11 Days / 10 Nights
Adult | Child
The Colonial Sri Lanka 09-night tour covers the Colonial past of Sri Lanka travelling through the busy & buzz of Negombo to start with, the hill capital Kandy, tea-growing hills of Nuwara Eliya, Haputale from its ridge-top position, has superb views of some amazing tea estates and valleys, Colombo and Galle Dutch fort on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The tour takes you through Sri Lanka’s most interesting and beautiful landscapes and finishes from Colombo one of Asia’s vibrant cities.
The tour is ideal for senior travellers, who would love going back in time and experiencing this slow pace tour looking for the colonial eras of Sri Lanka. This tour is best done from November to April with the option of few extended nights on the south coast. We also would recommend this tour from July to September if you’re looking for a summer break as the hill country is very pleasant during this time of the year and offers you plenty of time for country walks.
As always, we are able to tinker with this itinerary if you wish and add an extra night here and there. We can also discuss other hotel or villa options.
On arrival meet your Tripavi representative who will introduce you to your private chauffeur-guide. Your chauffeur-guide will stay with you for the duration of your trip. Your Sri Lankan experience begins with a short drive to Negombo a costal beach side town. If time permits depending today you have the option to explore few catholic churches.
After breakfast checkout and leave for Kandy, passing many rural villages, your chauffeur-guide will be able to suggest places to stop for refreshments along the way.
Your first stop will be at Dawson Tower, is located on Kadugannawa in the Kadugannawa Pass next to the Colombo - Kandy Road, the first modern highway on the island. Work began on the Colombo - Kandy Road in 1820 under the direction of Captain William Francis Dawson who died during the project. The Dawson Tower was erected in memory of Dawson.
We also would offer you a stop at the National railway museum, located in Kadugannawa. The museum was opened on 27 December 2014 in order to commemorate the 150th anniversary of railway service in Sri Lanka. Previously, the museum was located in Colombo. The museum has old engines, locomotives, rail cars, trolleys, carriages, machineries, and equipment’s that used since the beginning of Sri Lanka Railway. The museum is open daily from 9.00 AM to 4.00 PM and closed on Poya days.
After breakfast visit the Hantane tea museum, it claims to be the first of its kind in the world. Located in an old tea factory abandoned in 1986. It contains some impressive old machinery, polished up and laid out in manufacturing sequence. This will be followed with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth, one of the most sacred sites for the Buddhist population. Across from the complex is a walking monastery and beyond its walls is St. Paul’s Church which was built in 1843 although the earliest minister, George Bisset, was here in 1816. There are various interesting memorials from 1822 to the 1870s in the British Garrison Cemetery, which is up hill behind the national Museum is also a must visit. Evening visit a small theatre to watch a traditional Kandyan dance performance which lasts about an hour, showcasing some of the country's rich dance culture. It culminates with a dramatic fire walking show.
After breakfast visit the beautiful botanical gardens on the outskirts of Kandy. Take a walk through the gardens, visit the orchid house, and enjoy the riverside views. Later you proceed to Nuwara Eliya with an optional stop at Ramboda Waterfall, Pussellawa. Ramboda waterfall is not a single waterfall and it has two stairs. You will also have the option of stopping at the Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple offers Religious value for Hindus. Nuwara Eliya is one of those curiosities of history a former British hill station. There are attractive walks around the small town, which has lawns, parks, an Anglican church, and the nostalgic Hill Club. The best months to visit this part of the country in March, April, July & August. The winter months tend to be the driest, with visibility, through can be very cold. The weather can foul at any time and it can get cold at night so come prepared. If you’re not staying at the hill club, we recommend a visit with high tea in the evening.
After breakfast visit the local town with a stop at one of the oldest Post offices in Sri Lanka. The Tuder-Style two-story red-brick building with a clock spire constructed in 1894 by the British. A visit to Holy Trinity Church Nuwara Eliya, you can find Largest mechanically operated Piano. It is played by pumping air by paddle, using legs. It is Huge instrument height about 15 feet and width about 6 feet. You should not miss it if you are in Nuwara Eliya. This has been bought to Sri Lanka from England.
This afternoon you will take a train south to the tea country, where you have fantastic views out over the tea plantations and pickers working the harvest. Depending on the time of the train, you may have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy some relaxation in this beautiful region. Your chauffeur will take your luggage in the vehicle so that you will travel in ease to meet you at the Haputale Railway Station nearest to a very popular town Ella in the Islands tourist map. One of the highlights of this tour is staying at Tea estate bungalow for your next two days and Haputale is the best from our choices.
This morning we recommend tuk tuk ride to the famous view point by Sir Thomas Lipton a spot where he loved to sit and overlook the vast Dambetenna Tea Estate. And at 1970m (6463 feet) above sea level, on clear day be assured the views are indeed breathtaking with vast expanses of vibrant green tea plants as far as the eye can see. Today you will be taken to see a more traditional local tea factory. Here you will get to see the process from start to finish. Enjoy seeing the leaves being plucked by hand in the tea fields, to sampling the variety teas if you wish. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. If you enjoy walking, this region is beautiful to get out and explore on foot.
This morning departs the tea country and head south along the coastline to Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage site where small back streets in the Dutch Fort provide a very charming experience. This is a long drive, usually taking most of the day, but your chauffeur-guide can suggest places for you to stop and explore along the way - there are a number of impressive waterfalls. Evening at your own leisure. Your hotel is located within the fort walls - you might like to explore the boutiques and restaurants in the fort this evening. Galle’s origins as port go back well before the Portuguese. Ibn Batuta, the great Moroccan traveller, visited it in 1344. So, there is lot to explore and learn with our expert guide on your Galle city walk tomorrow.
Our tour guide would be delighted accompany you and explore Galle today at your own pace. You might like to visit some of the quirky shops, stopping in a local cafe for lunch. Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It’s known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. Galle Lighthouse stands on the fort’s southeast tip are the highlights of this historical city.
When the weather is good, there are some lovely bicycle tours which can be done. There are many different routes which can be taken depending on your interests, our travel consultant will be happy to advise. You also have the option to explore one of the very last rain forest treks in the southern part of the Island. World's 21 Biodiversity Hotspots at Kanneliya Rainforest. The forest complex designated as a biosphere reserve in 2004 by UNESCO a morning guided trek could be arranged with prior notice. Also, a very interesting local cooking class could be arranged on your few km south of the port city at one of the famous beach hotspots in Unawatuna. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.
This morning you depart Galle and drive north along the coastline to your accommodation in Colombo. This drive can vary dramatically in time depending when you choose to depart, so it's worth discussing timings with your travel consultant. Rest of the day at your own leisure or you have the option to explore the Colombo city with, to explore the colonial past and around every corner building from another era remain hidden between renovations.
Begin nearby colorful produce behind the old town hall where your local host will set the scene for your journey ahead. Hear of the colonial powers and Arab traders who visited “the pearl of the Indian Ocean” and put this lesser-known city on the map from the 14th century onward. Much of Colombo’s architecture is an intriguing memento of the past, whether this is a Mosque or old Dutch Bell Tower out of sight along vendor-lined streets or the renovated statement buildings in a recently re-opened part of town. Glimpse the future of Colombo as you arrive at the Dutch Hospital, surrounded by high rise buildings, new hotels, and café culture.
After breakfast you will be met by your chauffeur-guide and transferred to the airport for your onwards flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.
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