Get off the more trodden botanical paths in Kandy. Travel for an hour and stumble upon your hosts’ enchanting estate situated atop a quiet hill.
Your host’s tropical ancestral home was built by his grandfather in the mid-19th century, secluded an hour from Kandy. He will greet you at the hilltop retreat and guide you on a pleasant walk through the 45 acre estate affording striking foothill views. A little different to standard garden visits in Kandy, there is the chance to see forest animals including wild boar, macaque monkeys, barking deer and porcupines. Hear stories of the historic plantation as you pass cinnamon, vanilla, pepper, rubber and spice plots. End with a Planter’s lunch from an open wood fire with your host, his partner and perhaps a Gin and Tonic.
Your host lives with his equally hospitable partner in the tranquil surroundings of his familial home which he returned to after spending 30 years in Canada. His ancestors first arrived from Belgium in the 19th century and the estate has remained the home of generations since. An esteemed columnist, storyteller and conversationalist, he is well-known for his knowledge of the grounds and indeed Sri Lanka.