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Located in Nuwara Eliya District in Sri Lanka's Central Highlands, the Bogawantalawa Valley remains largely as it has existed for centuries. It is a key access point for Horton Plains, one of the country's best parks. Visitors can hike and bike through verdant tea estates and stay in colonial bungalows once home to British overseers, but updated and restored for modern travelers.
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Stay in one of four classic colonial bungalows built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj. They offer guests the unique experience of life on a working tea estate in the highlands – the elevation here is over 4,000 feet.
Private Plantation Lunch
Remote Lands will arrange for a private lunch a nearby tea plantation, where you will witness firsthand the leaf pickers at work, producing some of the world’s most renowned teas.
Organic Gourmet Dinner
Enjoy a gourmet dinner served to you on the grounds of your bungalow, prepared by a private chef, featuring wine from an extensive cellar, fresh tropical fruit, and organic produce grown on the estate.
Walking and Hiking
Enjoy a gentle walk, or a more rigorous trek, around the varied landscape of Bogawantalawa valley, in the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea growing country. Walk through the sea of green tea plantations and admire the shimmering lake below and mountainous forests. Explore exotic flora, observe an array of birds and wildlife and absorb the majestic views some 4,000 feet above sea level. Take a pit-stop at one of the villages or a local British colonial bungalow for afternoon cream teas.
Go mountain biking nearly 5,000 feet above sea level. Cycle off and on road tracks through the surrounding valleys, hills, tea plantations and villages with the independence to explore and stop off wherever you please.
White Water Rafting
Enjoy the thrills of running over fast flowing river rapids, in contrast with the serenity of gliding through calm pools and past cascading waterfalls. Your white water rafting adventure will begin at Kitulgala an area of natural beauty, where you will mount the Kelani River. The clear Kelani’s waters originate from the slopes of sacred Adam’s Peak and stream their way through Sri Lanka’s Hill Country before pouring into the Indian Ocean. After safety instructions from your guide, you will continue to cruise seven high quality, class III warm water rapids and float through tranquil stretches of river that open up into pools ideal for swimming.
Spend 12 days exploring Sri Lanka’s must-see spots on this exciting 12-day journey. You’ll stay in some of Sri Lanka’s most luxury hotels, as you take in a cricket match in Colombo, explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Dambulla, visit an ancient monastery in Kandy, tour a tea plantation and take a cooking class.
Get up-close and personal with Sri Lanka on this revealing 12-day helicopter tour. You’ll stay in the country’s best hotels, while visiting ancient cities and seeing their age-old ruins and important religious sites like the Temple of Tooth, as you’re graced with incredible bird’s-eye views aboard your helicopter.
Imaginative architect Geoffrey Bawa inspires this 13-day itinerary just as beautiful Sri Lanka inspired his creative works. In addition to seeing Bawa’s final creation and other beautiful buildings, you will bike through the lush Ceylon Tea fields and see one of Buddha’s actual teeth on this luxurious tour.
Spend nearly an entire month - 26 days - traveling in luxury through India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. You’ll visit religiously-important and UNESCO-listed sites including temples and palaces, watch baby sea turtles hatch in Tangalle, and relax at your luxury beachside resort on the stunning Kaafu Atoll.
Sri Lanka is paradise for trekkers. On this 10-day trip, you’ll trek through the rainforest, tea plantations and even along the famous pilgrimage route to Adam’s Peak to catch the tangerine sun climbing above the mountaintops. Encounter diverse wildlife, birdlife and friendly locals on this luxury trekking adventure.
Discover the fantastic hikes and trails that wind their way over and around the gorgeous island of Sri Lanka. Gear up for incredible treks to soaring peaks and down through lush valleys, showcasing the country’s flora, fauna and natural treasures.
Ceylon Tea Trails
Sri Lanka, once known as Ceylon, is one of the world's historic centers of tea production, replete with rolling green hills and genteel plantation homes. Ceylon Tea Trails, run by the Dilmah Tea Company, has restored four classic colonial bungalows built for British tea estate managers in the days of the Raj. These historic houses offer guests the unique experience of life on a working tea estate in the highlands (elevation here is over 4,000 feet). The bungalows range in size from four to six rooms and two have their own pools. Summerville and Castlereagh are situated opposite each other on the shores of the Castlereagh Lake, Norwood is at the other end of the valley about 15 minutes away by car and Tientsin is about 30 minutes away in the next valley. Maintained trails with beautiful views run between all the bungalows, and through the surrounding hillsides and plantations. Each house comes with its own manager, chef, butler and houseboys; in-house massage appointments can be arranged. Meals and afternoon tea are prepared by your private chef using gourmet ingredients and produce grown right on the property, and can be served indoors or on the lawn.