Close to the town of Bandarawela, are many sites of historic and cultural value. Short drives away from the estate you will be spoiled for choice by the variety of things you can experience.
Nuwara Eliya: 1.5 hrs:
Considered to be the Queen of hill resorts and fondly known as ‘Little England’, Nuwara Eliya lies in the Central highlands at an altitude of 1868m.
Samuel Baker founded it as a popular hill resort for the British during the colonial area.
Many buildings including the Hill Club and the Grand Hotel retain wonderful colonial features and allows visitors to wallow in its nostalgia.
It boasts one of Asia’s most beautiful golf courses, a manmade lake and wonderful gardens making it ideal for long walks, treks, bird watching and pure relaxation.
Horton Plains: 1 hr
The grassy plateau lies south of Nuwara Eliya at 2130m and is secluded and haunting. Rare species of birds and butterflies can be spotted by the lucky few who venture there. Your eyes will be delighted by the blood red dodendhrons, flowering primroses and bright yellow daffodils.
Luck being on your side, you may spot leopards, the Sri Lankan sambar deer and the endemic purple faced langur.
Ella Gap: 40mins
North of Haputale, is ‘Ella’. Famed for its stunning views of ‘Ella Gap’ which overlooks a spectacular gap in the southern mountain wall where the land falls away in a scenic drop of down to the coastal plain a mighty 1000m below on towards ‘Dondra Lighthouse’- The southernmost point of the Island.
Bogoda Bridge: 1 hr
Only roofed 16th century Kandyan bridge left in Sri Lanka. Constructed entirely of wood with massive tree trunks for buttresses. No nails have been used in the construction.
Demodara Railway Loop: ˝ hr
The railway loop was designed and built during the British Colonial period in the shape of a turban, this railroad loop is a unique feature in the hill country. The rail track goes around the mountain in a loop and through a tunnel beneath the Demodara Railway Station.
Rawana Ella: 45 mins
A beautiful natural wonder associated with legend is the Rawana Ella (Ravana Falls) located near the village of Udunuwara on the Ella-Wellawaya Road. A cave ("cave of gold") hidden behind the falls is believed to be one of several places where Rawana hid his lovely Indian Princess Sita after abducting her.
Other Waterfalls nearby:
• Diyaluma Falls
• Bambarakanda Falls
Udawalawe National Park: 1.5 hrs
Yala National Park: 2.5 hrs
Originally the country seat of Sir Thomas Villiers, the house is designed in Tudor style to resemble the Leeds castle in Kent. Every detail an Elizabethan country mansion with gardens laid out in the traditional English manner. Today Adisham is primarily a monastery, where a small community of six novices and a few monks follow a schedule of prayer, meditation, work and service. Adisham has made itself famous for fine products such as strawberry jam, orange marmalade, wild guava jelly and fresh fruit cordials.