Living Heritage Koslanda
Koslanda and Haputale, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Swimming choices to satisfy everyone: an infinity pool with fantastic views or three natural pools at the base of a stunning waterfall
Ample spaces for relaxation - each suite shares a long veranda but has its own private courtyard, and the central Ambalamas, open-sided, roofed houses furnished with many cushions
A peaceful environment, as there are just four rooms set in 86-acres of beautiful forest
Warm and understated hospitality
Authentic Sri Lankan architecture and craftmanship
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The Maha monsoon blows from October to January, bringing rain to the North and East, while the dry season is from May to September. The North and East are comparatively dry, with around 1000mm of rain annually. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Out-of-season travel has its advantages – not only do the crowds go away but many airfares and accommodation prices drop right down. Nor does it rain all the time during the low season.
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Living Heritage Koslanda is a tranquil retreat set among Beragala hills with a surrounding forest. Its mere four rooms beautifully combine boutique-style luxury and traditional Sri Lankan design and architecture.
Living Heritage Koslanda consists of a central reception area, with three open-sided, roofed houses, known as Ambalamas, for relaxing and dining. There are a total of six rooms at the hotel, each furnished with tasteful antiques and have a private courtyard, outdoor Jacuzzi and hot water garden shower.
There is a beautiful infinity swimming pool looking out over amazing views with all the convenience of changing rooms, a bar and barbecue area. For the more adventurous there is also a waterfall with three natural pools suitable for swimming, which is a 45-minute hike through the forest to reach.
For guests wishing to dine at the hotel, the food is delicious and there are plenty of Sri Lankan dishes on offer including hoppers for breakfast. The Sri Lankan chef is UK trained and has adapted the menu to give traditional recipes a contemporary twist.
Living Heritage Koslanda is ideally located to link, in manageable journeys, Kandy and the tea country with the attractions of the south such as Yala National Park, Uda Walawe and the south west beaches.
There are a total of six rooms and suites at Living Heritage Koslanda. Three suites all linked by a veranda are located on higher ground overlooking the central dining and relaxation Ambalama and have wonderful views of the surrounding hills. Each has a private courtyard with TV, sound system and WiFi, outdoor jacuzzi and hot water garden shower. The fourth suite is located away from the main building in its own cottage or gatehouse that allows a great deal of privacy; it is referred to as the deluxe room. There is one Deluxe room category situated in the gatehouse which makes for a beautiful hideaway, with more privacy but forfeits the views. It has a double bedroom, en-suite bathroom and private garden and its own Ambalama in the garden for relaxing. Finally, there are also two Forest Pavilion rooms cantilevered out over the treetops, ideal for anyone wanting something a little different. Theses two rooms are bamboo-lined and feature open-air bathrooms.
Children are welcome at Living Heritage Koslanda, but please be aware there are no specific facilities for them.
The property has a beautiful infinity pool and one restaurant. All the rooms are fully equipped with wifi and outside Jacuzzi.
Living Heritage is perfectly located to explore tea plantations to the North and National Parks to the South. The hotel will organise many walking tours for you depending on what your interests are. One particular favourite being a day trip to the local waterfall with a picnic.
Charlie Loughlin (Staff)
Heading into the foot hills of the Tea Country you will find Koslanda Living Heritage nestled into the jungle forest. This 6 bedroom property was designed to resemble a Sri Lankan Wallawwa using local resources, so you will have a very authentic experience. From the hotel you can explore the local area from waterfalls to tea plantations giving you plenty of opportunity to explore the great outdoors. The food is very traditional so this is a great place to try some of the local delicacies and talk to the local staff about life in rural Sri Lanka.
Alice Woodford (Staff)
Fell completely in love with this place! Peaceful and tucked away, beautiful secret I felt privileged to experience. All rooms were well-appointed and great options, each having their benefits, loved the courtyards off the suites. However the Deluxe room near the gate also benefits from a secluded location and being closer to the swimming pool. During my stay at Living Heritage I was lucky enough to have three fantastic meals (mixture of Sri Lankan and western cuisine) and explored the surrounding jungle (rewarded with a swim in the local waterfall). My only concern is that for older or less able guests the pool is up a fairly long flight of steps.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
The rooms here are huge, with amazing amounts of outside space, and even a Jacuzzi. I thought it was truly beautiful and a great stopping point on your way down to the South Coast.
Sara Wells (Staff)
Living Heritage Kosanda is a tranquil retreat in beautiful surrounds. The buildings have been lovingly designed with traditional Sri Lankan architecture in mind having used local materials and time-honoured craftsmanship. The views are stunning and the hike into the surrounding forest to the waterfall is well worth the effort and rewarded by a swim in the natural pools. The suites in the main building have wonderful views and are more spacious than the one deluxe room in the Gatehouse, which does have the advantage of more privacy.
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.
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.
Off The Beaten Track Sri Lanka
Colombo, Anamaduwa, Wilpattu National Park, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Gal Oya National Park, Koslanda & Galle
from £4900 pp inc flights & transfers for 16 nights
- Ideal for couples who are looking to get off the beaten track and explore the lesser visited and more wild areas of Sri Lanka
- Enjoy hidden experiences and surprise as you go along your journey, waterfalls, natural pools, beautiful gardens, old temples.
- Enjoy a boat safari on Gal Oya's Senanayake Samudraya Lake - an amazing place for birdwatching
Location & directions
Koslanda and Haputale, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Living Heritage Koslanda is roughly 70km southeast of Nuwara Eliya, and 150km southeast from Kandy, the geographic centre of Sri Lanka.
How to get there
The nearest airport is Colombo Bandaranayake Airport (190km), roughly 5 hours by car but you are more likely to arrive with a driver as part of a trip around Sri Lanka. The last leg of the journey entails some windy roads and past waterfalls and the last 5-minutes along an untarmaced, rough private road.