Tours

Explore Sri Lanka

After relaxing in the hotel for a few days, why not explore the rest of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. We offer a selection of popular tours, or a bespoke service to suit individual requirements.

Our tours are made with reliable and comfortable air-conditioned vehicles. All our drivers are experienced with good English, and in depth knowledge of the country and it`s many interesting sights and historic venues.

Whilst our tours are selected to suit most individuals, there is also room
for flexibility, if you prefer.

Half Day Tours

We offer short tours from the hotel which take around 4 hours. An early
start at around 8am takes you first to Koggala Lake. Take a catamaran and visit Temple Island – home to a Buddhist community of monks and then to Cinnamon Island where a local family will serve Cinnamon tea and show how it is produced. Back to the mainland by boat and see the many different species of bird-life on and around this peaceful lake.

A short drive takes you to a tea plantation. There you will be given a
guided tour of the plantation and factory and see how your morning cuppa is produced. On then to a turtle refuge. Turtle eggs are purchased from locals (which would otherwise be eaten) and buried in the sand. When the baby turtles are hatched they are kept for 5 days and then released into the sea. This you can do for a small fee.

This tour proves very popular and is a taster of what Sri Lanka has to offer.

Email your requests to: tours@villa-in-paradise.com

Three nights or more

Day 1. Leave early for Uda Walawe National Park and catch the morning safari. There you are guaranteed to see many elephants in the wild. Also a vast number of birds can be seen here. From there to Ella for the 1st night. Ella offers a cool climate and wonderful views,as well as amazing waterfalls.

Next morning catch the train to Nanu Oya and view the picturesque scenery from the observation car. This railway line was used in the filming of Bridge on the River Kwai. The driver will meet you at Nanu Oya and it is only a short drive to Nuwara Eliya. This town was a haven for the British during the days of the Empire and still retains it`s colonial feel and charm.

Options then are to stay in Nura Eliya, or travel on to Kandy,which is the jewel in the crown of the hill country of Sri Lanka. Highlights there include: the Temple of the Tooth, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, and also the world famous Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage – There you will see the elephants bathing in the river, and you will have the opportunity to feed the babies.

Kandy forms part of the cultural triangle, which includes the Dambulla Temple caves, the amazing rock fortress of Sigiriya, and the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. We offer accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets including boutique hotels and intimate guest houses. Let us know the type of tour and accommodation you`d like and we can tailor the tour to your satisfaction.

Other places of interest include Yala National Park, where safari trips offer the chance to see elephant, sloth bears, crocodiles, buffalo and if you are fortunate, leopards. Sinharaja Rain Forest is a must for bird watchers. Most of the 23 endemic species of Sri Lanka can be seen there. Other parks include Bundala, Horton Plains and Udawattakelle.

If you let us know your ideas we can plan the perfect tour to suit your pocket, and we are sure you will find it an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Email your requests to: villa.roger@yahoo.co.uk