Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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12 hours (Approx.)
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Overview

‘Travel back in time’ on this 12-hour, British colonial-themed, private tour of Sri Lanka’s Nuwara Eliya region. Enjoy a ride aboard a vintage train into the Sri Lankan highlands, before discovering the Nuwara Eliya, a British resort area that thrived in the 19th and 20th centuries. En route back to Kandy you’ll visit Ramboda Falls and stop at Blue Field Tea Factory.
  • Explore Sri Lanka's Nuwara Eliya including a train trip and sightseeing with a private guide
  • Ride into the Sri Lankan highlands aboard a classic rail line
  • Explore the former British hill resort of Nuwara Eliya
  • Admire the Nuwara Eliya's Lake Gregory and the collection of mansions nearby
  • Tour Ramboda Falls and the Blue Field Tea Factory on the return trip to Kandy
  • Private guide for more personalized service and attention
Receive a morning pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Kandy and transfer to the Peradeniya railway station, where you’ll board a train bound for Nanuoya station near Nuwara Eliya.
Board this classic train as it leaves the station around 8:30am, and enjoy the views as your locomotive ascends into the Sri Lankan highlands. Admire the scenery of brilliant-green plant life and feel the cooler temperatures as you train climbs ever-higher into the Sri Lankan interior. You’ll also encounter vistas of picturesque villages and postcard-perfect waterfalls as your ride continues. The complete ride will last between three and four hours.
Arrive at Nanuoya station at 12:45pm to begin your exploration of the former British colonial hill town of Nuwara Eliya. Transfer rom the station into the city and then learn about the heyday of this British vacation era in the 19th and 20th centuries. Check out the town’s collection of striking cottages, mansions, and villas, and take a break at 1:30pm for lunch. After your meal, you’ll get a look at Lake Gregory and the vacation homes lining its shores, and visit a vintage post office where you can send an old-school postcard to friends back home.
After your time in Nuwara Eliya, you’ll receive a ride back to Kandy at 3:45pm. During the trip back you’ll make two stops. One at the scenic Ramboda Falls, and the other at the Blue Field Tea Factory. This plant is a great example of Sri Lanka’s longstanding tea industry, which dates back to its introduction by the British entrepreneur James Taylor in the early 19th century. You’ll return back to your Kandy hotel at 7:30pm.

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H
, Dec 2017

This is probably the worse tour I have booked via viator. The train ride which was the main highlight of the tour did not happen as there were a strike going on with the Sri Lankan train companies. Our disappointment continues when our supposedly guide show up with absolutely no idea what was going-on, he doesn't even know what was the itinerary supposed to be. throughout the journey, he speaks very little and at some point, he even took his own mobile phone to take pictures of the sites. The itinerary was also altered without our prior knowledge, we were not taken to Ramdoda Falls and the Vintage Post Office as indicated. When we reached Lake Gregory, the guide wanted to collect the entrance fees from us and we had to show him the hard copy booking papers which stated that it was included in the tour. All in all, this was definitely not up to expectation and I will recommended all to try other tour operators instead.

D
, Mar 2017

The driver turned up late. We had to call him to find out where he was. Then they had not booked the train tickets in the first class carriage. Then he stuff around for another half hour before we worked out with him to go the reverse of the itinerary and do the car trip first and then the train from Nuwara Eliya. We did the tea houses on the way up. On the return we were supposed to get on the first class carriage. It took a lots of stress waiting around the station before we had a seat confirmed. We finally got our seats, but had to meet the drive one station before Kandy. Not a good trip for a nice part of the word.

R
, Feb 2017

The tour guide Gayan was fantastic, he knew lots of information and made us feel very comfortable. The tea factory and Ramboda falls were great experiences. The train ride had some fantastic views, but four hours was very long. I think I would have preferred to get the train from Nuwara Eliya, to one of the stops along the way to Kandy and complete the journey by car.

c
, Feb 2017

Great day trip although it was raining heavily almost all day ... excellent effort on the part of the guide as the morning train was cancelled ... he got us tickets for a similar afternoon return trip instead ... the train travelling over the plantations and gorges is spectacular.


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