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Hotels in Central Highlands, Sri Lanka

As the route: Kandy (Gateway to central highlands), Nuwara Eliya (Highlands resort), Bandarawela (Colonial retreat), and Ella (Paradise village)

Sri Lanka's Central highlands rise prominently amidst the country's richly-varied landscape. Only a few hours from the coast, here is a land of rushing waterfalls, plunging ravines and tea estates clinging precariously to steep hillsides. The highlands offer excellent walking country and a natural setting for activity holidays & adventure. The cooler climate here is a welcome contrast to the heat of Colombo and the coast. Central highlands have a huge selection of accommodation in all price ranges. Highlands are replete with excellent eco friendly old style hotels too.

Kandy the Royal City

Hunas Falls, Elkaduwa, Kandy

This hotel is located & designed with a strong ecotourism focus. A comfortable modern hotel set in a wonderfully rural location up against the flanks of the Knuckles Range & walks are led by an expert residential guide.

Amaya Hills (formerly known as Le Kandyan Hotel), Kandy (An Amaya resort )

Amaya Hills is located on a grassy slope high in the hills with superlative views over the surrounding hills. The concept of the hotel is based on traditional Kandyan palace. 105 very comfortable air-con rooms are decorated with Kandyan architecture. Inviting swimming pool with superb views, breakfast on the terrace & well equipped Ayurvedic center among other facilities serves to your heart's content.

Helga's Folly, Kandy

Utterly maverick & magical place, set high above Kandy in the palatial former home of Sinhalese Independence hero George E. De Silva - former house guests have included Gandhi, Nehru & Laurence Olivier. The extraordinary interior is riot of colourful invention, with each room decorated in a different theme and colour, from eye-popping yellow lounge, with petrified dripping candles, deer heads, Indonesian puppets, and colonial photos, to the individual bedrooms, each with a unique design featuring any combination of wacky murals, colonial furniture & unusual objects of art. The overall effect is entirely quirky & captivating.


Ceylon Tea Trails, Bogawantalawa

Great setting, unbelievably good food & excellent service. Nestled amidst the seamless tea draped hill, at an altitude of 4000 ft above the sea level are four luxurious bungalows. These tea planter's bungalows were luxuriously upgraded & tastefully refurbished to offer the highest standard of old world luxury. We can land in sea plans in a nearby reservoir, get away from the demands & torments of daily hustle bustle, set our own pace for long retreat & unwind in the beautiful gardens. Full-board.

4 bungalows; Castlereagh, Norwood, Tientsin & Summerville.


Kelbourne Cottages, Haputale

Spectacular views. Provide you with superb place to unwind. Kelbourne "Mountain View" Cottages, which date from the turn of the 19th/20th century, are three sought-after bungalows perched on a lush escarpment, near the hill settlement of Haputale. The Southern Highlands landscape stirs your senses.

Nuwara Eliya

The Tea Factory, Kandapola, Nuwara Eliya

Set on the slopes of the tea plantation at an altitude of 2000m, this spectacular five-star hotel was created out of the old Hethersett Estate Tea Factory, which closed in the 1970s & reopened in 1996. The Tea factory's original exterior has been completely preserved, with corrugated-iron walls & green windows & it's not until you step inside the stunning interior atrium that you realize the place isn't a working factory at all, although there's still plenty of old machinery still in good condition lying around, giving the place a look which is at once industrial & futuristic. Rooms are stylish & extremely comfortable, with stunning views to all sides, & there are numerous facilities including a nine-hole putting green, sauna, massage center & gym. The beautiful surrounding tea estates are good for walking. The resident naturalist lead you on bird watching walks in nearby "cloud forest" & trips to Horton Plains National Park & other nearby attractions.

Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya

Founded in 1876, this baronial-looking stone & half-timbered structure is Sri Lanka's most famous exercise in nostalgia right down to the comfy lounge, musty billiards room & reading room with battered leather furniture, stuffed stags' head & dog eared books, lit up with a fire every morning. Misogynists can retire to the cosy, pub-style men-only bar (there's also mixed bar). Rooms are characterful & homely, with creaky wooden floors & dark wood furniture.

St. Andrew's Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

This stately Tudor-style colonial mansion was built in the latter part of the 19th century. It overlooks a swathe of immaculate lawn & the golf course, this serenely colonial style hotel is the smartest place in town, its oak-paneled bar & dining room & gorgeous lounge retaining a delightful Edwardian ambience. Rooms in the old wing (all twins) are characterful & pleasantly old-fashioned; those in the new wing are brighter & more modern, though less atmospheric. There's an excellent restaurant, while guests have free use of the resident naturalist.

Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

The Grand Hotel is the focal point of Nuwara Eliya, the largest and most popular town in the Central highlands. Once the 19th century residence of a British governor, this Grand Old Dame of the Highlands seeks to attune its regular stream of package tourists to its sense of unhurried, old-time grandeur.

The Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya

Britain's imperial age pervades every part of the Hill Club, from its green, manicured lawns to its men-only bar, log fires and its insistence that gentlemen wear jacket and tie for dinner. There has been a certain refurbishing of facilities and approach to suit the modern age, but do not look to change it. Value it as living history or look elsewhere.


Bandarawela Hotel, Banadrawela

This gorgeous old hotel is set in a planters' clubhouse of 1893. The personable rambling wooden structure is brimful of charm, while stylish rooms combine colonial atmosphere with modern comfort, with polished wooden floorboards, colonial fittings & quaint old metal bedsteads. Courtyard garden is home to few tortoises.


Ambiente, Ella

The most spectacularly located guest house at the paradise village, Ella. It sits pretty on a ridge high above the village of Ella in the Central highlands, a stirring land of lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. Excellent food, relaxed gentle ambience. Guest house owner's pet dogs are excellent guides & will lead you to the surroundings, Little Adam's peak, Ella Rock & Rawana Falls.

Hotel Country Comfort, Ella

This converted colonial-style cottage lies close to Ella railway station in a breathtaking terrain of lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls.

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Hunas Falls, Elkaduwa

Amaya Hills, Kandy

Ceylon Tea Trails

The Tea Factory, Kandapola

Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya

Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Bandarawela Hotel

Ambiente, Ella

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