Sri Lanka Travel Tours

Kandy tea hills trek

Kandy tea hills trek

Sum up

The tea estates around Deltota in the Kandyan foothills are some of the oldest in Sri Lanka and include Loolecondera, James Taylor’s tea plantation which was the first to be developed in Sri Lanka. These tea estates are also little-visited compared to those in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country, so you will be largely undisturbed as you trek through this glorious scenery with your guide.

Duration: 2 nights / 3 days

Best Time: December to March, July to September

Additional Information

Your first hike is from Hanthana to Galaha, a 13km route with an overall uphill gain of 413m and a downhill gain of 352m. The day begins at 9am with a tour of the Ceylon Tea Museum in Hanthana, once a working tea factory, led by your expert guide who will be with you during your hikes. Once at Galaha, you can either trek for an additional 6.5km to Deltota (uphill gain of 295m and downhill gain of 124m) or opt for a vehicle transfer straight to Taylor’s Hill, a refurbished colonial tea bungalow which is your accommodation for the next two nights.

Your second hike is from Taylor’s Hill to Loolecondera, renowned for being the first commercial tea plantation in Sri Lanka, developed by Scotsman James Taylor in the 1870s. This trek has an overall uphill gain of 520m and a downhill gain of 380m. Once at Loolecondera, explore the estate at leisure and marvel at the panoramic views from ‘Taylor’s Seat’. Afterwards, take a tuk tuk back to Taylor’s Hill and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Depart after breakfast the following day.

All meals are included, from lunch on day one to breakfast on day three. We recommend proper walking shoes for this activity as some of the paths are uneven, as well as insect repellent.

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