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
I fly around the world for a living so most of the time I feel that I live in hotels rather than my own home. After my stay at Madulkelle Tea and Eco Resort I think I have finally found my favorite get away. This resort is tucked away in the mountains outside of Kandy. It is a litte tricky to navigate to, but once you arrive you don't want to leave. I stayed for 5 days with a group of friends helping a local school. This resort was perfect for every aspect of our stay. The rooms/tents are along the hills in the middle of the tea plantations. The beautiful mountain views make you feel like you are on top of the world. Everything is provided in the rooms. Mosquito net, hot water, tea, coffee, hairdryer, electricity. There is only internet in the hotel lobby, but this was nice as it helped disconnect from the outside world. Perhaps the highlight of waking up in the morning, isn't the sunrise overall the beautiful mountains, or watching the clouds form the valley below, but rather seeing the monkeys climb across the front railing of your tent! The staff is amazing and probably what helped make the stay so great. Thamara at the front desk was so personal and very welcoming. She gave us great tips for the rest of our time in Sri Lanka. The kitchen staff were great in creating a delicious dining experience for every meal including one night where we got to cook our dinner from all fresh ingredients. Throughout our stay if we had any questions or issues the staff were very helpful in answering anything and everything. Overall: incredible views, exceptional service and amazing memories. I highly recommend this place for anyone who wants to get out of the busy city crowds and enjoy some wonderful time in the mountains of Sri Lanka. If I ever come back to Sri Lanka I know exactly where I plan to spend my time.
We spent one night at this beautiful property. Surrounded by lush green nature, most amazing food and serivce by their courteous staff specially this lady Thamara who was very helpful and polite made our stay great!
We had planned to spend 1 night at Madulkelle but after just an hour or so, we changed our itinerary so that we could spend another night on the property. Although the drive up is challenging, it is a beautiful drive through the mountainous tea plantations. The views from the pool are breathtaking. If you like to hike (and even if you don't), plan to hike up to the waterfall and World's End and make sure to wear leech socks, provided by your guide. It is an easy to moderate hike. One of the highlights of our stay was cooking dinner with the chefs at the Authentic Kitchen. We picked vegetables in the garden and then helped prepare the most delicious dinner of our trip. We highly recommend Madulkelle!