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Trek Taylor’s tea hills

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Explore some of Sri Lanka’s most historic and scenic tea estates during this two-night walking experience in the Kandyan foothills, including Loolecondera, the island’s first commercial tea plantation which was created by James Taylor in the mid-19th century.

Experience Overview

This trekking adventure starts in Hanthana at the Ceylon Tea Museum, once a working tea factory, the perfect place to get you in the right frame of mind for the next two days. Following a tour of the museum with your guide, head out into the Kandyan foothills – the first day’s hike is from Hanthana to Galaha, 13km in total with an uphill elevation gain of 413m and a downhill elevation gain of 352m. It will take around 3-4 hours in total. You can then either choose to add on an additional trek of 6.5km from Galaha to Deltota, which has an uphill elevation gain of 295m and a downhill elevation gain of 124m, or take a car transfer from Galaha straight to your hotel. Your accommodation for both nights is Taylor’s Hill, a colonial tea bungalow with extensive gardens. The second day takes you from Taylor’s Hill to Loolecondera, James Taylor’s estate, a 9km trek with an uphill elevation gain of 520m and with a downhill elevation gain of 380m. You will have time to explore Taylor’s estate and admire the spectacular views from his ‘seat’ before returning to Taylor’s Hill by tuk tuk and spending the rest of the day at leisure. Depart after breakfast the next day.

Includes: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Includes:

A room for each night of stay, lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 3.

Timings: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Timings:

Meet your guide at 9am at the Ceylon Tea Museum on day 1.

What to bring along: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to bring along:

Walking shoes, activewear, insect repellent.

Important to know: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

Some of the paths are uneven under foot.

Duration: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

2 nights / 3 days

Good for children: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Good for children:

Active children will enjoy this experience, and Taylor’s Hill is good for kids.

Difficulty: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Moderate.

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It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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