…RETURN TO YESTERYEAR ON A LUXURY HOLIDAY TO TREASURE…
It surrounds you: the sights, the sounds, and the aroma. The undulating expanses of green dominate the vista, and stretch far into the distant misty mountains. This is the heart of the tea country, and there’s no better place to experience its story than here at Mandira Bungalows in Hatton, Sri Lanka. In the early 19th century, the persevering planters experimented with tea when their efforts with coffee ground to a halt. The combination of elevation and climate proved perfect and the rest is history. Choosing the most scenic spots they made their homes – cosy sanctuaries to escape to and indulge in little luxuries. Like the world famous Ceylon Tea, their legacy remains in the plantation bungalows of old. With Mandira you too can revisit those glory days of colonial charm and experience life as it used to be…
Mountains In The Mist
Mountain Biking: Try out some awesome rides off the beaten track with amazing scenery to inspire you to peddle on. Two routes are marked from each bungalow: Trail 1 – 5km to 10km (Easy) Trail 2 – 10km to 30km (Challenging). Take them on your own or with our Naturalist guide.
Trekking: Whether you are an experienced hiker or just want a quiet walk exploring the scenery, we have some perfect trails for you. Two standard routes are planned and marked out from each bungalow: Trail 1 – 2km to 5km (Easy) Trail 2 – 5km to 12km (Challenging) Our Naturalist guide can accompany you if you wish, or you can set off on your own too.
White-water Rafting: Thrills and spills await you! Ride the rapids of Kitulgala River and watch the forest and villages go by as you paddle the calm stretches. We provide transport, guide, entrance tickets and refreshments to get your energy back after all that action.
Bike & Train Trail: Two adventures, one unforgettable ride. Ride over the mountains, and ride back by train. Our Naturalist guide will be with you throughout the trail. Option 1: Hatton – Watawala by train back to bungalow by bike. Train starts 07.00am, train journey approx. 30 minutes. Option 2: Hatton – Thalawakele by train back to bungalow by bike. Train starts 07.00am, train journey approx. 40 minutes. We provide transport, train tickets and snack.
Plantation Life – bungalow to bungalow: Discover your surroundings and our plantation bungalows. Walk with our Naturalist guide from one bungalow to another for lunch and on to the other for high tea. Our vehicle will bring you safely back in time for a well-earned dinner.
All about Tea: There is no better way to learn the true art of tea than a tea experience tour. Our expert guide will take you around the plantation, the factory and you can even pluck your own two leaves and bud if you wish to.
A BEAUTIFUL OLD COLONIAL RESIDENCE THAT WAS HOME TO PLANTERS IN THE DAYS OF BRITISH RULE, IT IS NOW A LUXURIOUS RETREAT WHO WISH TO RELIVE THE PAST ON AN AUTHENTIC JOURNEY TO DAYS GONE BY