Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka

If you have been here before, and feel that this feels like dejavu, you are not wrong.

Due to a moment of madness earlier this year, I deleted my blog from the internet – without backing it up.

It wasn’t until months later that I had realised what I had done, but as luck would have it I found an old back up stored away in a random folder on the computer, and went through the painful process of trying to put it all together again – but minus a fair few of my most recent posts.

So as it marks a year to the day that Si and I flew onwards from Dubai to Sri Lanka for our 8 day trip, I thought I had best re-post the below images, as I can honestly say it was the best trip we have ever taken and we fell deeply in love with Sri Lanka as a country, it’s people and most importantly the Tea Trails.

sri lankan women walking

Resplendent Ceylon

Even a year on, I seriously always dream back to our stay at the Ceylon Tea Trails. So, let me explain to you all about it…

The Tea Trails are nestled among the hills of the Bogawantalawa region (near the world heritage Horton Plains Park) which boast the most amazing panoramic views of the tea-carpeted mountains. The setting is just heaven on earth.

Sri Lanka Tea country Sri Lanka views tea trails tea pickers

With different colonial bungalows scattered across the lush valleys, you have a choice of 5. Stay at one for the whole duration, or mix it up and flit in-between. Unfortunately we only had the one option as the rest were booked up, so we stayed for 4 nights at the Tienstin bungalow.

Not that we could complain. 

our back garden

The house has just 6 bedrooms (with en-suites) a dining room, communal living room and a beautiful terrace were we ate morning, noon and night. Glorious gardens to wander in, a stunning pool to retreat and swim, and not forgetting the acres of hiking trails surrounding the bungalow to get lost in.

Ceylon Tea Trails, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tea picker

exterior bungalow

Our room (Bretherton Garden Suite) was so homely, simple and cosy, which made the perfect sanctuary to unwind and nap – and we did a lot of napping. We were lucky enough to have our own private terrace and gardens opening up from our room, we even enjoyed high tea on the terrace a few times.

bungalow living afternoon tea on the terrace


tea worker

All inclusive


The best part about the whole package is that the rate is all inclusive.

I’m not talking endless crap buffets and cheap gin and vodka. Remember this is a Relais and Chateaux hotel, who pride themselves on their gourmet experiences & luxurious hotels. And this doesn’t disappoint.

Breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner, a seemingly endless supply of fantastic and varied food from around the world. I don’t think I ever felt hunger in the whole 4 days we were there. We were fed like kings.

breakfast with a view

daily tea at the bungalow amazing food at tienstin

sri lankan curry

afternoon tea at the bungalow

and to top it off, if you are that way inclined you have the service of a personal butler to look after your every need.tea factory tea leaves, Sri Lanka

This place is heaven. Please go.

sri lanka kids School kids walking home Sri Lanka Tea fields tea country views

Tienstein swimming pool Tea Worker2


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