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Tea Trail of Nuwara Eliya

1. Tea Trail of Nuwara Eliya

Embark on a captivating day tour to Nuwara Eliya, nestled amidst the rolling hills of Sri Lanka's Central Province. This picturesque town, often referred to as "Little England," is renowned for its lush tea plantations and rich tea industry. Join us as we delve into the heart of the country's tea heritage, visiting a tea estate and factory, and immersing ourselves in the captivating world of tea production. Our adventure begins with a scenic drive through the stunning landscapes of Nuwara Eliya. As we venture deeper into the misty hills, we'll witness endless rows of vibrant green tea bushes stretching as far as the eye can see. Upon arrival at a renowned tea estate, we'll be warmly welcomed by knowledgeable guides who will unveil the secrets of tea cultivation, plucking, and processing. Our first stop will be the tea fields, where we'll have the opportunity to observe skilled tea pluckers expertly harvesting tea leaves with remarkable precision. Learn about the art of selecting the finest tea leaves and gain insights into the intricate process that determines the quality and flavor of each cup of tea. Next, we'll proceed to the tea factory, a hub of activity where the magic of tea transformation unfolds. Inside, we'll witness the withering, rolling, fermenting, and drying stages, guided by experienced staff who will provide a detailed explanation of each step. The intoxicating aroma of freshly processed tea leaves will envelop us, further enhancing the sensory experience. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of tea tasting, as we sample an array of exquisite brews. Learn the art of discerning various tea flavors, from the delicate notes of white and green teas to the robust richness of black tea. Engage in discussions with experts who will unravel the nuances of tea appreciation and offer tips on brewing the perfect cup. After gaining a profound understanding of the tea production process, we'll indulge in a delightful high tea session. Savor the flavors of freshly brewed Ceylon tea complemented by delectable pastries and sandwiches, all amidst the tranquil surroundings of the tea estate. As we sip our tea, we'll soak in the panoramic views of the tea gardens, with their rolling hills and misty valleys providing a picturesque backdrop. Before bidding farewell to this enchanting tea haven, take the opportunity to browse through a curated selection of premium teas at the estate's boutique. Bring home the finest Ceylon teas as souvenirs, a true embodiment of Sri Lanka's tea legacy. Join us on this immersive day tour to Nuwara Eliya and discover the fascinating world of Sri Lanka's tea industry. Gain a profound appreciation for the art of tea production, explore breathtaking tea gardens, and create unforgettable memories in the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country.

Nuawara Eliya: Horton Plains and Tea All-Inclusive Tour

2. Nuawara Eliya: Horton Plains and Tea All-Inclusive Tour

Make an early start to Horton Plains National Park at 06:00. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you'll take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End. A variety of wildlife including endemic Rhino-horned and Hump-nosed Lizards, highland bird species including the Sri Lanka White-eye, Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Yellow-eared Bulbul may be encountered. Also keep your eye out for troops of Bear Monkey, and Sambar (Sri Lanka’s largest species of deer) which are regularly seen in the plains close to the entrance. You will continue your journey up to Bakers waterfalls.  Leave Horton Plains & arrive at Nuwara Eliya for the lunch at Summer Hill Breeze.  After lunch you will be taken to Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory. Visit a Tea plantation and a Tea Factory. Ceylon Tea is the most famous tea in the world. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 25% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as the World’s largest Tea exporter. On completion, you will be dropped at your hotel.

Ella: Lipton's Seat Tour with Dambetanna Tea Factory Visit

3. Ella: Lipton's Seat Tour with Dambetanna Tea Factory Visit

You'll begin your tour as the locals travel, with a tuk tuk ride through the tea plantations, driving past with beautiful scenes of lush fields. As you ascend through the winding roads to reach the highest point of the valley at Lipton's Seat, you'll look down to see amazing views over the tea plantations. The Lipton's Seat viewpoint is a fantastic photo opportunity, where you can take a photo with the statue of Lipton himself. Next, you will visit the longest-operating tea factory in Sri Lanka. The Dambetanna Tea Factory was built in 1890 by Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton. The factory tour will give you in an in-depth look at the entire tea making process. Finally relax in the middle of the tea fields with a typical Sri Lankan lunch and enjoy the stunning surroundings, before you return to your hotel via the tuk tuk transfer.

Haputale: Tea Plantation, Safari, & Lipton's Seat Day Tour

4. Haputale: Tea Plantation, Safari, & Lipton's Seat Day Tour

Immerse yourself in Sri Lankan culture on this tour of the plantations and surrounding wilderness. Hop aboard a tuk-tuk with a local guide to learn of the island’s long history with tea merchants. Visit the plantation village to experience life as a local, and ascend the mountains for stunning views. Your safari starts in the hills of Bandarawela. Admire the rolling hills clad with row upon row of luscious, green tea plants. It’s often shrouded in a fine mist, adding a magical air to the landscape. Have your camera ready as your guide takes you to the best viewing spots. Take in the glory of the region from Lipton’s Seat in the mountains of Dambetenna. At the summit and through the estate paths, you can walk in the steps of Sir Thomas Lipton and learn about his influence in the country. Try your hand at picking tea leaves alongside the experts, and learn all about the work that goes on at the plantation and factories. Sample the fine produce, and spend some time relaxing with the locals by the dense, green scenery. Tea-lover or not, the Hill Country is welcoming to all.

Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

5. Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

Visit the Ramboda Falls and a Tea Factory with a guided tour through a tea estate and learn more about the varieties, processing methods and qualities of tea. Later go on a scenic tour in Nuwara Eliya City, the highland city that was the premium holiday resort town of the British in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas and beautiful mansions. Make memories in the old red-bricked post office and relax at Queen Victoria Park or on the shores of Lake Gregory. Visit the beautiful Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, with its montane grasslands and cloud forests. Enjoy the majestic views from the precipice of World's End and the cooling sprays from Baker's Falls. Catch glimpses of the many endemic fauna that make their home in the plains. Get to know more about the archaeological finds that were discovered in the area.

Explore Countryside of Nuwara Eliya by Tuk-Tuk

6. Explore Countryside of Nuwara Eliya by Tuk-Tuk

Start your tuk-tuk ride in the town of Nuwara Eliya which is also called as Little England as it enjoys spring-like weather throughout the year. Firstly, your Tuk driver will take you to witness an impressive waterfall – Lovers Leap, A story goes that, this place is where an ancient prince and his lover leapt to their death. But now this has become a perfect attraction of nature lovers and photographers. Thereon, you will be moved to Gregory lake where you will enjoy the lush scenery and cooled by a fresh mountain breeze. Also, during your stop, you will be able to take few clicks with the breathtaking views. Afterwards, you will be taken to visit a take tea plantation and a tea factory which nestled in the hills to sample some of Ceylon’s finest. This will give you an opportunity to know how the tea workers’ life and share their knowledge of tea plucking & and tea production.

Bandarawela: Tea Plantation Visit with Picnic Lunch

7. Bandarawela: Tea Plantation Visit with Picnic Lunch

Learn more about the history and importance of tea to Sri Lanka on this private tour from Bandarawela. Hike the tea estate trails to see the countryside and take in views of the tea terraces. Visit a plantation to try picking tea and have a picnic lunch. Stroll along the lush tea trails for 4-5 hours. Enjoy panoramic views of high tea country. See ladies plucking tea and try picking some tea for yourself for half an hour. Stop for a cup of tea with one of the workers in their house. Have a picnic lunch while enjoying the serenity of the countryside. Meet locals and learn more about how tea is produced in Sri Lanka on this unique tour.

All-Inclusive Dambulla Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

8. All-Inclusive Dambulla Village Tour with Traditional Lunch

"Dambulla Village Odyssey: Immerse Yourself in Authentic Sri Lankan Rural Life Embark on a captivating journey that allows you to step back in time and experience the unfiltered authenticity of traditional Sri Lankan village life. This immersive adventure encompasses a tapestry of enriching experiences: - Stroll through picturesque paddy fields that paint the landscape in vibrant green hues. - Partake in the charm of a bullock cart ride, a timeless mode of transportation. - Glide across the serene waters of a tranquil lake on a traditional catamaran. - Explore the intricacies of chena cultivation, an age-old agricultural practice. - Engage in a hands-on traditional cooking demonstration within the warm embrace of a rural village house. - Savor the flavors of Sri Lanka with an authentic and delectable lunch. Each element of this village tour in Dambulla invites you to fully immerse yourself in the heart and soul of traditional Sri Lankan rural living."

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