Ceylon Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails

Hatton, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka

At a Glance

  • 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.

  • The Tea Planters Picnic Lunch is a must, with delicious Sri Lanka dishes served in tiffin boxes, amidst the rolling tea plantations, with views over Castlereagh Lake beneath and the mountains above.

  • Every stay should include Tea Trails unique and signature culinary experience, The Tea Infused Dinner.

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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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Insider's View

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!

If you are staying at Tientsin, head a little further along the road to buy single-estate tea from the Kotiyagalla estate

Don't miss the evening tea in the beautiful settings overlooking Castlereagh, it's one of the most exhilarating experiences.

Playing croquet with a Pimms in hand makes for the perfect pre-dinner entertainment.

Borrow one of their walking route maps and enjoy a gentle stroll through the surrounding scenic tea plantations, keeping an eye out for wildlife and tea pickers hard at work.

Don't miss the hotel's complimentary ‘Tea Experience’, where you will be guided through the tea estate with a resident tea planter tea and Dilmah's Norwood factory on an insightful two-and-a-half-hour tour.

Try the inter-bungalow walk if you fancy a challenge! It’s best to do this between meals so you can experience the food at another of Tea Trails’ amazing bungalows – it’s good to mix it up!

After exploring the tea plantations make sure you are back in time for afternoon tea

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Ceylon Tea Trails or take a look at our itineraries to Sri Lanka


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.

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.

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Ceylon Tea Trails offers guests five enchanting bungalows: Castlereagh, Summerville, Dunkeld, Tientsin and Norwood. Each bungalow features between four and six charming rooms and suites decorated in an unique style, ranging from neo-colonial to classic English. Each bungalow has a manager and chef, and butler service ensures that every need is attended to. The Dunkeld bungalow has an infinity pool while the Norwood and Tientsin bungalows each have a pool. Some suites have verandahs leading out onto private gardens and most bathrooms have gorgeous free standing baths to relax and unwind in after a long day exploring the surrounding countryside.


Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. Children will enjoy all the activities on offer in and around the hotel. They will also love the cultural trips to local tourist destinations especially a journey to the Uda Walawe national park which is famous for its large population of elephants.


Facilities include a swimming pool, tennis court (Tientsin) and library. The hotel offers a butler service.

Your meals are all included during your stay and comprise Sri Lankan or English breakfast, a three course lunch or Sri Lankan rice and curry, pre-dinner cocktails and a four course dinner. All the meals include recipes made from tea in line with the hotel experience.


The hotel offers complimentary swimming and tennis. Activities at an additional cost include in-room spa treatments, guided walks, kayaking and rafting. There are some fantastic tourist destinations close by such as 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.



Jack Mace (Staff)

Wow! Absolutely incredible from start to finish. I stayed in Castlereigh which I really loved but all of the Bungalows have their separate character which makes this concept so special. I was lucky enough to visit 4 out of 5 of the Bungalows and I can say there's no bad one. If you are there for a few days, which you really need, I'd recommend doing lunch or high tea at different Bungalows as they all have different perspectives on this amazing area. I'd definitely try a walk from one to another if you have a chance, although take the boat over to Summerville. The thing I really liked about Tea Trails was that although super luxurious, the atmosphere is very relaxed and it's not uncommon for every to eat together and talk about their days over a few drinks. When I was there it was little baby Alexa's 1st birthday and we all got together, sang her happy birthday and enjoyed the delicious chocolate cake! It goes without saying that the accommodation, food, service, drinks was second to none. Amazing experience that I'd love to enjoy again!


Scarlett Richard (Staff)

Ceylon Tea Trails make up five beautifully resorted plantation bungalows dotted around the stunning hill country. A stay here feels like you are staying in someone's home where you will be well looked after, dine on amazing cuisine and enjoy the most incredible views out over the tea plantations. Guests stay here on an all-inclusive basis meaning you can really make yourself at home. Indulge in the daily high tea served out on the verandah every afternoon, enjoy a gin and tonic before dinner in front of the roaring log fire or wake up to a cup of tea served to you in bed. There are plenty of activities available to get outdoors and explore. My highlight was taking a long walk out over the tea fields and watching the local tea pickers working in the fields. A stay here offers a really authentic experience in total luxury.


Jessica Cator (Staff)

Four fantastic bungalows in four unbeatable locations. I particularly liked Norwood which had a wonderful pool facing over the tea plantations and the most beautiful surroundings. One of the best things about Tea Trails is that you can journey between them and enjoy a picnic on the way. It is a great way to explore the Hill Country.


Clare Monro (Staff)

Ceylon Tea Trails feels much like you are staying in someone's home and the bungalows have the most incredible views out over the tea plantations. Being on an all-inclusive basis really means that you don't need to hold back! They are quite traditional in design with wonderfully large bathrooms. I loved being able to head up the hill for a walk, wandering through the tea plantations and watching the tea being plucked. It is fantastically relaxing and the individual bungalows have lovely gardens with swimming pools. They are all quite different in style, design and location but each bungalow is charming and has fantastic food and service. I loved the garden at Tientsin in particular and the fact that it has a tennis court.


Susie Reynolds (Staff)

Without question, the best properties in the hill country. The bungalows are beautifully appointed with excellent staff and old world charm. Combining modern comfort with colonial service and style, each bungalow acts as a home from home with stunning surroundings and delicious food. I could very happily move in and never leave - Milroy and his team at Castlereigh in particular are an absolute dream!


Susie Reynolds (Staff)

Another perfect stop on your colonial tour of Sri Lanka, these four bungalows have been beautifully restored to their former glory, all with their own individual character. My personal favourite was Tientsen, the most `old colonial' of the four luxurious bungalows as well as possessing historical significance as the first British tea bungalow built in what was then Ceylon!


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Location & directions

Hatton, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka

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.

How to get there

Colombo Bandaranaike (175km away) is the closest international airport. Most guests come by private car, either as part of a bigger exploration around Sri Lanka or arranged by Ceylon Tea Trails. The journey time is 4.5 hours from Colombo.

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