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Heritance Tea Factory

Where else in the world can you stay in a converted tea factory, pluck your own tea and take it home with you as a souvenir? At 2km above sea level, the views over our lush green organic plantations as the sun mingles with the mist are truly unforgettable. Enjoy them as you tuck into high tea on the terrace or a delicious tea-themed menu in the restaurant. Welcome to Heritance Tea Factory, where the kettle is always on.

Heritance Tea Factory, a luxuriously appointed hotel at Nuwara Eliya, located in Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country, will prove to be a unique and unforgettable holiday experience. At approximately 14 km from Nuwara Eliya and 163 km from Colombo. It takes 6-7 hours to drive from Colombo and the international airport.

THE ORIGINS OF HETHERSETT
In 1867 a Scotsman, James Taylor, first introduced tea to Ceylon (as the island was then known). Within a decade, the plant had become a popular crop among colonial planters, covering over 5,000 acres.

As the number of requests to open tea plantations grew, the government sold land to pioneer planters in the 1870s. Among the bidders was William Flowerdew, who named his plantation after his native village, Hethersett, in England, and built a tea factory to process his crop.

In Tamil, the plantation is known as Pupanie, which means “flowers of frost” – a quaint way of describing the cold mist that occasionally descends on Hethersett. Mr Flowerdew had sold the plantation by 1881, and it then passed through the hands of different owners. In the Goatfell Bar you can see a list of all the planters, from William Flowerdew in 1879 to JME Waring until 1972, after which the factory closed down.

Before motorised transport, the tea was transported by bullock cart to Kandapola, from where a narrow-gauge railway ran to Udapussellawa via Nuwara Eliya. For a taste of yesteryear you can have dinner in one of the former railway carriages, now our TCK 6685 Restaurant.

The Hethersett tea plantation played an important role in the development of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. In 1891 its silver tip tea was auctioned at Mincing Lane in London for £1 10s 6d a pound – 30 times the prevailing average price at the time. This exciting achievement ensured that the Hethersett mark would become synonymous with quality pure Ceylon tea.

REBUILDING THE TEA FACTORY
The original wooden factory was damaged by fire during the First World War, so in the mid-1930s a hill was scalped to create a plateau for the new factory, which is the hotel today.

When it was first built it was regarded as a remarkable work of engineering. The factory was ingeniously powered by an oil fired engine with flywheels and pulleys to operate the large fans for withering the tea, and also to power the rollers and sifters.
But by 1968, the Hethersett factory had passed its heyday, and it was finally closed in 1973. It stood unused, among the surrounding tea bushes, a silent monument to the days of pure Ceylon tea.

In 1992, Mr G C Wickremasinghe, a Director of Aitken Spence and Company Limited, happened to observe the tea factory through the mist-covered hills. He had a vision of transforming the shell into a unique, luxury hotel.

The idea was brought to fruition through the talent of architect Nihal Bodhinayake. No alterations or additions have been made to the exterior – the windows and woodwork are entirely original as designed by British engineers. Heritance Tea Factory opened as a hotel in 1996.

Cinnamon Lodge Habarana

Habarana is the centre of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle that is made up of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy; therefore the perfect epicentre to explore the glorious past of Sri Lanka.

 

Sprawled over 27 acres of lush forested land, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, is an exclusive hideaway for the entire family. Rooting over 1700 trees, time stands still enabling guests to experience serenity and tranquillity while walking along the paths that lead up to the chalet-type rooms. The architect of the property derived inspiration from the glorious remains of Ritigala – A monastery that dates back to the 6th Century.

 

It is also of interest to note that the land used to build this lavish resort was once an abandoned Chena cultivation (slash and burn cultivation), and it had been transformed with the tedious task which was undertaken for period of years through re-forestation creating a man made forest, which is an uncommon sight in the dry locale of the country.

 

All 137 chalets are carefully prepared to provide absolute intimacy and comfort, making Cinnamon Lodge an all suite resort with large rooms giving guests the luxury of space and indulgences. Guests can spoil themselves to the country’s finest foods at the three restaurants that are renowned for delectable dishes ranging from local delicacies to international favourites. Being a truly eco friendly resort, Cinnamon Lodge Habarana also offers the option enjoying organic fine dining prepared from the produce of its very own organic farm. One could also choose from a range of unique and creative dining options, from tree top dining, dine by the lake to dining with the chef just to name a few.

 

Being located in tranquil surroundings, Cinnamon Lodge is also the ideal location for corporate meetings, brainstorming sessions, CEO/CFO forums at the ‘Tree Top’ conference hall that is able to house a 100 on theatre style. Unwind, relax and enjoy the bliss inducing body therapy and signature treatments at the Azmaara spa.

Secret Hotel Yala

Wake up to the hushed murmurs of the wild, step outside and stretch yourself under the thick canopy of the forest. Be greeted by the lively bird songs of the woods as you make your way through the greenness, only to arrive at a tranquil beach side just in time to witness the rosy sunrise.

 

This is exactly what The Secret Yala offers, the best of both worlds in jungle and sea. The ideal camping location amongst Yala hotels from where you can easily get on board exciting Yala National Park safaris, we offer spacious luxurious tents which are sure to appeal to the nature lover in you.

 

We understand that part of the fun in staying outdoors is the chance to get close to nature. The five eco-friendly tents at The Secret Yala are designed to let you do just that. Tucked away between the idyllic shores of the beach and the thick jungles of Yala, our tents have been carefully put up so as to not upset the natural environment in anyway.

 

A perfect place to unwind after your thrilling safaris in Yala, our luxury tents which are some of the most sought after Yala accommodation options amongst hotels in Yala offer a secluded getaway by the sea where you can camp out under the stars.

Arika Boutique Villas

Deviating on a scenic route of 75 meters away from the A9 road that connects Matale to Dambulla, comes a path surrounded by a wild lush forest leading to one of the most unique and secluded getaway spots in the serenity of Sri Lanka. The Arika Boutique Villa; suitably named after the intricate water lily; is located on a heavily landscaped area marking the confluence of a local river and stream. With a portion of the hotel openly facing the stream and merging with the tranquility of its natural surroundings, its harness of this remarkable location undoubtedly highlight its environmentally friendly foundation and deem it as the perfect private hideaway.

The alluring aura subtly brings you to an inviting stairway that ends up at an age old door brought down from the culturally rich city of Jaffna; embedded on the seemingly raw but environmentally fitting brick wall that encompasses the luxurious stay within. Following the concept of the water lily; after which the hotel is named after; Arika is a complex two floored architectural marvel that is built around an indoor swimming pool overlooking the passing stream beyond the open deck.

The hotel boasts facilities such as a glass walled multi-cuisine restaurant to enhance a welcoming feel, a steam room for relaxation and TV karaoke lounge for entertainment. Having avoided damage to the surrounding environment as much as possible, the hotel also has a local Karandhatree indoors emerging from the courtyard. Most of the furniture is purely cement based and inbuilt to give it a natural perspective. Going along the lines of a green concept; using solar panels for water heating and recyclable materials for other aspects, to be eco-friendly; Arika prides its self to be the perfect secret escape for those who seek out pure tranquility.

Priyankara Hotel

Priyankara hotel is a charming white villa with a combination of virtuous moments and joyful explorations. The hotel is enriched with a perfect surrounding of valued spots to provide you with everything possible for an enjoyable holiday. Each day at the hotel may be added to your memory with the wondering sceneries of evergreen paddy fields and the crystal clear blue lotus lake near the Hotel.

 

The homely atmosphere of the rooms at Priyankara hotel is enhanced with the cheery spaces and the annexed balconies in each room provide a breathtaking view of the Green paddy fields and the sparkling stream that runs across. Some of the exotic birds seen at the nearby bird’s sanctuary will surely make a friendly appearance and you will not be deprived of the melodious requests of birds every morning. The rooms are perfect illustrations of a bond between the nature and modernity.

The rooms are equipped with AC | Hot water | a TV with satellite channels | Fans | Individual Balconies overlooking paddy fields | a Mini Bar| a Complimentary Tea and Coffee Making Facility and a Hair Dryer.

Galavilla Boutique Hotel and Spa

Galavilla’s mission is not only to provide lodgings for guests in a hotel but to treat them to comprehensive care. Their comfort and relaxation are facilitated by a 20 metre long pool and Jacuzzi for up to 8 people. The Ayurveda pavilion contains massage rooms. Guests can use also a yoga pavilion to exercise and a garden with many charming niches. The tea pavilion is under construction.

 

In the course of the year Galavilla holds workshops and seminars. They are focused mainly on finding paths to healing body and mind and spending free time in a creative way. We pay great attention to finding lecturers and themes. The programme is tailored to the needs of seminar attendees.

 

The hotel is non-smoking and support healthy lifestyle activities. Our restaurants offer excellent meals from local and international cuisine. We recommend you to taste the Ayurveda diet.

 

Our guests seek primarily peace, a beautiful place to rest and an environment for relaxing without the troubling influence of civilisation. They appreciate privacy, comfort, unique surrounding panoramas and meditation ambience. All this only 30 minutes by car from the pulsating city of Kandy.

Jungle Beach Resort

WELCOME TO JUNGLE BEACH

 

Offering the best of land and sea, this luxury Sri Lanka beach resort simply known as Jungle Beach has artfully incorporated existing trees and natural plant life into the hotel’s design, making you feel like you’re in a luxurious tree house.

Three choices of rooms are available at our truly unique Trincomalee hotel, facing the beach, the lagoon or fully immersed in the jungle, where you can still hear the lapping of the waves mixed with the songs of birds.

Follow teak walkways and stepping stones to find your way to the rustic dining area open to the sea breezes. Cross the bridge over the lotus pond to the bar, and then onto the floating platform for lounge chairs by the pool, where the waterfall heightens the sense that you have escaped into a tropical jungle oasis.

Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge

Imagine waking up to the sounds of birds chirping outside your room, you then open your front door to one of the most spectacular views imaginable – majestic mountains, lush green valleys and tea plantations, crystal clear streams and even the occasional deer or giant squirrel. Take a deep breath of the fresh air and pinch yourself – no, you’re not dreaming…

This is Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka offering a revolutionary and contemporary concept to the traditional warmth and hospitality that Sri Lanka is famous for.

Nestled on a picturesque tea plantation, on the Knuckles Mountain Range 1000 meters above sea level, Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge will treat travelers to magnificent views, top class facilities, friendly and courteous service and plenty of things to see and do.

At Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge we strongly believe in giving back to the society and the various communities we associate with.

Community Work
We conduct regular community service programmes with the nearby village community to help sustain their livelihood and the education of their children. Regular donation of books for the village library and the donation of computers to provide IT training for children are couple of the initiatives undertaken by us.

Organic Garden
At Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge’s organic garden, most of the fruits, vegetables and herbs needed for the kitchen are home grown. This ensures freshness of the product. The rest of the food items are outsourced from the village thereby extending a helping hand to the local community as well.

Solar Power Usage
To help preserve energy, we use solar power for our lighting as well water heating

Gamodh Citadel Resort

“At Gamodh Citadel Resort, we did few differences which provide you a memorable and peaceful experience. We built our resort at relaxing atmosphere surrounded by ancient ruins and ancient temples. The atmosphere is full of peace and nature . Surrounded breeze constantly whispers you, the wonders of ancient era.

Our spacious, comfortable rooms provide you with all the facilities such as A/C, Hot Water, Attached Bath rooms , Sat TV, Refrigerator, Room wifi, Tea/Coffee making facility, Balcony or Verandah(These facilities includes in all room types.) *Superior Room types include Jacuzzi. , Restaurant prepares mouth watering Western/ Eastern/Chinese dishes. You can explore the old city by yourself using our bicycles, or by vehicles. After your days work, you can enjoy our newly built swimming pool to freshen your body and spirit.

Aliya Resorts & Spa

Nestled among lush greenery of rolling fields and decades old indigenous trees and chena growth of the dry zone of the Central Province, Aliya Resort & Spa invites you to relax and unwind, far from the hustle and bustle of city life.

 

Themed on the beloved Sri Lankan elephant, or ‘Aliya’ as it is known in the Sinhala language, this property has a distinct feel of living in a village, but with all the modern facilities required for a comfortable and idyllic stay. Our Sigiriya hotel ‘Aliya’ brings an authentic Sri Lanka resort experience of the sights, sounds and lifestyle of the locals in the Cultural Triangle.

 

The stunning backdrop of the Sigiriya Rock formation, or ‘Lion Rock’ as well as the Pidurangala Rock Temple are majestically flaunted with the simple foreground of the manicured lawns and stunning blue of the eternity pool that lines up with this breathtaking view.

 

Making this unique amongst other Sigiriya hotels, Aliya Resort & Spa features roomy chalets as well as charming luxury tented rooms that are set up on wooden deck platforms with all the modern amenities. Essentially a family friendly resort, have your every need taken care of with warm Sri Lankan hospitality.

 

Discover our carefree art of living where rest and relaxation are never hard to find.

Elephant Reach Hotel

Elephant Reach, located bordering the Ruhuna Yala National Park, invites travelers to enjoy the bountiful nature in its natural surrounding whilst experiencing authentic Sri Lankan hospitality combined with luxury. Thus the experience of a stay at Elephant Reach will be cherished by all who step inside this nature haven.

 

Located near the entry point of Yala National Park, Elephant Reach presents luxury in its simplicity combining nature. Another unblemished element of Elephant Reach is the Sri Lankan hospitality which truly makes the stay cherished and unforgettable.

 

At Elephant Reach you are bound to experience true Sri Lankan hospitality in unison with beauty of nature and wild life. Thus Elephant Reach ensures that its guest enjoy luxury in simplicity coupled with Sri Lankan hospitality, which makes them return to this Isle Paradise, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, our beautiful Sri Lanka.

Elephas Resorts

Situated in Central Sri Lanka’s verdant plains, boasting of breathtaking panoramas of ancient historical sites, abundant wild life and traditional ways of life, we offer unforgettable adventures with indulgent all-inclusive benefits, featuring gourmet dining and enriching daily activities.

 

Make friends with our gentle giants as you trek through vivid jungle landscapes. Watch a solitary peacock meditating on a frangipani tree! Master the art of walking on the thin, mud banks of paddy fields. Embark on a mesmerizing journey into the past with a visit to Sigiriya – the 5th Century- ‘palace in the sky’.

 

We guarantee, your stay with us would not simply be an enjoyable visit, but an experience to be savored for life.