Trekking & excursions

At Orient hotel - BANDARAWELA, we pride ourselves on being the foremost specialists in Eco, Adventure, and Agro Tourism in the Uva Province which is one of Sri Lanka’s nine Provinces. The Uva Province holds an undisputed first place for its Natural beauty. It's varied topography ranges from elevations of 2,150 meters above sea level on the western borders, to the Spreading Lowlands on its Southern, Eastern and Northern limits. High mountain ranges, steep peaks, precipitous escarpments, and majestic waterfalls abound. It contains within it many of Sri Lankas’ Outstanding Natural Sights and Wonders.

Orient Hotel Continues to be one of the Leading Adventure Hotels in the hill country of Sri Lanka and it caters to clientele from all parts of the Globe.

Over the past 32 years Orient Hotel has become synonymous with a personalized and friendly service.

Orient hotel is geared to provide true professional services, so that your leisure or adventure vacation could be carried out from the luxurious facilities at our Hotel, we could also provide you with expert guidance so that you could maximize your Holiday, be it short walks, strenuous hikes or visits to places of natural beauty, heritage sites or wild life sanctuaries.

We are experts in Adventure Tours, Agro Tourism, Trekking, Bird Watching, Camping, Wild Life Parks, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Mountain and Rock climbing, Nature Tours and Nature Weddings etc.

Programs are designed to blend with Romance, Excitement, Education, Nature etc.,  in the vicinity of streams and rivers,  in the jungle or cool hills. All of which are there to welcome you.

TEA VISITS

In the Health Triangle of Uva grows some of the best teas in the world.  The area’s climate explains the quality of the Tea grown there.  Tea Estate study     tours can be arranged.  A complete tour includes tea tasting, demonstration on how tea is manufactured and how Tea, Bio Tea etc.  is grown, and a guided visit to the Tamil Estate workers settlements, walks in the tea fields, perhaps even spending a night in an estate bungalow.

Accommodation in British colonial Bungalows can be arranged.

 

RAIL TOUR TO BANDARAWELA

This journey , which covers 250 km cross country from sea level to over 6200   feet above sea level, passing through 47 tunnels, is rated as one of the great   rail experience in the world. Day and Night train services are available, some   with observation saloons and sleeping berths.

 

 

 

TREKKING

Trekking means walking in nature for days at a stretch. Some like roughing it out, others prefer shorter distances walked per day to modest but comfortable accommodation, both methods are possible with Orient hotel - Bandarawela, as the point of departure and return.  Treks can be adjusted to suit the individual, including children.  There are plenty of potential camping sites within the Uva Province.

 

 

LIPTONS SEAT TREK

This trek commences from Nayabedda Estate which is approx.. 06 km from Orient Hotel

Trek through Tea fields where you can observe the world famous Sri Lankan Tea Pluckers at work, to Liptons Seat whichis one of the most beautiful and breath taking scenic view points. Dambatenna Tea Garden where Liptons Seat is located was owned by Sir Thomas J. Lipton for a period of 40 years spanning  late 1800 to 1930, legend has it that he loved to entertain his guests at picnics, and also to contemplate the future on Liptons Seat which is at the summit of the plantation. Liptons Seat is perched perilously at the edge of a sheer descent of over 6000 feet and offers a 360 degree view. You will pass through some astonishingly beautiful scenery on this trek.

The trek is approx.. 16 km & takes 4 – 5 hours

OHIYA UDAWERIYA TREK

This trek commences from Ohiya and passes through Tea Estates, scrub jungle and fragrant pine forests, the diversity of the terrain that this trek encompasses lends a definite zest to it. You will trek over tiny boulder strewn rivulets and you can see the tracks of wild boar. There are also plenty of monkeys to be seen as well as tiny cultivation plots hacked out of the jungle. There are also peach, pear and other fruit trees in profusion. The trek ends at Idalgashinna where you have the option of either taking a train ride back to Orient Hotel (the trek will have to be timed according to the train schedule) or having a vehicle pick you up from an accessible point.

This trek is approx.. 08 km & takes 2 – 2 ½ hours

VILLAGE TREK

This an ideal morning or late afternoon trek, which commences in close proximity to ORIENT HOTEL. You start out by visiting two Churches, both of which are over three quarter centuries old. This trek also encompasses villages, vegetable cultivations and passes over a meandering stream. You could watch the villagers at work in their fields and maybe, if it takes your fancy, you could join them in their work for a short time (with their permission of course).

This trek is approx. 07 km & takes approx. 2 hours

 

TREKKING SITES AND TRAILS

LOCATION DESCRIPTION DURATION
Horton Plains Soft/Moderate/Hard wet highland trek 4 hours to 1 day
Namunukula Range Soft/Moderate /Hard Trek 4 hours to 1 or 2 days
Diyaluma Water Park Soft/Moderate / Hard Trek 3 hours to 1 or 2 days
Uva- Paranagama Soft/ Moderate / Hard Trek 5 hours to 1 or 2 days
Trekking I Moderate / Hard /Wet highland 5 hours to 1 or 2 days
Trekking II Moderate / Hard / Wet highland 5 hours to 2 or 3 days
Trekking III Moderate / Dry zone trek 5 hours to 3 or 4 days
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