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Surrounded by verdant mountains and rolling tea plantations, Thotalagala is a luxurious seven-bedroom boutique hotel. The bungalow served as an abode to several notable British planters who supervised tea estates in the central highlands around Haputale before it was transformed to its latest reincarnation.
Decorated in floral prints, the bungalow’s two main lounge areas: Morning Room and Main Lounge are warm and inviting, and serve as the perfect place to browse through the many books they have with a hot cup of tea. In addition, they also have a Cigar Room, which should be explored during a spare minute or two. The bungalow also has a pool overlooking the garden and distant mountains.
The seven suites are categorized as Junior suites and Suites each named after a planter who played an important role in promoting tea in the area.
The three Junior suites are individually designed and are named after Sam Popham, George Pilkington and John Duncan. These are furnished with four-poster king-sized beds, a sofa and an antique writing table. They also come with an ensuite bathroom with a walk-in shower.
The four suites at Thotalagala: Sir Thomas Lipton, Rev. Water Senior, Major Rogers and James Taylor are spacious and are well-appointed with four-poster king-sized beds with complimenting antique furniture and ensuite bathrooms with a freestanding claw foot bathtub in addition to a walk-in shower. Lipton and Senior suites have a separate sitting area.
Thotalagala serves up a gastronomical feast which emphasizes on fresh produce including seafood sourced from local areas. The in-house chef’s versatility is apparent in his talent to deliver delicious traditional rice and curry and intercontinental favorites, without comprising on flavor.
Just for the kids
Thotalagala welcomes kids of all ages.