HALDUMMULLA ESTATE

50 ACRES OF ORGANIC TEA AND WILDERNESS IN THE HILLS OF SRI LANKA

SIMPLE - REMOTE - CALM

Wake with the chirping of birds , skip through the tea with monkeys, hike through forests, or simply laze on the lawn with a book. Haldummulla is a place to unwind in a homely uncluttered open space. We love it, and hope you will too.

THE SURROUNDINGS

The 50 acre estate is situated on an undulating plateau just under the high pass and quaint railway station of Idalgashinna, on the famously scenic Kandy to Badulla line. The land is a mixture of tea and wilderness with spectacular views over the plains below to the south. Watch the tea being plucked by brightly clad women and give them a helping hand. You may soon make some friends to visit in their equally colourful homes bordering the estate. There are plenty of activities and walks to do in the area. Bambarakanda Falls, Sri Lankan's tallest waterfall, is a short drive away. The remains of an old Portuguese Fort sits in a forest adjoining the land and there are many ancient archeological remains in and around Haldummulla. Or you can simply Be, and instead soak in the fresh mountain air, eat lovely curries and rest.

WHAT TO DO?

You may never want to leave the bungalow and its small lawned garden. Laze on a daybed with a book on the lawn. Sit round the garden fire-pit toasting marshmalows in the evening or indulge in long lazy lunches. However for those more adventurous in nature we highly recommend you get out and about. Take a walk around the estate with our three lovely dogs Bindi, Slushy and Lucky, or stray further afield to a neighbouring 17th century Portuguese Fort in the midst of an eerie fully grown pine forest, and bring back some pine cones for the fire (30 minutes walk). Or visit the neighbouring organic Tea Factory and ask Gamini the manager to give you a tour (20 minutes walk). An hours walk takes you to a picturesque and colourful village of tea workers clinging to the side of the mountain. And a good two and a half hours walk would take you on a loop that takes in the colouful village, and the quaint railway station of Idalgashina on the top of the mountain. Even further afield is the market town of Haputale (30 minutes by Tuk Tuk) or the famous Bandarakanda waterfall (40 minutes by Tuk Tuk and a short walk)

HUNGRY?

Lovely Priya and her family will help look after you during your stay. Unlike in a hotel we do not hire hotel trained staff but rather encourage former tea pluckers like Priya to step up to the table and shower you with the warmth and authentic hospitality that the people of these parts are famous for. Wonderful aromatic curries are always simmering in her little kitchen. For more western fare we suggest you help her to prepare. Though she has been fast to learn some great chicken dishes, pastas and soups from the fresh garden vegetables growing in the adjoining garden. We have plenty of fresh vegetables growing on the land and neighouring properties, and fresh cows milk and eggs. However please bring your own alcohol and any food items that you can imagine would not be available in a remote location such as this. Do check with us if you are unsure what to bring.

HOW MUCH?

All rates below are on a full board basis. The Bungalow There are two large double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. One - the Terrace Bedroom - with an extra set of single bunk beds. Each room is $110 per night on a full board basis for a couple or a single with $25 per extra child over 6 years old in the family room. The entire Bungalow (sleeps 6) is available on a full board basis from $250 per night. Higher rates over Christmas and Easter. The Library suite The Library Suite consists of a large luxurious open plan living room/bedroom with an en suite bathroom and separate children's room with a double bed. The Suite costs $190 per night plus $25 per extra child in the adjoining children's room. The Whole Complex We can accommodate a maximum of ten people in both the Library suite and Bungalow. The cost for this is $440 per night full board.

What a great weekend we had. Plenty of great walks and absolutely stunning views. Next time we will make it up to the railway station! Pria was an absolute angel and nothing was too much of a bother for her though communicating with our non existant Tamil was often hilarious. Nandri!
jane Simpson

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