Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast and the following extras (per stay): one candlelit dinner, fruit and flowers in the room on arrival, and a tea plantation tour
- Stunning views of the surrounding mountains and paddy fields from 1,000 feet above sea level
- Romantic lodges feature jewel-colored fabrics and lanterns
- On-site activities include yoga classes and tea plantation tours
What To Know
- An intimate retreat with just 19 canvas lodges
- The hotel can arrange guided hikes and adventure sports
- Free WiFi in common areas
- Checkout is 11 a.m.
- A popular spot for honeymooners
- The restaurant uses vegetables and herbs grown on-site
- Free WiFi
On a 23-acre tea plantation an hour from Kandy, this mountainside ecolodge offers stunning views of the Huluganga Valley, the Knuckles mountain range and surrounding paddy fields. The 11 canvas lodges are built on platforms 1,000 feet above sea level, and all feature large beds, wooden flooring and ample decks for taking in the glorious views. Each lodge is romantically decorated with jewel-colored fabrics, woven rugs and lanterns, and comes with a bathroom with a walk-in shower and a separate toilet. Spend your days unwinding with a cocktail by the infinity pool or indulging in a couples massage at the award-winning spa. On-site activities include early morning yoga classes in the lush landscaped gardens, guided hikes along the mountain trails to see nearby rivers and waterfalls, and tea plantation and tea factory tours. The grand, colonial-style restaurant serves traditional Sri Lankan fare by the light of a large open fireplace; the chef uses vegetables and herbs grown in the property’s own garden.
In the Area
Adrenaline junkies have plenty of options in this area; ask at reception about the skydiving and abseiling adventures that operate from the hotel. For a more sedate experience, try your hand at tea picking at the plantation, and see how the delicious local black tea is produced at a nearby tea factory. Farther afield, Sri Lanka’s second-largest city, Kandy, is about an hour’s drive from the lodge. This ancient capital is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, purportedly the final resting place of one of the Buddha’s canines.
How to Get There
We had the most incredible time at Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge. I contacted the hotel prior to our visit to arrange transport from the airport and they were quick to respond and sorted this out for us at a reasonable cost. We arrived at the hotel late evening and they made us feel very welcome straight away. Our room (the honeymoon suit) was unbelievable - very spacious and beautifully decorated.
The next day was our favourite part when we got to wake up to such a breathtaking view. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and made our stay very relaxing. They were particularly helpful in organising tickets for the train from Kandy to Ella even though this was not a simple job. There were many activities and excursions on offer which the hotel would organise for you although we did not partake in any of these - we were more than happy relaxing in the hotel ground for our 2 day stay. Thank you for making our stay so amazing. We would definitely come back!
What a place. We loved every minute in the Eco-friendly Madulkelle Lodge. The drive there through the endless tea plantation was just amazing and once arrived we were warmly welcomed and rewarded with our most luxurious 'glamping' tent overlooking the spectacular Knuckles Ranges.
The hotel itself is located directly in the tea fields and the scenery is absolutely stunning especially from the infinity pool. We did take a four-hour walking tour which was absolutely amazing and highly recommended.
Our room was a permanent “tent” and very comfortable, clean and very charming. Each room has a balcony with the same stunning views across the tea plantation. The service was top class and the restaurant food was very good and excellent value.
We stayed 4 nights here and didn't want to leave. Highly recommended for nature lovers and would not hesitate to stay there again.
We spent two weeks in Sri Lanka this time (our third visit) and have stayed in quite a few lovely hotels. None of them has a location quite as spectacular. It has an immediate wow factor and you think you have found a perfect holiday venue. The road up is a little tricky - narrow and windy. I would recommend (if your driver hasn't) is to hire a tuk tuk to take you up from the village unless you have a confident driver who has been there before. The bird life is amazing we went on a morning walk to see the birds with their hotel guide and it got us hooked on Sri Lanka bird life. After that we went on bird walks in all our subsequent hotels. With a view to die for in Knuckles Range, trekking is a delight and wonderful way to spend your days here. Why 3 stars then? This is a glamp site. You stay in a tent with the mod cons. It's a little small and basic but that is perfectly acceptable. The problem is this is a windy place, the tent flaps relentlessly and with gusts every now and then, you get woken up very often by loud flaps and bangs. We spent two sleepless nights here and on check out, told the manager who admitted that other guests have made the same complaint. He said they are now going to issue ear plugs. If you have to go to a hotel that provides ear plugs, you know you are going to the wrong one! Another let down, our shower wasn't working. A plumber was called in. There were pen scribblings on the wall of the shower to indicate how to use it. A shocker. I was told it would be rectified. Such a shame. If they ever do a renovation, I hope they would just scrap the glamping idea and build a proper villa.
One of the most interesting and relaxing places I’ve ever stayed. Circumstances forced us to stay an extra night and what a bonus. Food is good. Service is wonderful and the location is magical.
A bonus is that it is cooler as it’s up high.
The accommodation is called glamping. The bungalows are sort of tent like but with en suites and comfortable double beds.just keep the tent zipped up to keep the monkeys out.
Set high up in the tea plantations in the most beautiful gardens, this is an idyllic place to admire the work that goes into making your cup of tea!!
Magnificent mountain landscape with tea bushes clinging to every inch of this rocky hillside.
Tented luxury bedrooms and bathrooms terrace along the hillside give the most tranquil and wonderful views of the countryside and tea pickers at work.
The central colonial style reception and dining room provide excellent food. An infinity swimming pool and small cookery school in the gardens all make for a magical destination with attentive staff to get you up and down the winding tracks on their Tuk tuks.Great destination for honeymooners or Gap year Geriatrics!! Nine of us arrived on New Years eve to a great buffet, fireworks and dancing.