Sri Lanka is easily the perfect holiday destination, and Kamal, Sanjay and team at Tea Hill's Bungalow are the perfect hosts! After falling in love with Sri Lanka on my first visit a few years ago, it was a dream come true to be able to come back with my husband, and Hatton was as yet uncharted waters for the both of us. We were impressed by the clean rooms with large 4 poster bed, the amazing Sri Lankan food by their family cook, the stunning views of tea plantations all around us, and I think most of all, by the hospitality. Every effort was made to make us feel at home and despite our hectic holiday schedule, we always felt we could come home, relax, and be looked after.
Kamal usually offers a holiday package with tons of activities. My husband and I sort of stumbled upon the accommodation while trying to author our own itinerary, and so we picked and chose our own activities, but were gratefully guided by their suggestions. These included a visit to the Tea Castle, little chapel and reservoir from the days of the British settlement, visiting the local grandiose Hindu temple, a fabulous white water rafting trip where our guides also took us to hidden pools, and the climb up the famous Adam's Peak - where incidentally our horrible rental car broke down in the middle of the night right at the entrance of the climb, and Kamal got us out of a scrape by having his driver pick us up by the time we had descended from the summit in the morning, free of charge. We really appreciated their local knowledge and advice on what to expect when it came to visiting places on our own, as signs are not always clear in Sri Lanka, and we could've gotten very very lost. In fact, on our first day, Sanjay waited up and called us at intervals during our difficult drive through the hill country with updated directions, and waited for us at the Hatton roundabout to guide us to the bungalow.
Have to put in extra mention about the food, as it was so delicious! The hosts offered Western fare if we wanted it, but we were more than happy with the various Sri Lankan dishes, roti, string hoppers, curries, devilled dishes, and even Kiribath for New Year, with a chilled glass of the freshest fruit juice and Galaõ-like coffee and tea anytime during the day. We share the bungalow with a lovely family who was on Kamal's regular package, and dined as a family, the hosts attentive throughout in terms of making sure our plates were never empty and the conversation was lively and warm :) There were firecrackers and sparklers to get us in the festive mood on New Year's, too!
All in all, it was a lovely experience and one that we will always remember and try to repeat! I honestly believe that we will be coming to visit again in the future and definitely recommend Tea Hill's Bungalow to friends and family. Thank you so much to Kamal, Sanjay, Kamish, cook uncle and old uncle for giving us such beautiful holiday memories!!
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