Imagine waking up to the sounds of birds chirping outside your room, you then open your front door to one of the most spectacular views imaginable – majestic mountains, lush green valleys and tea plantations, crystal clear streams and even the occasional deer or giant squirrel.
Take a deep breath of the fresh air and pinch yourself – no, you’re not dreaming…This is Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, the first of its kind in Sri Lanka offering a revolutionary and contemporary concept to the traditional warmth and hospitality that Sri Lanka is famous for.
Nestled on a picturesque tea plantation, on the Knuckles Mountain Range 1000 meters above sea level, Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge will treat travelers to magnificent views, top class facilities, friendly and courteous service and plenty of things to see and do.
Located on a picturesque 25 acre tea plantation just 30 km away from Sri Lanka’s hill capital of Kandy and approximately 150 km away from Colombo, Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge commands a majestic view of the UNESCO World Heritage Knuckles Mountain Range – so called due to its shape similar to the knuckles of a clenched fist.
The quaint little hamlet of Madulkelle with it colourful and happy people is just 1.5 km away. The village is inhabited mainly by Tamils of Indian origin, originally brought down to Sri Lanka in the late 1800s by the British planters to help them with their tea plantations.
The Madulkelle village is a typical Sri Lankan town featuring a hospital, post office, schools and plenty of shops catering to the basic needs of its residents.
The close proximity of the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge to Kandy makes it an ideal location from which to explore not only the historic town of Kandy, but also attractions such as the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya as well as the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela.
Wake up every morning to sounds of birds chirping outside your room and open your front door to one of the most breathtaking views imaginable – mist covered mountains, lush green valleys, crystal clear streams and even the occasional deer or giant squirrel.
The Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge offers 18 secluded lodges with comfortable amenities, specially designed to make your next holiday in Sri Lanka a truly unforgettable one.
All lodges are made of high quality tarpaulin canvas specially imported from South Africa. This is the very same material used by many world renowned safari camps especially in campsites all over Africa. Each lodge at the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge can hold a maximum of 3 people
Superior Suite is among the lush green tea field with the magnificent view of Knuckles Mountain range and fresh morning breathing
Honeymoon Suite is among the lush green tea field with the magnificent view of Knuckles Mountain range
Guests staying at the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge will appreciate the many facilities and services on offer. Some of these facilities include, a real colonial style “planter’s” estate house with:
- Reception, welcome area and Information Desk
- A Library with Internet Access and a Business Center
- An English styled estate Lounge Bar with an impressive stock of beverages
- A Grand Dining Room and Restaurant with a cozy fireplace
- A stand alone Infinity Pool offering fabulous views of the Madulkelle Village as well as the majestic Knuckles Mountain range
- Seating Areas placed within the tea estate, ideal for a quiet read, meditation or just to spend some quiet time alone with nature
- An Organic Vegetable and Herb Garden yielding fresh vegetables and herbs all year round helps our Chef to prepare fresh and delicious meals daily
- Drivers’ and guides’ live-in quarters with Onsite Parking
Set right on the middle of tea plantation , offers four uniquely designed couple’s treatment in the secluded treatment tent pavilions . The beautiful Knuckel’s rage view with the sounds of birds and the water of the adjoining crystal clear stream.
Highly skilled therapists use a variety of natural products to provide a comprehensive range of award-winning signature treatments, and rejuvenation and wellness specialties of the region.
Some of the best visiting practitioners offer guests personal consultations and holistic therapies to achieve a better state of mind and more fulfilling life experiences.
Wedding & Honeymoon
Celebrate your love with a truly romantic and traditional Hindu or Sri Lankan wedding ceremony under the cool shade. Then cuddle together on the patio and watch the sunset over the misty mountain tops. Or better still enjoy a candle lit dinner under a quiet starry night.
With awe-inspiring scenery which literally makes time stand still, the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge is an absolute haven for honeymooners. With only the vast mountain range in the foreground, absolute privacy and serenity is guaranteed! Even meals can be served directly at your patio.
Sri Lanka’s hill capital of Kandy is nestled picturesquely surrounded by mountains and rivers just 115 km away from Colombo and just 30 km away from the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge.
Kandy features the most sacred of all Buddhist shrines – the temple of the tooth or The Dalada Maligawa, which holds the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha. This is also the location in which the annual Esala Perahera, one of the most sought after and popular cultural pageants in the world, takes place.
Other popular attractions in and around Kandy include the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, the picturesque Victoria Golf Course and the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawela.
Dambulla and Sigiriya
The historic city of Dambulla is just a 2 hour drive away from the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge and features the Golden Temple and the Dambulla Rock. The caves on this rock feature a mixture of religious and worldly paintings and sculptures.
A 3 hour drive from the Madullkelle Tea and Eco Lodge will take you to Sigiriya or the Lion Rock which is considered by many as the 8th wonder of the ancient world.
This magnificent rock fortress built in the 5th century A.D. by King Kasyapa is world-renowned for its ‘Mirror Wall’ consisting of poems and text carved by those who visited the rock many years ago and for its magnificent frescoes, similar to the Ajantha frescoes of India.
Tea Plantation/ Factory Visit
Unravel the mysteries and discover the secrets that go into making that perfect cup of Ceylon tea. Find out how the tea leaves plucked by the female estate workers are sorted and processed into making Sri Lanka’s favourite beverage.
Hiking and Trekking
From lush green tea plantations to sweeping vistas the Knuckles Range is an absolute paradise for trekkers and hikers.
Trek through quaint little trails winding across crystal clear streams, gorgeous waterfalls, dense forests and even terraced paddy fields, while you enjoy the coolness and fresh air of the Sri Lankan countryside.
The Knuckles Mountain range which surrounds the Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge is a truly unique ecosystem compared to the rest of Sri Lanka’s central hills.
More than 120 bird species have been sighted here including endemic species such as the Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Dusky-Blue Flycatcher, Ceylon Lorikeet, Ceylon Grackle, Yellow-Eared Bulbul and Layard’s Parakeet.
Spend a night camping and roughing it out on the mountains. Our expert tracker will accompany you and help you find the best camping sites. If you’re an outdoors/ off-the beaten-track person, then this is a fantastic option to try out and get up close and personal with nature.
From the rare White Sambhur to the Barking Deer, Mouse Deer and the Giant Squirrel to the more star attractions such as Elephants and Leopards, the Knuckles Range offers plenty for the wildlife buff. In addition to this, thousands of unique and diverse species of fauna and flora are also available here.