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Comfort Central Highlands to South Coast Explorer

Itinerary

Comfort Central Highlands to South Coast Explorer

Day 1: Colombo to Kandy

Your journey begins with a road trip from bustling Colombo to the enchanting city of Kandy (150kms, about 3.5h drive). Feel the excitement as you check in to a cozy and welcoming hotel that embodies the spirit of adventure. After settling in, chase the sun's last rays at Kandy Viewpoint – a vantage spot that treats you to a panoramic tapestry of the city's beauty, framed by lush hills. Check-in on arrival and rest of the day at leisure to explore Kandy at your own pace.

Transportation: Colombo to Kandy by Car or Van
Accommodation: Thotupola Residence in a Standard Room

Day 2: Kandy

With no set plans, today is your canvas to paint. From exploring vibrant local markets to strolling around the serene lake, Kandy invites you to uncover its hidden gems. Immerse yourself in conversations with friendly locals, indulge in local flavors, and perhaps even learn a few phrases in Sinhala to connect on a deeper level.

Fun Insight: The mesmerizing Temple of the Tooth not only holds cultural significance but also a relic believed to be Buddha's tooth. Try it, you won't regret the visit.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Thotupola Residence in a Standard Room

Day 3: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Put on your apron and join a hands-on cooking experience that promises to tantalize your taste buds.

Post-lunch, embark on a road trip to Nuwara Eliya (100kms, about 3h drive). This highland town offers a different side of Sri Lanka's beauty, with its quaint architecture and cool climate that's like a refreshing embrace. Nuwara Eliya's nickname "Little England" isn't just for show – it's a testament to its colonial charm and even features a golf course with British flair. Check-in at your accommodation and rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure to explore the surroundings on your own.

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by Tuk-Tuk, Car or Van
Accommodation: Oak Ray Summer Hill in a Standard Room (no A/C)
Miscellaneous: Kandy Culinary Experience

Day 4: Nuwara Eliya & The Horton Plains

Get ready for the journey of a lifetime at Horton Plains National Park! This paradise for nature enthusiasts is nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka and offers an incredible experience for those seeking thrilling adventures. Your day starts with an early morning pickup from your hotel, and don't worry about breakfast – your hotel has prepared a delicious, packed meal to kick-start your day. As you make your way to the entrance of Horton Plains, you'll be transported in a local vehicle, specially chosen to tackle the challenging terrain of the region.

Now, let's talk about the highlight of your adventure – the hike! As you step into the lush landscape of Horton Plains, your dedicated chauffeur will be right by your side. And that's not all – a seasoned park ranger will also go with you, supplying valuable insights into the park's unique flora and fauna. Before you set off on your hike, remember to gear up appropriately. Slip into those comfortable hiking shoes and layer up with a cozy sweater, as the mornings can be a tad chilly. And to keep your energy levels up and spirits high, it's a great idea to carry your own water supply.

Horton Plains is a treasure trove of breathtaking landscapes, including rolling hills, misty valleys, and vibrant wildlife. Don't miss the chance to see the iconic World's End, a dramatic cliff that offers panoramic views that will leave you speechless. Transfer back to your hotel by mid-afternoon.

Later, trade hiking boots for a tea Plucker's hat as you delve into the captivating tale of tea making at a lush plantation.

Meals: Light Packed Breakfast
Accommodation: Oak Ray Summer Hill in a Standard Room (no A/C)
Miscellaneous: Hiking in Horton Plains National Park, Tea Factory Tour

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya to Ella

After breakfast, meet your driver and head to Nanuoya Railway Station where you will hop aboard a scenic train journey to Ella, weaving through tea-blanket hills and charming villages. The rhythmic clatter of the tracks becomes your background music as you pass by terraced fields, rivers, and mist-shrouded peaks. Transfer to your hotel on arrival and rest of the day at your own leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Nuwara Eliya to Nuwara Eliya Railway Station by Tuk-Tuk, Car or Van, Nuwara Eliya to Ella by Train, Ella Railway Station to Ella Hotel by Tuk-Tuk, Car or Van
Accommodation: Little Folly in a Bamboo Cabin (Fan)

Day 6: Ella

After breakfast, we embark on an expedition to conquer the remarkable Little Adams Peak. As you ascend, breathtaking panoramic vistas will gradually reveal themselves, serving as your well-deserved reward. Next, we explore the captivating Nine Arch Bridge, an architectural marvel that's a must-see in the region. The intricate design and stunning surroundings make it a true gem of Ella.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Little Folly in a Bamboo Cabin (Fan)
Miscellaneous: Little Adams Peak, Nine Arch Bridge

Day 7: Ella to Mirissa

After breakfast, pack your stuff and hit the road to your next destination: Udawalawa National Park (100kms, about 3h drive). Here, you're in the land of giants – elephants amble gracefully, and the wildlife plays its own symphony. Time for an exhilarating safari adventure through diverse landscapes and habitats. Traverse the park's open plains and lush forests, meeting majestic elephants, elusive leopards, and a rich array of bird species, all while soaking in the awe-inspiring beauty of this remarkable sanctuary. Udawalawa was set up as a sanctuary for animals displaced by the creation of the Udawalawa Reservoir. Talk about second chances!

Later in the afternoon, continue your journey to Mirissa (100kms, about 2.5h drive) where you will be spending the night.

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Ella to Mirissa by Tuk-Tuk, Car or Van
Accommodation: Insight Resort Ahangama in a Standard Room
Miscellaneous: Udawalawa National Park Safari Adventure

Day 8: Mirissa

Another free day to explore Mirissa at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Insight Resort Ahangama in a Standard Room

Day 9: Mirissa

Another free day to explore Mirissa at your own pace.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Insight Resort Ahangama in a Standard Room

Day 10: Mirissa to Colombo

After breakfast, make sure to be right on time at the designated meeting point (likely the hotel lobby) for one last drive back to Colombo (180kms, about 3h drive). That was quite a journey!

Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Mirissa to Colombo by Car or Van 
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

2 Nights at Thotupola Residence in a Standard Room
2 Nights at Oak Ray Summer Hill in a Standard Room (no A/C)
2 Nights at Little Folly in a Bamboo Cabin (Fan)
3 Nights at Insight Resort Ahangama in a Standard Room

Local transport

Colombo to Kandy by Car or Van

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by Car or Van

Nuwara Eliya to Nuwara Eliya Railway Station by Car or Van

Nuwara Eliya to Ella by Train

Ella Railway Station to Ella Hotel by Car or Van

Ella to Mirissa by Car or Van

Mirissa to Colombo by Car or Van

Meals

9 Breakfasts

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