- Trip Outline
Taking the train is a great way to get around, the train journeys are real cultural experiences and the most scenic routes will be highlights of your visit – in particular the wonderful journey from Kandy to Tea Country.
The train journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, or the other way around, is considered to be one of the most beautiful train trips in the world. This train trip between Kandy and Nuwaraeliya lasts 4 hours, however, this is an approximate time and can be changed, the train takes you through stunning landscapes of green and lush tea plantations and mountain views. The train trip between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya is one of the most important highlights of this 2 days trip!
- Discount voucher of 10% at a Jewelry shop (only in Colombo or Kandy)
- Discount voucher 5% to shop at Spice garden in Kandy
- 1-night accommodation in a 3-star standard hotel with breakfast
- 1 Breakfast
- Entrance fees for the following site.
- Spice garden
- Tea estate
- Tea tasting
- Kandy sightseeing tour
- Upcountry train journey
- Gregory lake
- Entire ground transportation as per the itinerary
- English speaking tour guide
- Meeting arrangements at the airport on arrival and departure.
- The above are nett and include all government taxes
- Service of a national tour guide throughout the tour
- Entire ground transportation as per the tour itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Entrance fees for optional sites and activities
- Royal botanical garden
- Tooth relic temple
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage
- Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
- Video and Camera permits.
- Any meals not specified, throughout the tour
- Any other services not specified.
Important places to visit on this 2 days trip
Pinnawala elephant orphanage
Tooth relic temple
Peradeniya botanical garden
Kandy city/Downtown Kandy
Tea plantation and Tea factory
Upcountry train ride
Sri Lanka Kandy trip with scenic upcountry train journey-2 days
With the Kandy one day tour, you can enjoy a conformable riding experience, in one of our modern fully air-conditioned comfortable vehicles. We allocate a separate vehicle for each booking, means on this Kandy one day tour you have the maximum privacy without any intruders. This is a refreshing change giving you the liberty to enjoy the tour on your own and do it at your own pace. You are not a part of a big crowded bus anymore.
Even though there is a documented program giving the instructions to our experienced guide about the proceeding of the tour, you are welcome to make slight twists in order to make your Kandy one day tour more interesting.
The vehicle allocated to your Kandy one day tour is a comfortable and air-conditioned car, van, mini-coach or a coach, depending on the number of persons in your group. Our booking engine features a special functionality called “group booking”, which gives you discounts as the number of persons in the group increases.
The Kandy one day tour starts in Colombo, however, since this is an individual tour the starting point and location is flexible; you can discuss with our consultant and arrange pick-up location. There might be an additional charge if you start the tour on a faraway city from Colombo, but there will be no supplement charge if the pick-up location is within the borders of Colombo.
Colombo is a crowded city with hordes of vehicles, especially during the rush hour, therefore we usually pick-up our customers before the traffic buildup and leave the city within few minutes and thereby avoids the traffic congestion and save time. If the starting point is the Colombo international airport, it is very convenient for the trip as the airport located outside of Colombo and towards Kandy. We can arrange your pick-up timing for the Kandy one day tour on par with your arrival time.
After the drive-through Colombo suburb, the travellers arrive at the more greenish surrounding and fewer traffic regions, this point onward, until Kandy you will encounter only moderate traffic, except in cities. You will roll up along beautiful coconut plantations, rubber plantations, rice paddies, green-capped Jagged Mountains and beautiful countryside of which dominating colour is green. After about 3 hours drive you will arrive at Pinnawala elephant orphanage, which is the first stop on the Kandy one day tour unless otherwise, you did not request a stop before that.
Pinnawala elephant orphanage
Pinnawala elephant orphanage is the first stop on Kandy one day tour, it is the home of a bunch of elephants, which was rescued from the Sri Lankan jungle as they were struggling with life. Some these jumbos we sick while some other wounded, due to many reasons, at the time they were found. These perilous and helpless animals are brought to the orphanage and taken care of with the supervision of doctors and caretakers. However, these animals are not released to the jungle again, due to some constraints that put their lives in danger.
Elephant bath is very interesting and a large number of people is gathering to witness the elephant bath, which happens in the nearby river. The 2 hours showpiece is a unique experience for everyone, where about a fifty animal gather to have a refreshing bath.
Visiting spice garden on the Kandy one day tour
You will spend about one hour at the elephant orphanage before continuing the journey to Kandy, however, there is another stop arriving at Kandy, which is the spice garden. The spice garden showcases a large number of spices and herbs found in tropics. The flowers, fruits, plants, trees of various spices and herbs are on the display and will be introduced to you during the guided tour in the garden. This is the opportunity to discover a large number of spices as well as herbs and learn economical benefits of them.
At the spice garden, you will be given some information about the most ancient indigenous healing system known as Ayurveda, which is in practice on the island for more than 2000 years. Spices and herbs are not only used for making delicious food but also extensively used in Ayurveda to prepare the medicine. You can also sip a cup of herbal tea here; you are also given a healing treatment (oil massage) to rejuvenate your mind and body as a welcome gesture from the garden. The stop at the spice garden will be around 1 hour and it can be a bit longer depending on your interest in the trees and plants.
The Kandy one day tour reaches its climax with arrival to Kandy, which is the next stop after the spice garden. There are many places to explore in Kandy however due to the time constrains only the important tourist attractions are included in the Kandy one day tour.
Royal botanical garden
Here, the guests have their own 1-hour free time to explore the beautiful garden, which is the most popular botanical garden on the island and attracts more than 2 million people every year. The botanical garden encompasses more than 147 acres of land and sits 460 meters above sea level. The green cover of the Peradeniya botanical garden is comprised of more than 4000 different species of trees and plants.
Tooth relic temple
If you have a religious buff, this is the most interesting attraction in Kandy one day tour, and of course, it is a most sacred Buddhist temple on the island and visited by millions of devotees every year. You will be taken to the temple and introduced to important places such as image house, museum, Natha Devala, Pattiruppuwa and relic chamber in a guided tour with our experienced guide.
Upper lake plateau overlooking Kandy city is a viewpoint, giving a bird’s eye view on the beautiful city of Kandy, tooth relic temple, Kandy Lake and Udawattekele sanctuary. The viewpoint lies about 200 meters above the city, which situated in a valley, surrounded by mountains.
The Kandy one day tour is incomplete without a visit to the downtown Kandy, where there are thousands of shops selling various items such as gems and Jewelry, textiles, vegetable, fruits, leatherwear, tea, souvenir and many many more. Perhaps you might like to have your own time in the busy market area; however, the guide will stop the vehicle in a few locations, which is important to most visitors of Sri Lanka. During the city tour, you can buy various handmade souvenirs, Batik, Silk, clothing, Tea, Authentic Sri Lankan craft and jewellery, to remember your Kandy one day tour.
This tour includes entire ground transportation with English speaking tour guide (please inquire if you require a guide for other languages), site guides, all the entrance fees, pick-up from hotel, departure transfer, and all taxes.
In Pinnawala you can wash an elephant and make an elephant back ride in the beautiful countryside. However, this is an optional activity and the participants have to pay at the site. You’re memorable Kandy one day tour comes to the end with the visit to the shopping area of Kandy and the departure transfer follows. The departure transfer takes around 3 hours from Kandy to Colombo. If you are heading to the airport the time taken for the transfer is about 30 minutes less.
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Meet and greet by seerendipity tours representative and leave for Kandy, En-route visit,
PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the foster – home of elephants of different age and size feeding, bathing, playing together and even mating. These have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. There are even little baby calves born in captivity.
A ruled in Kandy up to 1815 although the rest of the island was under the British regime. Finally, it was ceded to them by the Chieftains of Kandy who were disappointed over the king’s cruel deeds. Today Kandy is one of the most important cities owing to the presence of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha.
Visit Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.
TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH
Sri Dalada Maligawa (Sinhala) or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sinhalese kings and is a world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early seafaring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
Overnight stay in Kandy
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Kandy - nuwara Eliya - Colombo
Breakfast at hotel and leave for Colombo via Nuwara Eliya en-route sightseeing tour. You will then proceed to the Kandy for a city tour and then Head to Railway Station getting there for the Train. You will be booked optimal seats for sightseeing.
SITA AMMAN KOVIL
Nuwara Eliya also is known as Little England for its cool climes, British architecture and natural beauty is also promoted as a sacred city because of its link to the “Rama Seetha” love story. Seetha Amman kovil is dedicated to Seetha, wife of Rama who is believed to be one of the avatars of Lord Vishnu. There are many temples dedicated to Rama and Hanuman, especially in North India, but the Seetha Amman Kovil in Sri Lanka is unique in that it is the only one in the world dedicated to Seetha alone. According to legend King Ravana who ruled the country from Badulla kidnapped Queen Seetha. Queen Seetha was married to King Rama of India. Finally, king Ravana went to India and brought the queen to Sita to Badulla.
As the largest city in the mountains, Nuwara Eliya plays an important role in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Undoubtedly Nuwara Eliya is the most popular health resort in the island and features a blend of colonial charm, modern development and slum areas, inherited from the colonial plantation culture. Nuwara Eliya was an important seat of British colonial administration. It was first developed as a holiday destination in Sri Lanka under the British administration, due to the cool, healing climate.
Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory en route. Sri Lanka is famous for its “Ceylon Tea” has added cheers to many the world over for more than a century.
SRI BHAKTHI HANUMAK TEMPLE
According to the ancient stories, Ramboda is an area, where the forces of Rama’s gather to fight against King Ravana. This temple was built by the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka and dedicated to Hanuman. This temple houses for 16 feel height statue of Hanuman.
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