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  • What would be more inviting then a jaw dropping sea view from your room just reach the beach resorts in Sri Lanka. It would be extremely soothing for your eyes and will surely resurrect some positive energy and some good inspiration too. On the contrary, if you feel that life has become dull and boring you can indulge in some water sports such as snorkelling, swimming and surfing amongst others. It is also considered to be surfing capital.

     For hard core gastronomy, the resort serves some Mediterranean, Asian and traditional Sri Lankan food too. The impeccable services that the resort provides along with some popular highlights such as spa, gym and other facilities too.

    14 Beach Resorts in Sri Lanka that you should visit:

  • 01Mount Lavinia Hotel, Colombo

    Mount Lavinia Hotel was once a palace in 1806. Today, much of the colonial style of the place is kept intact, thanks to the excellent management of the hotel authorities. 

    Highlights: One of the best 5-star heritage hotels in Colombo. 

    Location: Dehiwala, Colombo. 

    Price: Approximately LKR28000. 



    Activities & Amenities: This is a five star luxury beach resort. Hence, the services, food, beverages, recreational facilities, rooms, interiors and overall ambience are absolutely top-class. When you are done with touring around the place, you can get mental and physical rejuvenation from the resort’s spa and beauty parlour. Alternatively, you could also chill around in the resort’s pool. 

    This resort offers unlimited entertainment for guests of all age groups. 

    Distance from main city: 4 minute-walk from railway station of Mount Lavinia and 4km from the National Zoological Gardens. 

    Food: Seafood is the speciality of this resort as all the 3 restaurants here churn up lip-smacking local and international cuisine styles. 

  • 02Ranveli Beach Resort, Colombo

    This resort overlooks the beautiful and expansive Laccadive Sea. The overall ambience is absolutely relaxing and hence this beachfront guesthouse is a great holiday destination for guests of all age groups.

    Highlights: A major highlight of this place is that the beach is just about one km away. The place is also one of the most sought after honeymoon destinations, as couples love to take a cosy stroll along the beach during the evening hours.

    Location: De Seram Road, Colombo.

    Price: Around LKR6500.

    Activities & Amenities: Open air restaurant, free Wi-Fi, courtyard pool, excellent gardens, separate kitchens and many more.

    Distance from main city: 4km from National Zoological Gardens and 12km from the famous Gangaramaya Temple.

    Food: The restaurant at this resort serves all kinds of international cuisine and the bar houses excellent choices of local and international quality of drinks.
  • 03Era Beach by Jetwing

    Presenting breathtaking views of the ocean, Era Beach by Jetwing is an 8-minute walk from the Taple Railway Station and 9 km from Galle Fort. Era Beach is a gracious residence that will offer you a glimpse of colonial comforts is located in the southern coastal area of Galle.

    The hotel features balconies and terraces and the six airy suites provide ocean and garden views. Each of the suites includes free Wi-Fi, DVD player, flat-screen TV, canopy beds, and rainfall showers. Its architecture and the way it is furnished, creates a calming ambience that is enough to make your holiday a memorable one.

    The lush green, tropical meadows will make you rest in the lap of nature and the sunkissed beaches offer a unique kind of serenity and solitude you need for complete relaxation.



    Location: Galle.

    Activities and Amenities: Pool, Gym, Spa, Boat rides, Cycle tours
  • 04Jetwing Lighthouse

    Located outside the central city, set outside the rocky shores of the Indian Ocean, this 5-star hotel is situated just 6 km from the Galle Harbour and 3 km away from the National Maritime Meauseum. Jetwing Lighthouse is a testament to the iconic architecture of Sri Lanka.

    It is the ultimate tropical retreat in the middle of the sea, sun, and sands of the southern coast. Having rooms that are streamlined, have colorful accents with attached balconies and facilities like free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, electronic cupboards, and mini bars.

    Also, there are whirpool tubs so that you can pamper yourself. Besides, there is a separate living room in each suite. The dining options include an elegant seafood restaurant offering excellent sea cuisine.

     

     

    Location: Dadalla, Sri LankaEra Beach by Jetwing

    Activities and Amenities: Ayurvedic Spa, Tennis, Outdoor swimming pool, Event space, Fitness center, Wildlife safari
  • 05Paradise Road The Villa Bentota

    A beach side boutique hotel that features individually designed suites and rooms is the Paradise Road- The Villa Bentota. Covered with colorful tropical gardens, it offers access to free Wi-Fi and 2 outdoor pools. The rooms of the villa have a unique and lavish layout, décor, and style.

    The amenities of the suites include tea making and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV. Some rooms also have attached terrace or balcony to provide an alluring garden or ocean view. It is a 1.5 hour drive away from Colombo and it is 55 km from Galle and 6 km from Mahainduruwa Railway Station.

    The a la carte menu of The Villa Café offers the visitors to relish a fusion of delicious dishes. Meals can be enjoyed in the privacy of the guests’ rooms provided.



    Location: Bentota

    Activities and Amenities: Fishing, Diving, Free private parking facility

    Average price of rooms: 11,619-23,035
  • 06Saman Villas

    Situated on a cliff opposite to the Laccadive Sea, Saman Villa is an all-suite tropical resort only 2 km away from the Sabaidee Beach whereas 4 km away from the Ventura Beach. A combination of bliss and complete relaxation, this resort features balconies that offer awesome beach and sea views.

    The chic suites are affixed with open-air bathrooms, flat screen LEDs, soaking tubs, along with free iPod docks and Wi-Fi facility. The suites are well-furnished accompanied by private pools and room service for the ease of the customers.

    Freebies include a welcome drink, breakfast as well as a fruit basket. The property describes itself, offering you plush comforts and lets you bask in optimal seclusion.



    Location: Aturuwella

    Activities and Amenities: Poolside bar, Garden, Hot tub, Sauna, Outdoor pool, Spa , Steam room, Massage

    Best time to visit: In the month of June
  • 07Apa Villa Thalpe

    Apa Villa Thalpe is an elegant retreat by some of the most beautiful and gorgeous beaches of the world. Apa Villa evokes within a person a gentle and exquisite feeling so that one can relish the tropical time of sun or splendid sunsets or monsoon rains.

    This hotel has free Wi-Fi, bar, as well as an outdoor swimming pool. Mosquito net, private bathroom, and shower facility is available in every room. The menu consists of local seafood and the bar serves refreshing drinks and snacks. Also, sightseeing bookings and car rental bookings can be made at the on-site desk.

    It is just 10 km away from the Galle’s city centre and 5-minute walking from the Thalpe Bus Station.



    Location: Thalpe

    Activities and Amenities: Outdoor Pool, Spa, Boutique, Scuba Diving, Cycling, Rafting, Shopping,

    Best time to visit: October to April
  • 08Lavanga Resort & Spa

    Make your leisure time even more delightful and your romantic excursions even lovely with Lavanga Resort. The best holiday escapes which will leave you truly relaxed and rejuvenated. The perfect amalgamation of luxurious hotel with warm hospitality makes it an ideal pick for a perfect stay in Sri Lanka.

    The Spa services which the hotel provides will leave you stress free allowing you to leave all your worries at bay.

     



    Prices: The prices can range from a minimum of Rs. 3978

    Highlights: You can indulge in diving and fishing which can keep you occupied for a whole day.

    Food: You can try Sri Lankan, European and Chinese cuisine.

    Location: It is an 2 hour drive from Bandaranaike.

    Activities: You can go for beach bike riding or can even go for river Kayaking.
  • 09Citrus Resort

    Have you ever found yourself being surrounded with beaches, countryside and the hippy nightlife of the place. Just sit back plug into some good music and get into the mood of celebrating.

    If you are looking for some fun filled water sports such as snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing.

    You can also enjoy a wonderful calm and serene boat rides which will be just perfect for all the water lovers. You can simply soak yourself in a sea view bar in some good drinks.



    Activities: Whale and Dolphin watching, Stilt Fishing in Ahangamaand Kanneliya rainforest is something which will make your stay even more exciting.

    Location: Galle Road, Sri Lanka.

    Food: The restaurant Lemon Fish displays an authentic menu of ‘Hikkup’ and ‘Rotis’ which will be a real treat to your taste buds.

    Prices: The prices may vary as per the season but it is ideally around USD$85.
  • 10Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon

    Dance your legs to the trance music of Hika Tranz which is housed in the centre of the beach life. If you love to spend some good time with yourself, you can just sit by the beach side and enjoy the loud roars of the waves crashing against the shore.

    The walls all around are filled with paintings and outrageous illustrations of art which will lighten up your mood and will take you to a different world altogether.

    The charming southern experience will let you sneak into the rainforest and historical sites to have a memorable experience.



    Location: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka.

    Food: If you are a sea food lover, you can stimulate your senses at the restaurant ‘The Crab’

    Activities: Rejuvenate your senses with some relaxing Spa treatments.

    Prices: 245$USD for 2 persons.
  • 11Rani Beach Resort, Negombo

    The resort never fails to catch the traveller’s eye as it is located in the prime location of Negombo beach. It allows you to give an experience of living in luxurious independent suites. All the suites are spacious enough for you to have a king size feeling.

    It also allows you to try some of the thrilling and adventurous water sports which will be an experience in itself. You can also relax by the poolside with absolutely nothing but good music.



    Food: You can put an end to the growling sound of your stomach with an amazing sea food.

    Location: 20 minutes from Bandaranaike.

    Activities: Catamaran ride which will make you feel truly special.

    Prices: Rs.7127
  • 12The Long Beach Resort, Koggala

    The view of the Long Beach Resort will leave you jaw drop. The massive stretch of the clean, blue waters will definitely have a soothing feeling. Take a walk by the beach and we are sure that you will realize that life isn’t that bad, it is really beautiful.

    You will find yourself with just the sand, sun and surf leaving you and your soul with complete solitude. The interesting names of the rooms makes your stay even more delightful such as 172 sea view and 28 non sea view.

    After all sitting by the serene and calm waters will give you some good introspection about your inner soul.

    Location: Matara Road, Koggala.



    Activities: You can check out the Galle Fort which is an important tourist attraction.

    Prices: USD98.

    Food: The restaurant ‘Azure’ offers you a mouth-watering a la carte.
  • 13Thaproban Pavilion Resort and Spa, Unawatuna

    Treat yourself with extreme luxury where you will witness the contemporary Dutch architecture. Sip fresh coconut water and indulge in the harmonious surrounding of blue waters, it will be truly relaxing. The tranquillity of the beach side setting is so absorbing that you will relaxed.

    If you are too stressed out, you can treat yourself with some good Ayurveda therapies. Food: You can try some good seafood which can be paired up with Thambapanni leisure cuisine which is finger licking goo.

     



    Activities: You can try some amazing water sports like snorkelling and diving both of which are truly exciting. You can also wander to the Dutch Fort which too will be an experience in itself.

    Location: Unawatuna Appartments, Galle, Sri Lanka.

    Prices:$218
  • 14Jungle Beach Resort, Kuchchaveli

    Plants and trees are artfully included in the hotel’s design giving a natural and wonderful look to the Jungle Beach Resort. The view of the lagoon which is completely immersed in the jungle. You can also enjoy the song of the bird chirping and giving a whole new perspective to your living. You can watch the beautiful waterfalls which will make your experience totally unforgettable.



    Activities: Snorkeling with reef fish, diving with whales and jet skiing. You can also witness the hot spring of Kannya which has a beautiful legend attached to it. Lover’s Leap is also a place which one should see.

    Location: Trincomalee, Srilanka.

    Food: The food is made up of fresh and organic produce which makes it an ideal delight.

    Prices: Rs 9173 for 2 person.
  • 15Jungle Beach Resort, Kuchchaveli

    Plants and trees are artfully included in the hotel’s design giving a natural and wonderful look to the Jungle Beach Resort. The view of the lagoon which is completely immersed in the jungle. You can also enjoy the song of the bird chirping and giving a whole new perspective to your living. You can watch the beautiful waterfalls which will make your experience totally unforgettable.



    Activities: Snorkeling with reef fish, diving with whales and jet skiing. You can also witness the hot spring of Kannya which has a beautiful legend attached to it. Lover’s Leap is also a place which one should see.

    Location: Trincomalee, Srilanka.

    Food: The food is made up of fresh and organic produce which makes it an ideal delight.

    Prices: Rs 9173 for 2 person.

Resorts in Srilanka

Attractions

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Whale Watching Spot

Whale watching spot comes at the top amongst the major attractions in Mirissa. You can find a number of operators around this area offering trips to the Indian Ocean for dolphins, whales, and turtles spotting.


Location:  Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Usually, the whale watching tour starts early in the morning around 6-7 AM and lasts for 4-5 hours approximately. The ocean gets rough due to sunlight in the afternoon, hence, it is difficult to spot a whale in the water at this time.

Price: The average cost for whale watching is Rs. 2500 - 3500. However, if you are a group of 4-5 people, you can negotiate the prices to get a better deal.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to spot whale is from December to March as the ocean is not rough during this time.

Distance from Mirissa: This place is located around 15-20 KM away from Mirissa beach.

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Nine Arches Bridge

The Nine Arches Bridge is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Sri Lanka and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. There is an interesting story behind this bridge. When the British stopped the construction of this bridge mid-way due to lack of steel during World War 1, the locals constructed it using stone and bricks. 

The bridge has stood strong without a single piece of steel since then. The setting of the bridge is extremely charming and is amongst the most popular tourist places in Ella. It is located inside a dense forest near a quaint little village with tea plantations surrounding it. Watching the old world trains pass through this bridge is a sight most loved by the tourists. 


Location: Between Ella and Damodara Station

Timings: The bridge is approachable all day around. However, early morning sunrise is the best time to visit. 

Price: There is no entry fee.

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Ravana Falls

Sri Lanka is abundant with the legends of Ramayana. So much so that even the natural landscapes have compelling stories associated with them. The Ravana Falls and the nearby caves are said to be some of the places where the demon god Ravana hid. These legends and the striking landscape of this Ella attraction pulls many travellers to them. 

The waterfall is around 82 ft. in height and is layered in three tiers. The third tier is approachable after a sharp rock climb and rewards with some amazing views of the dense greens and the rocky landscape. 


Location: A 23, Ravana Wildlife Sanctuary, Ella

Timings: March- June, December- February

Price: There is no entry fee

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Secret Beach

The secret beach of Mirissa is not a secret anymore as it is easy to reach and well signposted nowadays. It is one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa for capturing some beautiful moments and epic photographs.

Moreover, most of the beaches in Mirissa are crowded so the secret beach is the perfect place to relax and sit in a peaceful environment.


Location: Secret Beach Mirissa, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: The best thing about Mirissa beach is there is no entrance fee for it.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this beach is either early in the morning to relax or in the evening to enjoy an incredible sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: This beach is located at a distance of approximately 1-2 KM from the heart of the Mirissa town. You can reach a secret beach in several ways like you can choose to walk, hire a moped or take a tuk-tuk. However, try to start early if you’re planning to go on a walk, otherwise, it will be 20 minutes of hard work in direct sunlight on a steep pathway.

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Ravana's Cave

Ravana’s Cave is a place of the legends and amongst the top places to visit in Ella. As per Hindu mythology, it is said that Ravana had hidden Sita in this cave after kidnapping her. Legends apart, the natural scenic beauty of this cave, located at a height of around 4,500 ft.) attracts hikers and adventure seekers from all over the world. 

This caving activity is exciting, as one has to climb around 1,000 steps to reach the huge cave. Travellers love to spend time in the cool dark interiors of the cave and amidst the dense greenery. 


Location: Bandarawela- Wellawaya Road, Ella

Timings: Best time to visit is early morning or evening to escape the heat. The caves are open all year round. 

Price: LKR 150, INR 58

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Mirissa Beach

If you want to enjoy a sunset dinner at a lovely restaurant then do not miss to visit Mirissa Beach. It is one of those attractions in Mirissa where you can find plenty of great restaurants offering a variety of seafood.

Although you will find this beach a little crowded yet, it will give you a very relaxing vibe.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: Visiting Mirissa beach is free of cost. In fact, you can enjoy the Lion beers on free sunbeds at a very reasonable price.

Best Time to Visit: The beach gets busy from 11 AM so it is recommended to visit this either early in the morning to avoid the crowd or in the evening to enjoy a lovely sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: Once you reach Mirissa from Colombo, you can easily found this exotic beach as it is only a couple of KM away from the Mirissa railway station.

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Ella Rock

Ella Rock is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Ella amongst the most interesting places to visit in Ella. A three-hour easy trek will take you further into the luxuriantly dense forested countryside of Ella attractions. During the trek up till the rock, you will see beautiful tea plantations and get a chance to interact with the tea planters. 

Once atop the rock, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the morning sun rising from behind the lush hills. You will get a bird’s eye view of the scenic valleys rolling for miles. Travellers love to spend some quiet time in peace atop the rock in this popular tourist place in Ella.


Location: Wellawaya-Ella-Kumbalwela highway, Ella

Timings: The best time for this hike is early morning around 5:30 am

Price: LKR 3,800, INR 1,500

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Parrot Rock Bridge

Another one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa is to climb up the Parrot Rock. This small and easily accessible rock will give you a stunning view of the Mirissa area. This is a place which will take your mind away from work and stress.

It is a very quiet place where you can relax watching surfers in the high tides of water. You can also chill out in the nearby restaurants of this place.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: You don’t need to pay any price for visiting this place.

Best Time to Visit: You can come early in the morning to enjoy with the low tides and the amazing morning sea breeze. Visiting it in the evening is also a great idea if you want to enjoy wrapping up activities looking at the breathtaking sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: The parrot rock is located to the left side of Mirissa beach. So once you reach Mirissa beach you can easily get on this rock to have an excellent sea view.

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Ceylon Tea Factory

Ceylon Tea Factory is actually a restaurant, which has been named this way so as to intrigue and educates travellers about the tea making heritage of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most popular restaurants in the whole of the country, and not only Ella. Here, you can taste traditional Sri Lankan curries & hot rice, along with international cuisines and drinks. 

The restaurant also has a tea bar that makes hundreds of varieties of teas. Gluten-free meals are also available here. 


Location: no. 4, Passara Road, Ella

Timings: Every day 11:00 am- 10:00 pm

Price: A meal for two costs around LKR 2,290, INR 900.

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Little Adam's Peak

Due to its natural landscape, Ella has many quaint and rustic hiking trails. Little Adam’s Peak is one such popular trail that should not be missed. It is a short 50-60 minutes trek that takes you through the world famous tea plantations of the region. The greenery is a respite to the eyes and the intoxicating fragrance of the tea leaves further adds to the experience. 

Once you reach the top of the Little Adam’s Peak, you will see a Buddha statue backdropped against the mountains. 


Location: Ella- Passara Road, Ella 90090

Timings: The best time for the hike is at sunrise or the sunset. The peak is approachable all year around.

Price: There is no entry fee. 

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Coconut Tree Hill

One of the unique and unusual places to visit in Mirissa is Coconut Tree Hill. Located at the end of Mirissa beach, this place is completely covered with palm trees.

It is one of those attractions in Mirissa, which are great for taking pictures of all the tall beautiful palms overlooking the ocean. You can also enjoy a well-deserved coconut at this place to add an extra memorable element to your journey.


Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

Price: No entry cost.

Best Time to Visit: Being in the proximity of the main beach; it is recommended to reach this place early in the morning or before sunset.

Distance from Mirissa: You can reach this place by taking a short walk from Mirissa beach. It will take 10-15 minutes approximately walking along the beach to reach this beautiful spot.

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Dhowa rock temple

Sri Lanks is known around the world for its tranquil and peaceful spiritual destinations, and the Dhowa Rock Temple is one of the best Ella attractions. Said to be around 2,000 years old, this temple is famous for its huge 39 ft. unfinished statue of Buddha. The rock art and murals in this temple are amazing sights. 

You might run into some monks here who will be more than happy to tell you stories about the Temple. Surrounded by lush greenery, the temple transports the visitors into a peaceful trance. 


Location: Bandarawela- Ella Road

Timings: 8:00- 5:00 pm

Price: There is no entry fee, but you can leave a donation at the temple

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Weligambay Beach

It is a relatively smaller beach alternative if you want to avoid the crowd. It is quieter, serene and a great place for surfing beginners. At times fishing boats outnumber the tourists, especially in low season.

In addition to being a top surfing destination, this beach is also an excellent place for Instagram lovers. You can also take a few photographs with iconic stilt fishermen, a practice rooted back to World War II.


Location: Weligambay Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit: It is an amazing place to have breakfast or lunch with your friends and family.

Distance from Mirissa: Weligambay beach is located at a distance of 6-7 KM from Mirissa so you can always take a tuk-tuk to your destination. It will not take more than 10-15 minutes.

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Mahamevnawa Monastery

The Mahamevnawa Monastery is one of the most important and revered Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka founded by Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero and is amongst the top places to visit in Ella. This monastery serves as an educational institution for young people and adults who want to be ordained as monks. 

Sri Lankan artists have adorned the Monastery with striking carvings, murals, and painting. Here, you can not only talk freely to the monks but also take personalised meditation lectures from them. Listening to the reverberating Buddhist hymns amidst the peaceful environs is a tranquil experience. 


Location: Bandarawela, Ella

Timings: 8:00 am- 9:00 pm every day of the week

Price: There is no entry fee

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Matara Beach

Mirissa is just a small town of Matara district so without a shred of doubt Matara beach comes amongst the popular beaches of Sri Lanka. You can enjoy long walks by the shore, taking surfing lessons, and beachcombing at this wonderful place.

Furthermore, if you are not into the mood of taking a walk or any surfing lessons, you can simply read your favourite novel gazing at the ocean in between. And post that, you can take a bath in the sea water if the tide is not so strong.


Location: Matara, Sri Lanka.

Best Time to Visit: Just like other beaches; try to get there early in the morning or before sunset as it gets crowded in the afternoon. Moreover, do not visit it on the weekend because being a major town in the country, it can get heavily crowded on weekends.

Distance from Mirissa: Being a major district of Sri Lanka, it is well connected to every major city and town in Sri Lanka. From Mirissa you can take a tuk-tuk which will not take more than 30 minutes to reach this beautiful beach.
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Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory

This place is a must-visit for the lovers of tea and is amongst the top tourist places in Ella! Sri Lanka is famous the world over for its amazing Ceylon tea. Halpewatte Tea Factory invites tourists to come inside their premise and see how their favourite tea is made- right from plucking the tea leaves, processing till final packaging. 

This is the largest tea factor in the Uva region. After the tour, you can also have a cup of tea in their tea shop and take teas home. The factory is located at a beautiful vantage point with scenic views of the hills and valleys. 


Location: Badulla Road, Hela halpem Ella

Timings: Every day 8:00 am- 5:00 pm 

Price: Adults LKR 763, INR 300, Children LKR 381, INR 150

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