Tea Estate Experiences

Pick Tea Leaves With The Plantation Staff

Guests at Ceylon Tea Bungalows – Bandarawela are welcome to join the morning team of 11 tea pluckers as they tend the delightfully maintained Hilpankandura tea gardens surrounding the bungalow.

We can provide boots and raincoats in case of damp weather.

Barbecue Dinner Among Tea Bushes

A unique and totally wonderful way to dine out in total privacy on a hilltop right in the middle of the Hilpankandura tea estate. On a fine night you can see the whole of the night sky lit up with a 1000 stars!

Horton Plains Cloud Forests

Approx 1.5 Hours Away
Early Start Required: (5 am, if feasible!)

A beautiful, silent, windswept plateau at 6500ft above sea level with moss covered forests of rhododendron and wild, sweeping grasslands crossed by crystal-clear streams. A circular path leads first to the sudden end of the escarpment at World’s End – a sheer precipice of some 3000ft and the enchanting Baker’s Falls, surrounded by a glorious montane forest.

Vast numbers of Sambar Deer can usually be seen congregating in large herds on the plains in at sunrise. The Horton Plains Slender Loris is found only in highlands of Sri Lanka and is considered one of the world’s most endangered primates.

Ella, Sri Lanka’s Prettiest Village

Approx 30 Minutes Away

A small village in the midst of exquisite scenery that has become one of Sri Lanka’s major independent and backpacker travellers’ hotspots.

In the evening the main street becomes a lively affair with lots of bars and restaurants that open quite late into the night. For a more ‘upmarket’ experience at Ella try an evening out at 98 Acres or The Secret, Ella.

Nearby is the beautiful Ravana Ella Waterfalls, one of the most famous in Sri Lanka. A gentle walk takes you to Mini Adam’s Peak, a famous viewpoint in the locality.

Lipton’s Seat Viewpoint

Approx 1 Hour Away:
Early Start Required: 5:30 am

Named after Sir Thomas Lipton who would apparently come here to gaze out over his vast estates on horseback. Set high up in the Dambatenne Tea Estate, there is no question that on a fine day, this viewpoint gives the most magnificent view in the whole of Sri Lanka.

The viewpoint is reached via the gorgeous Dambetenna Road with possibly the prettiest tea gardens in the island. A visit to the Dambetenna Tea Factory upon your return is also highly recommended.

The Premier Luxury Boutique Hotel In The Eastern Hill Country

Tea At The Bandarawela Hotel

Just 20 Minutes Away

Possibly the last un-renovated, authentic colonial era hotel left in Sri Lanka has largely remained untouched since the 1950s.

It began as a coffee planter’s club in 1873 and soon became a focal point of the tea and planting community of the Badulla district.

There is a lovely lawn in front which is perfect for an afternoon tea with cake served by white-gloved waiters.

The perfect colonial time-warp experience in Sri Lanka!

The Hill Country Train

Bandarawela To Nuwara Eliya – Luxury Carriage

One of the Great Railway Journeys of the world passes through pine and eucalyptus forests to summit level at Pattipola (6227 ft / 1898 m), one of the highest railway stations in Asia.

Continuing through high altitude tea estates, grassland patana’s and dairy farms the train reaches Nanu Oya Station (for Nuwara Eliya).

We can arrange for a vehicle to bring you back to Bandarawela from Nanu Oya Railway Station (1.5 Hours).

Day Trip To Nuwara Eliya

1 Hour Away By Vehicle
2 Hours Away By Hill Country Express

Nuwara Eliya was the legendary cool-climate ‘Hill Station’ of the British tea planting community. Nowadays you have to do a little bit of searching to find a few of the old colonial bungalows that survive in wooded gardens. The old red brick Post Office is well preserved and a functioning Race Course and Gregory’s Lake still gives the slight feel of an English country town.

Head to The Hill Club – the legendary watering hole of the British planters replete with stuffed trophies, a snooker tables and a ‘gentleman’s bar’. Otherwise an afternoon tea at The Grand Hotel is recommended. This was the former mansion of Governor Sir Edward Barnes (1776 – 1838).

Golf At Nuwara Eliya Golf Club

The charming Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest golf clubs in Asia and probably the world!

The 18-hole course which has a length of 6075 yards and a course par of 71 consists of fairways that are long and narrow, bordered by tall trees and dense shrubbery. The course runs straight through the middle of the town.

It is easy to get day membership for visitors. The Club House can keep non golfing partners reasonably occupied.

Welimada Basin Walks

Ceylon Tea Bungalows are perfect locations for those that like to walk and hike in the midst of supremely beautiful natural surroundings.

The bungalow is located in the so-called Welimada Basin where consists of a series of undulating hills and valleys that are ideal for highly satisfying rural and village walks.

A particularly lovely walk behind the bungalow takes guests to the village of Diyatalawa.

More strenuous hikes are possible to Lipton’s Seat and at many locations in and around the 6500 feet Horton Plains National Park plateau.

Birdwatching And Nature

The neighbourhood around Ceylon Tea Bungalows – Bandarawela is one of Sri Lanka’s prime birding locations. Nearby Surrey Estate at Welimada is one of Sri Lanka’s most important Hill Country birding sites.

A supremely peaceful walk at Haputale from the Adisham Monastery to Idalgashinna Railway Station takes you through the Tangamale Forest Reserve.

There is a small patch of forest next to the bungalow itself with a rare resident Malabar Giant Squirrel. Spotted Deer, Muntjac Deer, Grey Langur, Grey Langur and Sri Lankan Rabbits are also frequently seen in the estate.

Dowa Temple And Bogoda Bridge

Guests in search of culture and history can experience two rarely visited but fascinating sites near to Ceylon Tea Bungalows Bandarawela.

Dowa Temple
With a history that can be recorded back 2000 years this temple features an incomplete 38 feet rock-cut Buddha statue etched in to the rock. There is a lovely Shrine Room with a ‘sleeping Buddha’ and beautiful Kandyan-era paintings.

Bogoda Ancient Wooden Bridge
A unique bridge that is over 400 years old and made entirely from wooden planks, without the use of a single metal nail!

Dunhinda Falls And Namunukula

Dunhinda Falls is the most beautiful waterfall in Sri Lanka. It consists of 2 separate falls, reached via a 1 km footpath. The main fall is 210 feet high (64 m).

A huge volume of water forces its way out of a narrow split in the rocky gorge and into a large pool of water at its base.

A particularly rewarding day can be had by first visiting Dunhinda Falls and then continuing your journey onwards to Ella via the breathtaking Passara-Namunukula-Ella road. This is possibly the most beautiful road in the whole of Sri Lanka with sweeping views down to the plains below.

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