The Planters House

Monarakanda Estate,

Nandimale

Koslanda, Uva Province

90190, Sri Lanka

 

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Reservations: +94 (0)76 348 4411

Hotel: +94 (0)77 683 6955

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DAY TRIPS

Adisham House, Haputale

St. Benedict Monastery

Adisham Bungalow is an early twentieth-century British period building, which was modelled on Leeds Castle in Kent, England. Sir Thomas Villiers, a distinguished British resident in Sri Lanka, used it as his country house. Sir Thomas spared no expense to ensure that his country home was luxurious. The roof was covered with flat Burma teak shingles.  The doors, windows, panelling, staircase and floors were also of Burma teak. The spacious rooms of the house contain handsome fireplaces to keep the inhabitants warm.

 

Later it became a Benedictine Monastery. The community still maintains the orchards surrounding the monastery and the Monks, with the help of a few village workers, cultivate strawberries, guavas, Seville oranges and other vegetables.

 

It is famed for its orchards, roses & market gardens, and the fruit of the orchards is used to produce Adisham’s renowned natural jams, cordials and jellies.

A trip to Adisham House could be done in conjunction with the Dambatenne Tea Factory and Lipton's Seat. 

Buduruwagala Rock Carvings

Religious & Architecture

Buduruwagala is an ancient Buddhist temple. It is located about 6.4 km (4 miles) southeast of Wellawaya in Monaragala district. The temple is thought to have been a hermitage for monks. The name Buduruwagala is derived from the words for Buddha (Budu), images (ruva) and stone (gala).

 

There are seven statues, which date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe, and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. The central of the three figures to the Buddha's right is thought to be the Buddhist mythological figure-the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. To the left of this white painted figure is a female figure in the thrice-bent posture, which is thought to be his consort, Tara. The largest of the standing Buddha statues is 51 feet (16 m) from head to toe; it is the largest standing Buddha statue in Sri Lanka.

 

By the right foot of the Buddha statue is a hole carved in the shape of the flame from an oil lamp. From this hole percolates an oil that smells of mustard which was used by devotees to anoint their foreheads before presenting themselves to Tara Devi or Vajrapani to seek cures for their ailments.

You could combine this trip with a visit to Diyaluma Falls, as you will drive past it on your way to the carvings.

Dambatenne Tea Factory

Dambatenne tea factory is one of Sri Lanka’s tea processing centres. Sir Thomas Lipton lived on this estate and the factory still maintains most of the machinery used one century ago. The opportunity to visit and watch those traditional production techniques as well as try different kinds of tea makes this a fascinating trip.

 

You can combine this trip with a visit to Lipton’s Seat (and also Adisham House).

Diyaluma Falls

Diyaluma Falls is 220 m (720 ft) high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is situated 6 km (3.7 miles) east of Koslanda on Beragala to Wellawaya road. The falls are formed by Punagala Oya (river), a tributary of Kuda Oya which, in turn, is a tributary of Kirindi Oya.

 

In Sinhalese, Diyaluma or Diya Haluma means "rapid flow of water" or "liquid light”.

 

Diyaluma is rich in folklore. One story tells of how a king fell in love with a young woman belonging to a lower caste. The king's subjects were outraged by their affair, so the lovers decided to flee. When they arrived at the site of the fall, they began to climb. The king made it to the top of the falls, but the creeper which the woman was hanging onto became entangled in the rocks and she fell and plunged to her death. The tears shed by the king in his grief were collected by a god and turned into the falls as we see it today.

You could combine this trip with a visit to the Buduruwagala Rock Carvings.

Lipton’s Seat

The highest point that you can see from the House is the famous Lipton’s Seat. This place was a favourite look-out point for the Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton. From here, he could survey his expanding empire. The point has fabulous views over Uva, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Eastern provinces.

 

From the House, the ascent to Lipton’s Seat takes up to 3 hours. Depending on the time you go, you may see the tea pluckers going off to or coming back from work.

You can combine this trip with a visit to the Dambatenne Tea Factory (and also Adisham House).

Adam's Peak

Landmark and Pilgrimage (Long Full Day Trip)

The soaring summit of Adam’s Peak, at 2,243 m, is one of Sri Lanka’s most striking natural landmarks and one of its most celebrated places of pilgrimage. The ascent of Adam’s Peak is traditionally made by night, allowing you to reach the top in time for dawn, which offers the best chance of seeing the incredible views free from cloud, as well as a chance a glimpsing the peak’s mysterious shadow. Most visitors climb the mountain during the pilgrimage season, which starts on the Duruthu poya day in December or January and continues until the Vesak poya in May.

 

The mountain has inspired many legends due to the unusual depression at its summit, the Sri Pada or Sacred Footprint. The original Buddhist story claims that this is the footprint of the Buddha himself, made at the request of the local god Saman; different faiths subsequently modified this to suit their own contrasting theologies. Sometime around the eighth century, Muslims began to claim the footprint to be that of Adam, who is said to have first set foot on earth here after being cast out of heaven, and who stood on the mountain’s summit on one leg in penitence until his sins were forgiven – Hindu tradition, meanwhile, claimed that the footprint was created by Shiva. Many centuries later, the colonial Portuguese attempted to rescue the footprint for the Christian faith, claiming that it belonged to St Thomas, the founder of the religion in India, though no one seems to have ever taken this random assertion very seriously. Despite all these rival claims, Adam’s Peak remains an essentially Buddhist place of worship. The mountain has been a place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years.

Bogoda Bridge & Temple

Religious & Architecture (Full Day Trip)

The Bogoda Wooden Bridge was built in the 16th century and is said to be the oldest surviving wooden bridge in Sri Lanka. All parts of the bridge were constructed from wood, including the use of wooden nails; it is said that the wooden planks all came from one tree. The roof tiles show a strong influence of the Kandyan Kingdom. The bridge was built across the Gallanda Oya (river), which linked Badulla and Kandy on an ancient route.

 

The ancient Buddhist temple is situated beside the Bogoda Wooden Bridge and has a history dating back to the 1st century BC, during the period of the Anuradhapura era. The stone inscription by the temple, in Brahmin scripture, says the temple was donated to a priest called Brahmadatta by Tissa, a provincial leader in Badulla.

 

Inside the temple were elaborate wall paintings, bearing resemblance to the Kandyan era. The walls were built with a paste made of cotton wool, bee honey and extracted and purified white clay.

Arugam Bay

East Coast Beach and Surfing (Long Full Day Trip)

Arugam Bay is a moon-shaped beach and is home to a famed point break that many regard as the best surf spot in the country. It's a tiny place and everything is dotted along a single road which runs along the coast.

 

If you’re not a surfer, there are plenty of other attractions with an easy-going atmosphere: beachfront restaurants, fishing trips and various water sports. During the low season (November to April) things get very quiet and some places shut up shop altogether, but it can also be a beautiful time to visit, with few tourists and glistening green landscapes.

Hakgala Gardens

Botanic Gardens (Full Day Trip)

Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1861, under George Henry Kendrick Thwaites as an experimental cultivation of Cinchona, a commercial crop thriving at the time. Subsequently, it was turned into an experimental Tea cultivation garden. In 1884 it was transformed into the Hakgala Botanical Garden. Since then many sub-tropical and some temperate plants were added to the gardens.

 

In folklore, it says that the Sri Lankan demon, King Ravana, after abducting the goddess Sita, kept her hidden in this area, which was later offered to her as a pleasure garden.

 

There are over 10,000 species of flora planted in the grounds and the garden is particularly famous for the impressive number of species of orchids and roses.

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