4WD Tour to Lipton's Seat View Point (Private Day Tour)
This tour gives you the opportunity to visit places in Sri Lanka with some of the best views in the wold. Hike through tea fields to get to Lipton’s Seat viewpoint.
- 4WD vehicle
- Snack and refreshments
- Experienced guide
- All government taxes & service charges
- Any additional beverages or food.
- Personal needs
- Any other items not mentioned above.
What to Expect
You will be starting your tour from the Ellla Jungle Resort at 6:30 am. Your guide will be picking you up in a 4WD safari jeep and driving you to your first destination - the famous Lipton’s Seat. It is suggested that you wear hike-friendly gear with proper hiking boots, and take a sweater as the temperatures can be quite chilly. If you did not have an early breakfast, you can bring a packed breakfast to have on your way there.
You will need to hike over 3.5 km along little foot trails, through beautiful rich green tea plantations, to reach Lipton's Seat. You will be able to see occasional tea pluckers or little huts where they rest. You will reach the viewpoint after about an hour. It gains its name from Sir Thomas Lipton, the famous tea planter who began the Lipton’s Ceylonta Tea company; and used this location to survey his expanding tea empire over a century ago. The viewpoint gives a broad and clear panoramic view of the Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and Eastern provinces. One of the more hilarious and iconic aspects of the viewpoint is the statue of Sir Lipton seated on a bench with a cup of tea, that you will find there. You can take a photo together. There’s also a little shop promoting the Lipton Ceylonta brand of tea, and you can buy a small pack if you wish.
On your way down from the viewpoint you will be stopping by the St Catherine’s Seat viewpoint. It offers a stunning view of Bandarawela, Diyatalawa and the Uva valley. After taking a few photographs here, you will be making your way down. As your final destination you will be driving to Pilkington Point another place with one of the best views on the island. Named after the Managing Director of the Poonagala Valley Co. Ltd., this viewpoint is located over 4600 feet above sea level. This ensures that it gives spectacular views of the rolling plains to the East and South of Sri Lanka. After spending some time there, you will be beginning the return trip back to the resort.
You will be able to get back by 11am, completing your tour.