It's almost non-stop action on this immersive tour of Sri Lanka's cultural hub. Not only is Kandy home to the magnificent Temple of the Tooth Relic, but it's also a city of tree-lined streets crammed with hawkers, tuk-tuks and vintage buses. You'll also visit a spice garden, a tea plantation and botanical gardens.You'll start the tour at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. It's home to more than 4,000 species of plants – including orchids and spices – and a hefty collection of trees, too. Stretch your legs and try to spot the garden's cheeky residents – toque macaques, a monkey species native to Sri Lanka. Then, it's time for a traditional lunch.Once you've appeased your appetite, you'll head into Kandy city for a guided tour and some free time for shopping. Among the sights you'll see is the Tooth Relic temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's home to a relic of Buddha's tooth. And as we continue through the Central Highlands, we'll stop at a fragrant spice garden in Mawanella and a tea plantation and factory – for a proper cup of Ceylon tea – in Giragama.
The Sri Lankan town of Ella may be little in size, but it's big on things to do and see. On this full day tour, you'll travel by train through the leafy highlands for a day of exploring everything Ella has to offer. Ravana Falls, Nine Arch Bridge and Little Adam's Peak are just some of the highlights, as well as a guided walk through the town.Known for its cooler climate and stunning vistas, Ella is a popular place for both tourists and locals to visit. You'll arrive mid-morning by train, starting the tour with a visit to a local tea estate. Then, you'll have the chance to hike to Ella's Rock, offering panoramic views of the rolling hills and tea plantations. You'll also stop by the cascading Ravana Falls and the iconic Nine Arch Bridge.After lunch, you'll head straight for the town centre of Ella for a short walking tour along the slow-paced main street. There's also an easy hike to Little Adam's Peak where more Instagrammable pics of the surrounding mountains and valleys await.