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Beaches on the coast of Sri Lanka.

Best time for visiting Trincomalee

Best time for visiting Trincomalee?

Best time for visiting Trincomalee?

What time of year is the best to visit this North East Sri Lankan port and see the sights and beaches?

An August outing

We, at GlenMyu Estate, are going to spend four days in Trincomalee in August 2024.

A separate article will be written about our trip and will include some photos and videos.

Our visit will be taking place during one of the months that it is the best time for visiting Trimcomalee.

In the meantime here is the general rule for the time to visit Trincomalaee.

Best time for visiting Trimcomalee? - Avoiding the monsoon season

Did you know that Sri Lanka experiences two monsoons during the year.

The height of the tourist season is from mid-December through to early April. Most visitors escape the European winter and head for some sun on this paradise island.

The South and West coasts are monsoon free during that period.

Most tourists also visit the Sri Lankan hill country and the cultural triangle at that part of the year.

The main South West monsoon (known as the Yala) originates from the Indian Ocean.

This monsoon brings most rain to Colombo, the South, and West coasts and during May and June.

Avoid the North and the East during December to February.

The weaker North East monsoon (called the Maha) brings rain from the Bay of Bengal.

It affects the far North and East between December and February.

Best time of year to visit Trincomalee

The best time for visiting Trincomalee is from May to October.

This is the dry season in Northern Sri Lanka.

Days are usually hot but dry, and the ocean is warm and clear.

This makes it ideal for snorkelling and swimming in Trincomalee.

We will be travelling from GlenMyu Estate in the Sri Lankan hill country

A local festival in our area which can be noisy gives us the opportunity to shut the hotel for a few days and explore. 

We will update you on our experience and what we saw in a future article.

In the meantime, check out GlenMyu Estate if you are looking to stay off the beaten track when  you are visiting Ella.

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.

What is there to see and do in Trincomalee?

Much as we like reading and seeing Blogs and Vlogs we rely on local Sri Lankans to give us good insights.

Here is a video by Shenelle Rodrigo which will give a flavour of what we look forward to seeing.

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Hiking is a healthy pursuit on holiday.

Horton Plains National Park (World’s End) Sri Lanka

Horton Plains National Park (World's End), Sri Lanka.

Horton Plains National Park (World’s End) is one of the best experiences if you are staying near Ella, Nuwara Eliya or Haputale, Sri Lanka.

The views, the landscape, the wildlife, the flora and an exhilarating hike are reasons alone to visit this park when on holiday in Sri Lanka.

We visit Horton Plains and World's End often (and our guests love it!)

At GlenMyu Estate, we love this UNESCO World Heritage site so much that we visit several times during the year.

The changing landscape during the year makes it a place where you never get bored of visiting.

We also always feel exhilarated at the end of the hike, whatever level of fitness we have at the time.

A swim in the natural spring-fed swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate is a welcome experience when we return after our hike.

Hiking in Horton Plains National Park in January 2024

Here are some videos and photos that I took in January 2024 when my best friend and my godson accompanied me on the 11 kilometre hike.

I hope that it becomes an annual event with my friends and family.

Starting on the hike at Horton Plains

Reaching Lesser World's End

Greater World's End - a fantastic view

The Beautiful Baker's Falls

The final part of the loop

What did it cost for our hike at Horton Plains?

A hike around the amazing Horton Plains National Park is one of the more expensive experiences you can do from GlenMyu Estate.

We however think that the cost is worth it given the experience that you have and it helps support the preservation of the National Park. It also provides some much needed employment to local people.

Ticket Price/Entry Fee to Horton Plains National Park

The fees for two foreign adults for entry to Horton Plains National Park were as follows in January 2024:

The total cost of LKR 23,257.8o.

This is around
GBP £57
Euros €66
US$73

Other costs for our hike

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What do you need to take for a hike at Horton Plains National Park?

Clothing and footwear

Footwear – I would recommend wearing sandals with fastenings. (Thats what I usually wear). Otherwise you can wear training shoes or walking shoes.
Walking shoes or boots are not necessary, but if you have brought them with you, why not use them?

Jacket – a light wind or rain jacket is all you need to bring along with you to Horton Plains. It is a little chilly at the start of the hike as you will start early in the morning.
There could be a little wind or light shower during your walk. I
tend to find that I need my jacket for the first fifteen to twenty minutes and then it goes into my small backpack for the rest of the hike.

Food, drink and other things for your hike

Food and Drink – At GlenMyu Estate we send you off with a packed breakfast and you can take this on your hike and eat it at one of the sightseeing points. You will just need snacks and some water for the three hour or so hike.

There is a small shop at the entrance to Horton Plains where you can pick up some items if you need to. The selection is limited though.

Please take all you litter with you and keep the park clean

Sunscreen – Don’t get caught out by the cloud cover! As you are at an elevation of between 2,100–2,300 m (6,900–7,500 ft) the UV level can be quite high. We have had guests return a little too red in colour, despite our warning.

Loo Paper and soap – There are a some toilets on the route however they don’t supply toilet paper or soap. Take some with you so you don’t get caught short!

Camera/Mobile Phone – you will have plenty of photo opportunities for those Instagram and Social Media moments.

A small backpack – you will need something to carry the items listed above

Back to the swimming pool to soothe those muscles

One of the things that we most enjoy after the hike is t soak our muscles in the swimming pool at GlenMyu Estate.

We normally arrive back at the estate a around 3 p.m. and the water in the pool has been gently warmed by the sun.

It is really a heavenly end to a fabulous day.

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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Elephants in Sri Lanka

Top 10 places to visit in 2024

Ryan Shirley, includes Sri Lanka in his Top 10 places to visit in 2024.

US YouTuber and seasoned traveller, Ryan Shirley, recommends Sri Lanka amongst his Top 10 Places to Visit in 2024.

He says that it is one of the places he most wants to visit this year.

Who is Ryan Shirley?

According to his YouTube Bio, Ryan “Started making magic and science videos, now 8 years later I’m moving towards travel cinematography”.

He has an amazing 735k subscribers and 178 videos as at June 2024. 

Sri Lanka is a lush island country

Ryan says that Sri Lanka is a “lush island country” located off the southern tip of India.

The island is small in size but it packs a large punch with the variety of experiences that you can have whilst on holiday.

An incredible coastline

Sri Lanka has an incredible coastline.

The variation of the beaches as you travel around the island is amazing.

Whether surfing, scuba diving, sailing, swimming, seeing turtles or just getting a tan, it offers everything you would want.

Top 10 places to visit in 2024 -Going on Safari in Sri Lanka

There are lots of opportunities to enjoy seeing animals on safari when on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Many of our guests at GlenMyu Estate, either visit Yala or Undawalawe National Parks to see the wildlife before or after staying with us. 

Some guests have been on safari near to the Lion Rock at Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks. 

There are other safaris that you can take around the country also such as Wilpattu or birdwatching in Kumana National Park, Bundala national Park or Sinharaja Rain Forest amongst others.

Visiting the Lion Rock

One place that is a reasons for Sri Lanka being on Ryan’s top 10 places to visit in 2024 is the Lion Rock.

Sigiriya, the Lion Rock has an incredible story and is an amazing place to visit.

The rock is one of the images that you will see on most of the tourist guides. 

Climbing the rock early in the morning and reading about the history of the Kings 5th century palace makes this a unique place to visit.

Things to see on holiday in Sri Lanka.

Train journeys and a beautiful bridge

One of the incredible experiences is a train journey through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside. 

Many of our guests at GlenMyu Estate take the train from Kandy to Haputale. 

They do a day trip to Ella and visit Nine Arch Bridge along with other sights including Little Adams Peak, Ravanna Waterfall and much more.

Ryan says that Sri Lanka is an underrated country. That must be a reason to visit the island and make up your own mind. It is why it is on his list of top 10 places to visit in 2024

Watch Ryan Shirley’s travel guide to see what he says about Sri Lanka for yourself. 

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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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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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.

Hike in a beautiful landscape in Sri Lanka

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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The French Flag

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.

The French Flag

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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Chefs knife skills

BBC Masterchef Winner 2024 – Brin Pirathapan

BBC Masterchef Winner 2024 - Brin Pirathapan

BBC Masterchef Winner 2024 is Brin Pirathapan who is a vet whose cooking was inspired by his Sri Lankan Heritage.

Congratulations to Brin!

We hope that Brings success will promote Sri Lankan food to the place where it deserves to be!

A chef cutting

BBC Masterchef, announced on the BBC

You can read the announcement on the BBC website by clicking on the following link.

"The best final we’ve ever done.”

 Judge John Torode told the finalists: “Twenty years we’ve been doing MasterChef. That is the best final we’ve ever done.”

Read about the final at the article in the Independent.

Sri Lankan restaurants are likely to get busy.

We fully expect that people will start to explore the amazing Sri Lankan cuisine and will be seeking out restaurants. 

Rambutan is based in London’s Borough Market.

It’s a place that we have tried ourselves and we would highly recommend it.

Book a table early though, it’s aleady a busy spot.

Free informal Sri Lankan cooking demonstrations at GlenMyu Estate.

One of the things that lots of our guests love is the informal cooking demonstrations that we offer when you stay at GlenMyu Estate

Ru and her mother guide our guests through cooking delicious Sri Lankan food.

Ru & her mum preparing the ingredients for our informal cookery class.
A guest enjoying the cookery demonstration by Ru's mother.

We have slowly been putting videos of our cooking demonstration on Ru’s Recipes so you can see what we do.

You can see our food menu at GlenMyu Estate to see the types of dishes we make.

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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Sri Lankan contestants in UK Masterchef

Sri Lankan contestants in UK Mastechef

Sri Lanka is being represented by some of the the contestants in UK Masterchef 2024.

I’m sure that British born Brin and Sri Lankan born Mathu, will be followed and supported from Sri Lankans around the world in their quests to become UK Masterchef 2024.

Brin has Tamil Sri Lankan heritage and this has influenced the food that he loves to eat and recreate.

We are looking forward to seeing what Brin serves up to the judges on this favourite UK TV series. 

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Heat 1 - Brin, the veterinarian

Brin, a veterinary surgeon, grew up in Chelmsford and now is located in Bristol.

Find out more about UK Masterchef 2024 by clicking the link to the BBC website.

You can read more about all the contestants on BBC Masterchef by clicking the following link.

Heat 4 - Mathu - A Sri Lankan born Brit competes in UK MasterChef 2024.

A Sri Lankan born Brit is competing in the fourth heat of MasterChef 2024

Mathu grew up in Sri Lanka and then Toronto, Canada.

She now lives in London and works as a Head of Charity Investments.

Read the Colombo Gazette article by clicking  on the following link.

Previous contestants on Masterchef with Sri Lankan heritage

Masterchef does not just take place in the UK. Australia and the US both have their own versions of the show.

There have been several chefs competing in the shows with Sri Lankan connections.

Ray Silva appeared on MasterChef Australia 2017 and made it to the top 24

The chef makes the dish beautiful
Great knife skills in the kitchen

Minoli De Silva wowed the judges with many Sri Lankan inspired dishes, while making her way towards the top 10 finalists of MasterChef Australia 2021.

Georgia was the winner of Junior Masterchef Australia 2020

Cooking on gas

Dhayanie ‘Dee’ Williams was first, Sri Lankan female contestant at MasterChef Australia, 

Making fresh pasta
Plating up the dishes

Kumar Pereira made it to the top 12 of MasterChef Australia season 3,.

A chef plating up

Sri Lankan – American, Jessica Heath is a top 40 contestant on MasterChef USA Season 8,

Samantha Rochelle De Silva participated in the 3rd season of MasterChef USA in 2012. She was ranked in 18th place.

A chef cutting

Malin De Silva was a semi-finalist in the 2019 series of BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals

Kitchen

A free cooking demonstration at GlenMyu Estate

If you are interested in Sri Lankan cooking when holiday in the Sri Lankan hill country look no further than GlenMyu Estate.

Ru and the team offer a free cooking demonstration, when you order our Sri Lankan sharing platter.

We normally prepare 5-6 vegetarian dishes from local ingredients. 

Lots of our guests have taken notes and tried the recipes at home.

Cooking Classes

Stay at GlenMyu Estate to explore the Sri Lankan Hill Country

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

Join in with the free Sri Lankan cookery demonstration hosted by Ru and her mother.

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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A romantic sunset silhouette.

Beautiful moments in Sri Lanka

Beautiful moments in Sri Lanka.

Beautiful moments in Sri Lanka.

Things that make us happy at GlenMyu Estate, a special place in the Sri Lankan hill country.

A family gathering at the balcony.

I should be

At this time in the morning, around 9 am, I should be helping with preparations for breakfast. The dogs get fed around this time also. But everything will have to wait a little as I really wanted to capture my feelings this morning.

Not long enough

There are some moments that bring a smile to my face and warmth into my heart.

We were fully at GlenMyu Estate last night and all of the guests are leaving this morning. They all would like to stay longer, but holidays are shorty when you live in the western world. One set of guests have been here for four days which is what we recommend. They still say that they would like to stay longer though.

The other set of guests (a family of four) have only been here two nights. They have gushed about their say here and will be great promoters of GlenMyu Estate to their friends and family.

That feeling

I had delivered a pot of locally sourced organic tea to our guests who had started the day by the swimming pool.

At around 6 am there was lots of mist obscuring the views from the house however, by 8 am the sun had cleared the obstruction providing a beautiful morning.

One of the guests at the pool had been there earlier than his partner. He had brought his book and was enjoying the view and the sounds of the birds in the background providing music at the start of the day.

I thought what a wonderful start to the day and a beautiful moment to enjoy and remember. 

As the guests had already been here for four nights they knew that they had a delicious breakfast to look forward to. I had overheard them raving about the breakfasts, and especially the breads, to the other guests when they had arrived.

Both my Ru and I love it when guests enjoy the food that we serve. It is the icing on the cake of our small enterprise in the Sri Lankan hills.

About last night

Yesterday evening provided another beautiful moment at GlenMyu Estate

The family of four staying consisted of parents and their children who were in their early twenties. From experience, I know that sometimes there is a disconnect between parents and children as they get older. 

We have had other families stay and you could see that there was a great family bond and going on holiday with mum and dad was a joy and not a chore. 

That special moment

After another fabulous meal of Sri Lankan Prawn Curry, salads and Roast paan followed by dessert of course, the family stayed chatting for a while at the table. Mum retired to bed.

The father and the two adult children went to the balcony and sat chatting and taking in natures night time sounds. 

What an incredible moment for the family to enjoy and remember.

My heart was aglow again knowing that we had created a little sanctuary where families can connect and strengthen their bonds.

What beautiful moments will you create on holiday in Sri Lanka.

I’m so happy that I took the time out to record these moments and the feelings that they created for me.

Perhaps you will created your own special moments with family and friends yourselves in the Sri Lankan hill country.

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Creating special moments at GlenMyu Estate

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Stay at GlenMyu Estate - create your special moments in the Sri Lankan Hills

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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Horton Plains in January 2024

Ten great destinations that want more tourists

Ten great destinations that want more tourists.

Ten great destinations that want more tourists.

Sri Lanka is on the list released by the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia.

Find out more about why this paradise island is on this list.

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Some want you to come .... and some don't!

The title of the article on the Sydney Morning Herald website is actually

“Ten great destinations that want more tourists (and five that don’t)”.

What do they say?

Some tourist destinations  receive an incredible number of tourist visits. (This however can lead to over tourism and barriers are put up to ward you off).

Others have gone out of fashion. 

The Sydney Morning Herald has comprised a list of countries that ” that really wants you” to go there.

Why is Sri Lanka on the list?

Once a favourite for Australian travellers, the economic and political crisis in 2022 made it a country that was not considered safe to visit.

“he Sri Lankan economy has stabilised in the past 12 months, and the country is again welcoming tourists.”

Why should I go on holiday to Sri Lanka?

The publication highlights Galle, Colombo, Kandy, and visit archaeological sites such as Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa as places to visit.

Jaffna is also a place that is ow being discovered by tourists.

A selfie at Nine Arch Bridge, Demodara, Ella, Sri Lanka

Maybe we are a little biased but....

Apart from the places suggested in the Sydney Morning Herald article there are lots of places to discover near to Haputale and Ella. 

Nine Arch Bridge is now the poster boy for Sri Lanka along with the Lion Rock. The bridge is only just over an hour away from GlenMyu Estate. Lots of our guests enjoy a day trip to the busy town of Ella and the great places to see nearby.

At GlenMyu Estate, we are welcoming more Australians.

We, at GlenMyu Estate,  have certainly seen an increase in the number of travellers coming from Australia to visit this paradise island. 

Recent guests have come from Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. 

The direct flight by Sri Lankan airlines from Melbourne to Colombo makes the journey straight forward and easy.

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.

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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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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