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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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Suggested Itineraries for Mandira Dickoya Bungalows

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

2 week holiday in Sri Lanka with a focus on the Cultural Triangle, the Tea County and the Galle Coast. Designed with a nice balance of guided activities and pool / beach time and perfect for families.

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Families from $2,790 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,035 per person economy class from London

14-day guided trip unveiling Sri Lanka’s fascinating ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, idyllic beaches and superb national parks.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $3,540 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,035 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,718 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,035 per person economy class from London

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 508 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
    Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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