Hatton, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has updated their travel advice for Sri Lanka and are advising that travel can now resume. We've been following the situation closely and with the recent changes in security, we're pleased to say that we can support the people of Sri Lanka and once again offer trips to this beautiful country. To encourage visitors to return, the Sri Lankan government are now offering free visas on arrival to key countries (including the UK) beginning August 2019.
At a Glance
Sister property to the fantastic Wallawwa and Fort Bazaar
The bungalow has panoramic views over the famous Castlereagh Reservoir
Enjoy a refreshing dip in the bungalow's swimming pool after a day of trekking or cycling in the plantations
Just five bedrooms make this an idyllic hillside retreat
Some of the best views in this area
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Year round destination. Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. During the monsoon season from October to December you can expect heavy downpours. June to September are the driest months here, when there’s almost no rain at all.
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Having recently opened, Camellia Hills is a luxurious five-bedroom bungalow nestled in Sri Lanka's tea plantations. It has a dining room, two lounge areas, and a swimming pool. The bungalow boasts breathtaking views across the Castlereagh Reservoir.
Camellia Hills is a sight to behold, with some of the best views in the iconic Hill Country. Travel by train from Kandy to Hatton, a scenic journey like no other. Here in this small town up in the tea plantations, sits this boutique hotel.
With just five bedrooms, Camellia Hills is an oasis of calm and tranquillity. The sister hotel of The Wallawwa and The Fort Bazaar, it has been designed in a contemporary but cosy style, in keeping with its peaceful setting. Taking inspiration from the tea planter's bungalows that were built in this area during the colonial period, discover the history of Ceylon and learn about the art of tea making.
Each room has soft muted colors and plenty of space for guests to unwind. Make sure to reserve a room looking out over the lake and that comes with a bathtub. After a day exploring the tea plantations there's nothing better than relaxing in the bath soaking up the views.
This truly is a wonderful place to discover these misty hills. The hotel operates on an all-inclusive basis, including a delicious fresh breakfast, lunch, tasty dinner and of course, afternoon tea.
There are just five bedrooms at Camellia Hills, making it a excellent location for couples wanting to relax. Choose a Lakeview Room for the best views over Castlereagh Reservoir.
Children are welcome at Camellia Hills. We recommend the Master Suite as it has two bedrooms, perfect for guests traveling with little ones.
Dining at Camellia Hills is on an all-inclusive basis. Enjoy fine dining and afternoon tea. The hotel's chef has crafted a delicious menu, drawing on the success of sister properties The Wallawwa and The Fort Bazaar. Sip Ceylon Tea on the terrace whilst drinking in the views before sitting down to a delectable array of international cuisine.
Sri Lanka's Hill County is famed for its colonial history and its tea. Discover how tea is picked and processed to make some of the world's best brews. But its not just all tea, for those who wish to keep active, there are plenty of walking trails to keep everyone entertained.
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This is a new property bringing a new contemporary twist to the classic tea planters bungalows scattered through the Hill Country. This 5 bedroom property is located on Castlereagh Reservoir and boasts spectacular views of the lake and surrounding tea plantations. This boutique property has its own pool positioned to enjoy the views and is situated so you can amble off through the tea plantations at your leisure. There are several places to enjoy breakfast lunch and dinner the open plan lounge, veranda and open air dining room. Make the most of your stay and venture into the local area visiting the local Conservation Center, lake, waterfall and mountains ranges.
Explore the Tea Plantations
During your stay in the Hill Country, explore the tea plantations where you can see the tea pluckers at work, visit a tea factory, or go for a walk through the rolling green hills.
Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species
and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
Temple of the Tooth
This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.
Train from Kandy to Hatton
The 2 hour train journey to Hatton is a glorious way to see the rolling countryside from your observation car, as you climb into the hills and tea plantations.
Classic Sri Lanka
Kotugoda, Sigiriya, Kandy, Dickoya, Yala & Habaraduwa
from $4200 pp 14 nights
- Explore the Cultural Triangle including a visit to the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- This itinerary covers all the highlights of Sri Lanka allowing you experience everything that makes this island so special, wildlife, culture, history and stunning coastlines
- You will have your own private driver/ guide to show you around
Boutique Sri Lanka
Colombo, Kandy, Gal Oya National Park, Hatton, Galle & Balapitya
from $3700 pp 13 nights
- Great for first time visitors to Sri Lanka, uncover the culture and history during this 14-day trip
- Featuring the best of Sri Lanka's boutique hotels, you will enjoy stays at sister properties The Fort Bazaar and Kumu Beach
- The Kandy House offers a peaceful retreat outside of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth
Sri Lanka for Teenagers
Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Hill Country, Nuwara Eliya & Tangalle
from $3900 pp 13 nights
- Perfect itinerary for a family with teenagers - a great mix of adventure and relaxation
- A private driver/guide throughout giving you complete flexibility
- Spot an elusive leopard in Wilpattu National Park
Wild Sri Lanka
Kotuguda, Wilpattu, Sigiriya, Gal Oya National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park & Galle
from $5100 pp 15 nights
- Get off-the-beaten track with this 15-night itinerary
- This trip takes in three of Sri Lanka's National Parks where you will have the opportunity to see some incredible wildlife
- With expert guiding throughout, this is a perfect trip for nature lovers
Location & directions
Hatton, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Camellia Hills is located in the Bogawantalawa Valley, known as the Golden Valley of Tea. The property overlooks the Castlereagh reservoir in the central highlands in Hatton. Hatton can be accessed by road or by train.