the local school bands participate. Main attractions in Nuwara Eliya during the April season include numerous motor and horse racing events. Motor racing comes alive with the Mahagastotte and Radella Hill Climbs, the former being run since 1934. The Nuwara Eliya Road Race and the 4X4 Lake Cross on the edge of Lake Gregory attract a fair share of enthusiasts. Parties are held nightly in the hotels, and the season culminates in the nine-furlong (1811 m) Governor's Cup, Golf Tournaments, and the flower show at the end of the month. The town's attractions include the golf course, trout streams, Nuwara Eliya Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. Victoria Park is an attractive and well-used oasis. It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities it gives to see various species, particularly the Indian Blue Robin, Pied Thrush, or Scaly Thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth. The Kashmir Flycatcher is another attractive bird species found in the park. Galway's Land Bird Sanctuary, close to Lake Gregory, is another wildlife site of 0.6 km². Nuwara Eliya is a base for visits to Horton Plains National Park. This is a key wildlife area of an open grassy woodland. Species include the Leopard, Sambar, and the endemic Purple-faced Langur. Endemic highland birds include the Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka White-eye, and Yellow-eared Bulbul. The plains also have a well-visited tourist attraction at World's End, a sheer precipice with a 1050 m drop. The return walk passes the scenic Baker Falls. Early morning visits are best to see the wildlife and view World's End before mists close in during the morning. One of the distinctive features of the Nuwara Eliya countryside is the widespread cultivation of vegetables, fruit, and flowers usually associated with temperate Europe. This "Little England" is covered with terraces growing potatoes, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, and roses, interspersed with tea bushes on the steeper slopes. The slow-growing bushes of this highland region produce some of the world's finest Orange Pekoes, and several factories around Nuwara Eliya offer guided tours and the opportunity to sample or purchase their products. Although not strictly an attraction, the Grand Hotel (Nuwara Eliya) is the former British governor's mansion, now owned by Tangerine Hotels and one of the most prestigious hotels outside Colombo. The charming colonial-era building is over 100 years old. The Hindu Temple called "Seetha Kovil" is a place related to folklore" (Hanuman Kovil). It is found on the way to Badulla from Nuwara Eliya before reaching the Hakgala Botanical Garden. The temple is located in the village called "Seetha Eliya". The area is related to the Ramayana story in Hinduism. Folklore says that the mighty King Ravana kidnapped Princess Seetha, the Queen of Rama, and hid her in the place where the temple is now.

Visit Horton Plains & scenic Train ride from Ella

7. Visit Horton Plains & scenic Train ride from Ella

Visit Horton Plains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning landscapes and distinctive wildlife, to start an amazing journey. Horton Plains, which situated in Sri Lanka's central highlands, provides a variety of experiences, including mist-covered grasslands, thick montane forests, and tumbling waterfalls. Start your adventure by heading toward the center of Horton Plains, where you'll come across well-known sites like World's End, a precipitous cliff that offers expansive views over the plains below. Admire the splendor of Baker's Falls, a charming cascade tucked away in the park's rich vegetation that offers a cool break from the grandeur of nature. Take a picturesque train ride from Ohiya to Ella to cap off your adventure after discovering the delights of Horton Plains. Take a ride on the train and experience the breathtaking scenery of Sri Lanka's hill country as you pass past charming villages, rolling hills, and tea plantations. Enjoy the captivating sights of the surrounding landscape as the train rattles along the tracks and take in memories that will last long after the trip is over. Your exploration doesn't stop when you get to Ella. When you step off the train and get ready for your hotel drop-off, take in the allure of this picturesque hill station. Traveling from Ella station to your lodging, whether by car or tuk-tuk, provides another chance to appreciate the area's splendor, as lush greenery and meandering roads frame the stunning scenery. In conclusion, a trip to Horton Plains coupled with a picturesque train ride from Ohiya to Ella promises to be a life-changing event full of stunning scenery and natural treasures. This voyage reveals the unmatched grandeur of Sri Lanka's hill country, from the misty expanses of Horton Plains to the undulating hills of Ella, leaving you with lifelong memories.

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3.8
(4 reviews)

A wonderful day with a wonderful guide and driver - Danushka. As a person who places emphasis on customer satisfaction Danushka was extremely accommodating and flexible in meeting the needs of our customised tour. This is a great tour as we were able to travel the scenic road route to Nuwara Eliya and return. On route we stopped at local restaurant as well as taking in the sights as outlined in the itinerary. Time was no issue for Danushka who was extremely patient. An excellent tour. Thank you Danushka. We wish you well for future tours. A job well done - Peter and Merlinda

Amith, our Guide, is a very nice person and showed us some sweet spots to enjoy the magnificent nature of the horton plains! he was always aware to avoid crowded places and took beautiful pictures from us! Also we could so some spontaneous changes of our day easily! Thank you so much for that day! Was totall worth it!

Great day with driver Channa! He stopped at many viewpoints along the way and customised the itinerary to my liking!

very responsive driver/guide. beautiful nature. Exceptional!