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Tea Estates, Sri Lanka

Kandy and The Tea Country

Kandy and the Tea Country have a fascinating history that’s central to the heritage of Sri Lanka and home to many of the island’s cultural gems.

Stopping off here is essential in order to visit the Temple of the Tooth or to lose oneself in the attractive Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, and also to access the vast expansive tea plantations and mountainside hugging, montane forests.

Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka

The Temple of the Tooth

Kandy is famed for being home to Buddha’s tooth and can be seen in the courtyard of the Temple of the Tooth. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day. It is a moving experience to join the local worships in their morning worship.

Botanical Gardens, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka

The Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens, which are the second-largest in the world after Kew in England, house an amazing collection of flowers and trees as well as a world-famous orchid house. It is also possible to see the outside of Lord Mountbatten’s colonial house within the gardens.

Blue Train, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Gal Oya National Park, Sri Lanka
Gal Oya National Park, Sri Lanka
A Tea Plucker, Galle, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Train from Kandy to the Tea Country, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Train journey into the Tea Hills

Experience the most magical train journey through the hill country, tea plantations and mountains to reach the highlands where we recommend you spend a few days walking, exploring and relaxing in this magnificent location.


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Little Adam’s Peak

Hike to Little Adam’s Peak to marvel at the 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains and tea estates.

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Scenic Train Ride

Travel by train into the heart of the central highlands, passing through some of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular scenery.

Temple of the Tooth, Kandy

Experience the early morning Buddhist blessing and offerings at the Temple of the Tooth.

Sri Lankan Tea Estates

Wake early to see the tea pickers making their way to the colourful, sari dotted tea terraces.

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Kandy Garrison Cemetery

Take a fascinating tour around the cemetery to learn of the lives and deaths of the people who lived here in colonial times.

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Peradeniya’s Botanical Gardens

Abundant with the most incredible variety of trees from around the world, the botanical gardens also have an impressive collection of orchids and roses.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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Kate Hitchen's help in organising this trip was excellent. She was very knowledgable and tailor-made our trip to suit our three teenage children.

Sri Lanka

It was all very last minute from us so Kate did a great job in responding to a change in dates and negotiating a good deal.

Sri Lanka

We had the most amazing holiday. Thank you to all at Steppes and a huge thank you for our surprise meal at Ministry of Crab. We are so grateful.

Sri Lanka

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