ADVENTURES, NEAR & FAR
A Walk on Home Ground
Virtuous, short and revealing, this circular walk within the boundaries of The Flame Tree Estate & Hotel, lasts 45 to 75 minutes, depending on pace. The walk can be foreshortened at several places as it passes the hotel twice - or turned into a private jogging track for the energetic. Best done before 5pm, and avoiding the midday sun.
A Jungle & Village Walk
A circular walk through part of the estate and then off into jungle and overgrown plantations before joining up with a series of little villages and a small road that returns you to the Main Gates of The Flame Tree Estate & Hotel. The walk takes between 90-140 minutes depending on pace.
Gardens & A Cup of Tea
The Hantana Tea Estate, surrounded by acres of tea bushes, and housing The Ceylon Tea Meseum is an ideal place to witness the crop that made the island famous. The tour returns you back to the hotel via Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens laid out by Alexander Moon in 1821 - one of the finest gardens in Asia.
Packing in the best of Kandy, this trip includes a visit to the sacred Temple of the Tooth, the adjoining Royal Palace, Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, and several of city’s the main shops - including Waruna’s, one of the country’s best antique shops.
Sacred Caves, A Regicidal Palace Fortress & A Mystery
A day trip to the world heritage sites of Dambulla and Sigiriya. A short and rarely taken detour will also take you to the Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, whose tombs reveal a unsolved mystery.
Sri Lanka is a twitcher’s paradise and a half or full day birdwatching with a local ornithologist can be crafted to suit you at Kandy’s Udawttakele forest reserve and / or out in the wider jungle and countryside.
The Kingdom of the Sleeping Buddha
Polonnaruwa, the majestic capital of the island’s last independent unitary Kingdom is a swansong written in stone that for 142 years would act as a final rallying cry for the island-kingdom before it descended into a series of wandering capitals, fragmentary realms – and colonization. Its monumental structures, carved and crafted with an almost unrivalled delicacy is the last great achievement of the old Anuradhapuran Kingdom.
The tour includes a visit to the island’s most celebrated and scared temple, The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy – but also takes you off on a monastic medieval pilgrimage to three of Sri Lanka’s little visited but most iconic and beautiful ancient temples: Lankatilaka Vihara, Gadaladenyia Vihara and Embekka Devalaya – all dating back to the fourteenth century, combining extraordinary architecture with an abiding atmosphere of Buddhist calm.
With its racecourse, cool temperate climate, ocean of tea plantations, market gardens, trout streams, botanical gardens and faux Tudor buildings, Nuwara Eliya, bastion of Little England, is the perfect place to catch up on P.G. Woodhouse, fuelled by endless cups of orange pekoe tea.