23 Nanuoya rd Windy Corner, Nuwara Eliya, 22200, Sri Lanka
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Car & Driver from Hill Country to West Coast
Our family of 4 will be visiting Sri Lanka next February. We are booked on a pkg holiday with stays in Kandy and Bentota, but would like to see a bit of the Hill Country area on our own. If we were to forfeit one nights hotel at the beach (or Kandy) and take the train to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy (staying in Nuwara Eliya one night), would it be possible to hire a car and driver to take us from Nuwara Eliya to World's End (wait for us while we hiked in and out), then drive us to Bentota to our hotel? How long would the drive take (not including waiting time)? Approx. how much would it/should it cost? Would we be better off doing this as an outing from Kandy and returning to Kandy?
Any help greatly appreciated.
Re: Car & Driver from Hill Country to West Coast
Glad you are coming to visit Sri Lanka. Here's some info for what you asked. Everything you mention is possible but it's not practical.
This is what I suggest. Hire a vehicle from Kandy and visit Nuwera Eliya for 1 night. You can leave Kandy in the morning and arrive in NE buy lunch time. Relax walk around the city etc and leave early morning to World's end for your trek. The world's end trip including the trekking would be about 5 hours. You can leave late evening back to Kandy. You can expect to pay about Rs. 20/- per km for a hired car. You would do about 400 Kms for the trip.
You can then join up with your package tour.
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Travel Tips for Nuwara Eliya
Tea picking starts early in the day and it is done only by Indian women. Tea needs a lot of rain to gorw, and if it's grown at higher altitudes, its taste becomes even better. Nuwara Eliya, which was founded by the Britishin the 19th century, is located at 1800 metres a/sl. The view are fantastic... everywhere you look you see rolling hills covered in lush green carpets of tea plants... occasionally a tiny village or a waterfall provides al ittle change of scenery, and then it's green tea again... green tea.
The Golf Club
There's a very attractive 18 hole golf course right in the middle of the town - another legacy of the Little England tag. If you're short on time then you can just play a few holes rather than the full 18. I don't play golf myself but I'm told by people who know about these things that it's quite a good course.
glenloch tea factory
The visit turned out to be very interesting -unexpectedly. It was a real crash course in tea production and we were told about the 7 necessary stages to turn tea leaves into drinking tea : picking, semidrying, rolling, drying, cleaning, fermenting and grading (there are different grades). After the visit we were taken to a little bar to sample a "real" old cuppa. And guess where the bar is located? Right after the shop...
St Claires Falls
Another beautiful waterfall, this one is called St Claires, this is the widest waterfall in Sri Lanka with a drop of 265 feet.
We also came across another waterfall called Somerset Falls. It was such a lovely sight to see these waterfalls cascading through the tea and rubber plantations.
Destinations visited in Sri Lanka
Dumbulla - Hatton - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Angamuwa - Anuradhapura
Mihintale - Minneriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya - Galle - Hikkaduwa - Tangalla
Unawatuna - Colombo - Negombo
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