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Nuwara Eliya is the heart of Sri Lanka' tea country. The highest town in all of Sri Lanka at 6,187 feet (1,886 meters) above sea level, Nuwara Eliya is nicknamed "Little England" and was planned from scratch by the British in the 1840s as a hill station, or holiday town, after they discovered this small basin, surrounded by mountains, with a cool climate afforded by its high elevation. The driving force in its founding was Samuel Baker, a British explorer who also discovered the source of Africa's Nile River.
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Take a day trip to the outskirts of Nuwara Eliya and visit the Seetha Amman Temple, an important temple connected with the Hindu epic Ramayana. Have a private blessing for long life and prosperity with the temple’s chief priest, a ceremony that lasts approximately one hour, and is accompanied by traditional Hindu music typically played in temples, at weddings, and during other cultural events.
Horton Plains National Park
Take a day trip to Horton Plains National Park and spend the day trekking in the nearly 20-square mile preserve. The most beautiful nature park in all of Sri Lanka, Horton Plains offers breathtaking landscapes and is home to a host of indigenous Sri Lankan wildlife: leopards, the hulking Sambar deer – the male of which can weigh nearly 600 pounds – the purple-faced Langur monkey, wild boar, and many endemic species of Sri Lankan highland birds. Must-see sights in Horton Plains include “World’s End,” a sheer precipice that drops more than 3,000 feet, and the scenic Baker's Falls.
Tea Plantation Tour
Visit one of Sri Lanka’s foremost tea estates, which was founded in 1841 and features 1,200 acres of high-grown tea cultivated at nearly 5,000 feet above sea level. Have a private tour of the tea fields and processing factory, meeting pickers and chatting with them about their lives and work.
Nuwara Eliya Golf Club
Play golf on one of Asia’s most picturesque courses. Founded in 1889, the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, adjacent to the Grand Hotel, offers a challenging 18 holes with narrow fairways that demand one’s best driving.
Have dinner at the members-only Hill Club, which is like stepping back in time into a 19th-century exclusive British country club. Before dinner, enjoy cocktails and a game of billiards, or perhaps learn the rules of Rangoon Snicker posted on the recreation room wall.
Have a private billiards lesson on one of the Grand Hotel's three enormous tables with the property's resident marker (of 21 years) and an expert with the pool cue.
Spend 12 days exploring Sri Lanka’s must-see spots on this exciting 12-day journey. You’ll stay in some of Sri Lanka’s most luxury hotels, as you take in a cricket match in Colombo, explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Dambulla, visit an ancient monastery in Kandy, tour a tea plantation and take a cooking class.
Gear up for the best day of your life and celebrate your love in style with an unforgettable honeymoon on this romantic tour of Sri Lanka. Spend quality time together in historic cities and scenic wildlife and kick off your married life with a picture-perfect wedding day on the beach.
Get back to nature with this comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka’s finest – and most beautiful – natural sights. From low-lying rainforest to rolling tea terraces, national parks to coastal villages, this eight-day excursion will highlight the best of Sri Lanka’s incredible and varied wilderness.
The perfect setting for your big day, the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka invites you to explore its beauty on a 10-day pre- and post-wedding tour that will ensure you never forget a moment. Explore the ancient treasures and stunning landscapes of this island nation, and start your married life off in style.
Take a thrilling trip through India and Sri Lanka, spending 16 days meandering from Mumbai’s iconic Bollywood, down the backwaters of Kerala, exploring colonial Cochin. You’ll fly onwards to Sri Lanka, where you’ll explore its ancient wonders like the Temple of Tooth, all the while staying in luxury hotels.
On this two-week tour of beautiful Sri Lanka, discover the country’s hidden treasures, from historic colonial towns to its lush jungles, rainforests and tea terraces. Savor the views and allow yourself to be enchanted by ancient culture.
Step back in time without leaving any luxury behind on this 14-day journey through Sri Lanka’s most important heritage sites. Picnic atop an ancient rock fortress, take an exciting safari through Yala National Park and visit the revered UNESCO site, Anuradhapura. This adventure offers insight into ancient cultures.
Experience Sri Lanka’s natural beauty on this luxurious 16-day adventure. Observe wild elephant herds in their natural habitat, trek in the lush Sinharaja Rainforest, explore multiple UNESCO sites, hike through an ancient monastery and still have plenty of time to unwind by the turquoise sea in stunning Galle.
Spend an unforgettable 10 days touring the beautiful island of Sri Lanka for a romantic honeymoon filled with stunning sights and spectacular scenery. From ancient ruins to whale-infested waters, this trip is packed with treasures that will guarantee your newlywed life starts in style.
This pre- and post-wedding tour of the treasures of Sri Lanka has it all, from ancient history and culture to natural beauty and, most importantly, romance. Create unforgettable memories as you prepare for your big day and embark on the honeymoon of a lifetime.
Sri Lanka is paradise for trekkers. On this 10-day trip, you’ll trek through the rainforest, tea plantations and even along the famous pilgrimage route to Adam’s Peak to catch the tangerine sun climbing above the mountaintops. Encounter diverse wildlife, birdlife and friendly locals on this luxury trekking adventure.
Discover the fantastic hikes and trails that wind their way over and around the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka. Gear up for incredible treks to soaring peaks and down through lush valleys, showcasing the country’s flora, fauna and natural treasures.
The former residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Sri Lanka from 1830 to 1850, the Grand Hotel is a Tudor-style mansion set amidst boxwood and fir trees overlooking the calm waters of Lake Gregory. Hunting and fishing trophies decorate the walls, infusing the property with the tranquility of times past. The hotel has 156 elegantly furnished rooms including three presidential suites and three deluxe suites that overlook the property's magnificent, award-winning gardens filled with beautifully laid out flower beds. Rooms in the new golf wing overlook the golf course and present a soothing view of the rolling greens, and junior suites are equipped with fireplaces and well-appointed bathrooms. The main restaurant, Barnes Hall, is located on the ground floor of the hotel and overlooks the gardens, and offers a wide choice in both Western and Eastern cuisines. There is also a coffee shop, an Indian restaurant, supper club and three bars on the grounds. Other amenities include three lounges, a small shopping arcade, fitness center and sauna, spa, wood-paneled bar and billiard room with three tables. There is no Internet access at the hotel.