Experience blissful serenity, idyllic scenery and high-class food and service at each Teardrop property in this special offer Sri Lanka tour, a slow-paced journey through Sri Lanka’s central tea hills followed by four days on the tranquil beaches of Balapitiya, a laidback beach town less than two hours from Colombo’s international airport. Begin at The Wallawwa with two days of relaxation by the pool or in their Z Spa. Negombo, with its sprawling lagoon and lively fish market, is nearby should you wish to venture out. From here, travel east to Hatton, a tea town crowned by majestic Castlereagh Lake. Wander through tea estates, kayak across the lake and enjoy daily afternoon tea on the lawn. Next, drive or take the train to Demodara and spend three nights in a refurbished colonial tea bungalow on a working tea estate near Ella. This laidback hill station town arguably boasts the most spectacular hiking routes in Sri Lanka’s hills, with options to suit all fitness levels. End with three nights in Balapitiya, a peaceful beach town along the south-west coast known for its quiet and picturesque bays, many of which are safe for swimming. Historic Galle Fort is nearby.
To ensure total flexibility, no activities have been included in the cost of this special offer. Your travel consultant can help to organise any activities you wish to pre-confirm before your arrival in Sri Lanka.
- Follow in the footsteps of the first British tea planters
- Stay in a refurbished colonial tea bungalow
- Experience Sri Lanka’s most glorious viewpoints
- Go hiking amid the tea plantations
- Explore historic 17C Galle Fort
- Relax on idyllic tropical beaches
- Accommodation in a shared double / twin room on a BB basis
- English-speaking chauffeur-guide and vehicle for the duration of the tour (including leisure days)
- Both airport transfers
- Customer Care for the duration of your tour
- Covid-19 insurance and healthcare package including two PCR tests per client and health & safety equipment
Terms & Conditions
- Booking period: 1st October 2021 – 31st October 2021
- Travel dates: Before 30th June 2022 – peak season dates are excluded (15th December 2021 – 15th January 2022, February 2022, 10th – 24th April 2022)
- Price shown is a starting price based on two people sharing and may be subject to change
- There may be additional charges required relating to coronavirus H&S protocols
- See our Booking Conditions for more details
- Accommodation in a shared double / twin room on a BB or AI basis
- Camellia Hills and Nine Skies are on an all-inclusive basis including limited alcoholic beverages
Day 1 & 2 Kotugoda, North-West
Begin your journey with two days of relaxation at The Wallawwa, an established boutique hotel set amidst lush tropical gardens just half an hour from Bandaranaike International Airport. Unwind by the pool or in their Z Spa and dine on delicious cuisine on the open-air veranda. A complimentary 60-minute massage for each guest is included in the price of your stay. The fishing town of Negombo, with its sprawling lagoon and lively market, is nearby should you wish to venture out.
Day 3 & 4 Hatton, Hill Country
Next, drive east to Hatton, one of the main settlements of the British tea planters who began developing tea estates in Sri Lanka over 150 years ago. Your hotel overlooks the magnificent Castlereagh Lake: enjoy daily afternoon tea whilst gazing at the view, or go kayaking across the lake at sunset, sundowner in hand. You can also sail across to the other side to visit a historic church. Those feeling fit can do the night-time Adam’s Peak climb (December – March) which, on a clear night, rewards hikers with one of the most glorious sunrises in Asia. More gentle trails through the tea plantations and to nearby waterfalls are plentiful.
Day 5, 6 & 7 Demodara, Hill Country
From here, drive or take the train to Demodara, a small hill station just above Ella on the south-eastern fringes of Sri Lanka’s central tea country. Your accommodation is a luxurious and elegant boutique hotel that was once a tea planter’s bungalow and dates back to the 19th century, set atop a working tea estate. There are more beautiful hikes in this area, including a walk to the famous Nine Arch Bridge and a quick climb up Little Adam’s Peak, and the more strenuous hike to Ella Rock. Due to the Ella Gap, this area affords spectacular views at every turn.
Day 8, 9 & 10 Balapitiya, West Coast
Travel back across the island for a final three nights in Balapitiya. Soak up some sun by the pool and loll on idyllic tropical beaches. Water-sports and surfing are possible at nearby bays, and historic Galle Fort with its astonishing 17th century architecture and collection of shops and restaurants is less than an hour away by car.
Day 11 Airport
Today, your chauffeur-guide will pick you up and take you to the airport in time to catch your flight home.
Nestled amongst acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this colonial manor house, or Wallawwa, is now a luxurious boutique hotel. This old and new concept provides guests with unrivalled setting and style just 15 minutes from the airport. 18 bedrooms, Asian fusion cuisine, Z spa and The Wallawwa’s swimming pool – all set amongst one of the finest private gardens in Sri Lanka.
Hatton, Hill Country
Camellia Hills is a modern interpretation of a tea bungalow. Offering accommodation in five ensuite rooms overlooking the majestic Castlereagh reservoir and surrounding tea plantations, the bungalow is great for relaxation and operate on all-inclusive basis.
Hatton, Hill Country
Climb Adam's Peak, a mountain sacred to all four religious groups in Sri Lanka, in time to witness one of the most glorious sunrises in Asia. Sri Pada, or Adam’s Peak, is a 2,234m-high mountain which is sacred to all four main religious groups in Sri Lanka – Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, all of whom variously claim the giant footprint at the top to be that of Lord Buddha, God Shiva, Adam or St. Thomas (the Christian apostle who preached in South India. Climbing the mountain is a popular pilgrimage, and a steady trickle of travellers join devotees between December and April to attempt the ascent. The climb is best started at about 2am – after a 3.5 hour hike, you will reach the summit and witness one of the most glorious sunrises in Asia. During pilgrimage season, strip lights and rudimentary stalls light the way to help keep you going all the way to the top. For many, this is a moving highlight of their stay in Sri Lanka and it is certainly one of the most awe-inspiring things to do in the island.
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella, Hill Country
Nine Arch Bridge in the Sri Lanka highlands town of Ella regularly takes centre stage in one of the most iconic pictures in the hill country. It is part working railway viaduct, part tourist photo opportunity. This setting, beloved by thousands of Instagram accounts, somehow conveys the relaxed vibe that makes Sri Lanka one of the most treasured holiday destinations in the world.
Little Adam's Peak
Ella, Hill Country
Little Adam’s Peak offers one of the finest viewpoints in the Sri Lanka Hill Country and is also part of a three-venue loop that can be done in one day. The youthful highlands town of Ella is the starting point for a short trek that can be extended to a three-section, 15km trek to include Little Adam’s Peak, Ella Rock and Nine Arch Bridge.
Although the climb to Little Adam’s Peak from Ella town is relatively easy, the views from the top of Little Adam’s Peak are sensational. Begin the climb with a gentle stroll through a sloping tea field, passing endless neat rows of terraced tea plants, before ascending a short stretch of winding steps up to the top of the peak.
From the top, there is a spectacular panorama featuring Ella Rock, rolling tea fields and the Ella Gap, a deep gorge that leads all the way down to the southern valleys. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the south coast with the ocean glimmering on the horizon.
The trailhead for Little Adam’s Peak, also known as Punchi Sri Pada, hits the main road at the Ella Flower Garden Resort. There is also an alternative entrance by 98 Acres Resort which is marked by a white Buddha statue. An hour to reach the summit is ample for a leisurely climb with lots of time to take photos along the way.
Sri Lanka Waterfalls
Wherever you are in the Sri Lanka highlands you are never far from a waterfall. There are more than a hundred, some of them quite inaccessible, some of them fairly small, but many are worth a trek as part of a day’s activity when you are looking for some exercise in the hill country. Although they are at their finest at times of higher rainfall, a trip to a waterfall in Sri Lanka is always a great way to pass a few hours.
Tour a Sri Lankan tea estate
Red Dot's Tea Estate experience takes place in one of the most beautiful organic tea estates in the Sri Lanka hill country, hidden above Ravana-Ella Falls and with breathtaking views of Ella Rock and Lipton's Seat.
On this activity, you get the chance to explore a working organic farm and learn more about the manual techniques used to produce the teas, coffee, cinnamon and preserves that brought Sri Lanka to worldwide attention.
Your guide will lead you through carefully-tended slopes where tea, cinnamon and lemongrass are cultivated before taking you to the factory.
Try your hand at plucking and rolling some tea leaves yourself before tasting four signature teas at a viewpoint overlooking Ella Gap.
You can also choose a more upmarket “Teaology” option which includes a menu of vegetarian dishes specifically matched with the teas on offer.
The experience can be arranged on Sundays and Public holidays upon request. However, it is advised to visit the estate during the regular working days to experience the best.
Surfing in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a fantastic choice for a surfing holiday, boasting great surf points all along its south coast. Arugam Bay in the south-east is considered one of the top ten surf spots in the world. Surfing along the west coast centres around Hikkaduwa.
Sri Lankan Puppets
Balapitiya, West Coast
This experience takes place in Balapitiya, a serene coastal town in the South of Sri Lanka. Meet a 4th generation puppeteer who has dedicated his life to a career as a puppet performer. As your host regales you with stories from the glorious days of puppetry in Sri Lanka, learn about the history of local puppetry, which shows a close connection with neighbouring India.