Mini-Guide to Kandy tea plantation tour
The Kandy tea plantation tour revolves around the hill country city of Kandy that sits 500 meters above sea level and has a set of dreamlike quality – a tumbledown, romantic city of ancient monuments, medieval relics, thousands of years old temples, and stately Theodor styles buildings. Further afield, the tea country of Nuwara Eliya contains some of Sri Lanka’s most appealing picturesque countryside.
What to see in Kandy
Kandy is a UNESCO world heritage site with a large expanse of forest, a lake and dozens of ancient temples. Kandy is a remarkable tangle of the historic city, which has a large number of historical building and some of them are date back to many centuries. The city is predominantly a Buddhist city with a large community that believes in Buddhism and has a large number of Buddhist temples. Another important reason for Kandy’s popularity as a tourist destination is its cultural influence. Kandy is considered as the cultural centre of Sri Lanka and it was the last kingdom of Sri Lankan monarchy.
Kandy is accommodated on a plateau, which is surrounded by a ring of mountains and it has a dramatic landscape, mountain valleys covered with tea gardens, whitewashed medieval period buildings, cascading waterfalls, perineal waterways, and patches of evergreen rainforests.
Many tea plantations in Kandy offers ‘Kandy tea plantation tours’, allowing the visitors to visit their tea factories, tea gardens and take a closer look into the tea manufacturing process. Even though these tea factories are under the local management at the moment, most of them were built by British planters in 18s. The visitors can ascertain its antiquity upon visiting the buildings.
The travellers, who like to take part in Kandy tea plantation tour can also experience rich historical past of Sri Lanka by visiting tooth relic temple, Kandy Museum, and many other places such as Natha Devala, Kataragama Devala.
What are the important places to visit on the Kandy tea plantation tour?
The tea plantation tour of Kandy offers a wide range of tourist attraction for the visitors and these tourist attractions are not merely restricted to the places related to the tea industry. E.g. Pinnawala elephant orphanage, which is the first foster home established in the world for orphan wild elephants, is a place to one of the largest herds of elephant in the world.
On the other hand, Udawattakele forest reserve offers the possibility of spotting a large number of tropical trees, plants and veins as well as a large number of avian fauna species. Udawattakele is to be found behind the Tooth relic temple, offering easy access from any part of the city.
Another important attraction Kandy is the tooth relic temple, which is the most visited Buddhist temple on the island and attracts many thousand visitors every day. The tooth relic temple is the biggest draw in the city and one of the oldest monuments of Kandy. The tooth relic temple is included not only in Kandy tea plantation tour but also most Sri Lanka trips. Here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Kandy.
What are the 10 best places to visit on Kandy tea plantation tour?
- Pinnawala elephant orphanage
- Tooth relic temple
- Peradeniya botanical garden
- Udattekele sanctuary
- Kandyan cultural show
- Natha Devala
- Kataragama Devala
- Tea museum
- Kandy Buddhist museum
- Spice garden
What includes in Kandy tea plantation tour?
Like most other Sri Lanka tour itineraries, Kandy tea plantation tour also offers a wide range of tourist attractions. However, the number of tourist attraction included in the trip is decided by the duration of your hill country tour. E.g. the one-day Kandy tea plantation tour from Colombo and west coast beach hotels includes the visits to Tea plantation and factory, Peradeniya botanical garden, Pinnawala elephant park, spice garden, and Tooth relic temple. If you plan to book 2 days tea plantation trip to Kandy, you can add few more places to the itinerary such as Kandyan cultural show, Kandy tea museum, Udawattakele sanctuary, Kandy oriental market etc.
When is the best time for Kandy tea plantation tour?
Sri Lanka is a tropical holiday destination and offers a warm sunny climate throughout the year. The climate of Sri Lanka can be divided into 2 distinct period or seasons namely south-west monsoon (from April to November) and North-east monsoon (from October to April).
Monsoon period can also be described as the rainy season. According to the weather pattern in Sri Lanka, the monsoon has 6 months changing pattern. Its influence is felt across south-west Sri Lanka from April to November while north-east monsoon brings to the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka from November to April.
The Sri Lanka hill country, Kandy and the surrounding area largely soak up by rain during the south-west monsoon (April to November) and least rainfall in Kandy can be seen during the north-east monsoon (November to April) parallel to the dry season on the south-west monsoon. Since the Kandy tea plantation tour includes many outdoor activities, therefore, it is better to venture on Kandy trip during the dry season from November to April.
However, the trip can be booked throughout the year and a large number of travellers still book the trip during the rest of the year as well despite the fact that rain might occur.
How to book Kandy tea plantation tour?
Kandy trip or Kandy tea plantation tour is a popular activity among travellers, mainly among foreign travellers. Therefore, Kandy tea plantation tour can be booked in many ways, as a blow,
- Through online tour operators
- Through the online booking portals
- Through hotel travel counters
Sri Lankan local tour operators offer the Sri Lanka trip packages and activities through their official websites and are considered as the best way of the book a Sri Lanka trip. This is now of the most popular ways of booking Sri Lanka tour packages, which is also accepted as one of the most convenient and cost-efficient ways to book a Sri Lanka trip. When you purchase a Sri Lanka trip through the official website of the local company means that you can eliminate the middleman and therefore make sure you have the best prices for the trip.
Online booking portal is another popular method to serve Sri Lankan trips and activities. However, these booking portals market the products of local supplier and act as a middleman between the customers and the supplier. Usually, the online booking portals add whopping 25%-30% of the commission to the final price, which goes into their pocket. If you book the trip directly with the local tour operators you can easily eliminate this commission.
Most hotels allow the guests to book activities and tour through their in house travel counter. But the cost of this type of tour considered been a little bit higher, compared to the price of online local tour operators. The beach boys are also offering Sri Lankan trips and activities for traveller. However, it is not considered being the best way to plan your activity.
How to travel on Kandy tea plantation tour?
Kandy is an important city in Sri Lanka and it is well connected with all major cities such as Colombo. The travellers can reach Kandy by road, rail and Air. Due to the high demand, a large number of buses and trains are plying between and Colombo and Kandy every day. Air transport with domestic flight can be arranged through private companies that offer helicopters and other small aircraft.
The trains and buses (public transport) are the most affordable transport modes on the island. However, it considered not be suitable for a Sri Lanka trip as it behind the schedule most of the time. Public transport such as buses and trains are usually very crowded and therefore it can be uncomfortable sometimes. Moreover, the passengers spend twice the amount of time on the road when they opted to public transport over private transport.
Usually, most travellers, who venture on a Sri Lanka trip use private transport such as a taxi with a local driver. It is the standard and most popular way of travelling on a Sri Lanka trip. If you plan a short Sri Lanka trip such as one day Sri Lanka trip, two days Sri Lanka trip or three days Sri Lank tour, it is important to have a very efficient transport mode for travelling between places. Taxi considered being the best transport mode on Sri Lanka and it allows you to reach all important places on the island with minimum time.
With a taxi, you have maximum comfort while spending minimum time on the road. The taxi is more expensive than public transport, but with the comfort, safety and saving time, it is well worth investing in a taxi over public transport.
One day Kandy tea plantation tour in a nutshell
- 05.00 Meet and greet by Seerendipity tour representative and leave for Kandy
- 07.00 Stop at Pinnawala elephant orphanage with breakfast
- 09.00 Stop at spice garden to learn about spice, local herbs and cooking class with lunch
- 10.30 Visit Tea factory and tea plantation
- 12.00 Stop at Peradeniya botanical garden
- 13.00 lunch break
- 14.00 Visit Tooth relic temple Kandy
- 15.30 Leave for Colombo
- 19.00 Reach the hotel in Colombo
Two-day Kandy tea plantation tour in a nutshell
- 07.00 Meet and greet by Seerendipity tour representative and leave for Kandy
- 10.00 Stop at Pinnawala elephant orphanage
- 12.00 Stop at spice garden to learn about spice, local herbs and cooking class with lunch
- 14.30 Reach the hotel in Kandy, lunch and have leisure
- 15.30 Start Kandy sightseeing tour with and visit down town Kandy, Kandy lake and upper lake
- 17.30 Visit Kandyan cultural show
- 18.30 Visit Tooth relic temple
- 19.30 Dinner and overnight stay, hotel in Kandy
- 07.00 Leave for Peradeniya botanical garden after the breakfast
- 09.00 Leave for tea country after a leisure walk in the Botanical garden
- 11.00 Visiting tea plantation and tea factory and stroll in the tea garden
- 13.00 trek to the Ramboda waterfall and Lunch break
- 14.00 leave for the hotel in Colombo
- 19.00 reach the hotel in Colombo
Where to sleep in Kandy
Set in one of the British styled ai8th century buildings, the Queens hotel is great value, offering cosy rooms with wooden floors, dark-stained furnishings and views overlooking the tooth relic temple and the Kandy lake.
The Swiss hotel, with another white-washed British colonial building resides on the bank of Kandy lake is a fabulously over-the-top hideaway set in a pristine garden. Rooms are split between elegant, period-furnished doubles in the castle, and smaller rooms in the more modern annexe.
A fine luxury hotel set on a hill above peradeniya garden, the Amaya hills has stylishly modern rooms, with authentic kandyan design and marble bathtubs. Rooms on one side of the building have superb views, while those on the other afford the chance have a mountain view.
Set in a restored Colonial building, in the most busy part of Kandy that overlooks the temple of God Kataragama, the thirty rooms, Kasamara hotel is one of the oldest accommodation providers in Kandy. The hotel is recently upgraded with, queen beds and marble baths. Most rooms provides the city view and the tooth relic temple is just a few hundred meters away from the hotel.