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Camellia Hills

Camellia Hills, Kandy & The Hill Country

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Live the life of a modern-day tea planter at Camellia Hills, a luxurious five-bedroom boutique bungalow nestled in Sri Lanka’s verdant Hill Country. Overlooking a mirror-still reservoir, the panoramic views of the Castlereagh Valley are simply stunning. Soak up the scenery on a hike through the tea fields or explore the trails on mountain bikes before returning to the comfort of the bungalow with its refreshing infinity swimming pool and roaring open fires.

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Camellia Hills
  • rooms

    There are only five rooms at Camellia Hills, each unique in design and layout yet equally comfortable and luxurious.

    The cosiest are the two Camellia Bedrooms (Norton & Maskeliya) while the three roomier Lakeview Bedrooms (Dickoya, Osbourne & Warleigh) boast far-reaching views of the Castlereagh Valley through picture windows and private furnished garden terraces.

    Norton, to the front of the bungalow, is a Castlereagh Lake-facing room with king-sized four-poster bed, sitting area and en-suite bathroom (shower only). Twin-bedded Maskeliya gazes south easterly across a lush hillside with a private garden-view terrace (shower only).

    Dickoya is a big family-friendly bedroom bathed in light. It’s en-suite bathroom, with bathtub, connects it with a second single room with pull-out trundle bed, making it suitable for families of four. Osbourne is unique for its twin aspect mountainside and lake-facing views, and has a private decked terrace and big en-suite bathroom with rain shower and bathtub. Warleigh, on the lower ground floor, opens directly onto the lawn through three sets of French windows. It’s roomy and secluded, and a favourite with honeymooners.


  • facilities & activities

    A combination of spectacular scenery and a temperate climate makes Camellia Hills a superb place to get active.

    Enjoy scenic hikes from the bungalow through the carefully manicured tea estates on your own or accompanied by a guide and learn more about the age-old tea production process with a tea factory visit. Mountain Bikes are available for guests to use and the islands on the reservoir can be explored by boat, offering the perfect setting for a picnic lunch with a view! If you’re interested in learning more about lifestyle of the British planters in this part of the Hill Country, take a trip across the reservoir to the quaint Warleigh Church, a tiny church built in 1878 by British planters.

    For the more adventurous you can hike up Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka’s fifth highest peak, or go white-water rafting at Kitugala (approx. 75 min drive). Seven high quality, class II and III rapids and temperate waters make the Kelani a premier introduction to the sport of white-water or an exciting choice for experienced rafters!


  • dining

    Guests stay on an all-inclusive basis which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, complimentary soft drinks, beer and house wine, alcohol with mixers and tea or coffee throughout the day. 

    Dining at Camelia Hills is relaxed, personalised and atmospheric. There is a cosy open plan lounge with fireplace, and guests can dine indoors or on an open-sided terrace while gazing at the far-reaching valley views.

  • family

    Children of all ages are welcome at Camellia Hills, and while there are no dedicated kid’s facilities as such there are certainly plenty of opportunities to enjoy this beautiful region of Sri Lanka together as a family!

    The Dickoya room is ideal for families with plenty of space and a connecting second single room with pull-out trundle bed.

  • location

    Camellia Hills is perched on the side of the valley overlooking Castlereagh Reservoir, the closest town is Dickoya, a bustling settlement standing at an elevation of 1,200-metres.The hotel is 5 hours from Colombo by car but one of the best ways to travel into the Hill Country is by train from Kandy, and the closest railway station to Camellia Hills is Hatton, a busy provincial town with a lively local market approx. 20 km from the hotel.

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