Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Mandira Bungalows is a collection of three bungalows located in the tea plantations. These converted colonial tea planters bungalows offer stunning views and a peaceful feel. Strathdon and Dickoya Bungalows each have four rooms and Craig Appin has five.
At a Glance
There are plenty of activities available, such as Bungalow Hopping, treks and bike rides
The bungalows have been lovingly refurbished to offer comfort whilst still maintaining their Colonial charm
The rooms are very spacious, and Master Suites have a double and twin room so are great for families
Enjoy meals in the smart dining room or in the more relaxed atmosphere of the veranda
The views are wonderful, stretching across distant hill tops and down into lush valleys
Going on a walk with the naturalist is a great way to learn more about the history of the area and the art of tea picking.Lucy Bailey
The bungalows have such a lovely peaceful atmosphere it's hard not to feel at home.Lucy Bailey
The bungalows are a new operation and so it's exciting to see what they will have developed over the next few years.Lucy Bailey
I would recommend asking the chef for more traditional Asian cuisine versus western dishes.Lucy Bailey
Roshan the general manager use to work in the tea fields and worked his way up so his knowledge and passion for the area is extensive. The three bungalows are colonial planters bungalows and so are very characterful and full of history.Scarlett Richard
To start planning your vacation to Mandira Bungalows
Nestled among the plantations, the Mandira Bungalows offer a wonderful relaxing haven from which to explore the surrounding Hill Country.
The decor is very much in keeping with the Colonial heritage. The rooms are furnished with four-poster beds and antique furniture, but also come with modern comforts such as TVs, overhead fans and tea and coffee making facilities.
Opulent dining rooms complete with candelabras provide the setting for a lavish dinner and the verandas offer a more relaxed experience for breakfast, lunch and pre-dinner drinks, with lovely views out over the hills and plantations. The chef will discuss menu options with guests, and both Western and Sri Lankan cuisine are available.
Craig Appin has five rooms, and Dickoya and Strathdon both have four rooms. Each of the bungalows has one Master Suite, which is a double bedroom with an interconnecting twin room and shared bathroom.
Hill Country is a fantastic destination for those who are looking for a bit of adventure, and the Mandira Bungalows have a great range of activities on offer. There are treks and cycle rides to explore the plantations, accompanied by the naturalist who will explain the history of the area and the art of tea picking.
Why not spend the day Bungalow Hopping, where you will walk from one bungalow to another for a delicious lunch, before heading on to the third bungalow in time for high tea, or perhaps visit a nearby tea factory where you can learn more about tea producing process. For adrenaline-seekers, you can even catch the train to a nearby town then cycle back across the hills.
Craig Appin has four Deluxe Rooms and one Master Suite, and Dickoya and Strathdon both have three Deluxe Rooms and one Master Suite. The Deluxe Rooms are all en-suite and very spacious. The Master Suites have a main bedroom interconnected to a twin room with a shared bathroom accessed through the twin room.
There are lots of activities available at the Mandira Bungalows. There are a variety of treks and bike rides through the plantations, accompanied by the bungalows' naturalist. You can also go Bungalow Hopping between the three bungalows, or take a train ride to a nearby town and cycle back. Visit a tea factory to learn more about the picking and drying process.
Location & Directions
Hill Country, Sri Lanka
The Mandira Bunaglows are located in Sri Lanka's Hill Country, near the town of Hatton which is 130km from the capital of Colombo and about 4,500ft above sea level.
When to go
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.