Kandy & The Hill Country
Borderlands

Tucked away in the jungle, in Sri Lanka’s adrenalin-capital Kithulgala, lies this peaceful camp perched on the banks of the river.

Along with spectacular views of the lush mountains, verdant landscape and pristine tea terraces, the camp offers comfortable tents, rustic wooden cabins and stilted chalets with storybook thatched roofs. It’s a great base for soft-adventure lovers en-route to or from Sri Lanka’s Hill Country.

Facilities & Activities

Start the day with a peaceful coffee on your private deck as you listen to the sounds of the river below. Then, launch into an action-packed day on its waters. The campsite offers all manner of thrills and spills with kayaking, canoeing, rafting and canyoning on offer. The reputable adventure tour company has extensive experience with outdoor activities and follows strict safety guidelines, always with an emphasis on nature conservation. Alongside the exhilarating choices on offer, you’ll enjoy breath-taking scenery all around with mountains, rainforest and, of course, tea and rubber plantations.

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Dining

A feast of fragrant Sri Lankan dishes are served up each evening in The Long House. There are also International dishes for those who want a break from curry and rice, and the chef will happily adapt any of his dishes to suit. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style with a plentiful options and, of course, the much appreciated tea and cake in the afternoon. In the evening, as the sun sets, enjoy your sun-downer as you take in the views below.

Rooms

This is comfortable camping at its best and the mountain-river setting is idyllic.

There are 4 Tents on stilted platforms set out over the river and all have authentic thatched roofs to keep you warm and dry. The interiors are cosy and simple with twin beds (which can be configured as a double), mosquito netting and small side tables. If you prefer solid walls, there are 6 Wooden Cabins that have recently been refurbished. Three side walls can be opened during the day and then closed for privacy at night. Have a well-earned drink on your private terrace and enjoy the breath-taking view.

If you want or need a little more space, there are 2 Wooden Chalets with attached bathrooms. These are also set high on stilts with spectacular views and have twin beds, bathrooms and open-air showers. Or, for a real back-to-nature experience, you can bathe in the river instead.

Family

Children are welcome here and will love the camping and tropical setting. The activities are all well supervised and suitable for children aged 6+ ensuring days are fun filled and action packed. Back at the camp, supervised swimming is allowed in the river and they’ll love toasting marshmallows over the campfire.

The buffet style eating provides plenty of choice for smaller ones and the wooden cabins are ideal for a family – easily accommodating 3-5 people.

Please note that whilst the setting is extraordinary, it isn’t suitable for babies, toddlers and younger children. It is also worth highlighting that many cabins (but not all) do not have a private or en-suite bathroom and instead there are communal washrooms.

Sustainability

At Borderlands they ensure sustainability is a part of everyday hotel practice and also within activities that they put on for guests. This includes:

  • Handing out reusable metal bottles to guests to cut down on levels of plastic.
  • Installing composting toilet systems.
  • Providing employment opportunity for less fortunate families in the local area.
  • Rain water harvesting.
  • Solar power generation.
  • An above water exhaust system for all boats that go out for whale watching to reduce disruption for marine wildlife.

Location

Borderlands is found in the little town of Kitulagala in the Western foothills between the West coast and the central highlands of Sri Lanka. The town is famed for its white-water rafting and jungle adventure.

The historical sites of Kandy or Hatton are around 1.5 – 2.5 hours away, so the camp is a great stop-off point between the two. If you are heading straight from the Airport, the drive is around 3 hours.

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