SGD 35 includes 2 meals a day for upto 2 guests.The food cooked by my caretaker is Sri Lankan village fare.
The bungalow is set amidst a village and surrounded by Tea (URL HIDDEN) really gives you a feel of everyday village life in Sri Lanka.
Book your stay at my cottage and enjoy a complimentary meal at TOM YUM thai street food restaurent in Colombo 4,owned by me.
Darin Bungalow aka Tea Pickers Cottage is in a small village and you get to use the entire house,not just a room ! This property is set on a small working tea estate.Pepper,Cinnamon,Coffee and rubber is grown as well.
Darin Bungalow is the name of the house and staying here lets you into life in the village.
$59 includes your stay,all meals for 3 ,clean air and lots of tea cups !
Please let me know if you have a dietery preference or two,greens are from the property if not,grown in the village.The meals are cooked in our outdoor kitchen and consists of rice & curry.
What you pay includes a;; three meals,not gourmet but simple village fare.
Sitting at the back of the house one can almost smell the aroma of tea as it grows in the bushes.Tea is plucked three times a week on this property.you get to see all this up close.
**We will teach you how to pick tea leaves or even climb up a King Coconut tree,show best walking tracks and a villager will teach you how to cook a curry or two ...this is my way of increasing income of the villagers*** Some of the income from guests is given back to tea pickers as they appreciate an extra income,Well we all do I guess but,in the village it is appreciated more :))
After tea is picked,lorries come and weigh the tea,sign for it and drive to the next small village house that grows tea.Tea is finally taken to a tea factory for processing and we can arrange a free visit to the tea factory too.
After a morning walk,I recommend a dip in the cold to stream which runs along the property.If you stay in the water long enough small fish will feed on your feet...a kind of spa !
Sometimes when in the water,monkeys swing from branches overhead or a water monitor may swim by (no danger!)
Neighbours live by tea,rubber or small crop cultivation.They are friendly,simple village folk.
The rooms are very basic,nothing luxurious with real beds and there are fans in both (URL HIDDEN) best place to sleep though is the giant wooden bed (like in Bali)in the lounge!.A wood fire is used for cooking.
Bathroom is clean and and we use normal water by filling a larger bucket and this is one way to have a shower or you could have a deep well water bath by pulling a bucket out of the water and pouring it over.Most villagers do this...and when I'm there so do I !...or the stream.
The pets are a friendly village mongrel (dog)named Patty ..more like a village dog and a cat named Kitty.
There are 2 mountain bikes (one bike has a rear baby seat) if you want to explore the surroundings.If you need a guide,our expert with local knowledge,a villager turned guide will show you hiking trails,mountains to climb,rivers to swim and walks through surrounding villagers.
You could even visit a gem cutting factory 6KM's away as this district is known for it's gems such as Blue Sapphire.
Darin Bungalow is 2 hrs away from Colombo,off the Colombo-Ratnapura main road or Hatton Road.It could be a half way point going to Uda Walawe wild life park,Sinharaja(Ratnapura Road) or Nuwara Eliya on the Hatton Road.
This place is good as a stop n explore point if you are going up to Adams Peak/Hatton/Kithulgala (White water rafting)the hill country (Nuwara Eliya)on the hatton road or on to Ella or going to Uda Walawe wild life sanctuary etc.
The caretaker who lives on the property and looks after the tea bushes,pays the tea pluckers wages etc speaks almost no English and is a good village man who cooks me tasty food whenever I'm there,probably best curry I've had !
Why would you want to stay here?
I do to enjoy simple village life,unplug myself from the hustle & bustle of everyday life & the city.
All meals are included in the price, village style food ,cooked the way its done in the villages as is unlimited cups of...tea !
If you feel you need a English speaking guide let me know,I think bit of English and sign language will do though !
My private car and the driver can pick you up from the airport or even take you on a tour to Galle,Kandy etc in airconditioned comfort.
Bye and see you in Lanka !
Zugang für Gäste
You will have the entire 2-3 bedroom cottage for yourselves,a caretaker who will cook for you Lankan meals and make you unlimited pots of tea,a 2.5acre property to walk among tea bushes,a stream 5 minutes away to dip in & let fishes nibble and clean your feet.
Interaktion mit Gästen
As Tea Pickers Cottage is 2.5 hours out of Colombo I may not be there to meet you but I'm a phone call away and do jump into my car and drive over at times.
Weitere wichtige Infos
As you will be living in a village and villagers are not used to seeing lighter skin do expect smiles and wonderment ! Also,do wear shorts and t-shirts but better if not too revealing ;)
If you do smoke,please do so outside
Unplug and enjoy village life !
Breath clean air !
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