If you want to explore more or Sri Lanka, we can organise visits to some of our favourite places:
DIYALUMA FALLS AND RUBBER PLANTATION VISIT
The beautiful Diyaluma falls are just a short drive or walk from hotel. At 220m high, it’s one of the highest waterfalls on the island and a spectacular sight. Afterwards, you may want to visit the nearby rubber plantation and learn about traditional methods for harvesting and processing rubber.
The spectacular scenic drive along small plantation roads alone would make this trip unmissable, but it’s also a great opportunity to glimpse a bygone era on a beautiful and unspoilt working estate and learn about tea growing.
The scenery as you journey higher into the hills is incredibly beautiful, and along the way you’ll catch sight of tea pickers whose dress and working methods have changed little in the last 100 years.
Rolling green hills and plantation bungalows transport you to Sri Lanka’s colonial past where its still flourishing tea industry has its roots. Learn all about how the planters searched for the best slopes to cultivate what became known worldwide as Ceylon tea and see how tea is picked and processed today.
And once you know all about what goes into the perfect brew, you’ll get to taste one for yourself at a private tasting.
Buduruwagala, which means “the rock of Buddhist Sculptures”, is the name given to a group of seven carvings that can be found on the site of an ancient buddhist temple.
The carvings are colossal – the biggest is over 16 metres high – and date back to the ninth or 10th century, which makes it even more remarkable how intact they are.
UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
If you want to visit the small natural sanctuary where the Buduruwagala are to be found, you may want to go on your way to Udawalawe National Park. Famed for its elephants, it’s a haven for all kinds of wildlife, exotic birds, fish and reptiles.
Take a jeep safari through its marshes and grasslands and, along with the elephants, you may just see a Sri Lankan sloth bear. If not, the Asian palm civet, toque macaque, tufted grey langur or Indian hare have all been spotted there, as well as many varieties of water birds.
Kataragama is the home of a temple complex that is a sacred site for Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims alike.
The Kataragama Perehera is a two week festival that takes place from July to August and coincides with the new Moon in the Esala month.
With its procession of drummers, dancers, jugglers and elephants, the Perahera attracts thousands of people, many of whom make the pilgrimage on foot from as far afield as Jaffna in Sri Lanka’s northern peninsula.
Our staff will also be happy to organise a guided trek of our very own stretch of jungle. It’s a great way to get to know the native plants and trees, and find out about pepper and coffee cultivation during the colonial era. They will also arrange for you to plant a tree and participate in our forest restoration programme.