Kegalle, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Amazing views in Sri Lanka's Hill Country
Fantastic selection of walking trails, seeing Sri Lanka away from the hordes
There is a working Tea and Rubber Factory which you can visit
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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Built in 1926, Roysth Estate is an old colonial planter’s bungalow set on a 62-acre private working tea and rubber estate. This charming property offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of rural Sri Lanka.
Rosyth Estate was originally part of a 350 acre estate, and whilst the original design remains unchanged, the house today offers outstanding accommodation and facilities. With high ceilings, cool polished floors, wide verandas, elegantly furnished rooms with eclectic works of art, this is a perfect place to immerse yourself in estate life, unwind, rejuvenate and explore.
Rosyth Estate is a small working estate and has undergone extensive replanting and improvement over recent years in order to rejuvenate the productivity. Tea is plucked and sold to the nearby tea factory, whilst latex is tapped, treated and sold to a local rubber factory.
Guests can explore the estate, join the ladies plucking the tea leaves or see how the rubber is tapped. The local tea factory welcomes our guests and is happy to explain the process. Hike to the bottom of our slopes, through our tea terraces and rubber fields and discover the small waterfall and local paddy fields where local villagers cultivate their rice.
The estate contains walking trails, there are mountain biking routes and our staff will be happy to guide you through the tea terraces, rubber plantation and paddy fields.
The colonial style of the property is reflected in the individually designed and furnished bedrooms. All rooms benefit from ceiling fans, 300 thread count linen, comfortable mattresses, powerful rainfall showers and the option of mosquito nets. There are two types of room: Classic and Deluxe and three rooms in each category.
The cardamom room features a king size bed, double patio doors that open onto the side of the front terrace and can be booked in conjunction with the nearby palm room which has a twin bed, a great option for families.
Accessed from the living room of the main house, this is the most suitable of the Classic rooms for a family with two young children. Two single beds in the room can be joined to create a super king size bed and a day bed which can be converted into a single bed and the option of a cot.
Mango is a Classic room with a king size double bed, open plan shower room making it suitable for guests with a disability and has large windows overlooking the garden area at the rear of the property.
|Cinnamon Deluxe Room||
This Deluxe room is ideal for couples with a super king size four poster bed, large open plan shower room and double wash basin. The room features high ceilings with exposed beams and views into the courtyard and pool. There is also the option of the addition of a cot.
|Coconut Deluxe Room||
This room is a Deluxe option and located in the upper part of the duplex unit on the estate and features a private balcony with spectacular views across the rubber fields at the back of the property. With direct access to the Garden Terrace and high beamed ceilings, this room includes a super king size four poster bed, bathroom with double washbasins and separate shower room. A sofa can be made up for one extra bed in the room or there is a staircase that runs from this room to the Lime room making it ideal for an interconnecting option.
|Lime Deluxe Room||
This Deluxe room is located on the lower floor of the duplex where the Coconut room resides. The two can be linked for families. This room has its own ground level entrance, super king size bed which can be transformed into two single beds, a sofa that can be transformed into the same, inside and outside showers and private garden area.
Interconnecting with the cardamom room on the front terrace, the palm room can form a family suite. With twin single beds and is perfect for older children who want the privacy of their own room. The palm room and cardamom room share a large bathroom.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Set high up in the hills Rosyth provides beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. The property has a really lovely intimate feel and the staff are fantastic and so friendly - feels like you have stepped into a friend's home. During our stay we were lucky to take both a early morning walk to see all the local plants and villages and a lovely evening spa treatment which was so relaxing.
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
A stay at Rosyth Estate is like stepping back in time to what Sri Lanka is all about. As you approach the Estate, there is an overwhelming feeling of peace and tranquillity. The setting of Rosyth is just magical with the most stunning views across the Hill Country. A rather charming colonial style bungalow, I felt apart of the family from the moment I stepped inside. There is nothing fancy about Rosyth, but that is what I loved. It was just true Sri Lankan hospitality, in the most gorgeous surroundings. Enjoy delicious cups of tea on the veranda, cool off with a dip in the swimming pool, treat yourself to an incredible massage by their local masseuse - there is a whole host of things that really made this a magical stay for me. However, my absolute favorite thing of all was the food. Throughout my whole time in Sri Lanka, the chef at Rosyth was by far the best - from the pumpkin curry, to the egg hoppers in the morning, I ate like a King!
Dambulla Buddhist Caves
Dambulla is an ancient historical site set on a large granite outcrop. The caves at Dambulla are famous for their temples and have been repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries with secular and Buddhist scenes.
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.
Guided Tour of Kandy: Gods, Kings & Men
Today head to the center of Kandy, once known as the Kingdom of Kandy. Take some time to visit the famous UNESCO protected Temple of the Tooth. Next wander around the colorful market followed by some tea at the historic Queen's Hotel.
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.
Location & directions
Kegalle, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Rosyth Estate is located just 10-minutes from Kegalle town west of Kandy. The hotel sits on a working tea and rubber plantation.
How to get there
Fly into Bandaranaike International Airport. From there Rosyth Estate is a 2-hour drive by private car.