Luxury hotel holiday Boulder Garden Sinharaja

The Boulder Garden is a superb luxury retreat set in a secluded rainforest location just a short distance from Sinharaja. Expressions Holidays highly recommends the hotel to nature lovers and those who wish to immerse themselves in the flora and fauna of the surrounding landscape. Numerous activities can be tried during the days including hiking, cave tours, abseiling and kayaking. Return to the hotel and the luxury of your suite. An excellent choice of stop on one of our luxury touring itineraries of Sri Lanka.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan or British Airways London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, half board based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Boulder Garden, Sinharaja

Boulder Garden is an exclusive, all-suite, eco-hotel near the Sinharaja rainforest. Guests can enjoy birdwatching and a variety of activities nearby or relax in the secluded location by one of the luxurious spring water pools.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 3 star boutique

Location In the countryside, approximately 70-miles from Galle

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 4 3/4 hours drive

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Bar, Swimming pool, Full service concierge desk, In-house laundry offering same day cleaning and pressing seven days a week, Excursions and activities arranged, Safe deposit boxes.

Out and about nearby

Sinharaja rainforest and UNESCO national heritage wilderness area, Bird watching, Kayaking trips, Abseiling, Mountain-biking for different levels, Cave exploration.

Sports nearby

Trekking, Mountain biking, Caving, Abseiling, Kayaking.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard suite for 7 nights

From about

£1,840

Holiday Code EXH1176

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Boulder Garden, Sinharaja

A luxurious all suite boutique hotel set amidst the boulders and rainforest of virgin land, Boulder Garden is just a short distance from Sinharaja, which is the last extensive area of undeveloped and undisturbed lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka. Over 800 species of Sri Lanka's endemic flora and fauna are to be found here. A stay at Boulder Garden is truly off the beaten track and is best enjoyed if you want to take part in nature-related activities such as trekking, bird-watching, cave tours, kayaking, abseiling, mountain biking and Sinharaja Rainforest visits. Having said that, the 10 comfortable and immaculate suites, together with the tasty Sri Lankan and international cuisine, served in the open-air restaurant under a canopy of tropical forest, the spring-water swimming pool and the attentive service result in this being a luxurious place in which to experience the nature of Sri Lanka close up. The 10 suites, consisting of two natural caves and split-level family room have both double and twin beds, private balconies or terraces and are arranged in four rising tiers, linked by winding stone steps and deep corridors through the rock. Boulder Garden combines offering a high quality service to discerning guests whilst being committed to and executing an environmental policy that has minimal impact on the immediate physical and social neighbourhood. An extensive range of activities is offered by Boulder Garden and really the focus of a stay here must be to observe the abundant birds and butterflies, the flora and fauna of the virgin rainforest of Sinharaja (just 15km away), perhaps by mountain bike or kayak or even to enjoy the views as you abseil. The rainforest is home to not only birds and butterflies but also to reptiles including lizards and snakes, mammals such as deer, leopards and the purple-faced leaf monkey (the latter is the most commonly seen primate) and amphibians such as the wrinkled frog and the Sri Lankan reed frog.

Room descriptions

Boulder Garden has 10 suites each with private shower and wc.

Standard Suite
Deluxe Suite Hornfels
Deluxe Suite Basalt

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard suite for 7 nights

From about

£1,840

Holiday Code EXH1176

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Boulder Garden, Sinharaja

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Boulder Garden in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is about 4 hours’ drive from Colombo airport. However, it is usually stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide and you would often approach the hotel from a previous stay in the Cultural Triangle to the north, or from Yala or Galle to the south.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Standard suite for 7 nights

From about

£1,840

Holiday Code EXH1176

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Boulder Garden, Sinharaja

About Tea and hill country

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka’s Tea Country incorporates the best of this diverse and exotic region. Popularly known as the High Tea Country, the temperate highlands of southern central Sri Lanka are wonderfully scenic with stunning mountain and valley vistas almost everywhere you go, and of course, often carpeted in tea bushes. Thanks to the multitude of micro-climates, the landscape is constantly changing, and it is an incredibly beautiful mountain area, worth visiting for the scenery as well as the tea culture. It is also Sri Lanka’s heartland for market gardens and dairy products; endless rows of vegetables and strawberries hug the slopes, vying for space with the tea bushes. Kandy, the royal capital of the hill country is a UNESCO world heritage site, built beside a placid lake surrounded by hills. This is certainly a thriving cultural capital with its universities and centres for Buddhist learning and the arts. Kandy is home to one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites, the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, as well as a number of other historical and cultural places of interest.

Highlights of Tea Country

Kandy market; Kandy area – handicrafts villages and workshops – brass, musical instruments, basket weaving, batik, painting; Kandy evening cultural show; Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage; Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; Mahaweli River and Victoria Dam; Tea estates; Drive to Nuwara Eliya and around the tea plantations, visiting a tea factory; Hantana mountain and Hantana tea plantations - walks and museum; Buddhist sites near Kandy – Gadaladeniya, Hindagala Vihara, Embekke Divale, Lankatilake; Mahiyangana – Rajamaha dagoba; Aluvihara Buddhist temple; Aluvihara Heritage Centre (Ena de Silva batik art and workshop and Sri Lankan rice & curry lunch); Knuckles Mountain Range - scenic drives and walking; Rubber plantations; Spice farms; Rail journey to Tea Country; Relaxing in the lush tropical hills; Treat your body, mind and soul to a programme of Ayurvedic massage and herbal treatments; Golf at the Victoria Golf course; Riding at Victoria Saddle Club; Walking and trekking; Cycling; White water rafting at Kitulgala.

Cultural highlights of Tea Country

Places of interest in Kandy include the Temple of the Tooth, the sacred Buddhist site which holds the tooth of Lord Buddha which is said to have been brought from India in the third century. The Temple lies within the Royal Palace complex along with the National Museum, the Audience Hall and a museum dedicated to the famous elephant, Raja. British legacies remain in central Kandy, in the form of grand old buildings and hotels, St Paul’s Church and Royal Palace Park. It is possible to walk most of the way around the lake besides which Kandy is built, where you can see the Royal Bathing Pavilion and the royal summerhouse which is on an island in the centre of the lake.). There is a lively market and a plethora of shops, gem showrooms and arts & crafts workshops. There are also several nightly cultural shows that showcase traditional Kandyan drumming, music and dance and the city boasts a fine international cricket stadium. Other highlights of the region include Pinnawela elephant orphanage where abandoned or injured elephants are cared for; Nuwara Eliya, a hill town with many British influences; the mountainous scenery and tea plantations around Ambewela and Bandarawela; the Highland Railway between Kandy and Badulla; and Tea Experience and Tea museums, an essential part of any visit to this part of Sri Lanka.

Festivals in Tea Country

Kandy - Esala Perahera Festival - July or August (depending on the date of the Esala full moon). This spectacular cultural pageant is held over 10 days with the processions and celebrations getting more elaborate and longer each day. Although in ancient times this was a procession to honour Hindu gods, during the reign of King Rajasinghe it was decreed that the procession should be in honour the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Each night, dancers, drummers, flute players, whip-crackers and elephants form a procession around the streets and Kandy lake. The ornately decorated elephants increase daily in number to 100 on the last night, the finest of them being the Maligawa Tusker which carries the Sacred Tooth Relic, led by the Chiefs of the Temple in traditional silver and gold ceremonial dress. The Nuwara Eliya season runs from April to June. Horse racing in High Tea Country (trotting) in January, February, April, August and December. Bandarawela Perahera on full moon day in June.

Climate in Tea Country

Climate in Kandy: The daytime temperatures in Kandy and the surrounding hills range from around 22° C to 31° C, with cooler evenings averaging 17° C. It is fairly humid and misty in the evenings with short outbursts of rain. Heavier rainfalls occur during the south-west monsoon from May to August. Climate in the High Tea Country: At an elevation of above 4,000 feet the climate is cooler and less humid with cool mornings, warm days and cool evenings. Daytime temperatures are in the low to mid 20s Celsius and at nights can drop to around 10° C. The driest part of the year is between December and April, and September is normally quite dry. The rainy season is May, June and July, and October and November due to the north-east, south-west and intermediate monsoons, and July is generally the coldest month. February and March are usually dry and around 20° C. Micro-climates exist from valley to valley. The weather at Warwick Gardens, for example, is around 16° C at night and can reach 26° C during the day, whilst the temperature at Bandarawela goes from 12° C to 20° C.

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