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This is the perfect place to get away from the everyday stress and enjoy a calm and reenergizing stay at our retreat.
Situated in the picturesque mountain ranges next to Sinharaja UNESCO protected rain forest, in between spice gardens and tea plantations in the authentic Sri Lankan rural country life, one finds an old tea and cinnamon estate turned into a beautiful and peaceful place to stay.
The main building is inspired by the ancient Buddhist temples and the architectural methods of Geoffrey Bawa and built entirely from the granite found on the property itself.
The air is cool and the views are breathtaking. This feels like being where the sky meets the earth, where every moment is a different experience. Tranquil, but never dull.
We serve vegetarian only food and non-alcoholic refreshments.
We offer a rain shower, king size beds, jungle walking tours on own vast property and excursions to Interesting places in the area.
Spend a day discovering the history, traditions and qualities of tea.
Experience a real tea tasting at the local tea factory. Discover the processes involved in making fine tea and try picking your own tea leaves to bring home with you.
Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka (formerly called Ceylon), and accounts for 2% of GDP, contributing over US $1.5 billion in 2013 to the economy of Sri Lanka. It employs, directly or indirectly, over 1 million people, and in 1995 directly employed 215,338 on tea plantations and estates. In addition, tea planting by smallholders is the source of employment for thousands whilst it is also the main form of livelihoods for tens of thousands of families. Sri Lanka is the world's fourth-largest producer of tea. In 1995, it was the world's leading exporter of tea (rather than producer), with 23% of the total world export, but it has since been surpassed by Kenya. The highest production of 340 million kg was recorded in 2013, while the production in 2014 was slightly reduced to 338 million kg.
Day tours can be arranged to visit this unique, untouched nature reserve with its exotic flora and fauna. After an early breakfast, leave for the beautiful Sinharaja rain forest.
A day in the rain forest is a real treat, whether you are specifically interested in birdwatching, meeting particular wildlife, or simply just want to experience one of the richest and most original rain forests in the region.
Spend the morning shopping at the local market in Godakawela.
Here is your chance to shop for anything – from Sri Lankan authentic clothing, to hand carved decorations, to vegetables, tea and spices.
A visit to the local Hindu and Buddhist temples and having a Lunch Buffet in town are also options, before going back to Kurulu Estate.
How about a safari trip to come up close and see the beautiful and interesting wildlife here?
The Udawalawe National Park is about an hours drive from Rakwana. We can arrange transport and Jeep safaris to this outstanding attraction.
The National Park is known mostly for the many elephants that live there, attracted by the enormous Udawalawe reservoir.
It is a great site for birdwatching too.The Park is a cornucopia of birds, reptiles and other mammals indigenous to Sri Lanka.
Among other animals to see are the Sri Lankan leopards, sloth bears, lizards, crocodiles, monitors and many more.