Ella, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
All food, drink (including house spirits, wine & beers), afternoon tea, snacks and soft drinks are included in the rate
A four kilometre trail takes you through tea estates to the Nine Arches Bridge, a picturesque viaduct
Two of the rooms here can connect to create the perfect option for a family travelling together.
Each of the bedrooms and suites are serviced by a private butler
Nine Skies is located a short distance to the awe-inspiring Nine Arch Railway Bridge.
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 Nine Skies
Clinging to a tea covered hill, with beautiful views over the hill country Nine Skies offers an intimate stay in a newly refurbished tea bungalow.
Opened in September 2018, this five bedroom bungalow, located near Demodera Railway Station close to Ella, dates back to the colonial era which is clearly reflected in its heritage design. Here beautiful art pieces and artefacts work seamlessly aside modern amenities, providing a unique luxury experience and home away from home feel.
Each bungalow opens up on to a the hotels garden terrace with stunning views across the valley. The property has three room types and each room is serviced by a private butler. Two of the bungalows being able to interconnect the property is a great option for families. Our favourite room is the Ella Rock Suite which has a king sized poster bed and private veranda.
All meals and drinks are included in your stay at Nine Skies and this includes daily afternoon tea and the Planter's Lunch which is a selection of daily curries.
For those warmer days take a dip into the properties pool located in the garden to take full advantage of the views including the famous Demodera Loop.
Nine Skies boasts five bedrooms and suites, all of which are beautifully furnished and also benefit from private garden terraces. Each bedroom has a four poster bed and all rooms have large bathrooms with a free standing bath. Two rooms can also be connected to make the perfect set up for a family.
Children of all ages are welcome and cots are provided for under 2's. Babysitting can also be organised before check in.
Nine Skies is an all-inclusive property so all meals and drinks including alcohol are already taken care off. The breakfast at Nine Skies is a highlight of anyone's stay and of course includes the traditional Sri Lanka pancake, hopper. Ask your private butler and snacks throughout the day can also be arranged and all butlers are more than happy to mix up your favourite cocktails to enjoy in your sitting room or veranda.
Located at the front of the property with views over the valley is the infinity swimming pool which is perfect to cool off in after a few hours trekking.
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.
Guided Tour of Kandy: Gods, Kings & Men
Today head to the centre 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 colourful market followed by some tea at the historic Queen's Hotel.
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 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
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.
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Location & directions
Ella, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Nine Skies offers beautiful views over the surrounding hill country and within easy distance from Demodera Station.
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