Tuk Tuk Safari and Picnic in The Tea Plantation, Lipton’s Seat – Private Full Day Tour (8 hours)

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Tuk Tuk Tour Reservation

Best way to get to Ella by Train which take you through a breathtaking scenic route. is it your plan too? Good, do it, it’s a great idea. Next Best would be to book a Tuk Tuk Tour  when you stay in Ella for a couple of days or maybe even for one day. It’s fun riding through the curvy streets and tea plantation with a Tuk Tuk.

You can stop wherever you want to take photos or just enjoy the view. Then you see what Ella can offer you. Also it helps to understand the way of life in Ella better.

Ella is a popular place for tourists. If you already know on which dates you come to the city it’s smart to make a Tuk Tuk reservation before your arrival. So you can be sure to get one and you don’t waste time looking for one.

Tuk Tuk Tour Price

  • All-inclusive – Ella Full Day Sightseeing Tour (8 hours) – 60 USD per person
  • Tuk Tuk Safari in Lipton’s Seat (8 hours) – 60 USD per person

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience.


On this scenic, half-day excursion, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to a Sri Lankan tea plantation, known as Lipton’s Seat. Travel like a local in a three-wheeler tuk tuk, enjoying an open-air ride through lush tea country. Then, learn the ins and outs of local tea cultivation before sitting down to a panoramic picnic lunch overlooking the misty hills. A half-day trip to Lipton’s Seat tea plantation in a tuk tuk, with picnic lunch Pickup and drop-off can be arranged from Hide Ella Hotel.  Learn how Sri Lankan tea is grown during a hands-on visit to a real-life tea factory Insider’s access: get a chance to join local harvesters pick some tea leaves yourself

Itinerary – Lipton Seat Tour by Tuk Tuk

You will be picked up in a three-wheeler (tuk tuk) at 7:00 am from your hotel. It will take you up till 8:30 am to reach Lipton’s Seat. Lipton’s Seat gains its name from the 19th-century Scottish entrepreneur Sir Thomas Lipton; who bought several tea plantations during the British Colonization Era. The plantations yielded tons of high-quality branded tea under his careful care and became a flourishing tea empire.

Lipton’s Seat is the place that Sir Lipton used to oversee his plantations. Once you get there you will be able to have a fantastic view of the distant Uva, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central, and Eastern provinces. While you’re there you will also be able to see the colorful sunrise over the mountains and valley surrounding you. There will also be a bronze statue of Sir Lipton which is perfect for posing with. The little kiosk at the plateau also sells Lipton’s Ceylonta Tea, the tea brand created and perfected by Sir Lipton enabling you to get a feel for the history that surrounds this place.

At 10:30 you will descend from Lipton’s Seat using the Dambathenne Tea Estate route, and stop by the Dambathenne Tea Factory. There you will be taken on a tour of the place so that you can see how the raw tea leaves become a packeted product that can be used to create flavorful Ceylon Tea. You will also gain a better understanding of the varieties of tea and will be able to purchase some tea leaf packets and souvenirs at the factory’s souvenir shop.

There will also be a little tea shop where you can have a cup of hot fresh tea that incites your senses. After leaving the factory, you will go to the nearby village for lunch. You can purchase some of the local flavors and enjoy them.

At 1:00 pm your guide will take you on a walk through the tea plantations. You may see some tea pluckers and may be able to ask them some questions about their harsh life and how they do their work. If you don’t meet anyone you will still be able to examine the tea trees in person and find some hidden trails through the plantations. Once you finish your walk you will begin your journey back.

Your tour will be completed at 2:30 pm when you get dropped back at your hotel.

Your Day Itinerary:

  • 7.00 am – Pick up from the hotel near Ella.
  • 8.30 am – Reach to Lipton’s seat. enjoy the beauty of the area.
  • 10.30 am – Visit the Dambethenna tea factory and study the tea-making process.
  • 12.00 pm – Lunch from the village.
  • 1.00 pm – Walk through tea plantations.
  • 2.30 pm – Start the way back to Hotel.

Comfortable clothes for cooler weather, walking shoes, and hats are recommended for this tour.

1 hour 30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

What’s Included

  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Picnic lunch

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting points: Hide Ella Hotel & Resort

Start time: 07:00 AM

Endpoint: This activity ends back at Hide Ella Hotel & Resort.

Duration: 8 hours

What To Expect

Lipton’s Seat

you will enjoy nature and the tea plantation’s local life
  • 8 hours
  • Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Operated by Hide Ella Hotel & Resort