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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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What Visa will I need?

Sr Lanka Tourist Visa May 2024

Sri Lanka Tourist Visa May 2024.

Update – Sri Lanka Tourist Visa May 2024.

Visiting Sri Lanka just got more expensive as the country outsources the online system for getting your visa.

The visa price has increased from US$50 to US$75.

However, there will also be an administrative fee of US$18.50 charged by the company that issues your holiday visa.

Where can I buy a tourist visa?

What are the visa fee costs?

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The only government authorised vehicle to purchase your online visa is operated by IVS-GBS and VFS Global.

There is an eVisa fees waiver scheme for citizens of China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan.

You can see the visa fees in the following link.

Where do I buy my Sri Lankan Tourist Visa?

The best place to buy your visa is online at the official government website.

The outsourcing and increase in fees appears to have taken many by surprise. 

The Sri Lanka Daily Mirror article “Sri Lanka now has highest visa costs in Asia” can be read by clicking the flowing link.

Is Sri Lanka still worth visiting?

Despite the increase in visa fees we still think that Sri Lanka is worth visiting.

There are so many things to do and see on this paradise island. 

Our guests at GlenMyu Estate love their experience around the island.

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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The Swimming Pool at GlenMyu Estate

The swimming pool is fabulous at this time of year

The swimming pool is fabulous at this time of year.

The swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate is fabulous at this time of year.

As there is more sun warming the water in early April the temperature is really appealing.

Our guests at GlenMyu Estate love it. Some prefer our pool than the warmer bath-like pools at the coast.

Surrounded by nature, and away from the crowds of Ella, GlenMyu Estate is a great alternative option providing a little bit of luxury on your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Wishing reach of so many places and things to do in the hill country most of our guests want to come back again.

What's so great about it?

There are so many things that we love about the natural spring-fed infinity swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate.

Soaking up the morning sun at the swimming pool

The refreshing temperature.

A place to exercise and to relax. 

Soaking up the morning sun

Listening to the birds sing

Appreciating the beautiful scenery and landscape

Spending time with friends and family

Swimming by myself

An evening swim watching the changing colours in the sky

Swim as the sun goes down
Swimming in unique places

Reading a book on holiday

Drawing the natural landscape

The temperature

We really don’t enjoy swimming in a pool that is too warm. It just feels like we are swimming in a bath!

The temperature in the morning is quite cool, however, it’s a great way to start the day. If you are sleepy at all, a morning swim will wake you up!

In the late afternoon, around 4.30 p.m. the sun has gently warmed the water in the swimming pool.

It’s still a little fresh but very comfortable and a great way to the end the day

Swim in Fresh Water at GlenMyu Estate

Many of our guests do a hike when they stay at GlenMyu Estate. 

There are a lot of great places to explore, all within an hours drive.

One of the best things about our swimming pool is that you can swim after your hike to ease those leg muscles. Our guests love it!

What we love....

What hikes do we love to do the most at GlenMyu Estate?

We have a few favourites and there are several that we need to experience.

Horton Plains National Park (UNESCO)

A hike around the 11 kilometre circuit at Horton Plains National is one of our favourites. 

The entrance fee is a little pricey for Sri Lanka, however the National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

It is well managed and a lot of local people are employed to keep the park well maintained.

Waking in Horton Plains
Horton Plains in January 2024

Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

A dip in the pools after the twenty minute hike to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall is another of our favourite things to do.

This is a less expensive outing and we love it there.

You get the benefits of both a short hike and a swim in the natural pools. 

Swimming at the beautiful pools of Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

It's so new that it's on the todo list!

The Pekoe Trail 

This new hike only opened in 2023 and therefore it is on our todo list. 

The trail consists of 22 stages of a 300 kilometre walk starting in Kandy and going through Hatton, Nuwara Eliya, Haputale and Ella.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and swim in the Sri Lanka 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.

What Visa will I need?
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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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In the papers ....

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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5 Ways to Unplug from Technology on Holiday

8 ways to unplug from technology on holiday

Here are 8 ways to unplug from technology on holiday which may help you having a more relaxing time during your precious time off.

We find, at GlenMyu Estate, that it’s easy to switch off and be in the moment.

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1. Let people know that you are on holiday

A great place to start is to let everyone know that you are going away before you leave for that well-earned break.

Friends and Family – Let your friends and family know that you are going away. You could send out a short email or text to those that you regularly have contact with, letting them know when you’ll be gone.

Colleagues and Coworkers –  Let your workmates know the following:
When you’re leaving.
How long you’ll be gone/when you will be back.
How to reach you in case of an emergency.

Set up an out-of-office message on your work inbox. Ensure that you  let people know when you’ll return and who to contact a in your absence.

2 Pack less technology in your luggage

Leave most of the tech at home. An easy way to use less technology is to not take it with you.

However, while going completely tech-free is a ultimate goal, it’s a bit of an unreal stretch too far.

Before you pack consider what devices you really need. Your phone is a must-have in case of an emergency. A tablet is great for watching movies on a plane or reading a book while relaxing by the pool.
That may be all you need to make the most of your vacation.

You could ditch the tablet and take your book reader only which will limit the time you can spend on tech during your vacation.

A camera may help you reduce your phone usage
Packing your camera may result in you not reaching for your phone when you want to capture a moment from your holiday.

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3. Plan out your technology use - and stick to it!

Going completely unplugged from technology is a real challenge when it is part of your everyday life.

Reading a book on your tablet, using a map to get you around and checking out restaurant reviews on your phone are all things that make your holiday easier.

Instead of trying to eliminate technology completely, set limits for how you’re going to use your devices.

Plan out how much time you’ll use technology per day, what you will use it for, and when you’ll use your devices.

You can download some apps which will help you manage your screen time

Relax at GlenMyu Estate.

4.Travel to a remote destination (better still off grid)

A great way to avoid using technology on holiday is by going somewhere with limited internet access.

There are lots of travel spots which offer plenty of things to do and see which will stimulate your mind and keep you away from technology.

Hiking in places where there is limited internet access such as Horton Plains means you can live in the moment.

Ben Fogle’s “New Lives in the Wild” visited Cliff Lodge, Haputale, Sri Lanka is an ideal place. An off grid camping experience with activities including hiking to a waterfall will provide you with that tech free experience.

5. Turn off all (or most) notifications

By turning off your phone alerts and notifications you will not have the distraction of that ping alerting you to a new email etc.

 Turn off the push notifications on your devices along with your ringer.

If there isn’t anything making you to look at your phone, you’ll be less likely to be tempted to use it.

6. Plan activities that don't involve devices and tech

Alongside planning your tech use, participating in tech free activates will mean that you won’t have time to even think about reaching for your devices.

In Sri Lanka you can hike, swim, surf, scuba, kite sail and more. There are activities that don’t involve technology.  

If you’re traveling with a group, suggest a tech-free dinner where everyone leaves their phones in the hotel bedroom.

7. Bring a notebook and pen

Taking a simple notebook and some art supplies can help keep you and the children entertained without the focus on screens.

By participating in some art activity as a family you can stimulate those creative juices and get them flowing again. How about having a drawing or painting competition? You can even give a prize for the best picture.

Starting journal for the holiday so that you can remember the good times, food that you eat and people you met.

Perhaps a scrap book is the way to go, where you can paste in mementos of the trip. Instead os sending postcards, you can glue some into your scrap book and add some photos that you have taken later to remember the places you have visited.

By starting this habit, it may become a creative routine for you and the family later on.

A writers retreat in Sri Lanka

8. Take a book or two

There is nothing like turning the leaves of a book, especially when you are engrossed in the story.

Find some books that you are interested in. Perhaps you will find some on a list of bestsellers which you can find online. Maybe you want to read the latest Booker Prize winner. 

Set yourself the task to read a target number of pages per day at a particular time to get you started. Aim to read both books before the completion of your holiday. 

Again, if you start the habit and enjoy it, you may continue this when you get back home and not pick up the screens as often.

Reading a book on holiday

Unplugging from your life for a few days is hard.

However, by following these tips, you’ll be closer to finding the peace and calm that you need on vacation.

8 ways to unplug from technology on your holiday in Sri Lanka - Summary

  1. Let everyone know.
  2. Pack less technology in your luggage.
  3. Plan out your technology use.
  4. Travel to a remote destination (better still off grid)
  5. Turn off all (or most) notifications.
  6. Plan non – tech activities.
  7. Bring a notebook and pen.
  8. Pack a book or two.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and ....

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.

GlenMyu Estate is usually within an hours drive of the major sightseeing locations.

These include:
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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Wake up early for the Sunrise

A summer holiday in Sri Lanka

A summer holiday in Sri Lanka

Summer holiday the Sri Lanka?

Can you visit Sri Lanka for a summer holiday?

Is Sri Lanka a good place to holiday in the Summer?

Where is the best place to go during June, July and August on the island?

Maalu Maalu - swimming at the East Coast of Sri Lanka

Summer in Europe or Summer in Australia?

Summer means a different time of year, depending upon what part of the globe you are starting from.

Being from the UK, Summer is from June to August. 

It was pointed out to me that if you are living in New Zealand or Australia, summer is our winter in the UK.

The good news for antipodeans, is that Sri Lanka is great for visiting in their winter too.

Most tourists visit Sri Lanka in the Winter months

Up until recently, Sri Lanka has been seen as a winter holiday destination. It is a place  where you can escape from the temperatures in Northern Europe. 

The south and west coasts are monsoon free and it is a great time to visit the island. 

What is summer like in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka doesn’t have a summer that can be compared to that experienced in Europe.

The island has two main monsoons which determines what part of the island are best visited during different times of the year.

The north-west monsoon, brings rain from the Bay of Bengal. It affects the far north and east between December and February.

The main south-west monsoon, originates from the Indian Ocean. This brings most rain to Colombo, the south, and west coasts and during May and June.

Visit the North and East coasts of Sri Lanka during May to September

This means that you can visit Sri Lanka during the summer holidays.

The north and east coasts are the best part of the country to visit during this time of the year

What's there to see and do?

The north and east coasts of the country are less developed than the rest of the island.

The civil war, which ended some fifteen years ago,  has meant that investment in new hotels and infrastructure had only been made in more recent years.

A new place to discover and the most beautiful beaches

If you love a beautiful beach, which has a shallow shelf that is safer for bathing, many beaches on the east coast will be ideal for you.

There have been several good quality hotels built along the Pasikuda coast. You can enjoy the pristine sand and top up your tan.

We have been to Maalu Maalu, by Thema Collection several times and had a wonderful stay.

There are also some historic sights to see in and around Jaffna.

Jaffna Fort
Jaffna Market
Jaffa public library
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta

Delft Island
Elephant Pass
Pennai Causeway
Casuarini Beach

Get there before it loses its' charm

We had friends that stayed with us at GlenMyu Estate last August who had explored Jaffna, Trincomalee and the east coast beaches.

Their advice to us was to visit and experience this part of the country before  much more development starts and it loses its’ charm.

'You’ll come back for more’

We find, at GlenMyu Estate, that everyone that comes to this paradise island, wants to return again.

The new strap line from Sri Lanka tourism ‘You’ll come back for more’ reflects this desire.

Once you have visited Sri Lanka for the first time and are comfortable with the country, barriers to returning disappear. 

Part of this strategy to increase tourist numbers will be to encourage more visitors during the European summer.

2.3m Tourists in 2024

The Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) reported in March 2024 that Sri Lanka tourism is aiming for 2.3 million tourists visiting the island during 2023. 

What this would say to me is “holiday now before it get too crowded”. So, we would certainly encourage you to visit this island soon!

You can visit the Sri Lankan Hill country all year round (almost!)

Visiting Ella and the main attractions that surround it is one of the must do things on your holiday in Sri Lanka.

The good news is that you can visit Ella during most months of the year. 

At GlenMyu Estate (about 1 hour and 15 minutes drive from Ella) we tend to be open for most of the year apart from October, when the inter-monsoon hits the island. 

Most of our guests do a day trip to see sights such as Nine Arch Bridge, Ella Rock, Mini Adams Peak and Ravanna Falls. 

However, many visitors enjoy the experience of Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, the hike around Horton Plains National Park and the views from Lipton’s Seat.

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, Upper Diyaluma Waterfall and Nine Arches Bridge 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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Best place to stay to visit Horton Plains, Sri Lanka

Where is the best place to stay to visit Horton Plains, Sri Lanka?

Where is the best place to stay to visit Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka?

Here is why we think GlenMyu Estate is ideal for you.

So many options

Scroll through the web and you will find lots of places to stay when you visit Horton Plains National Park

What's important is" what do you really want?"

There are some places that are nearer to Horton Plains but, as of yet, the quality may not be what you require.

Nuwara Eliya does have some good quality accommodation. However you must remember that you will be at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft). It can get a bit chilly at night.

Climate Data shows the average temperature in Nuwara Eliya however in January the temperature can get as low as 0°C (32°F). 

A little bit of luxury away from the crowd

Guests tend to choose GlenMyu Estate as it is away from the larger tourist towns such as Nuwara Eliya and Ella.

It is a chance to properly relax during your busy itinerary around the island. 

As we only have three bedrooms on the five acre estate you will have plenty of space for yourselves.

GlenMyu Estate - The same time to get to the park as from Nuwara Eliya

It takes a similar time get from GlenMyu Estate to the entrance to Horton Plains as it does from Nuwara Eliya.

 

Are you heading North or South?

Perhaps if you are heading from North to South then staying in Nuwara Eliya would be convenient. However, we would recommend that you research Nuwara Eliya and decide whether you really want to stay there.

Of course there are several interesting places to visit in Nuwara Eliya. The Post Office, The Grand Hotel, Gregory Lake and  Waterfall. There are some really good tea factory tours such as Pedro Estate.

If you want to be nearer, but not in Ella, then GlenMyu Estate provides a good base. It’s a great location to visit to Horton Plains and also day trips to Ella and the sights there.

GlenMyu Estate is also only 40 minutes to 1 hours drive from the spectacular Upper Diyaluma Waterfall which is one of our favourite places. 

We can arrange a driver - and a fabulous packed breakfast.

We regularly arrange a cart or van to take you to Horton Plains National Park (and back!). 

Ru makes a fantastic packed breakfast to take with you so that you can have something to eat and drink during your hike.

We normally send to off at 6 -6.30 am in the morning so you have the best chance to see the views at World’s End and also to avoid the intensity of the sun.

The great news is that you can get back to GlenMyu Estate in the early afternoon, You can enjoy a refreshing swim. Your muscles and tired legs will be thanking you!

A delicious meal in the evening (and perhaps dessert!).

The food at GlenMyu Estate is starting to get a reputation (please read our customer reviews).

So, after expending the energy on your hike, what better way to finish your day with a delicious meal prepared by Ru and the team.

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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Horton Plains National Park Entry fee ticket from 16-1-2024

Horton Plains Entry Fee in January 2024

Horton Plains Entry Fee January 2024.

Horton Plains Entry Fee January 2024.

What is the entry fee to this UNESCO World Heritage site in the Sri Lankan Hill Country?

Our guests left from GlenMyu Estate around 6 a.m. so they could arrive early and hopefully get a clear view at World’s End.

There had been a lot of rain in Sri Lanka during the periods October, November and until Mid December and I was worried that it may be too wet.

However, fortunately the paths had dried out substantially. We had some drier weather from around the 12th January 2024 which must have helped the pathways recover.

The hike was a lot easier than our guests experienced in December 2023 and took our Australian guests around 4 hours.

They were very lucky and had clear views at Lesser World’s End and Greater World’s End.

It was an amazing experience seeing the view of the 870 metre precipice at World’s End.

Our guests really loved Baker’s Falls which had good flow due to the amount of rain in recent months. 

They has a wonderful experience and now that I know that the pathways are okay to hike, I will be able to recommend the walk to other guests at GlenMyu Estate.

Horton Plains Entry Fee January 2024.

We really appreciate our  Australian guests allowing us to share the entry fee ticket to Horton Plains so that other visitors are aware of the cost at 16th January 2024.

A breakdown of costs for the Horton Plains Entry Fee on 16th January 2024.

Here is the breakdown of the fees for two foreign adults for entry to Horton Plains National Park. 
The ticket is dated 16 January 2024 and is priced in Sri Lankan Rupees.
The total cost of LKR 23,257.80 is around GBP £57, Euros €66 and US$73 (currency conversion at 21/12/2023)

16,300      – Foreign Adults (Two people)
150           – JOCOV – I have no idea what this is!
3,260       – Service Charge
3,547.80   – Value Added Tax 

23,257.80 Total

Additional costs.

Our guests drove their hire car to Horton Plains so their additional costs would be their daily car hire and petrol. 

Many of our guests do not drive their own car and we normally arrange a van or car to get them to Horton Plains National Park.

Previously we arranged a van to take our guests to Horton Plains from GlenMyu Estate and the hire cost in January 2024 was LKR17,000 plus tip.

Fuel prices in Sri Lanka do change on regular basis.
Therefore there may be an increase or decrease in price when you enquire about transport to Horton Plains.

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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Instagrammable places in Sri Lanka

Swim at the top of Sri Lanka’s 2nd Tallest Waterfall.

Swim at the top of Sri Lanka's 2nd Tallest Waterfall.

Swim at the top of Sri Lanka’s 2nd Tallest Waterfall. 

A unique experience that our guests love to do from GlenMyu Estate.

Upper Diyaluma waterfall is the second tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka at 220 m (720 ft). The falls are the 619th highest waterfall in the world.

It’s based 6 km (3.7 mi) away from Koslanda in Badulla District on Colombo-Badulla Highway.

GlenMyu Estate is located on the Colombo-Badulla Highway and is 19km from Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

Read about our experience at our article “Our day trip to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall”.

We were amazed when we went on our first trip from GlenMyu Estate to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

The road access has been improved since we have been living in Sri Lanka. As it is only forty minutes from GlenMyu Estate our guests can normally beat the other tourists to the site.

Many of our guests have been able to spend an hour or two exploring Upper Diyalima before other people reach the waterfall.

This makes it a special experience for them to remember. 

Here are a few photos of Ru enjoying swimming in the clear waters at Sri Lanka’s 2nd tallest waterfall.

Our guests really enjoy swimming at Sri Lanka's 2nd tallest waterfall

Our guests Matt and Millie enjoying Upper Diyaluma Waterfall in November 2023.

A reasonably priced experience in Sri Lanka.

Swimming at Sri Lanka’s 2nd tallest waterfall.

You can read about the entry cost at our article “Diyaluma Waterfall Entry Cost”.

The local council only started charging an entry fee last year and they have improved the access to this wonderful experience. The costs is minimal at LKR 350 (around £1, US$1, €1).

Other costs to at Sri Lanka's 2nd Tallest Waterfall.

Unless you have your own vehicle there will also be transport costs to take you to Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

We normally send guests in a Tuk Tuk from GlenMyu Estate. The driver will show you the route around Upper Diyaluma, keep your valuables safe whilst you are swimming and take you back to the estate.

In January 2024 the driver has charged around LKR 6,000 for the return journey (around £15, US$19, €17). 

Where is Upper Diyaluma Waterfall

The access road to Upper Diyaluma Water can be reached from the A4 Colombo to Batticaloa High near to Koslanda.

GlenMyu Estate is around 40 minutes drive from Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate - swim at Sri Lanka's 2nd tallest waterfall

A stay at GlenMyu Estate as you explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country and see sights like Upper Diyaluma Waterfall 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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Swim as the sun goes down

The best places to swim in Sri Lanka.

The Best Places to swim in Sri Lanka

The best places to swim in Sri Lanka.

We love swimming on our Natural Spring Fed pool in the Sri Lankan Hill Country at GlenMyu Estate.

Okay, we are a little biased because of where we live and what we like.

However, here are our favourites.  

GlenMyu Estate is located in the Sri Lankan hill country and provides a unique experience for swimming on your holiday in Sri Lanka. 

We like the coolness of the water which we find quite refreshing and encourages you to swim. It’s a great place to get some exercise and work off some of the calories from the delicious meals served by Ru.

I love swimming either in the morning or in the evening (or both). 

It’s a great way to start and end the day. 

5 of our best places to swim on you holiday In Sri Lanka.

Our 5 best places to swim when on holiday In Sri Lanka.

Here are our five best places to swim in Sri Lanka.

1.The Natural Spring-Fed Infinity Swimming Pool.

Our natural spring fed swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate is a really special experience.

We do not use chlorine in the pool so you come out from your swim smelling refreshes rather than with that chlorine smell.

The pool is located a small walk away from the house and you are not overlooked by other guests.

I love it when the birds provide the background music as I swim surrounded by nature. 

Swim as the sun goes down
10 Reasons Why We Love Our Swimming Pool. Our best decision when we built GlenMyu Estate B & B in Sri Lanka.

2. Upper Diyaluma Waterfall, Koslanda

As Upper Diyaluma is located just forty minutes drive from GlenMyu Estate.

There are lots of pools to swim in as you descend from the top of the waterfall. It’s an amazing experience, especially as it is relatively untouched.

It is becoming a favourite Instagram spot as there are stunning carvings in the rocks to sit and admire the views.

Upper Diyaluma is the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka,

3. Maalu Maalu Hotel, Pasikuda

The East Coast of Sri Lanka is a less touristy detonation on the island. More hotels have been built in the last ten years or so and it is becoming a more popular place to holiday.

The beaches are best to visit during April to September while the rest of the island is experiencing monsoonal rains.

Although my wife and I are not massive sun worshippers we like the beaches in the East Coast of Sri Lanka.

There are less people at the beach, it safer as there is a shallow shelf and the scenery is stunning.

We really enjoyed our stay at Maalu Maalu Hotel by Thema Collection.

4. Bambarakanda Waterfall

Bambarakanda Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka and has a beautiful pool it’s foot.

It is a stunning place to swim in the cooler waters. 

Bambarakanda Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It’s quite easy to access and is just around an hours drive from GlenMyu Estate.

5. Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay, on the South East coast of Sri Lanka is a great place for swimming and surfing. 

During the season, there is a good buzz as the number of surfers  inhabiting the town increase.

Although we are not surfers, we like the atmosphere and the stunning location.

There are lots of great beaches around this island.

Our five places to swim in Sri Lanka are just our preferences. Not being sun worshippers we really enjoy the freshness of the water in the waterfalls within reach of GlenMyu Estate.

Many of our guests arrive from the South Coast through December to April and rave about their time at the beautiful beaches.

We are building a number of beaches that we want to experience from our guests recommendations.

Rekawa, Hiriketiya and Talalla beaches are our current top three that we want to visit in 2024.

We have a special spot in our hearts for Negombo beach because we got married at one of the hotels there.
Our friends, who attended our wedding, had a great time there, especially at the bride v groom cricket match we arranged at the beach.

Our 5 best places to swim in Sri Lanka.

  1. GlenMyu Estate Swimming Pool
  2. Upper Diyaluma Waterfall
  3. Pasikuda on the East Coast
  4. Bambarakanda Waterfall
  5. Arugam Bay

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and enjoy our Natural Spring-Fed Infinity swimming pool.

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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Horton Plains National Park December 2023.

Horton Plains National Park December 2023.

Horton Plains National Park December 2023.

Our German guests visited Horton Plains in December when staying with us at GlenMyu Estate.

Here are the costs for their trip, how they got there from GlenMyu Estate.

Horton Plains National Park.

Transport arranged.

GlenMyu Estate is around one and a quarter hours drive from the entrance at Horton Plains National Park.

We arranged a driver to take our guests to the park, wait and then bring them back.

They thought that they may have enough energy to add an additional experience on their way back from their hike.

We suggested a stop at Addisham Bungalow/St Benedict’s Monastery as they pass the entrance on their way back to GlenMyu Estate.  
You can read more about Adisham Bungalow in our article “Our day trip to Adisham Bungalow“.

Entrance costs are minimal (around LKR500). It is a gentle experience visiting the manicured gardens and seeing the three rooms open to visitors ay the hall.

You can drive to Horton Plains yourself if you have a hire car.

I have driven to Horton Plains myself.

If you have a more car, you should have no issues getting there yourself.

Travel from Haputale towards Boraland. From Boralanda go to Ohia. 

Drive through Ohia (over the railway tracks) and this road will take you through a forest and up to the Horton Plains entrance.

We did send a guest by Tuk Tuk to Horton Plains once before.
Unfortunately the ride was too uncomfortable and it was also too cold in the early morning.
Therefore, we do not recommend going to Horton Plains by Tuk Tuk and paying the extra costs for a confortable, warm vehicle.

They got up early! A six a.m. start,

There are lots of reasons to get up early to visit Horton Plains National Park.

Avoid the crowds.
Beat the clouds coming in and obscuring the view.
Reduce your chance of getting sunburnt. The UV levels are intense at the elevation (1,200–2,300 m (3,900–7,500 ft).

Horton Plains in December 2023 -We prepared a packed breakfast for their hike.

A delicious packed breakfast was prepared for the guests by Ru and the team.

We normally include an omelette in the breakfast as it is easy to eat en route. It’s great to sit at Lesser Word’s End, watch the view and get some sustenance.

On arrival at the entrance to Horton Plains National Park.

You pay the entry fee when you enter the park.

Make sure that you have your passport with you.

Our guests provided us with a copy of their entry ticket to Horton Plains National Park so we could share the price with you.

The breakdown of costs are as follows:

150          – Local Adult (the driver)
16,450      – Foreign Adults (Two people)
300           – JOCOV – I don’t know what this is for!
3,290       – Service Charge
3,028.50   – Value Added Tax 

23,218.50     Total

Starting in the walk - Go the harder way

We always recommend our guests to take the left turn at the rock which you meet.

Although this says “Hard way” there are good reasons why we recommend this,

The clouds generally come in to Horton Plains a little later in the day. If you go left you will get to the two main viewing points first. Lessser World’s End is a 270 metre precipice. Greater World’s End is an 870 metre precipice. 

If you get there later in the day it is likely that the clouds will obscure the view.

There is no guarantee in seeing the view, but you have more of a chance if you go left.

If you do arrive at Lesser World’s End and the clouds are in, just wait for ten to fifteen minutes and the clouds may lift and reveal the view.

However, if they don’t clear head to Greater World’s End and hopefully the view will be clear. If this is also obscured, again hang about for ten to twenty minutes and wait for the clouds to lift.

Unfortunately, if they don’t lift, you were not meant to see the view thus time and will have to try again on another trip.

A cloudy scene on our hike around Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains in December 2023 - Rest and relax at the beautiful Baker's Falls.

Named after the founder of Nuwara Eliya, Robert Baker, Baker’s Falls is a beautiful waterfall. It’s a great place to put your feet up for a while to rejuvenate yourself from the efforts of your walk so far.

Make sure that you read the information boards on the way.

The information boards have really interning information about the landscape, flora and fauna of Horton Plains National Park.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and taste sample great food from our food menu.

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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Noen Arch bridge

5 reasons to Visit Sri Lanka in 2024

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024.

We recommend that you visit Sri Lanka in 2024.

Get here soon before it gets too busy.

Tourist numbers are rising and are expected to continue.

We have met several guests at GlenMyu Estate saying that Sri Lanka is like Bali was twenty years ago.
Although there are parts of Bali that still have the historic charm of the culture, the landscape changed as it became a more popular tourist destination.

Approaching 15 years.

The civil war in Sri Lanka came to an end in May 2009 almost fifteen years ago. 

Already Sri Lanka has changed and the tourist numbers have risen from the 300,000-500,000 each year to 1.5 million in 2023.
The government target is 2.3 million for 2024.

Between 2016 and 2018 the tourist numbers exceeded 2 million annually, peaking at 2.3. million in 2018.

As the 2024 target has been achieved previously, then it can be reached again.

In August 2023, President Ranil Wickremesinghe issued a directive for the country to target attracting 5 million tourists per year.

As tourist numbers increase the country will change, so we recommend that you visit Sri Lanka in 2024.

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024.

There are lots of reason to visit Sri Lanka in 2024 apart from it getting too busy. 
The island pack a big punch for its’ size with an array of experiences for tourist to enjoy on their discovery of this paradise island.

Whether you want to dive into the culture, enjoy nature and animals or just top up the tan on the beach you can do these things and more on this paradise island..

Visiting historic cities like Anaradhapura or Pollunarawura, seeing religious sites such as The Temple of the Tooth of Dambulla Cave Temple are high on visitors lists.

Climbing the Lion Rock, Adams Peak and trekking around Horton Plains and up Mini Adams Peak are all on offer for tourists that want to hike

Waterfalls and train rides in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

Enjoying the fresh water pools at Upper Diyaluma, Bambarakanda and Ravana Falls are enjoyed in the Sri Lankan Hill Country.

Experiencing a scenic train ride between Nanuoya and Ella or watching a train travel across Nine Arch Bridge are other hot items in the guest books.

Diving in deeper by experiencing local life at a homestay or seeing how tea is cultivated and processed are other things that visitors like to do.

And so much more.

At GlenMyu Estate we are amazed at what some guests have experienced prior to arriving for their stay with us. A hike in an area that we did not know about, volunteering a an elephant sanctuary, seeing a geyser down south and visiting a national park that we have not got around to visiting yet.

Usually we find that most guests go for similar experiences  on their first visit to the island ticking off the big ticket must see places. On their second or third visit they dive in a little further and explore less popular places and get more of an insight into the culture.

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024.

1. Visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall before it gets too busy.

The local councils started charging a minimal entrance fee to visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall in early 2023. Beforehand there was no cost to enter and no ticket booth.

Since the road to Diyaluma Waterfall from Beragala and Wellawaya has been improved (work still needs to be completed), it has become a popular place to visit.

A stunning pool at the top of Upper Diyaluma.

In November 2022, we visited Upper Diyaluma Waterfall with a German couple that were staying with us at GlenMyu Estate

We left after breakfast and there was no entry fee at the time.

Our guide took us to the top of the waterfall where there was a beautiful pool. We were alone as other tourists had not reached there yet. It was mesmerising and a special experience paddles through the water.

We enjoyed pool after pool as we descended Upper Diyaluma and more tourists and travellers started arriving. If we did not go early the tourists coming from Ella would have all been there with us from the start.

Other guests from GlenMyu Estate, who have visited Upper Diyaluma in recent months, have had a similar experience where for the first hour or so they have been one of the few people there.

As touristy numbers increase this opportunity will get less and less.

We would encourage you to visit Sri Lanka in 2024 before it gets too busy.

2. Be one of the first few who have hiked stages of the new Pekoe Trail.

The Pekoe Trail was opened in 2023 and is the newest hiking experience in Sri Lanka. 

As it is so new, you could be some of the first number of travellers to enjoy this new experience. 

GlenMyu Estate is located conveniently for stages 12, 13 and 14 of the Pekoe Trail. 

Some guests have hiked stage 13 of the Pekoe Trail from Haputale to St Catherine.
Another set of guests hiked from Haputale to Idalgashinna Railway station (part of Stage 12 of the Pekoe Trail Udaweriya to Haputale).

We were able to source a guide to accompany them on the trail and explain the plants and landscape that they were walking in. 

3. Visit the beaches of the East Coast from April to September.

The peak toast season in Sri Lanka is from December to March as the South and West coasts have the best weather.
Lots of European visitors escape to Sri Lanka to get some winter sunshine.

As there is sun in the Mediterranean during the summer months holidaying in Europe to get some sun is the popular thing to do.

However, the East Coast of Sri Lanka has the best weather between April to September and the beaches are fabulous. 

Since the Sri Lankan Civil War ended almost fifteen years ago there have been more hotels built on the East Coast.

The beaches at Pasikuda have beautiful golden sand and a shallow shelf which makes it safe to swim. 

We stayed at Maalu Maalu (Fish Fish) resort by the Thema Collection

If you like to soak up the sun, lie on a beautiful beach and swim in a warm sea we would recommend visiting the East coast of Sri Lanka. 

The tourist board are starting to promote Sri Lanka as an all year round destination. As the awareness is heightened the beaches will get busier.

So we would recommend that you visit the East coast beaches of Sri Lanka in 2024.

4. See Jaffna before it gets overdeveloped.

This is something that we plan to do in 2024!

Guests at GlenMyu Estate have recommended to visit Jaffna before it gets too built up and spoilt.

We are looking forward to seeing sights such as Jaffna Library, Dutch Fort, Delft Island, Jaffna Fort, Fort Hammenhiel and Casuarina Beach.

After our visit we will upload some photos and show you what to see before it gets too touristy.

5. If you want a train ticket you may get lucky in 2024.

One of the most popular sights in Sri Lanka is watching a train go over Nine Arch Bridge.

Lots of guests travel the six hour train journey from Kandy to Ella to experience “the most beautiful train journey in the world”.

Many tourist find it difficult to get a ticket with a seat. And you really need a seat for a six hour journey

As Sri Lanka’s tourist numbers increase, there will be additional pressure on seating on the trains for this journey.

Some of our recent guests at GlenMyu Estate have travelled between Demodara and Haputale by train. As the journey is only around an hour, it they did not get a seat, they could manage standing for the journey. 

5 reasons to visit Sri Lanka in 2024 - Summary

Visit Sri Lanka in 2024 before it gets too busy.

  1. Visit Upper Diyaluma Waterfall before it gets too busy.
  2. Be one of the first few who have hiked stages of the new Pekoe Trail.
  3. Visit the beaches of the East Coast from April to September.
  4. See Jaffna before it gets overdeveloped.
  5. If you want a train ticket you may get lucky in 2024.

Stay at GlenMyu Estate and visit the local sites in the Sri Lankan Hills.

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.