• Halgolla Plantation Home
Halgolla 50 Acre Estate, Galagedera, 20100, Sri Lanka
Halgolla Plantation Home (HPH) is not simply a "bed and breakfast" establishment, but accommodation that offers you the opportunity to be guests of the owners in the ancestral home of a family that has lived here for three generations. HPH is situated off the beaten track in the mid-country of Sri Lanka, 20 kms from Kandy and Kurunegala. It is ideal for exploring the Kandyan hills, or as a jumping-off point for visits to places of historical and cultural interest all around the country.
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  • Halgolla Plantation Home
    Halgolla Plantation Home
  • Ben's Bedroom
    Ben's Bedroom
  • Nellie's Suite
    Nellie's Suite
  • SelvaGamini Room
    SelvaGamini Room
  • Ben's Bedroom
    Ben's Bedroom
  • Nellie's Suite Desk
    Nellie's Suite Desk
  • Nellie's Suite Single Bed
    Nellie's Suite Single Bed
  • SelvaGamini Room
    SelvaGamini Room
  • Dining Room
    Dining Room
  • Fruit Tray
    Fruit Tray
  • Jams from HPH produce
    Jams from HPH produce
  • Lunch buffet
    Lunch buffet
  • Sitting area
    Sitting area
  • Sitting Room
    Sitting Room
  • Stained Glass
    Stained Glass
  • Front Door With Stained Glass
    Front Door With Stained Glass
  • Front Garden
    Front Garden
  • Front Garden
    Front Garden
  • Hammock
    Hammock
  • Halgolla Plantation Home Sign
    Halgolla Plantation Home Sign
  • Inside The Gate
    Inside The Gate
  • Emil & Arlene
    Emil & Arlene
  • Halgolla Plantation Home
  • Boulder Path
    Boulder Path
  • Halgolla Plantation Home
  • Ben's Bedroom
  • Nellie's Suite
  • SelvaGamini Room
  • Ben's Bedroom
  • Nellie's Suite Desk
  • Nellie's Suite Single Bed
  • SelvaGamini Room
  • Dining Room
  • Fruit Tray
  • Jams from HPH produce
  • Lunch buffet
  • Sitting area
  • Sitting Room
  • Stained Glass
  • Front Door With Stained Glass
  • Front Garden
  • Front Garden
  • Hammock
  • Halgolla Plantation Home Sign
  • Inside The Gate
  • Emil & Arlene
  • Halgolla Plantation Home
  • Boulder Path

General Information

Gracious living at Halgolla Plantation Home

Halgolla Plantation Home provides spacious accommodation for up to seven guests in three suites:

  • Nellie's Suite sleeps three with a private ensuite bathroom
  • Ben's Bedroom sleeps two with a private ensuite bathroom
  • SelvaGamini Room sleeps two with a private but separate bathroom.

Each suite has windows with a view and all bathrooms have hot and cold water.

Indoors, a large living room, an even larger dining room and two sitting-out areas are available for the use of guests, while the large Tabebuia, Amherstia, Mango and Poinciana trees of the garden surrounding the house provide shade under which guests may like to read or relax or meditate. For those who must keep in touch, television and internet are available.

Halgolla Plantation Home is the ancestral home of a family that has lived here for three generations and who are, in many ways, "a part of the scenery" in this beautiful part of Sri Lanka.

 

Nature & Hiking at Halgolla Plantation Home

The lush vegetation and mild climate make the area ideal for wild boar, macaque monkeys, chevrotains ("mouse deer"), muntjacs ("barking deer"), pangolins (scaly anteater), porcupines, giant squirrels and flying squirrels. 

More than sixty species of birds await those guests interested in bird-watching, as well as over 60 species of butterflies and dragonflies.

The Soaking Pool is a great place to let the fresh waters of the large stream sluice over one and Meditation Flat lends itself to exactly that (or for reading or ruminating!)

In addition we have our two-hammocks-and -a-swing mango tree below the Butterfly Garden for those who'd simply like to laze or read in the shade.

For those whose interest lies in hiking, nature walks or exploring the rugged terrain, the opportunities are endless. Most guests enjoy the relaxation of a leisurely stroll around the garden, down to the adjacent stream or along the footpaths radiating from homebase. For those who prefer a more vigorous walk, hiking trails of moderate difficulty are easily accessible from the house. These include the Ela trail, the Senevi Paara, the Boulder Path, Mallika's Vanilla Path, and the Cinnamon Walk.

 

Superb Dining at Halgolla Plantation Home

As guests of the owners, guests will be provided with Sri Lankan cuisine of exceptional quality, prepared in the traditional manner. Any special dietary requirements will be accommodated if advance notice is provided. 

Those guests interested in the traditional preparation of Sri Lankan food, inclusive of the use of an open-hearth for most of the cooking, may observe what happens before the feast gets to the table, participating in some of the simpler tasks attached to that preparation occasionally.

Home-grown fruits such as bananas, avocado, soursop, mangosteen, guava, mango, breadfruit, jak and durian are available seasonally. Most vegetables are grown in the HPH garden.

The water supply to the house is gravity-fed from a private spring and all water is boiled and filtered prior to use.

Coffee grown and processed at HPH and pure Ceylon tea as well as a variety of other non-alcoholic beverages are included in the tariff.  These include a several drinks derived from fruits from HPH's garden and King Coconut water, none of which contain preservatives of any description.

Alcoholic beverages are not available though guests may bring their own.

 

The Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka
The Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa - Kandy triangle contains Sri Lanka's richest archaeological sites

Anuradhapura: The capital of Sri Lanka from the 4th C BC to the 10th C AD and now a World Heritage Site. It contains the impressive remains of palaces, reliquaries and temples in very good repair despite the passage of time.

Distance from HPH: approx. 140 km.

Polonnaruwa: The capital of Sri Lanka from the 10th C AD to the 13th C AD, during the country's Golden Age of irrigation agriculture. Now a World Heritage Site, it contains well-preserved ruins of the ancient city as well as the restored irrigation system which promises to make the country the Granary of Asia once again.

Distance from HPH: approx. 140 km.

Sigiriya/Dambulla: Sigiriya is the site of the palace and gardens of King Kassapa I atop an enormous free-standing rock. The temple at Dambulla is the site of the largest and best preserved painted temple caves in Sri Lanka. Both are World Heritage Sites of great interest to the casual tourist as well as those with more specific interests in culture, art or archaeology.

Distance from HPH: approx. 70 km.

Kandy: The last capital city of Sri Lanka which didn't fall to the British until 1815 (and then only by a treaty of cessation!). It houses one of the most sacred relics of Gautama Buddha in the Dalada Maligawa (the Temple of the Tooth).

Distance from HPH: approx. 20 km.

With adequate advance notice, transport can be arranged for an additional fee.

Other places of interest in and around Kandy and in the Northwestern Province

 

Kandy & area

Many temples are found near Kandy including Natha, Embekke, Degaldoruwa, Maha Vishnu and Gadaladeniya, displaying splendid wood carvings, stone carvings and copper reproductions of the column motifs.

The Kandy Tea Museum is a unique display housed in a real tea factory with a knowledgeable retired tea planter in charge. Shouldn't be missed by anyone interested in a product for which Sri Lanka is internationally renowned.

The Kandy Museum features artifacts primarily from the time of the last kings of Kandy prior to the European invasions.

The Kandy Garrison Cemetery is a military cemetery dating back to the two World Wars.

Udawattekele Nature Sanctuary - a little gem of a tropical forest right in Kandy town!

Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, about 7 km from Kandy, is the venue of many international cricket matches in a country where the sport is considered its "fifth religion!"

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is considered by many to be the Asian equivalent of Britain's Kew Gardens. Not to be missed!
 Traditional dance performances are held in several locations in Kandy town, in the evening.

Distance from HPH: approx. 20 km.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is an internationally unique facility with dozens of elephants of both sexes and at various stages of development. An ideal visiting time is early in the day, at feeding time, after which the whole herd of pachyderms can be observed frolicking in the water as they take their "daily dip." 
 Distance from HPH: approx. 35 km.

 

Northwestern province 

The Elephant Rock forest in Kurunegala is situated in the heart of the modern town. This arboreal gem is a pleasant surprise indeed!

Distance from HPH: approx. 20 km.

Arankele is a unique 6th century cave hermitage. It is on a forested hillside, and had an intriguing selection of meditation halls, stone-faced double platform structures and ambulatories for the austere Tapovana Buddhist hermits who used it. It is also a haven for bird-watchers and butterfly enthusiasts.

Distance from HPH: approx. 44 km

Yapahuwa, the one-time capital of Sri Lanka, is a rock fortress complex from 1273 AD, famous for its imposing flight of stone steps leading to a gateway which displays Cambodian influences.  Beautifully carved friezes, particularly the distinctive "Lion of Yapahuwa" are among the other impressive remains here. 

Distance from HPH: approx. 73 km.

Panduwasnuwara was the home to King Panduvasdeva, successor to Sri Lanka's first king, Vijaya, who ruled from here. The subsequent royal palace complex of Parakramabahu, dates from the 12th C and is said to have been from where he went on to build the capital at Polonnaruwa and establish Sri Lanka as "the granary of the east." While not as extensive as Polonnaruwa's, the ruins of Panduwasnuwara are impressive in their own right, particularly with regard to the layout and ground-plan of a mediaeval Sinhalese royal palace of that time.

Distance from HPH: approx. 47 km.

Ridi Vihare ("Silver Temple") owes its name to the discovery of a rich vein of silver which enabled King Dutugemunu, in pre-Christian times to continue constructing the (very expensive) Ruwanweliseya.  Much of the material of interest dates from later times and includes a set of marble tiles depicting 40 stories from the Bible presented by a Dutch Consul more recently!

Distance from HPH: approx. 50 km.

Dambadeniya was a mid-13th Century capital, over a period in excess of 50 years and excavations have uncovered the remains of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the royal palace, ponds and gardens, moats and city walls.

Distance from HPH: approx. 50 km.

We are exploring other places of interest and these include a gem of an ancient  Buddhist temple at Padeniya and the largest granite Buddha statue in the world at Rambodagalla, both of which can be visited comfortably within a half day.

 

With adequate advance notice, transport can be arranged for an additional fee.


Flavours of Halgolla Plantation Home

We have many plants growing in and around HPH. Guests have the opportunity to sample the produce, both in and out of season, as fresh fruits, or cooked in curries, or made into delicious drinks and jams.

Hotel Amenities

220 AC.

Recreational Activities

Hiking trail, Animal watching, Bird watching, Garden, Sightseeing tours.

Business Facilities

Internet access.

Restrictions

Check-In Time:From 12:00 to 22:00
Check-Out Time:From 07:00 to 10:00

Rooms

  • Ben's Bedroom
    Total Rooms: 1
    • Ben's Bedroom

    Large, airy, well-lit (natural light) with large window opening onto the central courtyard. Comfortable space with bedside cupboards with reading lamps, writing table, dressing table, luggage stand, clothes horse and clothes hooks, ceiling fan, mosquito nets and two oversized single beds (convertible to double). En-suite bath with tub & shower. Floor area 22.5 sq.m

  • Nellie's Suite
    Total Rooms: 1
    • Nellie's Suite

    Large, airy, well-lit (natural light) with large windows opening onto the front garden. Comfortable space with bedside cupboards with reading lamps, writing table, dressing table, luggage stands, clothes horses and clothes hooks, two pedestal fans, mosquito nets and two oversized single beds (convertible to double) and one regular-sized single bed. En-suite bath with shower. Floor area 39.5 sq.m

  • SelvaGamini Room
    Total Rooms: 1
    • SelvaGamini Room

    Large, airy, well-lit (natural light) with large window opening onto the central courtyard. Comfortable space with bedside cupboards with reading lamps, writing table, dresser, luggage stand, clothes horse, pedestal fan, mosquito nets and two oversized single beds (convertible to double). Large private bath with shower. Floor area 15 sq.m

All rooms have the following amenities as standard: Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing board, Non-smoking, Private bathroom.

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