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.