From rich, lush flora and fauna to centuries of the art of tea cultivation, Sri Lanka is an unforgettable destination for travellers. Getting under the skin of the islands with a stay at one of Heritance’s elegant retreats is the ultimate way to get up close to this drop of exotic paradise.
Revered the world over, Sri Lankan tea has long been a pillar of the country’s history, economy and culture. During a stay at the Heritance Tea Factory, guests can take afternoon tea with a view, or dine in the sifting room of this former tea plantation. Picking delicate tea leaves, pressing them, and taking them home as a souvenir is a must, followed by a tour of the Mini Tea Factory for a closer look at this time-honoured tradition. But for a truly traditional affair, step inside a beautifully restored train carriage for a fine dining experience to remember.
Sri Lanka’s enchanting wildlife is a highlight of any visit, and at Heritance Kandalama, the island’s flora and fauna are within easy reach. Rise in the morning to the sound of birdsong, or set out on a lakeside safari, offering the chance to observe Sri Lankan elephants. Don’t miss a visit to the Eco Park, where hospitality and sustainability go hand in hand.
Sri Lanka is an island shaped by centuries of colonial influence, and Heritance Negombo offers the ideal base for getting up close to the island’s diverse culture. Rise early and watch local fisherman draw in their catches for the bustling fish market nearby, or explore the snaking waterways of the Dutch Canal or the bountiful flora and fauna Muthurajawela Wetlands. For a taste of Europe, head into Negombo, nicknamed ‘Little Rome’ for the number of beautiful churches peppered throughout.
Despite its compact size, Sri Lanka manages to deliver when it comes to things to do. Check into Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara to experience sea turtle conservation, the working moonstone mines and even an exotic river safari through the gnarled mangroves — one of the world’s most pristine examples of this complex ecosystem. Don’t miss the mysterious masks of Ambalangoda near Heritance Ahungalla, or night hikes from Kandalama, and catch a glimpse of the island’s elusive nocturnal wildlife.
Heritance Tea Factory is the ideal base for exploring the lush landscapes of Sri Lanka, from the sacred cone of Sripada to the tumbling water at the majestic Kurundu Oya Falls. In this corner of the country, travellers are rewarded with spectacular vistas of the island, safe in the knowledge that a warm welcome at the Tea Factory will round off a day’s exploring.
Foodies are spoilt for choice at Heritance Kandalama, tucked away near Dambulla. A wealth of cuisines awaits: from exquisite fusion flavours served with flair at Kaludiya restaurant to traditional Ceylonese fare at Kanchana. For an extra special twist, enjoy an organic Sri Lankan picnic in a paddy field or a romantic dinner in a candle-lit cave.
Discover more about Heritance’s luxurious venues at heritancehotels.com