The SpaceThe Hideaway Bandarawela which consists of 08 rooms with terrific views, is snuggled against a mountain range with unrestricted views across the valley towards Badulla and the Namunukula range about 30 kilometers away. This little gem is “The hotel” for the honeymooners, writers and for people who want complete solitude from the hustle and bustle of city life, with only the sound of falling water to break the harmony of nature.
The 08 modern rooms are set in three different levels to ensure privacy and offer the best vistas of the valley below. All rooms come standard with modern en-suite with partial wooden floor in the bed room to keep the chill out at nights. Hot & cold water comes standard and has room service and telephone. Queen size beds with warm down comforters are great to snuggle in the night and keep you warm and cozy during the night.
Deluxe: Spacious rooms overlooking the great valley below, ideally suited for honeymooners as they are very cozy and intimate. A queen sized bed, a wardrobe, telephone, tea/coffee are offered standard along with a great down comforter for those very chilly Bandarawela nights. All rooms are provided with room service and en-suite bathroom with hot/cold running water.
A uniquely placed roof top terrace offer the best views in the crispy clear Bandarawela nights and the jeweled necklace of the milky-way stretches across the heavens at night. Little pin points of light far away will remind you gently how secluded you are and the chilly wind will whisper across your ears and lull you to a well earned sleep.
Family Room: Large airy rooms with two separate queen size beds along with telephone, tea/coffee, wardrobe space ideal for a small family on vacation. Aimed at the great space beyond the hotel, is serviced by room service, and en-suite is complete with running hot/cold water. Guest AccessThis picturesque little town reminds of everything in miniature, but with some of the greatest views all around. The British Tea Baron, Sir Thomas Lipton had his retreat here to enjoy over his spoils of this far flung corner of the empire and viewed his tea empire from the “Lipton’s seat”. The climate reminds you of Nuware Eliya though not so chilly and it doesn’t pour down whenever the sky feels like. Bandarawela is hailed as possessing one of the healthiest climates in the world, & nothing much has happened here to change that. For the better part of the year the climate remains the best for trekking with the wind cooling you down on your grueling walks as the terrain is rarely straight. Interaction with GuestsThe chef would be glad to cook whatever you might want to have, of course the choice is yours to either be on pension basis or set menu. The food comes without the additives as in these parts of Sri Lanka, cooks love to show their prowess in whatever they cook rather than get outside help to do it.
This is the vegetable and tea country so best you enjoy both in their freshest form, though the hotel doesn’t grow any right now, it’s only a matter of time before you see the vegetable patches and flowers adorning the garden below. The NeighborhoodLipton’s Seat: (30 Minutes) Today, Bandarawela is known for its great climate, tea gardens stretching for miles, fresh vegetables, unspoiled and tranquil beauty, and the moment you leave the little town behind and retreat into The Hideaway Banadarawela, en-route to Lipton’s seat. This is the lookout post of the British tea baron, Sir Thomas Lipton who amassed a fortune from his tea empire during the colonial era and used to sit on this very seat located in Dambetenna Estate, enjoying the great view. Almost all tea gardens across the gap and the valley belonged to him.
Dhowa temple: (30 minutes) a Buddhist shrine located about six kilometers from the town dates back to the first century BC, during which period King Walagambahu retreated to this area to mass troupes to fights the Cholas. Bandarawela was converted into the capital city during the WWII by the British and most of the colonial past remains in the town, most famous being the Cargill’s building and the St.Thomas college church.
Adisham Hall: (30 minutes) Built by the former chairman, Sir Thomas Villiers of George Steuart Co, a trading agency in Ceylon. The Tudor style mansion was said to have built with material imported from Britain under the architects of Booth & Webster. The mansion has changed hands several times after the retirement of Sir Villiers. The mansion has now been converted into a monastery of the St.Sylvester.
Ravana & Diyaluma Falls: (45 minutes) Half days trekking or more if you plan to have a picnic lunch. Bandarawela is the eco and the trekking capital of Sri Lanka, though the terrain is never flat, it’s not physically taxing due to the glorious climate of Banadarawela. The Ravana falls is the broadest (30 ft) and most furious of waterfalls of Sri Lanka, just like the mythical king of the Valmiki Ramayan after whom it’s named. Dilyaluma is off Poonagala road (same road as the hotel) is the 3rd highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. This trek is offered under an experienced guide with picnic lunch of return back to the hotel for lunch.
Horton Plain’s: (full days trek) A UNESCO world heritage wilderness area, designated for it bio diversity and cloud forest. It is the most important catchment area of Sri Lanka. Most of the major rivers of Sri Lanka start here on their way to sea. The route to Horton plains from Banadarawela falls via Diyathalawa and Ohiya or one could use the train to get to Ohiya and walk the last five kilometers on foot. This is offered as a guided tour under an experienced guide with picnic lunch.
Tea Estate & woods trail: Bandarawela as you’ll see is one massive tea estate from one end to the other and jungle on the other where elk, sambur and wild boar roam. Most of the trails here are stepped and easy to navigate but never straight and almost continuous climb, up or down. Most of the forests around are montane though many Cyprus patches are also found. Walk along the narrow paths the tea plucker’s use on their daily routine relishing the numerous little waterfalls along way. Stop and join in their work or just watch how their delicate fingers dance across the tea bushes plucking the perfect two and a half leaves, and their shrouded smiles.
Ella Gap: (30 Minutes) The famed gap of the Uva mountain range, where two ranges drop down 3,000 ft to the coastal peneplain, creating one of the most spectacular sceneries. The location is also famous for adventure sports and trekking where the terrain creates some of the toughest challenges for the trekker. On a clear day one could enjoy views of the great Basses lighthouses in the distance. Other Things to NoteBandarawela, just 40 minutes from Haputale, has always been a hideaway to Sri Lankan’s in a true sense of the word. During the WWII this is where the empire building British retreated when faced with the might of the Empire of the Rising Sun, who came knocking on their back door. Today Bandarawela is much more of a laid back town of tea estates and vegetable famers. Welcome to the eco and trekking capital of Sri Lanka.