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Camellia Hills

Near Dickoya, in Sri Lanka’s crisp hill country

Live the life of a modern-day tea planter at Camellia Hills, a luxurious five-bedroom boutique bungalow hotel near Dickoya, in Sri Lanka’s crisp hill country.

From its verdant valley-side porch, views of the mirror-still Castlereagh Reservoir and surrounding tea-wrapped hills are spectacular. Drink in the panoramas while relaxing on plush sofas warmed by an open fire, dining in semi open air or swimming lengths of the cool garden pool.

Whether the sun is shining in a cornflower blue sky or the clouds are descending into the mountains en masse, the views from the bungalow are always dramatic.

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The Rooms

There are just five very individual timber-floored bedrooms at Camellia Hills. Each gazes through floor to ceiling windows over the Castlereagh Reservoir or the lush surrounding hills. Bedrooms are all distinct in design and layout yet equally comfortable and luxurious.

The cosiest are the two Camellia Bedrooms while the three roomier Lakeview Bedrooms boast far-reaching views of the entire Castlereagh Valley from private garden terraces.

Bedrooms are usually booked individually, however the bungalow is small enough for groups and families requiring privacy to take the whole house for themselves on an exclusive basis.

What’s to do

The bungalow sits amidst acres of pea-green tea bushes, and a drive through them, along the valley’s edge, to a colonial-era tea factory where you can observe the age-old art of tea production, is included in the stay.

The fresh mountain climate makes venturing outside a breeze. Trails through neighbouring tea estates, patches of dense forest and to gushing waterfalls promise striking panoramas at every turn. Picnics canbe packed up for enjoying in many of these locations.

The islands on the reservoir offer further picnic potential, and itis possible to island hop by boat or voyage along the banks of the reservoir to the colonial-era Warleigh Church.

The lush forest edges of the surrounding hills is home to wild leopards. At the local Leopard Research Station, learn all about this elusive hill-dwelling sub-species that manages to ex-ist in this fragile environment.

If feeling adventurous head to the sacred Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka’s fourth highest mountain – a place of pilgrimage for Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus alike.



The closest town to Camellia Hills is Dickoya, a bustling settlement standing at an elevation of 1,200-metres.

One of the best ways to travel into and within the Hill Country is by train, and the closest railway station to Camellia Hills is Hatton, a busy provincial town with a lively local market. Alternatively, swoop in on a seaplane, landing in Castlereagh Reservoir, and be transported up to the bungalow along the tea lined estate roads.

Food & Drink

Butlers are poised to pamper guests and dining here is relaxed, personalised and atmospheric. The views take centre stage too; sip sundowners beside the crackling fireplace inthe high-ceilinged sitting room while gazing at the far-reaching valley or feast on delicious contemporary dishes from a curated Sri Lankan and international menu from a breezy lake-facing terrace.

Guests will dine on an All-Inclusive basis which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft drinks, beer and house wine, alcohol with mixers and tea or coffee throughout the day.


Even with the fresh mountain breeze, the pool at Camellia Hills is inviting as it is jaw-dropping with far-reaching scenery of the mirror-still Castlereagh Reservoir.


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