Koslanda and Haputale, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka

At a Glance

  • Enjoy the heritage of the hill country, a truly unique setting

  • Each room is named after key figures who playede an important role in the development of Uva

  • The hotel boasts excellent views to watch the Sri Lankan sunrise

  • Eat your breakfast on the lawn or enjoy afternoon tea in the garden

  • From the hotel visit Horton Plains and other key sights

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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, which is generally driest between September and April. However, an inter-monsoonal period in October and November means short sharp rain can occur in many parts of the island. From May to October the eastern and northern regions of Sri Lanka tend to experience the best weather. The sea stays at around 27°C all year.

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Insider's View

Enjoy exclusive access to the Dumbatanne tea factory and the bungalow which was Sir Thomas Lipton’s residence from 1890 to 1910 when staying at the Thoalagala hotel.

Make sure you try the tea factory and high tea experience. You see the whole process of tea-making then head down to Mr Lipton's old residence for a delicious tea. The house boasts beautiful gardens and the most incredible views

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Thotalagala or take a look at our itineraries to Hill Country


Thotalagala is a former 19th century plantation bungalow which has been lovingly converted into a luxurious boutique hotel in the east of the hill country.

Set in the heart of a tea plantation estate, originally planted by Sir Thomas Lipton of Lipton tea, Thotalagala enjoys spectacular views over the Hill Country and thanks to its eastern location, normally enjoys fantastic weather during June, July and August - which is unusual for Sri Lanka's hills. The property lies in the Haputale Escarpment, a perfect stop between Kandy and Sri Lanka's southern national parks such as Yala and Uda Walawe.

The bungalow, that dates back to the 1870s, is home to seven beautifully and traditionally designed fan-cooled suites that are perfectly in-keeping with the wonderful colonial heritage of the building. Think polished wooden floors, antique furniture and large comfortable beds that are surrounded by original pictures and photographs of the area. Each room is named after British gentlemen that played a huge part in the development of tea growing in Sri Lanka.

Spend time here enjoying breakfast on the lawn, gourmet barbeques, picnic breakfasts and simply enjoying a book overlooking the spectacular views. Alternatively head out on foot, as the area is fantastic for trekking, hiking and bird watching.

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There are seven suites that perfectly balance colonial era heritage with modern and contemporary comforts. Each suite is dedicated to the memory of key British tea planters.



Jack Mace (Staff)

Thotalagala really impressed me throughout my stay there. On arrival you can't help but walk as fast as you can to the front of the bungalow to see the absolutely incredible views. Unlike other places in the hill country, Thotalagala is on the eastern tip of the mountain range which means that you have views right down to the valley floor (1600metres below!). It's been said on a clear day you can see Yala National Park and even the south coast! The bungalow had a modern, luxurious look to it whilst keeping a colonial charm with pieces of traditional furniture and colourful wall paper. I stayed in the Thomas Lipton suite which is highly recommend, although there really isn't any bad rooms. The hotel lends itself best for those looking to relax however there is an array of walks / treks nearby which are quite challenging. I took on the 4km loop as a run at 6:30am which was challenging to say the least. There's also a tea plantation and factory close by which is definitely worth checking out - this nicely mixes with taking high tea and Mr Liptons old residence which is just down from the factory. They are just in the process of installing a new infinity pool which will make it a front runner in the leading, boutique hotels in the hill country!


Rikki Poynton (Staff)

A fantastic hidden gem set against the most spectacular backdrop above the clouds. Enjoy afternoon tea in Sir Lipton's former bungalow and rise early to see one of the most amazing sunrises ever!


Scarlett Richard (Staff)

Thotalagala is a 19th century tea planters bungalow amidst 20 acres of manicured gardens. These gardens have been landscaped to mimic the British style gardens that would have been in Sri Lanka two centuries ago. The 145-year old home has been renovated and opened up as a boutique hotel with the concept of taking you back to the colonial era and provides you a home from home feel where the service is personal, flexible and welcoming. Hidden in the hill country, boasting dramatic views and located next to the Dambatenne tea estate where Sir Thomas Lipton planted himself, it serves as a great base to explore the Hill country.


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Book from 06 February 2020 to 20 December 2020
Travel from 06 February 2020 to 20 December 2020
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  • 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.

  • 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.

Holiday Ideas

  • Sri Lanka in Depth

    Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle & Bentota

    from £5100 pp inc flights & transfers for 17 nights

    • We provide your own private driver/guide throughout who will show you around the sights, yet retain the flexibility to offer more unique highlights away from the crowds
    • Perfect for guests interested in covering plenty of ground as part of an active itinerary
    • Chance to visit two National Parks in Sri Lanka, with brilliant opportunities for wildlife sightings.

Location & directions

Koslanda and Haputale, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Thotalagala is located in Haputale in the Hill Country. The property sits south east of Nuwara Eliya and close to Lipton's Seat further east. 

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.

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