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
This place is literally in the middle of the most beautiful hills and tea plantations you've ever seen. The eco tents are awesome, food is delicious and the vibe is absolute bliss. Even the drive to arrive gave my goose-bumps. 100% recommend this place, I stayed one night but two nights would be perfect. I was by myself which was very relaxing... I wish I could've done a hike nearby!
It was my husband's and my first visit to the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge. We spent 02 nights and it was our 4th wedding anniversary. It was such a memorable staycation. The surrounding, and the entire place amidst the tea estate was so beautiful. We loved the climate. It was super cold and windy. Im an absolute fan of chilled weathers.
The tent we stayed in was really nice with a beautiful mountain view. The restaurant ambience and the food was really nice and so was the infinity pool and the spa etc. The staff were so friendly and kind- Nadun was extremely helpful. They also surprised us with a cake for our anniversary.
We loved the our beautiful stay and will definitely return to this place .
Thank you Madulkelle for a beautiful stay.
Was a little apprehensive after reading the other reviews but I’m glad to say that our three nights here were nothing short of a blissful, zen escape. While it did take an approximately 1.5 hour harrowing drive on a single, bumpy lane up (which is best attempted by a skilled driver before the sun sets), we were pleasantly surprised with an extensively furnished safari tent which had a full en-suite bathroom, toiletries and even a hairdryer. The bed itself was really comfortable and came with a mosquito net, even though you don’t really need it as long as you keep the outer blinds to the tent closed. We had no issues sleeping despite fears of incessant barking and slept well despite the chirping of insects and birds both at night and in the morning. Electricity was stable throughout despite a few power trips (which last no more than 2-3 min) although wifi is only available at the main building. This wasn’t an issue for us since we used the high speed wifi to download videos on Netflix to watch in the room. Data also worked well in the tent. In terms of the facilities, the main building houses a tiny library (I borrowed bad blood), a snooker table and comfortable chairs where we sat to read. Out here, flies were a slight bother but we solved that easily enough with insect repellant. In terms of food, we opted for Sri Lankan breakfast (which we enjoy very much) and I had the grilled king prawns 3 nights in a row. Other highlights include the nasi goreng and rice and curry. One thing to note, while accommodation is available for drivers, our driver was less enthused about the place than we were. for those hiring your own drivers, you may want to manage their expectations about accommodation and food and mosquitoes (issues our driver raised) and suggest they research some alternative accommodation options instead if they’re on the fussier side. All in all, this was definitely a memorable experience. Would definitely recommend it to others who are looking to disconnect.
While the setting is lovely, that is the only positive we found!
Staff were the worst we came across on our travels around what is otherwise a beautiful and hospitable island.
We stayed in what we were told was their best room (tent) and which to be fair had lovely views and a small plunge pool outside. However the entire place is compromised by its location that is directly above a number of villages and smaller settlements running down the mountain. All these villages have dogs and once one dog starts barking the rest join in. So basically we spent from 11pm until 4am listening to howling dogs. Not the villagers fault of course and nothing really the hotel can do about it - but why then would you place tents directly above it!
Anyway one night of no sleep was quite enough for us, so we explained the situation to the receptionist and manager and requested a refund for our miserable experience and that we would be checking out immediately and seeking other accommodation. The receptionist and manager were both apologetic and agreed to refund both the night we had spent and the upcoming night (we had booked two nights and paid in advance). We shook hands on that and were told monies would be refunded within 48 hours and so off we went.
Unfortunately not only did we not receive our refund, we have since written to the company (about 5 times) but are yet to receive any communication whatsoever.
Frankly I am utterly flabbergasted, as everywhere else we visited in SL was utterly beautiful and people were honourable. But I certainly could not say the same here.
We all know things can go wrong, and most people will work to fix it! Unfortunately it seems these guys just waited for us to leave then forgot us! Shame on you Madulkelle, you ruined a good chunk of my holiday and not satisfied with that have now buried your head in the sand! Disgraceful!
We stayed at the honeymoon suit. It was breathtaking. Loved the private hot water pool right outside it. Has a stunning pool. Views are breathtaking, specially in the morning. The food they serve might not suit the locals because of the portion size and the limited menu, but the taste and quality was good. Condition of the access road is bit bad but this place is definitely worth a second visit.