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Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Best for: Culture History, Family, First time
High up on a tea plantation, at the edge of Northern Kandy, is the beautiful Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge. It is the perfect retreat from which to explore the Knuckles mountain range, or to while the day away relaxing amidst spectacular views.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
The Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge combines first-class facilities, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, ample things to see and do with breath-taking views of lush green valleys, tea plantations and the magnificent Knuckles mountain range. The somewhat challenging journey to this property along largely neglected roads is entirely worth it, adding to the sense of full immersion into the Sri Lankan rural landscape. Alternatively, the lodge can also be accessed by sea plane, a great opportunity to view the surrounding scenery from above.
There are 18 deluxe eco-lodges and one suite spread out over the 10 acre tea plantation within which the Madulkelle Tea and Eco lodge sits. Each boutique lodge is comfortable and stylishly decorated, including a porch specifically designed to provide guests with incredible views they will not forget.
There is an infinity pool overlooking the mountains and the Madulkelle village, multiple secluded seating areas and a library for guests to enjoy whilst relaxing at the lodge. For further pampering there is a spa staffed by highly skilled therapists who provide comprehensive and award-winning signature treatments and wider regional wellness specialities. For those interested in Yoga, there are classes at various experience levels taught by two enthusiastic Yogis dedicate to their practice. In terms of dining, there is Grand Dining Room and Restaurant serving local cuisine with fresh vegetables form the lodge's vegetable garden, and a fully stocked English-style estate Lounge Bar.
The Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge also provides one of the best places from which to explore the Knuckles mountain range. The lodge offers numerous nature activities with experienced naturalists and guides including different walking trails, tea picking, waterfall visits and fishing - just to name a few.
The fantastic location for exploring the natural landscape, decorative secluded lodges, great facilities and such sensational views make the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge a truly wonderful retreat.
When to go
Sri Lanka is considered a sunny year round destination; there is always somewhere experiencing good weather on the island. However, there are huge regional differences. The Southwest ‘Yala’ Monsoons brings rain to the west and southwest coast, as well as the hill country, from April/May to September. During this time the north and east coasts are good. The northeast ‘Mahe’ monsoon is less extreme and brings rain to the east and north during October and November. This monsoon can bring a bit of rain to the south as well. Put simply; head to the south, central, hill country and western areas between December and March and ideally head to the north and eastern areas between April and September. We can never guarantee good weather but believe this is a good guide to follow.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Visit rescued and orphaned elephants at the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF), established in August 1999 as a sanctuary of care, protection and medical services for elephants in Sri Lanka.
Rosyth Estate - Cooking Class
During your stay at Rosyth, we highly recommend that you try your hand in the kitchen at their cooking class, whipping up some delicious dishes using local produce.
Visit a Tea Plantation
Spend the day exploring the local area and enjoying the stunning scenery. You may wish to visit a local tea estate, where you can see the tea pluckers at work and visit a tea factory so that you can learn all about the tea making process.
Trekking in the Knuckles Range
This is a must for trekking enthusiasts, who will love the striking landscapes and ever-changing fauna on this 4-5 hour trek from Illukkumbura to Riverston. Expect sweeping panoramas and waterfalls in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.