Welcome to Ceylon Tea Trails

Luxury Bungalows in Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea Trails comprises of five restored historic tea planter residences, called bungalows, perched at an altitude of 1250 meters in Sri Lanka’s panoramic Ceylon tea region. The 27 rooms & suites with period furnishings, gracious butler service, and gourmet cuisine create an ambiance that has made Tea Trails the gold standard for luxury in Sri Lanka. Each bungalow is unique and offers guests the non-hotel, private house ambiance that is the hallmark of the award-winning Tea Trails experience. Follow the Tea Trail from one bungalow to the next, staying a night or two at each or just laze in one. This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. If you prefer to unwind, observe life on a working tea estate while being pampered by your butler, enjoy a spa treatment, croquet on the lawn or sunbathe alongside the pool. Or explore the lush tea fields & visit a century old factory for a gentle education in the art of Ceylon Tea.


Pristine locations and superlative accommodation

Summerville, Castlereagh and Dunkeld overlook the Castlereagh lake, Norwood is at the other end of the valley and Tientsin is in the next valley.
Each house comes with its own chef, butler and houseboys and 5 or 6 rooms each.

5 Distinctive
Historic Bungalows
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The Fully-Inclusive
Tea Trails Experience


Rooms of great character

Master Suites with separate living area and private gardens, Garden Suites with verandahs to private gardens and spacious Luxury Rooms. Dunkeld has an Owner’s Cottage, set away from the main bungalow.

Garden Suites have direct access to gardens originally planted by tea planter's wives.

Spacious period bathrooms, all with bathtubs to soak in after a trek on our trails.

The verandah of the Owner's Cottage at Dunkeld Bungalow.


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The bungalows offer large pools with gorgeous views. Enjoy a refreshing dip after exploring the trails.

Swimming Pools

The Tea Trails butlers pride themselves on offering the best service in Sri Lanka.

Butler Service

Complementing the magnificent vistas are the bungalows’ own charming gardens.


Curated Experiences

Escape to the magical heart of Ceylon Tea

Relish our signature Dunkeld tea experience, enjoy a scenic walk or a guided nature trek, climb holy mountain Adams Peak.

Kayaking on Castlereagh Lake

Scenic Walks and Hikes

The Essential Tea Experiences


Dine by temptation

'No Menus, Just indulgences' is our philosophy. The island's first Relais & Chateaux lodge brings a mix of delicate fine dining and the gastronomic passion of local cuisine to the charm of traditional tea plantation bungalows

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Business is a matter of human service - Merrill J. Fernando, Dilmah Founder

In the 1950s Merrill vowed to restore the fortunes of his country’s ailing tea industry, whilst sharing the benefits with the community. Merrill believed that no business was possible without the combined efforts of workers, staff, clients, consumers and in the case of tea - the environment.

We strive to leverage on the tourism economy to support initiatives that drive meaningful outcomes for the environment and the communities we work with

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Conceived by the Fernando family, Sri Lankan tea producers & founders of Dilmah Ceylon Tea, Resplendent Ceylon’s collection of small, luxury resorts offer the discriminating traveller a remarkable circuit across Sri Lanka, with a range of authentic experiences, while contributing towards local communities & the environment through the MJF Foundation & Dilmah Conservation.

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