Deltota, Sri Lanka

The Grey Traveller got the opportunity to explore Deltota when staying at Taylor’s Hill a nearby tea planter’s house. Busy even on a Sunday morning this small town welcomed us as we wandered its two main streets. …it seemed we were the centre of attention. We looked in shop windows and shook people’s hands as clearly not many […]

Old Colombo Dutch Hospital

The Dutch Hospital is located in the Colombo One district of the city; not far from the lighthouse and harbour. It seems to have been regenerated for the tourists and is now a small shopping and eating area. Fairly upscale with a spa and shops such as Barefoot. The central plaza is wide open and there […]

Loolecondera Tea Estate

Conveniently staying at Taylor’s Hill meant a trip to Loolecondera which is close to Deltota.  We were collected from the front door of our fab boutique hotel and taken to the factory stopping off on the way to see black pepper trees, cinnamon bushes and citronella plants. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the driver competent as […]

Taylor’s Hill, Sri Lanka

Perched high on a hill overlooking tea plantations this grand house has been successfully reinvented as a boutique hotel part of the Manor House Concepts stable of luxury travel accommodation. Originally a coffee plantation house it eventually became home to James Taylor a tea planter and it is now leased to Manor House Concepts. The nearest town […]

Five things to do in Kandy

Kandy is the second city in Sri Lanka and often seen as the cultural hub of the island; it is busy, you don’t see people smoking on the streets and everyone I met was helpful and friendly. I chose to have a private driver when visiting and most of these ideas are his and I am grateful to his suggestions. Temple […]

My experience of Sri Lankan massage

Never one to miss an opportunity or new experience I was keen to try a Ayerveda massage in Sri Lanka in fact I tried three and the experiences were all very different. Wedegedara was a place our private driver took us to, on the slopes outside of Kandy we (husband and I )were quickly shown through to a twin […]