Paradise Farm Eco-Tourism
At a glance
Paradise Farm is inspiring, fascinating and a real breath of fresh air. Hidden deep within rolling hills of rainforest, waterfalls, tea and rubber plantations of fertile Kithulgala, the only sounds you’ll hear are bird song, animal calls and the rustle of leaves, with the occasional ding on an old hub cap to signal a break for the workers on the encircling organic farm. Set up in 1998 by two development institutions (NGO’s) as a Social Enterprise.
The farm is designed to promote sustainable agriculture by training villagers in effective organic practices and improve their standard of living, while inspiring a deeper respect and love for nature’s abundant resources. To help finance the project, it has opened its doors to paying guests. To experience something of Sri Lankan plantation bungalow life, you are warmly welcome to stay in one of 2 double bedrooms in the farmhouse, or for absolute privacy opt for the stunning open-fronted large size luxury bungalow or the medium size luxury bungalow, both with absolute privacy and separate swimming pools, 450 yards up the track form the farm house, with a stunning view across a wide infinity to the lush plantations and blue mountains beyond, with the legendary Adams Peak in the distance. According to legends this sacred mountain was the fountain of paradise.
Large size luxury bungalow
USD 100 per room per night for single occupancy
USD 125 for two persons.(All meals included)
There are 2 double bedrooms in the bungalow, both with king size four roster beds, mosquito nets and pretty lily-tiled large bathrooms. Each room has an earth patch with plants and skylight in one corner. The furniture is jack and....
Medium size luxury bungalow
USD 100 per room per night for single occupancy
USD 125 for two persons.(All meals included)
This Bungalow consists of a spacious room with three artistically made stone walls and a decorated roof with wood carvings. One wall facing the lush green rainforest and blue mountains is open with full sized sliding glass....
USD 50 per room per night for single occupancy
USD 75 for two persons.(All meals included)
Alternatively, you can stay in one of two double bedrooms in the farm house with the Farm Manager. You will get a true experience of Sri Lankan plantation bungalow life.
The farm house is specially suited for active guests who want to participate in farm activities.
Paradise farm provides you a unique nature experience. You can enjoy your healthy breakfast on the terrace while admiring beautiful wild birds, from the colibri (world’s smallest bird) to the eagle sailing above in the sky.
Cost for additional services
Ayurveda massage and herbal steam bath: USD 20 per person.
Excursions with white water rafting (6 hours): USD 25 per person.
Visit to Elephant orphanage (cost of car hire): USD 45.
Horse riding: USD 10 per hour.
Hire of car: USD 45 per day.
After confirming the booking, an advance of 20% to be paid to ensure the booking. Balance payment after completion of stay.
We encourage guests to stay longer and offer one day free for every four paying days.
Special rates in Rs. for local visitors and for long time residences.
Healthy food of your choice
There’s no fixed menu, just your personal choice of local, organically-grown Sri Lankan fruits and vegetables with additional sea food or meat dishes of your choice. The cook is at your service to prepare whatever you’d specifically like. You can eat in your own dining place with full privacy.
Some of the most popular dishes include brinjal (egg plant/aborigine), coco yam, cassava, sweet potatoes, jack curry, white and red rice, breaded tuna fish, roast chicken, wild bringer (which look like peas), beans, jackfruit in coconut milk and an interesting herbal salad/relish.
The cold organic passion fruit juice brought on arrival is extra tasty (also thoroughly recommends putting in curd with onion and water as a gas and headache curing milkshake).We also serve papaya and other organically produced fresh fruits from the farm.
There is a royal pannier brought breakfast of egg hoppers, string hoppers, pancakes, rotties, toast, jam and cheese, local cereals (‘cowpea’ and ‘green gram’) and heaped plates of organically grown fruits, including traditional ‘gotukola’ herb porridge as a health booster.
Beer and local toddy are available, but if you want wine or spirits we recommend that you bring them with you.
•Lunch by Arrangement
•Dinner by Arrangement
•Special Diets Catered
Rejuvenating in nature
•Have an ayurveda massage and herbal steam in the dedicated room at the farm (complete with fume cupboard).
•Climb gently though silver-trunked rubber and emerald-green tea plantations to a viewing hut and strain to see the distant, misty point thats Adam’s peak which is 6,500 feet higher.
•Allow Seneviratne to take you on tours of the 80 acre farm, and though the winding, humid rainforest trails, and get a fascinating education along the way.
•Enjoy horse riding or walk through the rain forest and take a dip in the natural swimming pool under the water fall.
•Sit by and swim in the lovely infinity pool with crystal clear water from the rain forest, gazing at the stunning views of nature with large varieties of beautiful birds to observe.
Do the nighttime pilgrimage up sacred Adam’s peak to see the dawn of a new day (70 Km or 2 hour’s drive away).
Enjoy Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage (50 Km or 1.5 hour’s drive away), the beautiful hill capital of Kandy and amazing Peradeniya Botanical Gardens nearby (90 Km or 2.3-3 hour’s drive away).
Visit the local villages and see jaggery (kitul treacle sweets) & toddy making, wood carving and drum making, and catch a performance of traditional kandyan dancing and devil dancing in the night with the local population.
Visit the orchid garden and study variety of different flowers.
Watch rubber and cinnamon sticks being produced, tea bushes tended and made into green tea at the small tea factory, or follow the production of organic virgin coconut oil, tapping of rubber trees and production of rubber sheets, production of compost and organic fertilizers, or other farm activities.
Go whitewater rafting on the river featured in the world famous film “The Bridge over the River Kwai” with Sri Lanka’s own Crocodile Dundee at Rafter’s Retreat, just down the road.
For the daring guests, waterfall climbing can also be arranged with a special instructor.
Visit the prehistoric Belilena cave and Bandara Kele bird sanctuary.
Go exploring by mountain bicycle, fishing in one of the farms fish ponds or angling in the wide Kelani River, or explore the beauty and mystery of the surrounding rain forest.
Ask Seneviratne to take you on a personal guided tour in his pickup of the places you’d most like to see.
Near The Villa: King Fisher, House Crow, Parakeet, love birds, Common Myna, Paradise fly catcher, parrot, Oriental magpie Robin, Sparrow, Hummingbird, Asian Paradise Ely catcher.
Mahapitiya Road: - Pigeon, Swallow, Orange minivet, eagle, orange minivet, oriole, sparrow, hawk, black robin, Pigeon, Cuckoo, Auceps, Indian Ponaheron, Parakeet, Yellow aped woodpecker.
Karolis Land: - Sri Lanka Gray hornbill, Barbet (wood Pecker), Hawk, Dove, Cent opus, Great Egret, bee-eater, Greater Coucal, Layards Parakeet, Sri Lanka jungle fowl.
* Outdoor Pool
English and Sinhalese
|Who Goes||Nature lovers, organic-food lovers and anyone looking for peace and quiet in beautiful natural surroundings. They’re not set up for weddings but would be perfect for honeymoons.|
|When to go||Sri Lanka is full of microclimates and EI Nino has made things even more unpredictable, but Paradise Farm’s normally largely dry months are August November, December, January and February. April to May is the season for most flowers and fruits and lots of brightly–colored birds are seen then too. The rainy season from June to October has a more temperate climate. Due to the altitude of 400 meters above sea level, the climate is generally pleasant.|
|How long for||Previous visitors have stayed for 3 days to 1 week, though they’d prefer you to stay for a month, pointing out that it’s a good, peaceful place to relax and recuperate, or to work and write. We can make special programs for visitors with special interest and for longer stay.|
|What to take||Trekking / hiking shoes, dressing gowns, swimming costumes, light clothes (as it’s only slightly chilly in December), laptop & adapters, little western luxuries, binoculars and any wines or spirits you might want to drink as you can only buy beer and kitul toddy locally. Mosquito nets are provided. A variety of freshly squeezed healthy fruit drinks and lots of green tea freely available as part of the all inclusive price.|
|Getting there||Paradise Farm is around 2 –2.5 hours east from Colombo Airport (about half way between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya) and pickup can be arranged.|
“An unique and life-enhancing experience. The place, staff, and the food – all are brilliant. Long lives Paradise Farm”
Tom Garbener and Barbara Bawman, London NW2, UK
“ A Paradise! So true, so healing, so pure!”
Chaminda perera, Wattala, Sri Lanka
“I am really impressed at all what has been created in a short time! This is really best practice for sustainable living!”
Lara Hallen, 65229 Karlstad Sweden
“The scenic beauty around is marvelous, and the rest we had re-charged our warm out batteries. Hope to come back one day Thank you for the hospitality and care. It was really good!”
Baskaran and Angela, Al-Khibar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
“A sound is heard in the distance, that sound is the fountains of Paradise…. The thrust of the water cascading from the falls and the indescribable sound of silence has brought peace to our hearts and souls. Thank you sincerely from us all”
Anthony Alles and family, Colombo 2, Sri Lanka
“The guys here have taken good care of me. Tours around the estate, white water rafting + super food. Next time I’ll come with friends as this is the perfect villa to relax by day + party by night I wish this eco- project all the best! The pool view is the best in Asia”
Lindsay Howard, Nottingham, England
“Outstanding food. Fantastic service, great scenery, sumani is the best!”
Morten E.Hofseth & Christina 0. Nielsen, Trondheim, Norway
“ Thank you for creating the perfect atmosphere for a wonderful honeymoon’ in time to come, we will remember rocking in the cane chair, dangling our feet in the cool water and gazing out at the green hills, the rich sunset mirrored in the clear water, and the chorus of thousand frogs. Senevi was a terrific host and provided a whirlwind tour of 200 Km of Sri Lankan roads a day. Relaxation was complete by Suranga’s massages, music from range and wonderful fresh cooking from Tikiri. And who could forget Sumanadasa? When the clouds pared one morning, he raised to take us to the mountain for a rare glimpse of Adams Peak. He looked after us well and provided many a special touch to make our stay here so great!”
Robin & Jennie Paxton, Glascow, Scotland, living in River valley, Singapore.
“ What a great experience! The most beautiful, peaceful and relaxing place we have been so far! Million times thanks to the great, friendly service we received during our stay. We hope to come back once again.”
Natalie & Peter, Lausanne,Switzerland.
“What an incredible spot to welcome in the New year and a perfect ending of our honeymoon. We feel so lucky to be able to stay in such a beautiful place with such a welcoming and hospitable staff. Tikiri’s cooking is simply out of this world. Senevi has told us mush about Paradise Farm workings and philosophy and sumani has been just the most amazing host. THANK YOU ALL. We are sad to leave, but hope be back and are lucky to have had the chance to share the Paradise Farm magic.”
Chris and Sophie Miller,London.
“So wonderful- Thank you’ I will come back for the honeymoon!”
“This is mush more than an organic farm. It is a lesson in living. The ingredients are friendship, love, peacefulness, wholesome food, natures blessing, making Paradise Farm a place that radiates incredible energy. Thank you everyone for sharing this with us. Love.”
Zealth, Luna & Thieny, Wassenaar, Netherlands
“The view, the pool, the people, it is difficult to sum up how wonderful this place is, Paradise comes close. We have had a fantastic time in Sri Lanka but Paradise Farm has been the highlight. Sumanadasa’s continued kindness, warmth and bird watching advice has made our stay even more rewarding. As for Tikiri’s cooking, it is gorgeous” The best we have tasted on this lovely island. It is going to be very difficult to leave, but the memories will last, and I hope to return soon. Don’t go changing! Thank you all!”
Chris Barrett + Helen Morton,London,England
“What a wonderful experience. We have been in awe of the beautiful scenery, the amazing wildlife and luxury of the setting. Thank you all for the care and attention you have shown us.”
Gerry and Anna, Oxford, England
“One word- Perfect!”
Piet Bakker, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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UNIQUE PARADISE FARM ADVENTURE
One Week LIFETIME Experience
One hour horse riding.
One hour ayurveda oil massage with steam bath.
Meditation and Yoga training.
Early morning bird watching.
Fishing in the fish ponds.
Swimming in the pool at any time.
DAY ONEParticipating in farm activities such as tea plucking and production, rubber tapping, milking of buffaloes, harvesting of spices, fruit, coconut, kitul jaggery and orchids.
5 Km rafting in Kelani River and other water sports activities (This is the river which was used for shooting of the world famous film “Bridge of the River Kwai”).
DAY THREEVisit Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage (80 elephants of various ages).
DAY FOURExcursion to the rainforest and water fall climbing. Camping in the forest by night.
DAY FIVEVisit families living in the forest and share a meal with them. Devil dance by night.
DAY SIXSurprise adventure with wild boar photo opportunities by night.
DAY SEVENSumming up of experiences and celebrating with a BIG party.
FOODHealthy, organic food based on ayurveda tradition. Can also serve special Japanese dishes on request.
Large luxury rooms with all amenities.
Large balcony with stunning view.
Swimming pool with fresh water from the rainforest.
Clean and unpolluted air with high oxygen quality.
High quality music systems and screens with karaoke.
COST INCLUDING ACTIVITIES
160 dollar per person all inclusive per day for sharing of double room.
75 dollars extra for single room.
Economy stay in tent 80 dollars per day all inclusive.
This is organized as a very exclusive adventure opportunity, with limited number of participants for total privacy and attention. We recommend 6 persons per group at any time.
One or two nights stay at the 200 years old colonial style Mount Lavinia Hotel outside Colombo can be arranged for those who would like to experience swimming in the Indian Ocean and shopping in Colombo.