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Colonial Sri Lanka: Kandy, tea country & Galle

9 days from $2,730pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Colombo
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Galle
  • Visit the most sacred of all Buddha relics at the Temple of the Tooth.

  • Take a train journey through the tea country.

  • Explore the Dutch fort at Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • An afternoon walking in Colombo.

Audley Travel specialist Niall

What our specialists say...

For those wanting to follow the colonial trail through Sri Lanka, this itinerary offers a comprehensive journey to Kandy, the former royal capital and British hill station, followed by Nuwara Eliya in the heart of the tea country, and onwards to Galle and the Sri Lankan coastline before a final night in Colombo. You will be able to see the key sites, as well as exploring some of the more hidden areas, with a knowledgeable guide. You will be able to see examples of British, Dutch and Portuguese influences which have helped to shape modern-day Sri Lanka.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Colombo
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Galle
  • Colombo

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Kandy

Colombo , Kandy

On arrival meet your Audley 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 journey to Kandy, passing many rural villages, your chauffeur-guide will be able to suggest places to stop for refreshments along the way. Depending on the time of your flight, you will have the rest of the day at your own leisure.

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Day 2 Kandy

Kandy

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. This will be followed with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth, one of the most sacred sites for the Buddhist population. This 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.

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Day 3 Nuwara Eliya

Kandy , Nuwara Eliya

Today 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.

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Day 4 Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

Today you will be taken to see a 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.

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Day 5 Galle

Nuwara Eliya , Galle

This morning depart 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.

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Day 6 Galle

Galle

Today you have the time free to explore Galle at your own pace. You might like to visit some of the quirky shops, stopping in a local cafe for lunch.

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Day 7 Galle

Galle

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, your specialist will be happy to advise.

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Day 8 Colombo

Galle , Colombo

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 specialist. Rest of the day at your own leisure.

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Day 9 Return home

Colombo

After breakfast you will be met by your chauffeur-guide and transferred to the airport for your onwards flight.

Enjoying hand pulled noodles
Audley Travel specialist Niall

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The specialist who designs your trip to Sri Lanka will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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