We enjoyed mouth-watering Sri Lankan meals, experienced the wonders of the local flora & fauna and were entertained by the most knowledgeable, gracious and generous hosts. - Australia | We want to thank you for the unforgettable days in your wonderful Nature Paradise in the middle of Sr Lanka. We enjoyed your warm hospitality and felt like at home – Switzerland | It was great to walk on the estate and to learn about its history, your ancestors, the enormous variety of trees and flowers, etc. We hope to see you back in Sri Lanka or in Belgium – Belgium | You took us to your fireplace to watch our breakfast rolls frying. We climbed your paths up through the giant bamboo and laughed at the monkey, cooling off in your soaking pool – Alaska, U.S.A. | A huge thanks to Emil and Arlene for such a warm, welcome, wonderful and interesting stay. This is a rich introduction to Sri Lankan culture, food, flora and fauna - U.K | We loved the food, the stories, the history and the environment - Saudi Arabia |
HPH is truly a unique destination for anyone visiting the "Land Like No Other".
Emil is an award-winning columnist who has returned to his ancestral home after 30+ years in Canada to develop Halgolla Plantation Home (HPH) as a unique diversified plantation & Home Stay, paying particular attention to the social responsibility of enhancing the wage-earning capacity of peasant women in particular. His enthusiasm for work of this kind stems from his experience working with Aboriginal people in Canada’s north.
Arlene has retired to the bucolic surroundings of Halgolla after holding senior positions in many public and private enterprises in Colombo and Kandy. At HPH, her warmth and management of the household ensure the comfort of their guests.
Apart from the knowledge of Sri Lanka and its people that Emil & Arlene readily share with their guests, HPH has a great deal to recommend it, beginning with its serenity, natural scenic beauty, spacious comforts, self-directed walking trails and extensive nature, bird life and wildlife.
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All of Halgolla Plantation Home's (HPH’s) more than thirty varieties of fruit will be available to guests, in season, and many as jams, jellies, and cordials, all preservative free and organically grown. Here's a sampling.
If you choose to spend some of your Sri Lankan time at HPH, you will be assured not only of the exceptional hospitality of your hosts but a travel experience not matched anywhere at any price. Simply put, HPH’s combination of exceptional hospitality and personal attention from your hosts is without equal.
HPH's strategic location makes day trips simple to arrange and easy to accomplish, among them trips to Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle and lesser-known, but interesting and important locations of historical and archeological interest particularly in the immediate neighbourhood, such as the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya – one of the finest in the world - Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium and the two war cemeteries, one harking back to the two World Wars and the other to British colonial times, enabling half day trips to a variety of fascinating sites.
Most of the cooking at Halgolla Plantation Home is done on the traditional Sri Lankan open hearth in clay utensils. Visitors are welcome to observe and assist in the preparation of food for their meals and the processing of our plantation products.
The numerous, Self-guided Walking Trails, around HPH take you through scenic routes and the Soaking Pool is a favourite spot at which to relax.
Adventure camping at a site of your choice on one of HPH’s easily accessible Walking Trails is yet another new HPH initiative!
HPH has been awarded the "Certificate of Excellence" on TripAdvisor, a designation that honors hospitality businesses "that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Properties that are awarded the Certificate of Excellence demonstrate hospitality excellence and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.”
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From Colombo - 117 Km - 3 Hrs 20 Mins
From Airport - 94.3 Km - 2 Hrs 30 Mins
From Kurunegala - 24.1 K -, 40 Mins
From Kandy - 22.5 Km - 45 Mins
Halgolla Plantation Home provides spacious accommodation for up to eight guests in three suites:
The lush vegetation and mild climate at Halgolla Plantation Home (HPH) make the area ideal for wild boar, macaque monkeys, chevrotains (“mouse deer”), muntjacs (“barking deer”), pangolins (scaly anteater), porcupines, giant squirrels and flying squirrels.
More than sixty species of birds await those guests interested in bird-watching, as well as over 60 species of butterflies and dragonflies.
For those whose interest lies in hiking, nature walks or exploring the rugged terrain, the opportunities are endless. Most guests enjoy the relaxation of a leisurely stroll around the garden, down to the adjacent stream or along the footpaths radiating from home base. For those who prefer a more vigorous walk, hiking trails of moderate difficulty start from the house.
There are a number of places of great historical, architectural, archaeological and zoological interest within a 35 km radius of Halgolla Plantation Home (HPH). These include the (Kandy) Temple of the Tooth, the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya – one of the finest in the world, Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium and the war-time cemeteries, one harking back to the two World Wars and the other to British colonial times.
Tours to one or more of these locations can be arranged as one-day-trips while staying at HPH. All you need to do is to let us know in advance and we will do the rest, including organising a driver cum guide to accompany you.