Jim's Farm Villas
Matale, Hill Country, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Cosy home on a large spice plantation, perfect for relaxation
Well located, close to Cultural Triangle, Dambulla Rock,
Plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained
Hilltop villa is perfect for families with its own lounge, kitchen, dining area and pool
The villas have been designed very stylishly with timber floors, high roofs and broad verandahs
Best time to Visit
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Jim's Farm Villas
Built on 50 acres of farm, Jim's Farm is a lovely boutique resort between Dambulla & Kandy offering a comfortable stay in midst of a beautiful spice plantation.
Jim's farm is a beautiful boutique styled resort built over fifty acres of Spice Plantations in Mandawala area between Dambulla & Kandy. Though the initial uphill drive to spice country can be slightly bumpy, the resort is ideally located with fantastic views and complete relaxation, perfect for families and couples
Mr Kevin Abbott's family hilltop home, carries the warmth & feel of a perfect summer home. A lovely team ensure that you are really comfortable and well looked after. Jim's Farm Villas is perfect to combine with the cultural triangle for a relaxing stay at the end of your holiday or good if you want to break your journey between the cultural triangle and travelling to the hill country.
Split between three villas, there are a total of fourteen rooms at Jim's Farm Villas. We reccomend the Spice Garden Villa and Mango Villa which come with spacious family rooms which can fit extra children's beds.
The resort offers plenty of activities for families and couples looking for a more active holiday and a large pool area for those who just want to lay back and absorb the beautiful settings.Local visits to nearby village or a visit to the farms can also be arranged. With easy access to other parts of the Cultural Triangle, it makes for a great base from which to explore,
The Spice garden villa has four rooms and the Hilltop villa has five rooms and a pool close by. There are common living areas and all rooms have attached en-suite bathrooms.
Children are more than welcome at Jim's Farm Villas and the Mango villa works perfectly for families travelling together. There are plenty of facilities, making Jim's Farm Villas a dream base for both kids and parents alike. Children meals can be specially catered for, as well as baby cots and highchairs.
Meals include, a good breakfast consisting of a fruit plate, fruit juice, marmalade, hot breakfast prepared from fresh farm produce. Dinner can be Sri Lankan specialities or Western cuisines and the chef is happy to adapt their dishes to your preferences with prior intimation.
Breakfast is served outdoors on your villa terrace with amazing views of the plantations all around. Evening you are served pre-dinner drinks with a range of canapes. Dinner is served in a common dining pavilion and is hosted by the manager in the house. A liqueur license has been requested. There is also a portable barbecue that adds to the dining experience.
Jim's Farm is ideally located forty minutes from Dambulla Rock Caves and thirty miles from Kandy, It's a perfect location for families looking for a more active holiday and would like to explore the interesting cultural part of the country. Visit to Knuckles range can also be arranged along with cooking lessons, cycling and table tennis.
A tuk-tuk ride between the two villas and around the resort can be enjoyed. Visit the local village or go on a tour of the farm.
Rikki Poynton (Staff)
Easily one of my favourite hotels in the cultural triangle, Jim's Farm is the perfect option for families who want a mix of culture and activities. You can explore the organic farm and spice plantations, cycle around local villages, milk the cows and discover the nearby historical sights of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla.
Deepavali Gaind (Staff)
Jim's Farm named after Kevin's father the owner of the property is a lovely resort built over 50-acre coconut and spice estate. Its lovely for families and couples looking for complete relaxation in the most natural surroundings.
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.
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.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Visit the colourful market in Kandy for textiles, as well as a lively atmosphere.
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 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.
Minneriya National Park
The amazing Minneriya National Park is renowned for its elephant populations and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a safari drive in search of the Asian elephant, a highlight for many during their tour through this fascinating teardrop isle.
Polonnaruwa Ancient City
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa dates from the 10th century AD. Originally planned as an expression and statement of imperial power, the city was eventually abandoned in 1288. Many of the remains are still in excellent condition.
Royal Botanical Garden Educational Walk
Learn more about the unique flora of Sri Lanka in the educational walk through Royal Botanical Garden
The Sigiriya rock rises majestically from the jungle floor. It is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface. Half-way up there are galleries with frescoes in brilliant tempera. Sigirya dates from the 5th century AD.
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.
Your Time at Jim's Farm Villas - Scott Dunn Suggests
There's plenty to keep everyone entertained at Jim's Farm Villas. During you stay visit the local Buddhist temple, go on a farm tour, try some Tai Chi or play volleyball. There's even the chance to have a lesson in the art of sari dressing and cooking.
Family Fun in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Hill Country, Nuwara Eliya & Tangalle
from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Perfect itinerary for a family with teenagers - a great mix of adventure and relaxation
- A private driver/guide throughout giving you complete flexibility
- Spot an elusive leopard in Wilpattu National Park
Sri Lanka Uncovered
Kotugoda, Anamaduwa, Pallepolla, Trincomalee, Gal Oya National Park, Kandy
from £2800 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- An immersive tour taking you to explore the more hidden side of Sri Lanka, taking in some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes
- Plunge into the hidden experiences throughout this trip, from waterfalls and natural pools, temples and trekking, game drives and an abundance of Sri Lankan wildlife
- Stay in unique retreats throughout, from the rustic and unique Mudhouse, tranquil Jim’s Farm Villas and remote Jungle Beach
Location & directions
Matale, Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, Jim's Farm is 45 minutes from Dambulla Rock Caves and about a 1-hour drive from Kandy city.
How to get there
Fly into Colombo's Bandaranayake Airport. From there, Jim's Farm Villas is roughly three to four hours away by private car.
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