Ceylon Tea Trails, Hatton

Sri Lanka

A curious blend of Sri Lankan exoticism and English charm at this fully restored colonial-era, tea-planter estate.

 Four thousand feet above sea level, overlooking Castlereagh lake and endless tea gardens, Ceylon Tea Trails waits to be discovered. It’s made up of a handful of fully restored planter bungalows, originally built for the British tea estate managers during the heady days of the raj. Today it offers a taste of plantation life without the hard work.

You can take a trail through the waist-high Ceylon tea fields, tour the estate by bicycle or take a rowing boat out on the lake – or better still, ask one of the local fisherman to take you out in his outrigger canoe. After a busy day exploring, taking afternoon tea homemade Dundee cake and scones beside a crackling log fire is almost certain to be one of your holiday highlights.

Each bungalow tips its hat to the era with panelled walls, bay windows and claw-foot baths. It feels authentic, a chance to taste the decadence of the period. Although we’re pretty certain the early tea barons never had it this good.

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Location

The bungalows sit among the hills of the Bogawantalawa region in the Dimbula district, one of the most famous Ceylon tea producing areas in Sri Lanka. The bungalows are well spaced out with between two and 15 kilometres between them. The views when you walk between the bungalows are the perfect blend of mountains, lakes and waterfalls – utterly unforgettable.

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