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Nuwara Eliya from Kandy by Train

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
Nuwara Eliya from Kandy by Train

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‘Travel back in time’ on this full-day, 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, 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
  • Tour Ramboda Falls and the Blue Field Tea Factory on the return trip to Kandy
  • Private guide for more personalized service and attention
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Hotel pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Kandy.
Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide.
Train Tickets. (2nd class or 03rd class tickets / 1st class upgrade complimentary on availability).
Water bottle (per-person).
Entrance tickets to the visiting sites.
Food and drinks.
Gratuities (optional).

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7:30 AM
Your hotel in Kandy
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, 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 to begin your exploration of the former British colonial hill town of Nuwara Eliya. Transfer from the station into the city and 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 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. 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 in the evening.
Stop At:  
Gregory Lake
Gregory Lake was created in 1873 by the British era Governor at the time, Sir William Gregory, supposedly for the purpose of providing electricity. However, the lake was mainly used for leisure and recreation after it was built. At its peak of fame, Gregory Lake was the most prominent attraction in the area and was used as a place to relax by many visitors. Now visitors can follow the ancient British era tradition of relaxing picnics on the shore of the lake, or more modern leisure activities such as rides in swan-shaped paddle boats, normal boat rides, pony rides along the shore, water walking balls, watersports such as jet skis, windsurfing and etc. As such with these many attractions Gregory Lake is a family-friendly historic location of SriLanka, attracting many holidaymakers who visit the country.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
The Victoria Park is a public park located in Nuwara Eliya, next to the Nuwara Eliya Post Office in Sri Lanka. Originally the park was the research field of Hakgala Botanical Garden. The park was formally named in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. The park was established with the planting of its first tree, an Oak, by a visiting German Princess. The Nanu Oya River runs through the park, creating a number of small lakes. A number of rare bird species can be found in the park. At the far end of the park is a small children’s playground and miniature ridable railway.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ramboda Waterfall
Ramboda Falls, at 109m (357ft) high, is the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and one of the highest waterfalls in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Bluefield Tea Gardens
Get a guided tour through the Tea Estate and learn more about the varieties, processing methods, and qualities of tea. Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of the plant to Sri Lanka in the mid-19th century, Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. For many miles prior to reaching Nuwara Eliya, from either direction, you will find acres and acres of tea plantations.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes and hats are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please train ride is not a private ride.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Nuwara Eliya from Kandy by Train ?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    What is the social distancing policy during Nuwara Eliya from Kandy by Train ?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Nuwara Eliya from Kandy by Train ?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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    This is probably the worse tour I...
    Han Wah Ivan N
    , 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.
    The driver turned up late. We had to...
    Danny W
    , 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.
    Great day trip although it was...
    , 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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