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98 Acre Resort

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

98 Acre Resort and Spa Location
98 Acre Resort is located in the paradise like village of Ella that forms the easternmost point of Sri Lanka Holidays Health Triangle, which also encompasses market garden town of Bandarawela, military canton township of Diyatalawa and Nuwara Eliya, the capital city of Ceylon Tea. All of these were sanatorium hill stations to ailing soldiers, motor road & railroad builders and irrigation engineers etc of British Ceylon.

09 Acre Resort Ella, Highland Health Triangle, Sri Lanka Holidays

The undisputed highlight of the village of Ella is Ella gap: an opening in the mountain range that affords, on a clear day, a telescopic sight through the plains nearly 1000m below and across to the Great Basses lighthouse off southern sea port and Int’l airport city of Hambantota of the Deep South of Sri Lanka.

98 Acres Resort Ella, Central highlands, Sri Lanka Holidays

Reaching 98 Acre Resort and Spa
The village of Ella can be reached by Highland railway line from Colombo-Kandy-Bandarawela-Ella as well by main motor road Colombo-Hatton-Nuwara Eliya-Ella [226km].
The resort owned helipad offers the convenience of landing just 5 minutes away from the resort and transport would be arranged via golf buggies to transfer the guests from the helipad.

98 Acre Resort Ella, Sri Lanka Health Triangle

Setting of 98 Acre Resort and Spa
98 Acre Resort’ is built on Central Highland’s Tea Estate that spans no less than 98 acres. It’s hidden highland haven: it is of stunning landscape it is well shaded and sheltered; it is green; it is salubrious climate. Still more the resort is a novel conception that would suits all comers: families on holidays; weary trekkers; eco lovers.

98-acres-resort Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green and eco) credentials of 98 Acre Resort and Spa
The resort is built on an exclusive concept that interweaves pure relaxation with eco friendly tourism. The bulk of materials used in the construction are recycled products.
‘Illuk’ [a tall grass] straw has been made use of the set up the interior a s well as the roofing resulting in a cosy atmosphere in the salubrious climate, giving the resort an unmistakable rural appearance.
The battery powered golf buggies used in the transportation of guests within the hotel compound are of zero emissions and minimal sound pollution.

98 Acre Resort Ella

Architecture & Interior deco of 98 Acre Resort and Spa
Discarded railway sleepers have been put to good use in the construction of decks, walls and furniture. The furniture has been made by expert artisans from the locality using local and widely available timber which helps create a warm and rustic atmosphere. Rough hewn granite rock lend a simple, hand crafted elegance to the look and feel of each villa.

98 Acre Resort

98-Acres Central highlands

Accommodation at 98 Acre Resort and Spa
Resort has luxury and comfort guaranteed beautifully crafted six chalets with 12 rooms (six deluxe and six standards). There is ample space left in between the chalets making it ideal for quiet honeymooners or even for families.
Each Chalet opens up to scenic views of the misty mountains and is equipped with all modern amenities.
Each of the deluxe rooms has its own private living area and brings in mystique views of the Ella Gap and the Small Adam’s Peak.
The Standard rooms are bright and completed with laminated wooden balconies.


Facilities at 98 Acre Resort and Spa
The Resort’s open air restaurant that accommodates 50 pax serves a wide range of cuisines from authentic Sri Lankan dishes to Western, Continental and Oriental cuisine and ready to take on the choices of the guests.

98 Acres Resort Ella Central Highlands

Swimming Pool
The elegantly designed swimming pool affords peaceful dips to all guests while the kids would enjoy in the safety of the baby pool

Leisure and recreation at 98 Acre Resort and Spa
Bird watching
The resort facilitates a detailed bird watching programme or the bird lovers to explore the surroundings guided by the resident naturalist.
the resort provide cycles for its guests to trail along the woods within the area and explore the tranquil hillside with ease.

Excursions off 98 Acre Resort and Spa
Waterfalls Dunhinda, Diyaluma and Ravana
Lipton’s seat at Haputale
World’s End at Horton’s Plains


Black Tea

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Two main forms of Black tea in consumption
High quality loose leaf Black Tea packed in metal containers comes in two forms: pure teas & blended teas. Paper sachets of Black tea, popularly called tea bags (one bag for cup) packed in light cardboard cartons aren’t for those who love high quality Black tea.

Blended Black tea
Blended Black tea is precisely what the name carries with it: a blend of Black teas grown & manufactured in different areas of the world. Low quality Kenyan Black tea is often blended with Ceylon Tea, the finest tea in the world. If you go for high quality stuff in life, such blends aren’t what you would enjoy.
Then again there are high quality blended Black Teas marketed by the blenders by blending Black teas from Sri Lanka (Ceylon Tea-finest tea in the world) & Assam of India. Assam of India produces high quality Black Tea too. You would definitely go for the blend of Ceylon Tea from Sri Lanka Holidays should you love the finest stuff under the sun.

Pure Black Tea
Pure Black tea is plucked in the same country. Then again, you could have a tin container of Pure Ceylon Tea with its metal printed label indicating it’s a blend. Very true, that’s definitely a blend, but with the unmistakable Lion logo of Ceylon tea, there’s no need for you to get upset. You have just bought a blend of Ceylon Tea grown and manufactured in different parts of the island of Sri Lanka exclusively. You are someone who would go for nothing less than The Real McCoy.
Blended Ceylon Tea brings off the best in the distinctive flavors & aromas of all the teas involved in the blend. The concept would a ring a bell: Blended Scotch Whisky.

Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Tea Factory Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Black Tea branding by the region of origin
Flavor, aroma & quality of Black Teas, as in the case of wine, vary on the climatic & geographic conditions of the area of cultivation. Pure Ceylon Teas grown & manufactured at different elevations in the beautiful tropical island of Sri Lanka are called after the area: Nuwara Eliya (2000 meters above sea level), Dimbula (1200-1700m), Uva (1000-1700m), Uda Pussellawa (1200m), Kandy (650-1300 m) of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and Ruhuna (sea level to 600m) each have its own distinctive taste & aroma.
Among the varieties of Black tea from all tea producing countries, quality & popularity of Ceylon Tea from Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka is akin to the standing of Champagne among wine.
High quality Black teas are grown & manufactured in Indian provinces of Darjeeling, Assam, and Nilgiri too are known by their respective provinces of cultivation & manufacture.

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

High Grown Ceylon Tea, Medium Grown Ceylon Tea & Low Grown Ceylon Tea from Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s tea plantations are mainly located in the Central Highlands of the island stretching from Kandy of Mediterranean climate to Nuwara Eliya of salubrious climate. Black tea is grown in Ruhuna of Sri Lanka too. Dimbula, Uva, Nuwara Eliya & Uda Pussellawa of higher altitude produce High Grown Ceylon Teas of Sri Lanka. While Black Tea produced in Kandy is called Middle Grown Ceylon Tea, Black tea produced in Ruhuna is called Low Grown CeylonTea.

Ceylon Tea, Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea Growing Areas Of Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea:The Finest Tea in the World- Black Tea to suit every pallet
Sri Lanka’s production of varieties of Black teas to go with every pallet has been the hallmark of Ceylon Tea, the Black Ttea industry of Sri Lanka. Dimbula & Nuwara Eliya teas are sought after by blenders from all over the world; Uva Black teas too are used for high quality blends mainly in West Germany & Japan; medium grown Ceylon Tea is popular in Europe, Australia, Japan & North America; low grown Ceylon Tea from Sri Lanka is popular in Western Asia & Middle Eastern countries.

Black Tea from India
The main areas of Black tea cultivation in India are Darjeeling, Assam & Nilgiri. Black teas produced in these areas vary with one another in terms of aroma & flavor. In India Black tea is also grown in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Sikkim, Orissa, Bihar, Nagaland, Mizoram & Meghalaya Tripura, Manipur Dooars and Terai of West Bengal.

Black Tea gradings By the processing method
The main products of evergreen tea plant (Camellia sinensis) are fermented (black tea), producing an amber-colored, full-flavored beverage without bitterness; semi-fermented (oolong), a slightly bitter, light brownish-green beverage; and unfermented (green tea) a mild, slightly bitter, pale greenish-yellow beverage.

Black tea gradings by the size of leaf processed by orthodox method as well as CTC (crush, tear & curl) method
Teas are also classified by the size of the processed leaf. Orthodox manufacturing method as well as CTC manufacturing method produces larger leafy grades and smaller broken grades. These grading terms are usually used for teas from Sri Lanka & India. The system is based solely upon the size of the processed and dried Black Tea leaves. The size of the processed Black tea leaves is determined by the means of sifting teas on wire meshes.

Orange Pekoe (O.P) is the main grade in tea production. Orange Pekoe consists of long wiry leaf with tips (buds). The High Grown Orange Pekoe consists of long, thin & wiry leaves containing tip or bud.

Broken Orange Pekoe (B.O.P) with superior color & flavor consists of smaller leaf & tip.

Ceylon Tea From Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea From Sri Lanka

Pekoe Fannings which are smaller than B.O.P. brew quickly & give a liquor of good color when the beverage is prepared.
Dust, the black tea with smallest particles is very useful for quick brewing. The liquor produced by the Dust gives strength as well as color.


Langdale by Amaya

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya

Location of Langdale by Amaya
Langdale by Amaya Hotel is located in Nuwara Eliya, the prime hill country sanatorium of the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.
Nuwara Eliya of salubrious climate (Spring like wholesome climate at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea-level) is located at 180 km away from Colombo.

Reaching Langdale by Amaya at Nuwara Eliya
By motor roads: Nuwara Eliya of Central Highlands is regularly reached by first taking A1 main road (Kandy Road) and then by A5 main road. The alternative route from Colombo is A4 main road first then by A7 road via Avissawella and Kitulgala (a Sri Lanka Holidays attraction famous for Whitewater Rafting) too.
By Railway: though Nuwara Eliya has no railway station in operation, Nanu Oya, the closest railway station is located at of distance of 5km only by motorable road.
By Air: Sri Lankan Airlines Air taxi- though no regular operations are scheduled , sea-planes that departs Colombo lands on Gregory’s Lake close to the city center of Nuwara Eliya within one hour; helicopters of Helitours owned and operated by Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) can be chartered.

Proposed railway track from Nanu Oya to Nuwara Eliya
On 31st July 2012, President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama to begin construction work of the railway track from Nanu-Oya to Ragala, Nuwara Eliya along the route of narrow gauge (2 feet 6 inches) (little train) that was abandoned in the year 1951. The narrow gauge 26km long railway track would suit the sharp curves and bends in the rugged mountainous terrain and would bring the magnificent landscape closer to the beholder. However the proposed railway track is still in its conceptual stage.

Langdale by Amaya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Setting of Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Langdale by Amaya, a small 13-room luxury boutique hotel is set upon the sprawling Somerset Tea Estate in the village of Radalla situated 10km interior of the town of Nuwara Eliya. Surrounding Langdale by Amaya are lush yet well manicured tea plantations, meadows and greenery interspersed by waterfalls and well preserved colonial villas of the British Ceylon (1815-1948).

Langdale. by Amaya

Architecture and interior décor of Langdale by Amaya
Langdale by Amaya is a century old colonial manor house that has been renovated and refurbished while still retaining the old world charm. Blending smoothly in to the old manor house is a new wing. The colonial style of the manor house is enhanced with green roof and picket fencing. Langdale by Amaya is well illuminated by the natural light and warmed by the old fireplaces. Langdale by Amaya is airy yet cosy, a virtue that owes much to the antique style furniture, hardwood floors.

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of Langdale by Amaya : to be edited.

Langdale by Amaya Star Rating: 4 star

Langdale by Amaya Nuwara Eliya

Langdale by Amaya Nuwara Eliya

Accomodation at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Langdale by Amaya offers 13 ensuite bedrooms in three categories to Sri Lanka Holidays tourists: Superior, Luxury, and Deluxe categories.
Luxury Rooms: the four spacious Luxury Rooms set up on the second floor bring in grand views of surrounding Ceylon Tea plantations. The rooms consist of a living area, en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi.
Deluxe Rooms: of the five Deluxe rooms with mountain views, one deluxe room is a triple, furnished with three single beds that suits well for children. En-suite bathroom is equipped with hot water shower.
Superior Rooms: superior Rooms, smaller in size than Luxury and Deluxe rooms, are located on the ground floor bringing in views of the hotel garden.

In room facilities at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
In-room facilities include electric heaters, 30 inch LCD TV with satellite channels, wi-fi internet, tea/coffee facility, room service and laundry service.

In house facilities at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Main restaurant of Langdale by Amaya serves lunch and dinner- Sri Lankan and international cuisine-prepared of garden fresh Sri Lanka Holidays Central Highlands vegetables.
The bar equipped with a snooker table and satellite TV serves an array of alcoholic beverages too.
Set up in lovely surroundings is the temperature controlled swimming pool.

Amaya Langdale, Nuwara Eliya

Lightweight activities at Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy a stroll in the surroundings and visiting nearby Tea Center to enjoy a bowl of Nuwara Eliya grown garden fresh strawberries with cream and a cup of Nuwara Eliya High Grown Ceylon Tea, the finest Black Tea in the world.

amaya-langdale-nuwara-eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Excursion off Langdale by Amaya, Nuwara Eliya
Langdale takes pleasure in arranging guided tours in the surroundings. A tour to a Ceylon Tea estate and factory is an opportunity to eye witness the process of Black Tea production of Sri Lanka.
A walk to the town of  Nuwara Eliya along the roads sheltered by tall pines bring into view heritage mansions of British Ceylon, cottages, tea estates, home gardens of European vegetables, orchards of upcountry fruits, flower plots that are the regular features of the district.
The highlight of  Sri Lanka Holidays in Nuwara Eliya is trekking through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of  Sri Lanka Holidays Horton Plains National Park rich with birdlife and home to free roaming deer to reach the escarpment that drops nearly a kilometer straight down: World’s End.


Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Location of The Rock Hotel at Nuwara Eliya
Rock Hotel is located in the Sri Lanka’s prime hill country sanatorium of Sri Lanka Holidays Nuwara Eliya (altitude: 1800meters; distance from Colombo; 180km) of Central Highlands. 77 km long winding, twisting, climbing spectacular Kandy-Nuwara Eliya main motor road takes you all to the Rock Hotel for your Sri Lanka Holidays in the hill country.

Though The Rock Hotel isn’t in the city center where the Grand Hotel, Windsor Hotel, Grand Hotel, Jetwing St. Andrews Hotel, Alpine Hotel, Galway Forest Lodge, Hotel Glendower  and The Hill Club are located, the Unique View Road that leads to it [No. 60] is littered with a number of Middle Range and Budget Range hotels and guest houses: No. 15, Mount Wave Serendib Hotel; No.16 A Green Garden Hotel; No. 18, Hotel Sunhill; No. 26, Sprout Hill Bungalow; No. 81/3 Hotel Tanosa; No. 88/3, Ashley Resorts.

Rock Hotel Nuwar Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Rock Hotel Nuwar Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Setting of The Rock Hotel at Nuwara Eliya
The Rock Hotel is nestled on a steep hill of a Ceylon Tea plantation bringing in spectacular view across the valley to the forest and lovely Lake Gregory.

Lake Gregory in the vicinity of Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Lake Gregory in the vicinity of Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
To be edited

Accommodation at The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
The Rock Hotel houses 10 comfortable rooms

In room facilities The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Fireplace, TV , Large desk with chair, WiFi, Carpeted floor
Attached bathroom with separate shower cabin with overhead rain shower and hand shower, hot water, hair dryer

In house facilities The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Car parking, hotel lobby, TV lounge, smoking area, safety deposit boxes, internet access, bicycle renal
Garden, laundry service, meeting facility, business center

Rock Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Rock Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Dining at The Rock Hotel
The restaurant at the elegantly decorated The Rock Terrace opens up panaromic views of surrounding greenery and the Gregory Lake

Lobby Bar at The Rock Hotel
Lobby Bar serves high tea as well as refreshing

Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands

Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands

Nightingale Karaoke Lounge at Rock– Friday night club with DJ
Nightingale Karaoke Lounge at Rock Hotel is set up with a cozy atmosphere to enjoy a Karaoke sing along, with friends and family.

Excursions [half day or one-day] off The Rock Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
Sri Lanka Holidays Horton Plains UNESCO World Heritage Site, Baker’s Falls and the escarpment called “World’s End” therein.

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Lipton & Taylor

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Thomas Lipton & James Taylor
The history of Ceylon Tea, the finest Black Tea in the world runs far back to Sri Lanka’s British colonial period (1815-1948). Until the year 1869, Coffee industry of Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon was a lucrative business to the British colonial era planters of the resplendent Indian Ocean Island. Second to none among the planters, mainly British, was legendary Sinhalese Coffee planter, “Rothschild of Ceylon” Charles Henry De Soysa (1836-1890) of Moratuwa [of South-Western Coastal Belt of Sri Lanka Holidays], who prided on management of his estates with no European whatsoever on the payroll. But most of the Ceylonese executives were of European origin. The business of Ceylonese planters was business. They made money.

Ceylon Tea Plantation Central Highlands..

Ceylon Tea Plantation Central Highlands..

Ceylon Tea fields down in there in an exotic tropical island
As all good things must come to an end, in 1989, the death blow to the coffee industry was dealt in by the outbreak of a coffee rust, Hemileia vastatrix, a fungal disease. Such was devastation by the ‘coffee blight’, planters lost all hope on coffee. All of a sudden coffee was the bitter berry. Should you get tired of historical narratives, the next best option is fictional narratives based on facts. Standing head & shoulders high among all the fictional narrations of the grand enterprise is “the Bitter Berry” to hold you in thrall. The novel was written in by Christine Spittle Wilson, daughter of much adored Ceylonese Dutch burgher writer, Dr. R. L. Spittle (1880-1869) in 1957. It was translated from English into Sinhala by the title “Thitta Kopi” meaning Bitter Coffee in Sinhalese. But then the bitterness was not given an opportunity to take root. The lion-hearted planters wouldn’t be denied: new cash crop stronger than coffee plant was found. Undaunted & obstinate with courage, the planters carried on to establish legendary industry of Ceylon Tea, the finest Black Tea in the world, in the Sri Lanka Holidays Central Highlands beginning in Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands to Sri Lanka Holidays Nuwara Eliya, the prime hill country sanatorium.

Ceylon Tea: Brave Hearts
“Not often is it that men have the heart, when their one great industry is ruined, to rear up in a few years another as rich to take its place: and the tea fields of Ceylon are true a monument to courage as is the lion of Waterloo”.
Sir Arthur Connan Doyle (1859-1830)

Ceylon Tea: our man in Ceylon
“It can be said of few individuals that their labors have helped to shape the landscape of a country. But the beauty of the hill country as it now appears owes much to the inspiration of James Taylor, the man who introduced tea cultivation to Sri Lanka”.
John Field, the High Commissner for Great Britain in Sri Lanka, 1992, the 100th death anniversary of James Taylor

When the hour comes, the man would appear. Our man was only a boy when he arrived in resplendent Sri Lanka from Kincardineshire in 1852. He was sixteen. His name was James Taylor. James Taylor (1835-1892) during his time at a coffee plantation in Ceylon visited India (1866) to learn on growing Black tea. On his return in 1867, James Taylor pioneered the Black tea plantations of Ceylon in mere 19 acres of land.
In 1872, with a new variety of Black Tea from Assam discovered by another Scotsman, Robert Bruce, Taylor went on a much larger scale in plantations at Loolecondera estate in Sri Lanka Holidays Central Highlands. James Taylor has already been narrating his enterprise. “I have a machine of my own invention being made in Kandy for rolling tea which I think will be successful”, wrote Taylor. The year 1873 saw the export of Sri Lanka’s first Ceylon Tea consignment 23 lbs from Loolecondra Estate to London.

Ceylon Tea: Thomas Lipton was here
Although Ceylon Tea had become a popular beverage in Great Britain by 1880, it was still not within the purchasing capacity of the working class. In the year 1890, a British millionaire, who at the age of eighteen had picked up American techniques of salesmanship and advertising in New York, secretly booked a sea passage to Australia yet disembarked in Sri Lanka Holidays Colombo to close ranks with James Taylor to launch an enterprise of gigantic scale: “Straight from the tea gardens to the tea pot”. He had already taken a leaf out of the book his mother: his mother dealt directly with the farmers over the middlemen at the market to buy bacon, egg & butter for their small grocery shop at Glasgow, Ireland.

Ceylon Tea: Lipton came, Lipton saw, Lipton conquered
Thomas Lipton (1848-1931) resolved to leapfrog the industry of Ceylon Tea” “kill wherever possible, the middleman or intermediary profiteer between the producer and consumer, with profit alike to myself and my customer” (Lipton’s autobiography by Sir Thomas Lipton, 1932).
In 1891 Ceylon Tea established a record price of GBP 36.15 per pound at the London Tea Auctions. In 1893, an incredible one million packets of Ceylon Tea were sold at Chicago’s World Fair. Thomas Lipton became a household name across and the US. Lipton took Ceylon Tea to the world. And the world, in return, brought him greatest fame and fortune. In 1898, the Irishman was knighted by Queen Victoria.

Ceylon Tea Plantation. Central Highlands.

Ceylon Tea Plantation. Central Highlands

Ceylon Tea: if you build it, they will come
And they came with great power. They came climbing, winding over the rings of hills, after hill, through the tunnels cut through the hills, over the bridges built over the rivers and ravines: the steam powered locomotive trains. They came to transport Ceylon Tea from the Sri Lanka Holidays Central Highlands to the seaport of Colombo for export. In the  year 1884 the highland track of spectacular scenery built by Ceylon Railway Lines of British Ceylon was extended from Nanu Oya to Sri Lanka Holidays Nuwara Eliya and in 1894 to Sri Lanka Holidays Bandarawela and then in 1941 to Sri Lanka Holidays Badulla via paradise like village of Ella of the Central Highlands, the home of Black Tea branded Ceylon Tea, the finest Black Tea in the world.
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Nuwara Eliya Rooms

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Nuwara Eliya rooms are numerous: high range rooms, middle range rooms, budget range rooms and home stay. Yet In view of the large numbers of local tourists in April, at the peak of main hill country holiday season, Nuwara Eliya being vibrant with festivities, the rooms could hardly be secured unless  room reservations are made in advance.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nuwara Eliya located at the foot of Pidurutalgala Kanda (Mount Pedro), the highest mountain of Sri Lanka [2555 meters] is Sri Lanka’s premier hill country health retreat. Nuwara Eliya [altitude:1800 meters] of salubrious climate, at a distance of 180km from Colombo in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka is where the finest Black tea, the world’s finest Orange Pekoe is produced: Ceylon Tea. In the city center are Windsor Hotel and the Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel was formerly the hill country residence of then governor of British Ceylon. Hotel Glendowner and Hill Club Hotel too are located on Grand Hotel road. The Victoria Park rich in birdlife, 18-hole Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, Race Course, Gregory’s Lake and Jetwing St. Andrews Hotel, a restored and renovated Victorian bungalow are all within few minutes’ walk from the city center.

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nuwara Eliya, the main zone of Sri Lanka’s Black tea growing region, is also a major agricultural zone: vegetables [potato, radishes, turnips, cabbage, leeks etc.] usually associated with temperate Europe are extensively grown in terrace cultivations over the lower hills, while the higher hills are encompassed by seamless tea plantations. The home gardens, meadows and avenues are enriched with abundance of fruits such as alligator pear, pomegranate and made colorful with plants with blooming flowers-roses, carnations and daisies.
Nuwara Eliya, discovered in the wilderness by a party of British colonial hunters in 1819 and developed into a hill country sanatorium by Sir Edward Barnes, then governor of British Ceylon (1824-1831), with its hint of an English resort towns of the 1950s, is today an agricultural district. Though most of the foreign tourists of Sri Lanka Holidays pitch up in beach holiday resorts in the south western and southern coast, or enjoy in touring holidays with no more than a couple of days in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lankans love to vacation in Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, especially in Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela, Diyatalwa, Ella, Hatton, Haputale, Ohiya,Talawekele each varying in character.

Nuwara Eliya is the most convenient base to make tours to the nature World Heritage Site of Sri Lanka Holidays Horton Plains National Park, 20km south of it. The open grassy montane forest is home to deer and sambur that are frequently seen grazing around. The 4 km trek across the grassland interspersed with flowing streams open up the World’s End: a sheer precipice with 900m drop, which enable, on a clear day, to see as far as the southern coast of Sri Lanka. The return trek passes the scenic Baker Falls.
Nature lovers are attracted to Galway Land situated at mere 1.5km away from the city center is a sanctuary of barking deer and small mammals. Hakgala Botanical Gardens at an elevation of 1707 meters above the sea level attracts all tourists at Nuwara Eliya.

The Hill Club Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands

The Hill Club Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands

Nuwara Eliya High Range Rooms in the city
Grand Hotel
Windsor Hotel
Jetwing St. Andrews, No. 10, St. Andrew’s Drive
Alpine Hotel Nuwara Eliya, No. 4, Haddon Hill Road
Galway Forest Lodge, 89, Upper Lake Road
Hotel Glendower Hotel, 5, Grand Hotel Road
The Hill Club, 29, Grand hotel Road

St. Andrews Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

St. Andrews Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya Mid Range Hotels
Glenfall Resort, 3, Glenfall Road, Nuwara Eliya
Hotel Tanosa, 81/3, Unique View Road
The Rock, 60, Unique View Road Road

Nuwara Eliya Budget Range Hotels
Ashley Resorts, 88/3 Unique View, Nuwara Eliya
Deepaloka Rest, 308, Bambare Kale
Glenfall Inn, 33/3 Glenfall Road
Green Garden Hotel 16 A, Unique View Road
Haddon Hill Hotel, 24/3 Haddon Hill Road
Hotel Eden Hill, 1 , Badulla Road
Mount Wave Serendib Hotel, 15, Unique View Road
Sampath Rest, 8 A, Wedderburn Road, Nuwara Eliya
Sansa Holiday Resort, 62, 62km post, Kandy Road
Sprout Hill Bungalow, 26, Unique View Road
Hotel Sunhill, 18, Unique View Road
Tip Top Guest House-Holiday Bungalow, 32/2 Church Rd
Hotel Silver Falls, 23, Nanuoya Road, Windy Corner, Balck Pool, Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya High Range Rooms in the surrounding areas
Heritance Tea Factory, Kandapola
Cranford Villa, 542, Kahagolla, Diyatalawa
Jetwing Warwick Gardens, Ambewela

Jetwing Warwick Gardens, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka Holidays

Jetwing Warwick Gardens, Ambewela, Sri Lanka Holidays

Cranford Villa, Diyatalawa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Cranford Villa, Diyatalawa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Nuwara Eliya Budget Range Hotels in the surrounding area
Acacia Ohiya, Ohiya
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Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Location of Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya is located in Nuwara Eliya, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, at a distance of 180k from Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Holidays Nuwara Eliya is a health resort of salubrious climate located 1800 meters above the sea-level.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka Holidays

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Central Highlands, Sri Lanka

Reaching Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya by road
Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya can be reached from Colombo by Colombo-Kandy-Nuwara Eliya main road. The road from Colombo to Kandy takes along varying landscape of greenery of all hues and tones: coconut plantation, rubber plantation and paddy fields interspersed with luxurious vegetation of the wet zone of  Sri Lanka. The road running from Kandy, the gateway to the Central Highlands to Nuwara Eliya is exceptionally exhilarating: it’s winding, climbing, twisting over and above the Ceylon tea plantations and terrain studded with rocks, hills, rivers, streams and waterfalls.
Driving distance: the distance from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya via Kandy is 180km
Driving time: the drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya via Kandy takes about six hours.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka. Holidays

Reaching Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya by train
Though Nuwara Eliya isn’t connected by the railway line, the city of Nanu Oya 9km south of Nuwara Eliya is connected by the main highland railway line. The rail road is even more spectacular than the motor road: the path is cut around the mountains, drilled trough the hills and bridged over the rivers. From Kandy to the terminal point of Badulla are seamless tea plantations. Such are the elevations on which the Highland Railway Line was laid, it reveals views that wouldn’t be seen on the motorable road. The two diesel powered locomotive trains called Udarata Menika (Sinhala: Highland belle) and Podi Menike (Little belle) are run daily from Colombo to Badulla passing Nanu Oya as well as the highland attractions of Hatton, Haputale, Diyatalawa and Bandarawela and Ella.

Reaching Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya by air
Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya can be reached by air; Sri Lankan Air taxi fly from Colombo (check-in Gangaramaya Temple close to Micro Cars) to Gregory’s Lake (check-in at Governor’s chalet former boat house) at Nuwara Eliya

The setting of Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
The Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya is located in the heart of the city. Then again, the city of Nuwara Eliya being nestled at the foot of the Mount Pedro or Pidurutalagala Kanda, the Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliyain its setting itself is nature-oriented. Furthermore the expansive garden of the property is all flowers all year around. Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands are always in good form, smiling with flowers nourished by the salubrious climate and swayed by the breeze.

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials: to be edited.

The architectural concept of Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliyahas still retained the colonial architecture it inherited since the time building was the hill country residence of Sir Edward Barnes, the British Colonial Governor (1824-1831) in Ceylon. The new wing of the hotel too was built in the traditions of Victorian architecture.

Grand Hotel Niwara Eliya Sri Lanka Holidays

Grand Hotel Niwara Eliya Sri Lanka Holidays

Accommodation at Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya consists of 156 rooms: Standard and Deluxe Rooms and three Presidential Suites. Some of the rooms open out to the landscaped garden.
Period furniture from the British Colonial era in Sri Lanka furnishes the rooms of the Governor’s Wings: twin or double beds, couches and chairs.
Though the rooms of the golf wing aren’t furnished with such antiquity, those too retain the colonial grandeur of the era. The golf wing overlooks the scenic Nuwara Eliya Golf Course.
While most of the rooms have its own fire place all rooms are fitted with ceiling fans, The en-suite bathrooms are equipped with baths and hot water showers.

Grand Hotel, Niwara Eliya Sri Lanka.

Grand Hotel, Niwara Eliya Sri Lanka.

Facilities at All Rooms
Air Conditioning, Bathroom, Bathroom amenities, Bathroom with Bathtub / Shower, Hair Dryer
Cable/Satellite Television, Color TV, Telephone and High speed Internet access
In-room safe
Mini Bar and Refrigerator

Grand-Hotel,-Nuwara-Eliya,-Sri-Lanka Holidays

Grand-Hotel, Nuwara-Eliya

Facilities Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Dining facilities
Barnes’s Hall, the expansive main restaurant built with hardwood floors and a fireplace at one end is the main restaurant of the hotel. It serves an extensive array of gourmet cuisine from the west and the east in buffet style. Show kitchen makes your breakfast or lunch or dinner ready with your selection of dishes.

The Supper Club serves a la carte meals. The bar and lounge area bring in scenic views.
The Coffee shop by the side of a hearth serves light snacks.
The popular Indian restaurant called Curry Pot serves an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

Business facilities: Business centre and Business services and conference facilities for up to 200 guests
Indoor sports facilities: the Billiards Room has three Billiards tables of international size and standards. Located next to Billiard Room is the wood-paneled bar with a nearby fireplace.
Recreational Facilities: Sauna, Shopping arcade, Massage
Wellness at Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya: a health centre and sauna and massage palour
Outdoor sports: Lawn tennis and golf at the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club located next door.

Excursions off Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Golf at the 123 year old Nuwara Eliya Golf Club landscaped with testing greens and tight fairways.
Fishing and boating on Lake Gregory at Nuwara Eliya
A guided tour around a Tea estate and Factory to learn firsthand on the production process of Ceylon Tea of Sri Lanka, the finest tea in the world.
Nuwara Eliya Victoria Park with is a joy to the birders as well as to the ornithologists. Himalayan migratory birds such as the Kashmir Flycatcher, Pied Thrush Indian Pitta, and the Indian Blue Robin are seen all over the gardens.

An excursion to the Highland plateau of Sri Lanka Holidays Horton’s Plains, a UNESCO World Heritage site located at an altitude of 2100m located 28km south of Nuwara Eliya reveals landscape and greenery that wouldn’t be seen anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Deer and Sambur can often be seen grazing around in the grassy plains. At the end of a 5km track is an escarpment with a drop of 900 meters aptly “World’s End” which on a clear day would bring in the sight of southern coast of Sri Lanka Holidays.



St. Andrews Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andres Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

St. Andrews Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of the hotel: To be edited.

Location:  St. Andrew’s Hotel is located in Nuwara Eliya (6100 ft above the sea level) the prime highland retreat of Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands of salubrious climate.

Setting: you will be arriving from the bustling city of Nuwara Eliya, the prime highland retreat, colonial sanitarium of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka Holidays, winding up the hill & then passing the immaculately maintained golf course & take a turn & all of a sudden, you are at a stately Tudor style colonial mansion. It is Ceylon tea time in the lovely garden amidst the flowers, birds & breeze. What else would you like? Did I hear Wine? You many name it, the hotel would serve you all. The hotel in Nuwara Eliya Little England of Sri Lanka Holidays serves over a hundred wines exclusively imported for it from the northern hemisphere as well as southern hemisphere of the planet.

Ambience:  colonial residence, which is over a hundred years old, retains the pace, class & tradition of the colonial era of Ceylon. Added to the colonial tradition four poster beds & open wood fires are comforts of modern conveniences.

Accommodation: St. Andrews Hotel consists of 40 spacious standard rooms spread over two wings, 7 family attic rooms and 5 suites.

Restaurants and Bars: ‘Old Course’ – a fine dining restaurant, featuring a show kitchen and a walk in wine cellar. ‘Road Hole Bar’ – a typical colonial styled bar over looking the lush gardens.

Experiencing nature: Trekking, guided nature walks with Sri Lanka Holidays St. Andrews Hotel resident naturalist.


Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
The Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

The Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

The Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

The Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka Holidays

Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of the hotel: to  be edited

The Tea Factory is located 160 km from Colombo 2200 m above sea level at Kandapola in close proximity to Nuwara Eliya.

Riolta Remarks
The Tea Factory is a one of a kind hotel. Tea Factory, a unique theme hotel is the ultimate hotel if your destination is Nuwara Eliya of Sri Lanka Holidays.

The hotel nestles among the hills with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding tea plantations.

Architectural innovation
The hotel wouldn’t be better named; it’s a genuine tea factory of colonial era converted into a 4 star hotel. The abandoned large building is ingeniously made use to design a hotel of international standing. The architectural innovation not only maintained the entire facade of the original building but also retained numerous other features such as old machinery, driving shafts and pulleys. The original section of boiler of the colonial era factory was converted into a modern kitchen. The 70 feet masonry chimney of boiler room of then factory turned into the chimney of modern kitchen. In the same line of innovation the sprinkler tank of the dilapidated factory was converted into the tank for the sprinkler system of the modern hotel, “The Tea Factory” of Sri Lanka Holidays.

Residing at the hotel of colonial era ambience itself is a unique experience over & above the salubrious climate with colonial era environment of Ceylon still persisting in the Sri Lanka Holidays prime hill resort of Nuwara Eliya.

The hotel has 57 luxurious colonial style rooms with breathtaking views of the surrounding tea plantations. The rooms are fully provided with heating, TVs with satellite and local channels, a comprehensive mini bar, and coffee and tea making equipment. Each room is supplied with coffee, tea and a gift basket of fruit, biscuits, chocolates, mint and cashew nuts on a daily basis. Rooms are wheel chair accessible.
All the rooms come with rain showers and bathtubs with hot water. The view from the bathrooms make you feel as if you are a part of the picturesque natural landscape outside your windows. Each bathroom is tastefully supplied with a full range of custom made Tea Factory toiletries.

South Asian Architecture Award
Year 1996: South Asian architecture awards were initiated in 1995 to recognize the world of architectural excellence in the whole of South Asia.
Most Innovative Product
Year 1998: at the TTF fair Ahmadabad, India, The Tea Factory of Sri Lanka Holidays was awarded as the “Most Innovative Product”
The Tea Factory Wins RICS Award
Year 2000: Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, London The Tea Factory of Sri Lanka Holidays was awarded the prestigious RICS award
UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Merit Award
Year 2001: the UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific awarded The Tea Factory of Sri Lanka Holidays, a merit award for the architectural innovation in conversion of a dilapidated tea factory into a luxury hotel complex.


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