In the Footsteps of the Ceylon Tea Pioneers
From INR 57,685 $ per person
This trip is an invitation to follow the tracks of James Taylor and Thomas Lipton. Both have been bold precursors, the first as the initiator of the culture, the second as an innovative marketing strategist. Their common denominator is said to have contributed to the sculpture of the landscape in the heart of the island!
Discover the Tea story from A to Z, its culture, its plucking, its manufacturing process by roaming in a plantation and hiking in the tea mountains, catch the "tea train" slithering through the mountains and stay in places where the green gold of the island is omnipresent.
Day 1: Bandaranaike International Airport - Kandy
We welcome you at the airport and hit the road towards Kandy, the cradle of Ceylon tea, where the first seeds were planted by James Taylor. Have a short panoramic tour of the Sinhalese kings’ last capital. Visit the Dalada Maligawa, aka the Temple of the Tooth which contains a tooth of Lord Buddha and take part in the eveningpooja (religious ceremony).
Day 2: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast, you visit the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya and its impressive collection. Continue towards Nuwara Eliya, the highest city of Sri Lanka and tea capital. On the way, you will stop at Hantana to visit a tea museum and visit the Loolecondera Estate, where James Taylor introduced the culture. Check into your hotel for the night..
Day 3: Nuwara Eliya
At dawn, you set out to explore the tea world as you walk through a plantation: cultivation, the harvesting, the manufacturing process will reveal its secrets. Visit a tea factory and the nearby village where its workers live. Back to Nuwara Eliya, the favorite summer retreat spot of the British settlers. The british colonial spirit conspicuously pervades through the city. End the day by sipping a cup of "High Tea" in typical colonial hotel and a very British atmosphere. Return to hotel for the night.
Day 4: Nuwara Eliya - Haputale
In the morning you visit the Hakgala botanical garden and the Seetha Amman Hindu temple. Hop on the train to Haputale which will take you through amazing landscapes.
Day 5: Haputale and surroundings
Early in the morning, you take the road to Bandarawela, where you’ll be greeted by a guide. Haputale is the starting point of a 3-hour trek which will take you through villages and splendid mountains. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you’ll go to the place known as “the Lipton’s Seat”, located near the Dambatenne plantation it was once purchased by Sir Thomas Lipton. Back to hotel and overnight.
Day 6: Haputale – Bandaranaike International Airport
After breakfast, you leave towards Colombo, the economic capital of the country. City tour including the Fort district, the bustling Pettah bazaar, the posh Cinnamon Gardens, the Gangarama Temple and the Galle Face Green stretch. Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule. End of our services.