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Mandira Dickoya Bungalows

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Historic, colonial bungalows
- White water rafting, nearby golf club
- Scenic train rides with waterfall views
- Visit Ella and climb Adam's Peak

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Overview

Once a tea planter’s residence in the early 1900s, Mandira Dickoya today comprises a series of 3 characterful bungalows set in four acres of lovely grounds on the Dick Oya Tea Estate in Sri Lanka’s breathtaking hill country. The property boasts exceptional views across magnificent slopes covered with tea plantations and landscaped gardens. Colonial and traditional in feel, the bungalows have pretty lawns, plenty of natural light, attractive ensuite bedrooms and communal dining rooms, along with many modern amenities which make for a comfortable stay.

Each bungalow houses either three or four bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and heated towel rails. All bathrooms have walk-in showers and some have bath tubs as well. The bungalows can be booked out exclusively for groups, or guests can occupy individual rooms if they prefer, with use of the communal living room and outdoor terrace included. Sri Lankan cuisine is prepared by chefs and served either in the dining room or al fresco, and ‘English breakfasts’ are available in the mornings. Chefs might even cook an evening BBQ on the terrace on request. All food is prepared on the premises and many of the ingredients come from Mandira Dickoya’s own vegetable garden.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the area. Guests can trek or cycle around the tea plantations either by themselves or with an expert naturalist who will explain the history of the area and the art of tea picking. Excursions beyond the property include a tour of the nearby hamlet of Ella, including an optional visit to Adam’s Peak, a 2,234m high sacred mountain visited by pilgrims and tourists alike – there’s a demanding but rewarding 5,200 step climb to the spectacular views at the top. White water rafting is on offer just an hour’s drive away in Kitulgala. For keen golfers, the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, founded back in 1889, lies at the foot of Mount Piduruthalagala and is surrounded by some of Sri Lanka’s finest tea gardens. Scenic train rides from Hatton through surrouding tea plantations, mountains and waterfalls are a delight – although note that they’re really for the purposes of scenic sightseeing rather than as a reliable mode of transport since delays are to be expected! The capital, Colombo, is some six hours away by car.

Children of all ages are welcome at Mandira Dickoya. Baby cots and extra beds are available and although there’s no swimming pool, many of the activities on offer are suitable for children. The climb up to Adam’s Peak, however, might be better suited to older children with stamina. Note that there is no babysitting service and parents are reminded to supervise their children at all times.

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