Ceylon Tea Trails consists of five old colonial bungalows which have been converted into luxurious accommodation. The scenery is spectacular and guests can walk between the bungalows meeting the locals or simply relax in the beautiful gardens.
Ceylon Tea Trails promises the most luxurious tea experience in Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea region, comprised of five restored historic tea planters’ bungalows, each completely unique.
Follow the Tea Trail from one bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each, or just stopping for lunch along your hiking route through the working tea plantations.
A philosophy of ‘no menus, just indulgence’, this Relais and Chateux property promises an exquisite tea inspired culinary feast.
A stay at Ceylon Tea Trails offers an authentic, intimate and exploratory journey into the heart, soul and history of the Ceylon tea region.
Nestled amongst the hills of the Dickoya region in central Sri Lanka, at over 5,000 feet above sea level, is Ceylon Tea Trails which is one of just three Relais and Chateaux resorts in Sri Lanka. The concept is very British, with high tea served in the afternoon and rooms decorated in keeping with the feel of the colonial era.
The hotel offers five classic colonial era bungalows with luxurious suites, a manager, butler service and chef. Rooms feature four poster beds, elegant bathrooms, some with verandas, opening out onto private immaculate gardens. The food is fantastic with Sri Lankan classics and seafood grills using locally sourced ingredients some of which come from organic vegetable plots around the estate.
The surrounding countryside is out of this world and guests can walk from one bungalow to the next, greeting locals on the way and taking in the fabulous views. You can be as lazy or as active as you want here, either lounging by the pool or trying some white water rafting, riding, tennis, croquet, boating or visiting local tea estates.
Excursions offered by the hotel include visits to Kandy the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka in the central highlands, Adam's Peak, Nuwara Eliya and the national parks of Horton Plains and Uda Walawe, Sri Lanka's top eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka and famous for its large population of elephants.
When to visit
After enjoying breakfast on your veranda, take a walk (not forgetting your camera) through the hills to another bungalow for lunch. You’ll build up your appetite and if you’re too full to walk home your driver will be at your disposal to come and pick you up!
All 4 bungalows are situated around the Castlereagh Reservoir, near Hatton, in central Sri Lanka in the Bogawantalawa Valley, known as the Golden Valley of Tea.
Ella City Tour
Explore Ella with your chauffeur guide. Ella is blessed with some of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular views. On this tour you will visit Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak, Ravana Cave and Bambaragala Park.
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.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
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.
Kandy Temple Trail
Head a little more off the beaten track to explore some of Sri Lanka's more historically and architecturally interesting temples. Gadaladeniya, Embekke and Lankathilaka are set away from the main tourist trail but are still easily accessible from Kandy.
Kandy Walking Tour
Go on a walking tour of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meet Rahju the Artist
Rahju, one of Sri Lanka's famous artists, opens his studio to offer visitors an intimate view of what shapes his art pieces.
Royal Botanical Garden Educational Walk
Learn more about the unique flora of Sri Lanka in the educational walk through Royal Botanical Garden
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.
Trekking in the Knuckles Range
This is a must for trekking enthusiasts, who will love the striking landscapes and ever-changing fauna on this 4-5 hour trek from Illukkumbura to Riverston. Expect sweeping panoramas and waterfalls in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit Tea Factory and Plantation
Visit a working tea factory and plantation and witness how tea is grown and processed.