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

1. 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.

1-Day Tour of Both Yala and Udawalawe National Parks

2. 1-Day Tour of Both Yala and Udawalawe National Parks

Start the day with an early morning pickup at 5 AM from your hotel and make your way to Yala National Park, home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Meet your private guide and climb into a sturdy 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy sunrise at the park — the ‘Golden Hours’ of the day — and explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals Following the safari, there will be a picnic lunch before the drive to Udawalawe National Park. Arriving here in the afternoon allows you to explore from 2:30 PM until sunset when the park closes at 6 PM. Search for the world’s most concentrated number of elephants, spotted deer, jackals, wild boar, wild buffalo, crocodiles, and many other animals as your knowledgeable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads.   After the closure of the park, the trip concludes with a drop-off at your hotel.

Udawalawe: Full-Day Safari Experience with Lunch

3. Udawalawe: Full-Day Safari Experience with Lunch

Meet your friendly driver at 6:00 AM at your hotel in Udawalawe to begin your adventure to Udawalawe National Park. Covering an area of 230,821 hectares, explore Udawalawe National Park and its thriving elephant population of approximately 500 elephants. Discover the park's various other wildlife, with wild buffalo, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, sambar, hare, mongoose, crocodiles, and 30 species of snakes that have been recorded. 50 species of butterflies and many types of birds are also found in the park. Have a thrilling experience during your safari tour and take some time to enjoy a picnic lunch in the park. At the conclusion of your exciting safari trip, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

Sri Lanka: 5-Hour Guided Tour of Ella Village

4. Sri Lanka: 5-Hour Guided Tour of Ella Village

Your Sri Lankan adventure begins when you’re picked up from your hotel and driven to a nearby village called Ella in either a van or the local transportation of choice, a Tuk-Tuk.  You'll then visit a Sri Lankan Chena farm where you’ll be welcomed by the owner with a drink before taking a farm tour to discover how things are done around here. Next, your expert guide will take you to the village lake for a relaxing canoe ride. Soak up the village’s natural beauty, admire the many birds and various native flora before arriving back at the chena hut to collect some fresh vegetables and prepare your own lunch, a traditional Sri Lankan village meal. After lunch, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel enjoying picturesque scenic views along the way.

Ella: 2-Day Tour of 3 Iconic Ella Sites and Etili Village

5. Ella: 2-Day Tour of 3 Iconic Ella Sites and Etili Village

Delight in a 2-day tour encompassing the very best that Ella has to offer. Admire spectacular mountain scenery, and experience traditional Sri Lankan rural life as you discover the magic and charm of this beautiful region. Begin your tour with hotel pickup on the first day, and explore the wonders of Ella, a village paradise in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, with a local, knowledgeable guide. Take in amazing panoramic views as you hike to the top of Ella Rock, passing luscious tea plantations and tranquil woodlands on the way. Next, stroll along the unique Nine Arch Bridge railway and stop to take picturesque photos of this architectural masterpiece. Marvel at the epic scenery of forests and tea leaf cultivation, before resting and relaxing over lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, take a small hike with your guide to Little Adam's Peak and further enjoy the rural beauty. Wind through tea plantations, and pass multiple platforms, rocks, and viewpoints that are perfect for photos. See the view get more and more spectacular as you walk along the ridge to the summit, before descending and returning to your local accommodation in the evening. On the second day, savor a truly off-the-beaten-path experience in an authentic local village. Get a taste for typical rural life in Sri Lanka, and interact with the local village community to understand more about their daily lives. Try your hand at traditional Chena cultivation, an agricultural practice that dates back some 5000 years in Sri Lanka, and prepare your own lunch using supplies from wild Chena. Then, relax on a gentle canoe ride around the lake in Etili village, and wonder at the surrounding nature, birds, and photographic scenery. Finally, take a thrilling ride through the village on an amphibious Landmaster vehicle, before returning to your accommodation once again.

Sri Lanka: 4-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Ella

6. Sri Lanka: 4-Hour Guided Cycling Tour of Ella

Your cycling adventure begins when you meet your guide at Ella Gap Hotel to get familiar with the bikes and learn some handy safety hints.  You’ll then cycle out across Demodara Nine Arch Bridge and veer off the main road into the wilderness. From here, you’ll ride through vast Sri Lankan paddy fields, pass by local tea plantations, and discover the native plants of a variety of regional spices.  Stop off to enjoy some refreshments at a nearby restaurant before heading back onto the main road and cycling onwards to Little Adam’s Peak, where you’ll take in spectacular views of the surrounding Ella countryside. Once you’ve cycled around 20 kilometers, you’ll find yourself back at your starting point, rejuvenated from all the fresh air and exercise ready for a well-deserved rest.

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