Lipton’s Seat, Haputale, Sri Lanka

Adisham Hall

Adisham Bungalow Booking Price

Adisham Bungalow Booking Price

Adisham Bungalow Booking Price

What does the entry ticket cost for Adisham Bungalow, Haputale?

Adisham Bungalow is a tourist site that our guests at GlenMyu Estate visit.

They normally combine seeing the beautiful gardens and the rooms in the house with a visit to Lipton’s Seat and Dambetenne Tea Estate.

Adisham Hall is not old compared to buildings that you will see in Europe.

However, it is very popular with local Sri Lankans as it is a reminder of the country’s Colonial past. It is also in a cooler climate at an elevation of 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) above sea level.

Sri Lankans feel the cold at Adisham Bungalow if they live in one of the warmer parts of the island.

Don’t be surprised if you see Sri Lankans wrapped up in coats scarves and hats and tourists in shorts and t-shirts! 

What will I see at Adisham Bungalow?

What is the booking price for Adisham Bungalow?

The entry cost to Adisham Bungalow and gardens is a very reasonable LKR 500
(around US$ 1.70/Euro €1.60 GBP £1.30).

Local residents are charged a lower entry cost which is normal at Sri Lankan tourist attractions.

Lipton's Seat, Haputale

Lipton’s Seat is the viewing point for the Scottish Tea Baron Sir Thomas Lipton. 

There is a spectacular view (if there are no clouds) across the manicured tea gardens. 

On a clear day you can see several provinces of Sri Lanka.

Where is Adisham Bungalow and Lipton's Seat?

Both Lipton’s Seat and Adisham Bungalow are located outside Haputale Town.

Adisham Bungalow is 4 kilometres from Haputale Town.

Lipton’s Seat is 15 kilometres from Haputale Town. It is 6 kilometres from Dambetenne Tea Factory.

Many of our guests at GlenMyu Estate take a Tuk Tuk to Lipton’s Seat and them walk through the tea gardens to Dambetenne Tea Factory for a tour.

Dambetenne Tea factory tour is quite reasonable in cost (around LKR 1,500).

I have no photos are it is not permitted to take photos in the Tea Factory.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore Adisham Bungalow and the Sri Lankan Hill Country

Stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

See sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Beaches on the coast of Sri Lanka.

5 reasons to visit Sri lanka in 2024

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024.

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit a paradise island before too many holidaymakers find it!

Here are our 5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024 on holiday.

There are so many reasons to holiday in Sri Lanka in 2024.

We list below our 5 reasons on why you should not delay and  visit in 2024.

1. Come to Sri Lanka now before it gets too busy

You must have read about some tourist spots around the globe restricting visitors.

Some places like the canary Islands have seen protests against the rise in tourism from local residents.

Sri Lanka is encouraging tourism right now and the government has ambitious plans to increase numbers from 1.5 million to 2.3 million in 2024

By 2030 the target is an ambitious 5 million tourists!

The island is idyllic now, but as the number of tourists increases, the shine will dull in the future as tourist spots get too busy.

An amazing experience that many of our guests have when they holiday at GlenMyu Estate is visiting Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

The second highest waterfall in the country is becoming more discovered as the road access has improved in recent year.

It’s fast becoming an Instagram must.

We have has so many guests that have left GlenMyu Estate to visit Upper Diyaluma before breakfast and have had an amazing experience.

As we are only 40 minutes from the waterfall, our guests have managed to beat other tourists there and sometimes have had the place all to themselves.

When they return to GlenMu Estate for a late breakfast, they are energised from the unique early morning experience that they have had.

2. Getting a train ticket is difficult now, it will be more challenging in the future

One of the great experiences that you will have as you travel around this paradise island is to take a train journey through a beautiful landscape.

Lost of our guests at GlenMyu Estate arrive at Haputale Station from Kandy and are wowed by what they see on the train journey.

Even in 2023, some guests have found it a challenge in getting train tickets. Can you imagine how difficult it will be as tourist numbers increase?

It would be great if Sri Lankan Railways put on additional service to cope with increasing demand. However, this will be difficult as the tracks are limited on the capacity they can handle.

3. A less crowded beach

There are so many beaches around the coast of the island that you would think that there would always be places where you didn’t have to fight for a spot on the sand.

What tends to happen in Sri Lanka is that as a “new beach” is discovered, people flock there and lots of development follows to cash in.

As time passes there will be less places to discover and that ideal image of an uncluttered beach will dissipate.

So, we say ‘come now” before the beaches get too busy.

4. Go East before it gets found

The east and north coasts of the island are becoming a more popular destination to visit as this part has gradually opened up since the ending of the civil war some 15 years ago.

The best time to visit is between April and September as the coasts are generally monsoon free. 

As most of Europe is in the Mediterranean during their summer vacation, there are opportunities to spend time at less crowded beaches.

5. Be one of the pioneers to walk the Pekoe Trail

The Pekoe Trail is a new, 22 stage, 300km walking trail around Sri Lanka.

It only opened in late 2023.

The new experience in Sri Lanka has already won awards and is being recognised.

‘Best Wider World Tourism Project’ at the British Guild of Travel Writers International Tourism Awards (ITA)

National Geographic’s  ‘Best of the World’ List for 2024

As more tourist travelling to Sri Lanka become more aware of the Pekoe Trail the number of hikers on the walk will rise.

If you want to hike the Pekoe Trail with less of a crowd, we would recommend that you visit Sri Lanka in 2024 or soon after. 

Several of our guest at GlenMyu Estate have already hiked stages 12 and stages 13 of the Pekoe Trail.

Located a short drive from Haputale, GlenMyu Estate is a convenient place  to stay within reach of several stages of the Pekoe Trail.

Our 5 reasons to holiday in Sri Lanka in 2024

  1. Beat the increase in tourist numbers.
  2. Enjoy a beautiful train journey.
  3. Experience a less crowded beach.
  4. Discover the East before it develops as a main tourist destination.
  5. Be one of the first to walk the Pekoe Trail

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Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

See sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more.

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Nine Arch train bridge Sri Lanka

Holidays to Sri Lanka from the UK

Holidays to Sri Lanka from the UK.

Holidays to Sri Lanka from the UK.

  • How do I get there?
  • What should I see?
  • When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has always been a popular destination from the UK

Travellers from the UK have been visiting Sri Lanka on holiday for many years. This former British Colony (Ceylon) is a comfortable entry into South East Asia. 

Driving is on the same side of the road. English is widely spoken and there are familiar sights of the colonial past. 

It’s a great place to escape a bleak UK winter. You can get some beach time, culture and see some amazing nature.

Prior to moving to Sri Lanka and starting GlenMyu Estate, we travelled to Sri Lanka on holiday for many years.

As a Sri Lankan/Britsh couple we have experience of travelling and exploring the island.
We have also picked up more information about parts of the island that we have yet to visit from our guests.

How do I get to Sri Lanka from the UK?

Sri Lankan Airlines operates direct flights from the UK to Colombo’s Bandaranaike airport. 

The journey time is 10 hours and 45 minutes from London to Colombo.

We think that the major benefit of flying direct is that the flights leave at a sociable hour and arrive at a sensible time.  

There are lots of other carriers who stop over on the way to Colombo.

We often travel by Emirates and break the journey by spending a few hours in Dubai airport.
I like to stretch my legs even if it is getting off one plane and getting on another!

The flight duration is normally 7 hours 25 minutes followed by 4 hours twenty minutes.
This brings your journey time to a minimum of 13 hours and 5 minutes  (layover 1 hour 20 minutes).

The issue we find is that the flight departure times are not ideal.  You end up getting on a flight at 3 am. I can feel jet lagged for longer because of the unsociable hours.

We have flown by Qatar many year ago and found the service to be great.

Friends have travelled by BA via Mumbai to get to Sri Lanka,

Turkish Airlines started flying to Sri Lanka last year and many others have followed.

Quality, time and budget will influence what flight you opt for.

Quality of the service. your budget and the amount of time you are willing to accept to travel are all factors to consider.

We normally travel by Emirates because of the quality of service. Also, sometimes deals are better than Sri Lankan.
However, we may opt for Sri Lankan next time to get the journey over with as quickly as possible.

You can search for deals which will reduce the price of your plane ticket. But this will eat into the time you spend on holiday exploring the island.

What should I see?

Well, this really depends upon what you want to get out of your holiday.

Reading a travel guide to Sri Lanka will show you a vast array of experiences you can have on this small island. It really packs a big punch for its’ size!

If it’s your first time in Sri Lanka then I would recommend getting an overall experience of the country dipping into what is on offer.

Most visitors do a circular route (clockwise or anti clockwise) around the island.

This allows you to start on a beach (we recommend Negombo as it is not too far from the airport). You can then visit the Cultural Triangle, the Tea Country. The final section of your holiday can be a safari and then recuperation at one of the beaches on the south coast.

Some start at the beaches on the South and see the sights in an anti clockwise direction.

When is the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Most visitors from the Northern Hemisphere escape the winter and visit during the peak season from December to April.

The South and West coasts of the island are monsoon free and the beaches in the south are great for sunbathing or surfing.

There is a party atmosphere in lots of the beach resorts and it’s great to get colour during the winter time.

What about a summer holiday?

The North and East coasts are the places to visit during the UK summer months.

This part of the country is only starting to be discovered. This side of the country has started to be developed as a tourist destination following the ending of the civil war some fifteen years ago.

The beaches are stunning and have a different character from those in the south of the island.

The Sri Lankan hill country is a good place to visit most of the year. You can see tea plantations, take  a train journey and and visit the tourist town of Ella at most times if the year.

We really enjoyed staying at Maalu Maalu Hotel in Pasikuda.

It you are looking to stay at an idyllic beach setting and in the comfort of a good quality hotel we can recommend a stay there.

The beach bar at Maalu Maalu

GlenMyu Estate and the Sri Lankan hill country

Since Ella has developed into a tourist hotspot over the last fifteen years, the Sri Lankan hill country has been a must see place on your visit to the island.

Many guests reach here by the famous train journey through the beautiful tea country from Kandy.

There are many places to see in and around Ella such as Nine Arch Bridge, Little Adams Peak and Ravanna Waterfall.

Travellers tend to stay with us at GlenMyu Estate as they want to get off the beaten track and don’t want to stay in a busy tourist town, 

Most of our guests do a day trip to Ella from GlenMyu Estate. They also do day trips to hike parts of the new Pekoe Trail, Horton Plains, Lipton’s Seat or see Diyaluma and Bambarakanda Waterfalls,

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

Stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Sri Lanka's Popularity is surging with travellers

Sri Lanka’s Popularity with Travellers is Surging

Sri Lanka's popularity with travellers is surging

Sri Lanka’s popularity with travellers is surging according to Forbes article in May 2024.

Why are tourists choosing Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka has seen a surge in visitors year on year and it is forecast to continue.

Forbes state that “the country has seen tourism revenue increase by 122% in January 2024”.

They go on to report that “The reasons why aren’t hard to deduce”.

“Sri Lanka is a world-in-one island of palm-fringed beaches, rice paddies and lily ponds, ancient cities, lush rainforests, tea estates and generous, welcoming people”.

Where do they recommend that you visit on the Island?

Forbes’ article mentions the following places in their itinerary ideas and highlights.

Sigiriya – The ancient rock temple is a favourite place to visit when on holiday in Sri Lanka. The structure is iconic and there is a great story behind the former Kings’ palace. 

Dambulla – a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the best-preserved cave temples in Asia. 

Anuradhapura – This ancient capital of the Island, is a city which was it’s most vibrant from the 4th century BC to the 11th century AD. A tour of the temples in this city is an enlightening activity when on holiday there.

Kandy – Another capital of an ancient kingdom, Kandy is famed for the Temple of the Tooth and it’s Botantical Gardens. A walk around the lake is also a pleasant think to do in Sri Lanka’s central highlands

Sri Lanka's popularity with travellers is surging in the Tea Hills

Head for the Ceylon Tea Hills – Lots of our guests at GlenMyu Estate arrive from Kandy by train. The picturesque scenery you will see on the way is said to make this one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. 

There are lots of opportunities to visit tea estates and walk through tea gardens. A tea factory tour explains how your favourite drink is made.

Galle – This historic Dutch Port is a stunning city with interesting architecture. A walking tour of the city is the best way to get to understand this historic and beautiful place.

Balapitiya – Forbes mention Balapitiya which I’m embarrassed to say that I wasn’t aware of! It’s now on my post of places in Sri Lanka to visit.

They describe Balapitiya as “a peaceful oasis near a traditional coastal fishing village featuring golden soft beaches and the endless Indian Ocean”.

It sounds intriguing. Of course there are a variety of beaches on the South Coast of the Island which all have a different feel to them. So there are plenty of beaches to see and visit.

Sri Lanka's popularity is excepted to continue to rise, so holiday now!

The Sri Lankan government have ambitious targets for visitor numbers. 

We would recommend that you come and visit this wonderful island sooner than later!

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

See sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more.

Sri Lanka’s Popularity with Travellers is Surging Read More »

Stunning pool at the top of Upper Diyaluma

Our 3 Favourite Places in Sri Lanka

Our 3 Favourite Places in Sri Lanka

Our 3 favourite places in Sri Lanka

Having lived in the Sri Lankan Hill country for the past six years, it’s an easy choice to pick our favourite 3 places.

Of course GlenMyu Estate would automatically be number one, however here are our favourite places to visit in the Sri Lankan hills.

You may be surprised that Ella, Nine Arch Bridge and Little Adam’s Peak don’t make our list.

They are a little too touristy for us!

Our guests tend to agree

When guests ask for recommendations on what to do and see when they stay at GlenMyu Estate, we are always happy to help.

It’s amazing how many things that you can do when staying in the Sri Lankan Hill Country. 

The opening of the Pekoe Trail in 2023 added a new dimension to what we typically would recommend. 

There are several sections of the trail within reach of GlenMyu Estate and we have already had several guests complete stages 12 and 13 of the Pekoe Trail.

Our 3 favourite places to visit in Sri Lanka.

Here are our three favourite places to visit in Sri Lanka when staying at GlenMyu Estate.

1. Diyaluma Waterfall and Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

Diyaluma Waterfall is the second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Bambarakanda Waterfall is the highest and is also within reach of GlenMyu Estate.

It’s number one on our list for many reasons. Embarrassingly, we were a little late finding out about this amazing place. It was only when some German guests invited us to accompany them that we discovered this gem.

What and where?

The second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka is a spectacular sight, especially when there is good water flow.

Here is a video of Diyaluma Waterfall from the roadside that was taken in January 2024.

Diyaluma Waterfall and Upper Diyaluma Pools are around 45 minutes drive from GlenMyu Estate.

The main waterfall is located on the A4 road between Koslanda and Wellawaya.

Diyaluma Waterfall can be viewed from the main A4 road between Beragala and Wellawaya.

There is a small road that takes you to the start of the twenty minute hike to visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and pools.

 

The advantage of staying at GlenMyu Estate

There is a good reason to stay at GlenMyu Estate if you want to visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

We are only a 45 minute drive from the waterfall.

If you don’t like crowds and are willing to get up early, then you are more likely to have a unique experience.

The crowds from Ella and Haputale are further from the falls and therefore if you get there early you may have this amazing environment all to yourself.

In January 2024, my best friend and my godson went early to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and we were the only people there.

We saw our first tourist arrive as we finished our hike and dip in the pools.

2. Horton Plains National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is our second favourite place to visit in Sri Lanka.

This National Park is located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It was designated as a National Park in 1988.

The park is at an elevation of 2,100–2,300 m (6,900–7,500 ft). It covers an area of  31.6 km² (3,169 hectares).

It’s unique landscape on the island consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem.

3 places to stop and catch you breath (and take those Instagram pics!)

Horton Plains National Park has three main stopping points on the 111 kilometre circular hike. 

The first is Lesser World;s End which has a cliff with a 270 metre drop,

Secondly is Greater World’s End which has an impressive 870 metre precipice.

The third spot to rest is in front of the beautiful Baker’s Falls waterfall. This waterfall is named after the founder of Nuwara Eliya.

Flora and Fauna

Another highlight of Horton Plains is the flora and fauna you will see there.

Horton Plains’ vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest. It includes many endemic woody plants.

And there are lots of different fauna to see (if you are lucky!).

Sambar Deer is the most commonly seen faunal species in the park. You can normally see them on the plains as you enter the park. There may even be a large male who hangs around by the car park.

Other fauna include the Montane Toque Macaque, the Slender Loris, the Long Clawed Shrew. The park is also home to twelve species of endemic birds.

And even some Leopards!

It is unusual to spot a leopard in Horton Plains National Park.

However, we did have guests from  Austria that saw one as they left the park in March 2024.

Ghost of the Clouded Plains is a book which was published in 2023 documenting the leopards there. 

It is Photographer/Naturalist Sankha Wanniatchi’s first book venture and captures over 8 years of intense study on the Leopard of Horton Plains.

You can see more details of the book at the following link to Barefoot Ceylon.

3. Lipton's Seat, Haputale

We first visited Lipton’s Seat many years ago before we were living in the country.

Unfortunately, we didn’t really appreciate the beauty of the viewing place of Sir Edward Lipton at the time.

We made the mistake of getting to the top of Lipton’s Seat too late on in the day and we didn’t get a good view of the landscape.

Our Australian guests set us right

In November 2023 our Australian guests, Matt and Millie left GlenMyu Estate early in the morning to catch the sunrise at Lipton’s Seat,

November is not the best month to sight see in the Hill country as there is a bit of rain before the drier peak seasons of Late December to April,

How wrong we were!

Matt and Millie really set us right about Lipton’s Seat. 

Look at the amazing experience they had watching the sunrise. We were bowled over.

Hike in a beautiful landscape in Sri Lanka

Walking through the tea plantation

One of the joys about visiting Lipton’s Seat is walking down through the manicured lines of tea bushes.

You may even get an opportunity to capture one of the tea pluckers in action.

And a tea factory tour

Matt and Millie finished of the experience by doing a Tea Factory tour at Dambetenne Tea Factory.

The tea factory offers regulars tours which will provide you with the knowledge of where you tea comes from and how it is processed.

Our top 3 favourite places in Sri Lanka - Summary

  1. Diyaluma and Upper Diyaluma
  2. Horton Plains National Park.
  3. Lipton’s Seat

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to visit the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Diyaluma Waterfall, Horton Plains and Litpon’s Seat.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town,  Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is among Holidify’s “best countries for tourism”.

Sri Lanka is among Holidify's Best Countries for tourism

Sri Lanka is among Holidify’s Best Countries for tourism in the World.

It’s number 6 on their list of 79 countries.

Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Holidify - a one stop solution for travel planning needs

According to the Holiday website, the company is a one stop solution to all your travel planning needs.

They attempt to collect all the information that you will ever need to plan your trip.

Additionally, they solve the number of questions travellers have before making a trip – from when, where and how. They also find the hidden gems in every destination, 

Why do Holidify rank Sri Lanka as number 6 on their list?

They say that the island is known for its:

Spectacular beaches
Thousand-year-old Buddhist temples
Abundance of wildlife
Rich archaeological history.

Furthermore they mention

The plethora of water sports
Breathtaking sunsets
Sprawling tea gardens
Mouth-watering Sri Lankan food

They say that the best time to visit is between December to April.

Sri Lanka is also good to visit outside the main tourist season

We believe that Sri Lanka is also a great place to visit from June to September.  

The East and North coasts are monsoon free and you can also visit the Sri Lankan Hill country.

We expect to see more visitors finding Sri Lanka as a place to holiday throughout the year.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka ranks 5th among the‘World’s Best Countries to Visit in Your Lifetime’ 2024

The 'World's Best Countries to Visit in Your Lifetime'

Sri Lanka ranks 5th among the ‘World’s Best Countries to Visit in Your Lifetime’ according to CEO magazine in 2024.

At GlenMyu Estate, we were delighted to see that the Sri Lankan hill country was highlighted as a place to experience.

“The hill country of Sri Lanka offers a wide range of experiences for travellers of all kinds.  Whether it’s Ayurveda treatment, unforgettable train rides, or visiting a tea plantation”.

Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Located near the busy tourist town of Ella

GlenMyu Estate is located within one hours drive of the busy tourist town of Ella. 

Many of our guests want to stay in a less touristy location which is within reach of the wonderful sights in Sri Lanka. 

Guests regularly do a day trip to Ella to visit Nine Arch Bridge, take a short train journey. They climb Little Adam’s peak and visit Ravana Waterfall.

Hiking around Horton Plains, or visiting Lipton’s Seat Experiencing the beauty at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall are a few of the many things to do nearby.

What is CEO Magazine?

CEO Magazine describes themselves as a source of information, inspiration and motivation for the world’s most successful leaders, executives, investors and entrepreneurs.

 

What did CEO Magazine say about Sri Lanka?

Apart from visiting the hill country they stated that “The country is rich in culture and traditions. The Poya ritual being the most significant one celebrated at Buddhist temples”.

They also mentioned the food and National Parks “Sri Lankan breakfast, dine under the stars, and stay overnight in one of the country’s National Park”

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Australians Holidaying in Sri Lanka

Australians holidaying in Sri Lanka

Australians Holidaying in Sri Lanka.

Why go? Is it safe? What will I see there?

Here’s why Australians are finding Sri Lanka again.

The Australian flag

At GlenMyu Estate we have seen an increase in Australian visitors staying with his in the Sri Lankan hill country.

They love it here! Their experience as they travel around the country is hitting there right nites.

Why are Australian finding Sri Lanka again?

In 2022 escape.com.au stated “For years, this exotic location was a place that travellers avoided. Now this up-and-coming — and affordable — destination is emerging as a new Aussie favourite”.

They highlight the history and culture, the nature and beaches the island has to offer visitors.

Of course, there is so much more got explore.

You can read their article by clicking on the following link.

Australians escaping the winter

luxurytravelmag.com.au say in their May 2024 article “The Asian country Australians are choosing for their 2024 winter holiday”, that “Sri Lanka is attracting droves of sun-seeking Australians this winter”.

Australian Google searches for Sri Lanka skyrocketed by 400 per cent in 2023.

Read the full article at the following link.

Our Australian guests at Lipton's Seat

Matt and Millie stayed at GlenMyu Estate in November 2023.

Despite the weather not being as kind as we would hope they created wonderful memories of their time in Sri Lanka.

Even we were amazed at the photos that they took at Lipton’s Seat during sunrise.

Enjoying the sunrise at Lipton's Seat
Lipton's Seat
Lipton's Seat Photos
Practice friluftsliv in Sri Lanka.

They enjoyed walking through the spectacular tea estate before visiting Dambetenne Tea Factory. 

When they arrived back at GlenMyu Estate they were welcomed by one of our sumptuous breakfasts.

It was such a great experience for them that we now recommend it as one of the great things to do from GlenMyu Estate (if you are willing to get up early!).

Our Australian guests also visited Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

Matt and Millie visited Upper Diyaluma Waterfall before they arrived at GlenMyu Estate, so they really made great use of their time in Sri Lanka.

It also meant that they were able to relax at GlenMyu Estate and make full use of the swimming pool and the five acres of land.

They loved the garden tour and the Sri Lankan cooking demonstration.

Our guests Matt and Millie enjoying Upper DIiyaluma Waterfall
Sitting in the pools at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

We know that Australians love good food

At GlenMyu Estate we know that Australians are used to a really great food offering.

We aim to provide all our guests a taste of Sri Lanka with dishes that they recognise.
As the ingredients are so fresh we know that we have the basics right. Ru (and her mother and the team at GlenMyu Estate love the feeeback on the meals that are served to our guests).

Our plant based Sri Lankan sharing platter really is a hit with our guests. We offer a free informal Sri Lankan cooking demonstration for the dishes in the sharing platter. 

We are always delighted when our guests send us pictures of their efforts recreating the dish at home.

Is it safe to travel to Sri Lanka?

Clearly we would recommend that you read the advise from your countries government advice page. smartraveller.gov.au is the link from the Department of Foreign Affairs website.

Information is regularly updated on there.

Recently Australian were recommended to exercise a high degree of caution during upcoming elections.

We of course hope that the elections will pass by peacefully.

What will I see in Sri Lanka

There is a very long list!

Beaches, culture, history, diversity, nature, hiking, surfing and so much more.

You will probably do the normal circular trip around the island to Kandy and the cultural triangle. Then visit the tea estates of the central highlands. Watch a train go over a a bridge near Ella (honesty its worth it). Do a safari and then hang out on the beach or in the water.

On each visit to Sri Lanka you can delve deeper and see more of what this wonderful island has to offer.

Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Is it easy to get to Sri Lanka from Australia?

Sri Lankan airlines have a direct flight from Melbourne to Colombo.

Several of our guests at GlenMyu Estate have used this route and found it convenient to get.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Horton Plains National Park is a unique experience.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Instragrammable spots in Sri Lanka

The most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka

The most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

The most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

We think that we have three of the most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka within reach of GlenMyu Estate.

There are many more places that you can discover nearby the estate, but these listed below are our favourites.

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What other blog posts say about the most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

A simple Google search for Sri Lanka’s most Instagrammable places will provide you with lots of ideas and inspiration.

The Wandering Unicorns have a list of 27 places around Sri Lanka.  There are lots that you will recognise from your guide book such as Sigiriya (Lion Rock), Nine Arch Bridge Ella and Adam’s Peak.

Polkadot passport have a lost of 10 places. These include Unawatuna Beach, The Kandy to Ella Train Ride and Arugam Bay amongst others.

Like the places in other lists, all are worthy of a mention.

The most Instagrammable places close to GlenMyu Estate.

There are lots of fabulous places within reach of GlenMyu Estate.

Our guests come back and are in awe of what they have seen. They are amazed by the pictures that they have taken to record their special moments.

 

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall - the most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

GlenMyu Estate has an advantage from the places to stay in the tourist hot spot of Ella. We are nearer to Upper Diyaluma and this means that our guest normally beat the crowds.

In January 2024, my friends and I visited the falls early and were the only people there. We saw our first tourists as we finished our experience. 

Many of our clients have had Upper Diyaluma to themselves for at least part of the morning. Leaving earlier means that they have the rest of the day to enjoy the five acre GkenMyu Estate.

Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka

Some of the spots at Upper Diyaluma Waterfall are amazing.

A pool carved into the rock at Upper Diyaluma
Ru enjoying one of the pools

Sunrise at Lipton's Seat - the most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka.

Enjoying the sunrise at Lipton's Seat

Sometimes it’s worth getting up early.

Matt and Millie created a special memorable experience leaving early one morning to catch the sunrise at Lipton’s Seat.

I’m sure that you will agree that it was worth it.

World's End, Horton Plains National park

This 870 metre precipice provides the opportunity to take amazing photos for your Instagram account.

The most Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka
Horton Plains in January 2024
Horton Plains National Park.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the beautiful photogenic sights of the Sri Lankan hill country.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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French Tourists in Sri Lanka

French Tourists in Sri Lanka.

French Tourists in Sri Lanka.

What our French guests say about their stay at GlenMyu Estate when on holiday in Sri Lanka.

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Here are some Booking.com reviews from our French guests.

Glen Myu est un endroit exceptionnel. La propriété de 5 acres est superbe, cultivée en agro foresterie. La vue depuis les chambres où la salle a manger est époustouflante. Les repas préparés par Ru, la propriétaire et son équipe sont succulents comme peut l’être la cuisine sri lankaise. 

Etienne – January 2024

Comme la cuisine nous interessait, Ru nous a convié le lendemain à participer à la préparation du dîner et c’était passionnant. Dans cet ensemble paradisiaque, il y a une superbe piscine alimentée par une source.

Mike et Ru sont aux petits soins pour leurs hôtes, ils nous ont organisés une superbe excursion à Horton plains avec un panier petit déjeuner et nous ont beaucoup aidé pour organiser notre voyage en transport en commun jusqu’au Pic d’Adam.
Rien. Le seul regret n’être resté que 2 jours.

Thomas stayed with us in 2023

Thomas – April 2023

Malgré être un voyageur très régulier, je prends très rarement le temps de déposer un commentaire sur Booking… mais Glen Myu Estate est un lieu exceptionnel, qui mérite largement de changer cette mauvaise habitude !

 Afin d’illustrer ce séjour, je vais commencer par une anecdote : le jour de notre arrivé, après avoir pris le train entre Kandy et Haputale, nous avons décidé de nous arrêter manger dans un des restaurants bien connu du centre-ville, avant de rejoindre le Glen Myu Estate. Le repas était bon… pourtant cela s’est transformé en un des grands regrets de notre voyage, une fois que nous avons eu l’opportunité de gouter à un magnifique dessert préparé par Ruwanthi au Glen Myu Estate.

Un repas à l’extérieur, c’était un repas au Glen Myu en moins, et vous l’aurez compris, la nourriture est exceptionnelle, avec des produits directement cultivés dans le jardin. Nous avons largement rattrapé cette erreur les jours suivants. 

 Pour le reste, tout était également parfait, la maison est magnifique, le jardin est magnifique… et Ruwanthi et Michael de superbes hôtes, extrêmement aidant et chaleureux ! Merci !

Our guests that stayed in 2022

Superbe maison. De belles rencontres avec des hotes très sympathiques et impliqués dans la vie de la communauté environnante. L’ambiance très convivial et assez intimiste (seulement 3 chambres) permet également de rencontrer et d’échanger avec d’autres voyageurs. 

Leo – March 2022

Des dîners et petits déjeuners absolument délicieux (à des tarifs corrects), fait à partir de nombreux produits de leur grand jardin. Des chambres grandes avec des lits très confortables. Maison située au calme à 15min d’Haputale, avec une belle piscine dans un grand domaine. De nombreux tuktuk pourront vous y conduire depuis la gare (~1000Roupees), et les zones d’activités nécessitent dans tous les cas un véhicule.

Camille – March 2022

Une parenthèse enchantée pendant notre séjour Sri Lankais. Michael et Ruwanthi nous ont accueilli dans leur magnifique maison où nous avons passé un merveilleux séjour. > L’emplacement est top : au milieu de la végétation, avec une vue imprenable sur les montagnes, magnifique piscine, et chose incroyable : une cascade en bas du jardin où il est possible de se baigner ! La maison est très agréable et décorée avec beaucoup de goût. > La nourriture est un délice. Du petit-déjeuner au dîner, de l’entrée au dessert, les plats sont fait maison et on en salive encore (gros coup de coeur pour le monkey bread et le bol du matin !) 

 On se sent comme à la maison, Michael et Ruwanthi font tout pour rendre notre séjour agréable. Bref, un bon bol d’oxygène entre 2 attractions touristiques.

Ruwanthi est une cuisinière hors pair. Elle a développé un super jardin potager qu’elle nous a fait découvrir. > L’accueil est parfait.

Un charmant couple de français rencontrés sur une plage du sud nous a recommandé Glen Myu. Les recommandations et les photos sont encore en deçà de la réalité. Il y a tellement de choses formidables à dire sur cet établissement : A l’arrivée, quelle belle maison, quel architecture ! Les vues sont extraordinaires ! Michael et Ruwanthee sont toujours à votre disposition. 

Pascal – March 2022

L’impression d’être comme à la maison dans un cadre idyllique. La visite du jardin par Michael est inoubliable. Très belle piscine ! Bref, à faire, refaire et re re faire !!!

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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German Tourists in Sri Lanka

German Tourists in Sri Lanka.

German Tourists in Sri Lanka.

What our German guests say about their stay at GlenMyu Estate when on holiday in Sri Lanka.

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Here are some Booking.com reviews from our German guests.

10 Punkte reichen eigentlich nicht, es müssten mehr sein! Es ist eine moderne, neue, liebevolle und sehr kleine (3 Zimmer) Anlage, die direkt von den beiden Chefs betreut sind. Alle sind so nett, der Ausblick ist atemberaubend, die Lage abseits und ruhig. 

Melanie January 2024

Es gibt tolles, originales, selbst gemachtes Frühstück mit regionalen Lebensmitteln und auf Wunsch auch geniales Abendessen. Ihr müsst unbedingt auch mit der Mutter von Ruthi kochen, es ist ein tolles Erlebnis und man erfährt so viel. 

Der Pool und der Garten ist auch genial. Die Tiere sind mein persönliches Highlight, sie sind so lieb und süß! Die Gastgeber haben sich auch immer rührend gekümmert, ob mit Tee oder TukTuk, es war nie aufdringlich.

Rimma – March 2024

Ein zauberhafter Ort mit super lieben Menschen, leckerem Essen, atemraubendem Blick aus dem Zimmer und Lobby, Wasserfall auf dem Gelände… Einzigartig. Sehr besonders. Danke.

Bereits bei unserer Ankunft wurden wir sehr herzlich von unseren Gastgebern Michael und Ruwanthi und ihren zehn Hunden empfangen. Als Willkommensgruß gab es einen selbst gemachten wunderbar schmeckenden Fruchtsaft. Der Zugang in dieses moderne Haus war atemberaubend, denn er öffnete einen Blick ins Tal, wo man im Hintergrund einen Nationalpark sieht. Die Zimmer sind sehr ansprechend und zweckmäßig eingerichtet, hier hat man von jeder Stelle diesen wunderbaren Blick in die Ferne. 

Elisabeth – January 2024

The garden and the swimming pool

Nachdem wir an den Weihnachtstagen vor Ort waren, hatten die Gastgeber auch das Interieur sehr ansprechend gestaltet. Ruwanthi ist eine unglaublich gute Köchin, die auch Einblicke in ihre Kochkunst gewährt. Es werden vorwiegend selbst angebaute Produkte aus ihrem Garten zum Kochen verwendet. Michael ist sehr hilfsbereit, was die Möglichkeit von Ausflügen in der umliegenden Gegend betrifft.
Nachdem der Pool mit Naturwasser aus einer Quelle gespeist wird, war er etwas kühl zum Schwimmen. Dafür liegt er aber wunderbar eingebettet im Grundstück, mit Fernblick.

Our German guests that visited in 2023

Daniella – May 2023

Ruwanthi und Michael sind sehr herzliche Gastgeber, gehen auf alle persönliche Bedürfnisse eine und versuchen jedem Gast einen wundervollen Aufenthalt zu gestalten. Sie helfen bei der Organisation von Erkundungstouren und es wird täglich frisch mit überwiegend selbst angebauten Lebensmitteln gekocht. Ein wahrer Traumaufenthalt – sehr zu empfehlen.

We had the pleasure of staying at the GlenMyu and the experience was nothing short of extraordinary. The view over the landscape from my room was simply astonishing, offering a breathtaking panorama that made every moment special. The homemade food served was a delightful surprise – and with homemade I mean also ingrediance/fruits from the own garden. The culinary creations were not only delicious but also reflected a genuine passion for providing guests with a memorable experience. 

Phillipp – November 2023

The owners and the team were incredibly welcoming and warmhearted, creating an atmosphere that felt like a home away from home. Their personal touch added a unique charm to the stay, making it more than just a typical hotel visit. It was superbly clean, creating a hygienic and comfortable environment. 

Location and overall stay

The location of the hotel was ideal for those seeking adventure and exploration. With a tea factory visit, mesmerizing waterfalls, and the famous train ride from Haputale to Ella or Nanuoya nearby, there was always something exciting to do in the area. 

Overall, our stay was a delightful experience, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, culinary excellence, and warm hospitality. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a memorable and rejuvenating getaway.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

We only have three bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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What Visa will I need?

UK updates travel advisory for Sri Lanka

The UK updates travel advisory for Sri Lanka in April 2024.

UK updates travel advisory to Sri Lanka

Good news for Sri Lanka.

The UK updated its travel advisory for Sri Lanka in April 2024.

The revised advice should result in even more Brits holidaying in the paradise island.

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600,000 tourists for the 3 months since January 2024

Sri Lanka’s tourist numbers have already increased hugely, when compared to last year.

This news from the UK Travel Advisory is likely add to the number of holidaymakers coming from the United Kingdom.

You can see the monthly tourist arrivals and the comparisons at the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority website.

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UK updates travel advisory to Sri Lanka

The news of the revised travel advice to Sri Lanka was reported in the press in Sri Lanka.

You can read the articles by clicking the links.

The UK travel advice for Sri Lanka

Keep up to date with current travel advice from the UK Government by visiting their website.

More visitors to GlenMyu Estate from the UK

At GlenMyu Estate we have received lots of guests that travel from the UK. 

The revised travel advice to Sri Lanka will most likely increase numbers that we see here in the Sri Lankan Hill country.

Both Ruwanthi and her husband lived in the UK for many years before relocating to Sri Lanka. 

You can read more about our story by clicking the About Us button on our website.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

We only have 3 bedrooms and you will need to book early during the peak holiday season.

The estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Town, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Lipton’s Seat, Bambarakanda Waterfall and many more,

GlenMyu Estate is listed on Booking.com and Airbnb.
Contact us by the WhatsApp button on our website for direct booking rates.

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Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Tourist numbers in Sri Lanka are rising

Tourist numbers in Sri Lanka are rising.

The tourist numbers in Sri Lanka are rising.

For the fourth month in a row over 200,000 travellers per month have visited this paradise island.

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A great result but.....

It was reported in the Sri Lankan Daily Mirror that there were over 200,000 arrivals in March 2024.

However the total was lower than the target set by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

The online newspaper reported that “In March, the island nation welcomed a total of 209,181 international visitors, a 66 percent year-on-year growth”.

See the month on month growth at the SLTDA

After the challenging years of the global pandemic and then the financial crisis it is good to see number tourist numbers rise. It’s an important part of the economy on the island and creates employment for lots of people. 

The Sri Lankan Tourist Development Authority (SLTDA) publishes weekly and monthly tourist arrivals on their website.

Click on the button to see the statistics.

Why are tourist travelling in numbers to Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is a small island off the tip of India, but it as so much to do and see there on holiday.

The island is brimming with a rich history, diverse culture, spectacular wildlife. There are stunning landscapes and unparalleled experiences to enjoy.


You can go on exciting safaris, taste incredible cuisine, enjoy beautiful weather and so much more

Noen Arch bridge
Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.
Horton Plains in January 2024
Beaches on the East Coast of Sri Lanka

A variety of beaches around the island

This small island has a diverse offering of beaches around its’ coasts. 

The South and West coasts are great to visit from December to April.

Visiting the North and East costs are best from May until September. 

The beach bar at Maalu Maalu
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Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.
Wake up early for the Sunrise

Ella and the Sri Lankan Hill Country

There are so many great places to visit in the Sri Lankan Hill country.

Ella Town is around one hours drive from GlenMyu Estate. Most of our guests visit Nine Arch Bridge, Ravana Waterfall and climb Mini Adams Peak.