The Location

Haputale is a small town nestled in the central hills of Sri Lanka situated 4900 feet (1500 meters) above sea level surrounded by luscious tea estates. The 193 km drive from Colombo takes you around four and a half hours on a scenic route. The journey time is reduced by more than an hour if you travel early in the morning. Haputale can also be reached by train. There are many local attractions around Haputale while, the beach, wildlife sanctuaries, tropical rain forests and places of historical interest are just a couple of hours drive away. See Things to Do

Accommodation and Facilities

There are four bedrooms all equipped with individual heating and four modern bathrooms with hot and cold water. The bedrooms have private sit outs which have the same panoramic views that can be seen from the garden. The cosy living room has an open fire place. There are board games, television, and a DVD player with a selection of movies, to keep all ages entertained. A library with some interesting reading is also available.

Much of the one acre property consists of a beautifully landscaped garden with plenty of space for kids to play without disturbing anyone who wants to enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. A game of croquet could be arranged in the garden to bring back memories of a bygone era…or if you want to look across the vistas and contemplate on the beauty of nature or just enjoy a book, there are plenty of nooks and crannies to afford you complete privacy. The sound of running water by the pond adds to the sense of serenity that one experiences.

An interesting feature is that the bungalow is supplied with unchlorinated water drawn from an artesian aquifer which has never been exposed to the environment. The water has received quality certification for the Sri Lanka Standards Institute.

There are plenty of fruit trees in the garden and a small organically grown tea and vegetable plot for the kitchen.

The bungalow accommodates a maximum of ten people and must be booked entirely.

Views

A short stroll to the edge of the property leads to an outcrop of rocks overlooking an endless carpet of tea bushes merging into the plains below. The breathtaking 360 degree view covers five provinces. A panorama of undulating hills and the southern plains dotted with lakes and reservoirs could be seen through the Beragala/Haputale gap. On a clear day, the Indian Ocean appears like a crescent of silver rimming the horizon on the south; on the opposite side one sees the famous Fox Hill at Diyatalawa and the rail track winding its way towards Bandarawela.

The Team

You will find Shamalal and Selvaraja to be a diligent and courteous team catering to your every wish without intruding on your privacy. They are adept at creating a variety of tasty eastern and western menus to cater to any palate. If you are so inclined they will set up an outdoor barbeque and of course high tea served in the garden.