ACTIVITIES & EXCURSION
A leisurely walk or an adventure trek is a delightful way to experience the varied landscapes, exotic flora, abundant birdlife and the sweet rhythm of life in a tea garden. Take in vistas of mountain lakes, manicured tea gardens, forests and doll’s house villages. A guide can be provided or self walk on marked trails. Many of our guests walk from one Tea Trails bungalow to another for a meal or cup of tea. Ceylon Tea Trails has opened up a world of adventure and discovery in the Bogawantalawa Valley at an altitude of over 1500 metres. The unspoiled beauty of the surrounding valleys and hills are a great biking experience. We have mountain bikes in the bungalows for complimentary use. For longer rides we recommend that you take one of our guides along. All bungalows have a croquet lawn where you can unleash devious tactics against family and friends, a Pimms No 1 in hand. A Mr Woolcott is rightly quoted in The Guinness Dictionary of Sports Quotations as saying “It is no game for the soft of sinew and the gentle of spirit. The higher and dirtier croquet player can use the guile of a cobra and the inhumanity of a boa constrictor.” Tientsin bungalow has a fast clay court. British planters enjoyed an afternoon game after a tough morning in the fields and tea factory. Indulge in high tea at Tientsin after your game. Transport can be provided from other bungalows. After coming off the slopes of Adam’s Peak, the clear waters of the Kelani River wind their way through the Hill Country of Sri Lanka before emptying into the Indian Ocean. Your adventure starts at a beautiful nature base in Kitulgala about 75 minutes from Ceylon Tea Trails. After a safety briefing and a few pointers on rafting technique, you’ll jump right into the action. Seven high quality, class III rapids and warm water make the Kelani a premier introduction to the sport of whitewater or an exciting choice for experienced rafters. Though not the highest mountain in Sri Lanka, the striking pyramid of Adam's Peak (2243m/7360ft) is certainly the most remarkable for its "sacred footprint". A depression in the rocky summit resembles a huge footprint, which has been venerated by Buddhists as that of the Buddha's, by Hindus as Shiva, and by Muslims as Adam's. No visit to the Island is complete without a visit to the World Heritage listed "Sacred City of Kandy" in the central highlands. The Kingdom of Kandy was established in the 14th century, becoming the country’s capital city in the 16th century. Steeped in political, cultural and religious history, Kandy played a central role in the tea plantation industry once tea production took sway in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, 48km from Tea Trails, was first conceived as a health resort - a 'hill station' in British colonial jargon - about 1825. After Nuwara Eliya was 'discovered' by a British hunting party, Sir Samuel Baker the well-known explorer, fell under its spell and, planning to make it his home, imported to Nuwara Eliya all the appointments of an English country town, including a bailiff, Hereford and Durham cows, and even a blacksmith and a forge. Sri Lanka's highest plateau is characterised by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, covered in upper montane forest and wet patana grassland at an altitude of 2,100-2,300 metres (6,900-7,500ft). Visitors can follow a 10km circular trek that takes about 3 hours.