About Us

HPH is truly a unique destination for anyone visiting the "Land Like No Other".

Halgolla Plantation Home - HPH - Hosts, Emil & Arlene

Emil & Arlene, your hosts

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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Halgolla Plantation Home -HPH fruits of our garden

A selection of fruits from our garden

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.

Halgolla Plantation - HPH - Food and Processing

HPH Food and Processing

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 Reviews

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.”

HPH has also been reviewed in the Sunday Times of Sri Lanka, the Colombo Gazette, in the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Leader.

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Location of HPH

 Distance in Kilometres(Km) and approximate time for travel

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

Choice of Rooms

Halgolla Plantation Home provides spacious accommodation for up to eight guests in three suites:

  • NELLIE’S SUITE

    FAMILY ROOM
  • Halgolla Plantation Home - HPH - Nellie'e Suite
  •   Sleeps Four
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  • Common to all rooms

      Breakfast Included
      Other meals on request
      Cash Only
      No credit cards
      Check-In 12 noon
      Check-Out 10 am
      Airport transfers arranged
  • BEN’S BEDROOM

    (Sleeps two)
  • Halgolla Plantation Home - HPH - Ben's Room
  •   Sleeps Two
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  • Common to all rooms

      Free Wifi
      Extra large garden
      Free Parking
      Pets not allowed
      Smoking areas
      Common Lounge & TV
      Children above five welcome
  • SELVAGAMINI ROOM

    (Sleeps two)
  • Halgolla Plantation Home - HPH - Selva Gamini Room
  •   Sleeps Two
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  • Common to all rooms

      Fan Included
      Mosquito net
      Garden View
      Shower with hot water
      Walking in the garden
      Tours arranged
      Free driver accommodation

Our Services

Halgolla Plantation Home - HPH - Our Services, Nature and Hiking

Nature & Hiking in and around the Halgolla Plantation Home


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.


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Halgolla Plantation Home - HPH - Our Services, Morning “Walk-about” (guided tour) & Planter’s Lunch
Morning “Walk-about” (guided tour) & Planter’s Lunch

This is an exceptional opportunity available to those able to spend only a day at HPH.

Starting as early in the day as is convenient, guests are conducted on a tour through the Vanilla field, the Cinnamon patch, the Soaking Pool, Boulder Path and Meditation Flat, accompanied by a comprehensive description of the spices and other flora grown, harvested and processed on Halgolla Plantation Home; the fauna sharing HPH with its owners; and the history of the van der Poorten family which has resided here since the mid-1800s.

A journey along the Walking Trails of HPH is an experience completely out of the ordinary and will end with a drink of thambili (King Coconut) water, lime juice or a similar thirst-quencher and a noon repast of Sri Lankan cuisine which can only be adequately described by those who’ve lunched at the HPH table!

Experience all of this for a modest $(US)70 per person, with a maximum of 4 per group.

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"Walk-about" & Planter’s Lunch reservation form

Halgolla Plantation Home - HPH - Our Services, Visit places of interest close-by

Visit places of interest close-by. Tours arranged on request


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.


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