Luxury hotel holiday Ellerton Bungalow Kandy

Ellerton Bungalow is recommended as part of our touring holidays of Sri Lanka for its wonderful tranquil atmosphere and outstanding views over the Sri Lankan Hills. Nestled in the lush greenery of the forest it offers excellent opportunities to explore the local wildlife as well as being close to the cultural capital of Kandy. Unwind in the boutique residence, more like a private home than hotel, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Ellerton Bungalow, Kandy

Ellerton is a charming, exclusive, small luxury boutique hotel in a stunning natural location. The delicious dining options and secluded spot in the tea hills afford guests a truly tranquil and indulgent experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Small luxury boutique

Location In the countryside, approximately 12-miles from Kandy

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 4 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Open-sided dining pavilion, Swimming pool, Sitting room, Study with satellite TV, DVDs and games, Gardens with outdoor sitting area, Laundry service (at extra charge). Ellerton uses organic, home-grown, produce whenever possible and the entire 50 acres of grounds are organically maintained.You can get involved with the tea production on Ellerton's estate.

Land sports

Mountain bike hire.

Out and about nearby

Kandy - Temple of the Tooth, Markets, Shops, Arts & crafts. Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Tea Estates. The scenic highlands. The market town of Gampola. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (1.5 hours drive). Scenic train journey from Gampola through tea country. Kandy Esala Perahera takes place in July and August.

Sports nearby

Walking, Cycling, Golf at Victoria Golf Course (35 kms, 1.5 hours drive), White water rafting and Kayaking on the Kelani river in Kitulgala ( 30kms, 1.5 hours drive)

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double or twin room in the Main house for 7 nights

From about

£1,890

Holiday Code EXH1020

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 Ellerton Bungalow, Kandy

Ellerton is more like a private house than a hotel, small, friendly and organic, set in the lush hills south of Kandy. Enjoy the beautiful views, wonderful walks and mountain biking, and the odd foray into Sri Lanka's fascinating cultural capital of Kandy. Built for the manager of a large tea estate more than 100 years ago, Ellerton retains the character and tranquillity of colonial days, having been sympathetically re-furbished by the current owners, a British couple. This is their home in Sri Lanka so the atmosphere is informal and relaxed. The main house has a large sitting room furnished with antiques, a dining room and a study with satellite TV. There are books and magazines for guests to read, and music or games to play. The six bedrooms have ceiling fans and mosquito nets around the beds (no air-con or TV) and their own bathrooms. Two of the three guest bedrooms in the main house also have an attached room with single bed which can be used as triples, ideal for families. Three further bedrooms are in the recently built Valley house near the swimming pool, about 30 yards away from the main house; these rooms open out onto a shared verandah with pleasant garden views. The beautiful tropical gardens are full of tranquil spots where you can relax and unwind. The swimming pool affords lovely views 20 miles down the valley. The entire grounds are organically maintained, so Ellerton is a haven for birds such as Golden Oriole, sunbirds and kingfishers, and insects too, naturally. Wild boar and barking deer are often seen and occasionally a porcupine, or at least its burrow holes. Ben, the resident dog, will be pleased to take you on a nature trail! At 2,400 feet above sea level, the days here are hot and humid, around 26 celsius and the nights pleasantly mild. To make life even simpler, and a welcome added bonus for guests, Ellerton is including soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee and local alcoholic drinks in the price of your stay. Meals at Ellerton are wholesome, informal affairs, usually served in the open-sided dining pavilion. They offer set lunches and dinners

Room descriptions

Ellerton Bungalow has 6 rooms.

Double or twin room Ceiling fan, Wi-fi internet connection, Mosquito net over bed

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double or twin room in the Main house for 7 nights

From about

£1,890

Holiday Code EXH1020

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 Ellerton Bungalow, Kandy

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Ellerton Bungalow 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 3 hours and 20 minutes' 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.

Additional information

Children: Well-behaved children are welcome provided that their parents look after them. NOTE: The pool is unguarded.

Other information: The hotel is not suitable for disabled guests due to steps up to the house.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double or twin room in the Main house for 7 nights

From about

£1,890

Holiday Code EXH1020

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 Ellerton Bungalow, Kandy

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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