Hatton – Mandira Bungalow

Once the prestigious abodes of colonial rulers, the Mandira Bungalows offer incredible luxury and time-worn traditions amid the verdant tea plantations that characterise the temperate central highlands of Sri Lanka. Set at 1,300m above sea level, the region offers perfect weather for relaxed cycling, exhilarating mountain biking and trekking.

Retire each night to a comfortable ensuite bedroom in one of 3 quaint bungalows, whose decor will transport you back to another, more elegant era. Overstuffed armchairs, four-poster beds and antique pieces of hardwood furniture are just some of the things you can expect. All bedrooms have access to a shared lounge and dining area, with views over the Mandira Bungalows’ gardens or evergreen tea bushes, planted in neat rows across the hillside.

Aside from exploring on foot or by bicycle, other things to do from Mandira Bungalows include a ride on a vintage train to a nearby location such as Ella or Kandy, or picking world-famous Ceylon tea leaves the traditional way, with a basket on your back. It’s also possible to play golf at a club founded in 1889 and bungalow-hop, learning about old British planters’ lives from a resident naturalist as you walk from one heritage residence to another.

Location

How to get to Mandira Bungalows

The Mandira Bungalows are located in Dick Oya, a small town just outside Hatton in Sri Lanka’s highlands. The property can be reached by road and is around 4 hours’ drive east of Colombo.

Mandira Bungalows Activities

  • Guided nature walks or “bungalow-hopping”
  • Cycling, mountain biking and hikes
  • Tea picking experience
  • Vintage train rides
  • Golf

*Some activities are available at extra cost.

Mandira Bungalows Highlights

  • A collection of three beautifully restored British tea planters’ residences
  • Furnished with canopied beds and antique hardwood furniture
  • Overlooking manicured gardens and evergreen tea bushes
  • Explore the surrounding hills and valleys on foot, by bicycle or on a vintage train
  • Pick tea the traditional way or tee off at one of Asia’s oldest golf courses

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Why Sri Lanka: This remarkable island off the south eastern coast of India might be small but it is jam packed with spectacular landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and ancient historical sites including 7 World Heritage Sites! Sri Lanka is also still relatively unspoilt by tourism, although there are many unique and wonderful hotels throughout the country.

When to Go: Dec – Mar is considered the best time to visit, being the driest season on the west and south coasts, in the ‘Cultural Triangle’ and up in hill country. The east coast is best from May – Sep when many of the beaches along the west and south coasts are experiencing the monsoon. During the monsoon, it is possible to travel as the rain is not constant – you’ll also enjoy lower prices and less crowds. The temperatures are high throughout the year, averaging around 27°C.

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