Hill Country & Tea Tasting with train Journey
Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839.
In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate.
In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London.
Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 15% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as one of the World’s largest Tea exporter.
Then proceed to Kandy.
Kandy is a world heritage site and it is the capital of the hill country. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally the British in 1815. To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
You will witness the city of Kandy including upper lake drive, market square, arts & crafts center, gem museum and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. It is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.
Then transfer to Peradeniya Railway Station and transfer back to Colombo. Pick up from the railway station and drop at the hotel in Colombo or Negombo / Katunayake.
Summary of the Excursion
Pick up from the hotel at 08.00 a.m. and transfer to Kandy.
On your way stop at a Tea plantation.
Visit and experience the process of tea in Sri Lanka followed by a complimentary cup of tea.
Cost & Terms
Prices starting from USD 85 per person (Minimum 02 Pax) Conditions apply
Above rate includes
Including return transfers from Negombo / Katunayake by private car
Service of an English speaking chauffeur
Entrance fee / tickets to sites mentioned above
Train tickets on reserved 02nd class (Subject to availability at the time of confirmation)