Living Heritage Koslanda

Living Heritage Koslanda

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Living Heritage Koslanda is a unique luxury boutique hotel located 5 hours North East from the island's capital, Colombo. Built in the heart of the hill country , this stylish 9 bedroomed eco-retreat offers guests the utmost serenity in a naturally stunning location. Set on 80 acres of magical forest, known by locals as 'God's Forest', Koslanda is the ideal hideaway for those wanting to simply relax or for those who wish to connect with nature. It's excellent location is perfect for those who wish to explore the central highlands, tea country and as a gateway to the South and East. With a strong sustainable ethos, our guests can enjoy nature walks, a swim in our private waterfall, a stunning infinity pool, Sri Lanka cooking classes, visits to local tea estates and villages untouched by tourism. An ideal choice for a Sri Lanka honeymoon, or for those looking for a family friendly resort, where kids can roam and play safely and freely.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Car hire
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Taxi service
Concierge
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Private balcony
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Bath / shower
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Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Sinhala
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Fazlan N wrote a review Jul 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Now this is a boutique hotel far far away, nestled in 80 acres of lush forest, a hotel like no other that I have been to, which made it not only a holiday, but an adventure! The concepts of the rooms are unique and so well thought of, it's just makes the experience one of a kind!!!! Johnson, who was the manager when we checked in was ever so helpful, and very polite and kind. Gave us tips and ideas on what we can do during our 2 day stay!! I cannot say the same about the restaurant staff though, there was this thin guy who served us who made it look like he hates his job, and didn't have a smile nor was polite. If it's a minus point, this guy would be it! The house keeping ladies were very sweet and nice too. Not to mention the star at the hotel, Winter!! The friendly Dog who made our welcome warm and also visited us everyday during breakfast! We miss her the most.... The stay was excellent but I food in the hotel was basic but prices not so basic, a normal rice and curry was like 1500 LKR which is sort of absurd taking into consideration that it consisted of basic stuff surely from their own gardens. Other than that, the hotel has a spectacular waterfall which is a must visit!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dilenthi G wrote a review Aug 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Honestly this place is just amazing.

We stayed in the Forest Pavilion for two night and totally regretted not staying another night.
Prior to booking, the hotel informs you to expect there to be bugs and frogs in your room but honestly we hardly came across any insects (there was a frog in our bathroom the first day though). As long as you close your blinds/ curtains early, you shouldn't have any insects in the night.

The hotel as a waterfall on the property and is about a 20 minute trek one-way. The hotel was kind enough to offer us leach socks for the hike.

Every night they serve complimentary cocktails with a small bite at around 7.30. This is highly encouraged as you get a chance to mingle with the other guests.
We met two awesome couples during our stay there and was able to make good connections with them.

The staff there provide a really good service and Johnson, who was there during our stay was extremely accommodating and friendly. He made sure our group had the best experience.

Their food portions are pretty filling but their menu could improve a bit to my taste but thats a personal preference. They have a mix of local and western dishes.

I would highly recommend the Forest Pavilion if you're looking for something different.
Be careful of the monkeys though! The stole our lunch box :P

I'm definitely looking forward to staying with them again!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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FoodieOswestry wrote a review Jun 2022
Oswestry
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Set in 80 acres of jungle, with the chance to see the odd wild elephant in the grounds, the accommodation we had was in a lodge style room, well away from the central area and up near the entrance gates. In comparison to some other chalet style places, this one was probable at the bottom end of the spectrum although it did have a large, outdoor, living room through which a cool breeze blew.

The food was OK, nothing spectacular and well overpriced in comparison to other places in which we stayed and quoted in US$ to boot. Fortunately, their card machine was able to accept dollars so I never had to enquire at what rate they worked the exchange to pay in rupees. In many places, we found the rate used was eye wateringly advantageous to the hotel.

Service was impeccable throughout our stay and the hands-on cookery demonstration was excellent, as was the food ‘we’ produced.

However, it was simply the wrong location for us or anyone with mobility issues. It was booked by our tour operators who were aware my wife has mobility problems and this place was simply not suitable for her. It is miles from anywhere so you are expected to take advantage of what they have on-site. A swimming pool set high above the main area up either a long set of stairs or a steep hill. A waterfall and swimming hole out in the jungle, a good 20-minute walk over rough terrain, the staff advised against her attempting it. Other walks, some guided, through the same jungle. We did manage to get her to the pool but that was it.I believe we had the only lodge that did not require stairs or a trek through the jungle to get to, certainly, some were up in the pool area.

For anyone who is fit and healthy, these would not be any problem at all and I am sure are all quite excellent but being unable to enjoy them leaves simply sitting in the lodge or on the rather strange and not too comfortable seating in, what I guess, you would call the lounge area, and reading.

All in all a great pity because the place is really spectacular, provided you are fit enough to enjoy it.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Kerry wrote a review Feb 2020
Petersfield, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just spent two nights at Living Heritage and our only wish is that it had been longer. It really is very special - the room we stayed in was designed with a courtyard entrance, beautiful heavy wooden doors and a wonderful bedroom beyond.
You are surrounded by mountains, but feel cosy nestled in the hillside with beautiful trees all around. Lovely path down to a waterfall in the grounds and an amazing infinity pool up some steps.
But best of all is the staff - we were so well looked after, the food was completely delicious and nothing was too much trouble (even help over my lost sunglasses!).
I cannot recommend this guesthouse highly enough - please go there!!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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FHI wrote a review Jan 2022
Colombo, Sri Lanka
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is located on 80 acres of land surrounded by forest, streams and waterfalls. The hike to the private waterfall/stream is only about 15 minutes from the hotel. However, it is infested with leaches on rainy days. The hotel does provide leach socks which I would recommend using. Salt water is also provided. The combination of both helps keep the leaches away. The stream/waterfall are beautiful. The location is overall very picturesque. We stayed at the forest pavilion which is an experience in itself. It is open with no doors and only bamboo curtains to cover the room. The view from our room was amazing. You get to see a lot of wildlife. There are of course a lot of insects as the room is open. The bed is covered with a mat which makes it less problematic when sleeping. There is also a waterfall outside the hotel not too far along which is one of Sri Lanka’s biggest waterfall which can be explored. The staff are courteous. The room, albeit nice and neat could be improved. I noticed stains on the chairs, bath robes and bed sheets. There were also some stains on the water glasses. Apart from that the entire experience was lovely. Food is good although variety on the menu could be improved. Kareem was very helpful.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Wifi isn’t available at the forest pavilion rooms. If you choose to go hiking, it would be best...
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Nicola B wrote a review Apr 2021
London, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Living Heritage is a carefully designed hotel highlighting the best of Sri Lankan architecture in a peaceful location. It was immaculately clean and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. The food was fresh, local and delicious. The pool has a stunning view and again the design and attention to detail makes such a difference. There are two types of roos; the suites which are traditional in design and with great bathrooms and outdoor spaces. The forest pavilions, whilst more contemporary, have the same attention to detail. We can't wait to go back....
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Date of stay: April 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Mihirini d wrote a review May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my first visit to Living Heritage Koslanda and I know I don't want it to be my last.

From the moment you arrive, you are greeted and looked after by the lovely team there, led by Rochen, who goes out of his way to make sure you are settled in and looked after right throughout your stay.

The architecture of the place is so beautiful, that every time you look around you discover a little detail that you missed before. This looks like a labour of love. We stayed in the villa with 3 interconnected rooms (through the open courtyards inside). It was perfect for our family. The rooms are so spacious and beautifully decorated, and most importantly ventilated, in a manner suitable for a tropical country. All your amenities are available and the wait staff go out of their way to look after you.

The food—especially the rice and curry—is beyond delicious. And even the western food, is delicious with many choices. And everyone waits for breakfast— because it has everything you can imagine! From fruits to bread and jams (and some delicious muffins) to eggs and bacon to any Sri Lankan food you want.

I am saving the best for last — the location. It is an 8- acre property that boasts its own waterfall!!! The mornings are spectacular with the mists hanging over the mountains, and the jungles calling to be hiked, if you are up for a few leeches in the rainy season. I sadly missed the trek to Diyaluma Falls, which is about 1 hour away, but a few in our party went, and it was leech free and absolutely spectacular.

And a special mention of thanks to Rochen, who was always trying to anticipate the guests' needs, and also went out of his way to sort out a small predicament I had gotten myself into!!!

I will come back again, soon I hope.
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Date of stay: May 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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PoojaPyne wrote a review Sept 2020
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at a Forest Pavilion for 1 night. The rooms have beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Located amidst 80 acres of mixed plantations. The Forest Pavilion room was like a luxurious tent. Covered with curtains on all sides. Expect bees, lizards, insects and monkeys in the room as well.
The staffs were very good and provided room service for dinner (dinner is not that expensive).
The manager of the hotel guided us throughout the stay. Breakfast was amazing at the restaurant.
We also went to the private waterfall of the hotel which was beautiful. Expect leeches on the way however hotel will provide leech socks.
Overall it was an amazing stay for us and we will definitely recommend to everyone. Perfect for couples.
Make sure to call the hotel for directions as there are no sign boards.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mishthi S wrote a review Feb 2022
Colombo, Sri Lanka
4.0 of 5 bubbles
From the moment we walked in Johnston made us feel so welcome, taking us to our room himself, pointing out interesting things along the way. The Forest Pavilions are ideal for a couple who enjoys nature as there are birds flying everywhere along with beautiful butterflies and bees; the perfect setting for a cup of coffee and a good book. The nights were cool but the day can get a bit warm but you can always stroll down to the pool area. If you have kids then choose the suites or the cottage.

The meals were delicious and the pre-dinner cocktails were a pleasant surprise which gives you a chance to mingle with other guests if you choose to do so.

The walk down to the waterfall isn't for the faint hearted but well worth it! Do be careful of leeches although Johnston will give you leech socks and salt water before you set off!

A nature lover's paradise and we would love to return at some point.
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Hansaka Wickramasinghe wrote a review Aug 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were privileged to visit Living Heritage Koslanda for our honeymoon. It was our first time at the property and the service from the first call to goodbye was top notch.

When entering the hotel we were welcomed with two garlands of fresh flowers, given a tour around the premises. Introduced to the small but very friendly staff and explained the meal plans.

There was a cocktail at 7 30pm on both nights we spent there. It allows you to meet and greet the other residents. We met couple of very nice couples from UK and Australia who were actually in love with the property.

Visit to the private waterfall was the highlight of our stay. It was only a 20 minute walk away from the suit we stayed. The surrounding was breathtaking near the waterfall. The staff will provide you with leach guard socks in case if the weather is rainy. Leaches or not, the visit to waterfall is a must.

Once you are back from the waterfall, the pool which has an infinity view is the best place to go and relax. The staff is more than happy to bring a snack to the pool.

The suit we stayed had a plunge pool and an outdoor shower which allows a couple to have a romantic time with privacy. We must especially mention the tea that was provided in the room, which was filled with taste and aroma.

The manager of the property Mr Johnson is one of the friendliest persons you will ever meet. We feel like we know him for years after just spending two days at the property. From start to end he is just one phone call away and will attend to any of your needs immediately. It is wonderful to have such a down to earth, friendly gentleman as the property manager especially if you are visiting for the first time.

Finally, we are eagerly counting days to visit Living Heritage, Koslanda again.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Lucy A
Colombo12 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi Ben , Thank you for contacting us , as per your inquiry we can accommodate your family in the suite room with two extra bed, are you staying one night in nuwara eliya ? we can arrange a driver for this ,our nearest railway station is haputale Regards Johnson.
Answer from Lucy A
Colombo12 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi , You can catch a private flight from Colombo to Haputale which is close to Living Heritage Koslanda . Please take a look at a company called Simplifly for details . Sorry I cannot include the link here TA does not allow it . If you need any further help please let us know & request via the hotel address on our website . Many thanks
Answer from Wabamik
Norfolk, United Kingdom299 contributions240 helpful votes
The swimming pool is used by all the guests, in all types of rooms.
Pubudu Attygalla asked a question Jan 2018
Nainamadama, Sri Lanka377 contributions31 helpful votes
Hi,Does this place have a parking area and accessible by a car?Thanks.
Answer from Jaapjanboelens
New York City, New York78 contributions21 helpful votes
Yes!!
Akram Hatim wrote a tip Jun 2024
Baghdad, Iraq11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't getout of the resort, enjoy the entire day within the properity"
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Valery L wrote a tip Mar 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"So peaceful & remote!!! "
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Leigh G wrote a tip Jan 2024
Wellington, New Zealand128 contributions78 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Monkeys everywhere - not too bad near the suites but I heard lots of stories of monkey antics in the pavilions."
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Tom B wrote a tip Oct 2023
4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't forget your plug converters"
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Islander Diaries wrote a tip Sept 2023
Sri Lanka24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to avoid the rain. The property comes alive in a very special way when the sun is out."
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₹14,066 - ₹18,252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Sri LankaUva ProvinceKoslanda
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Living Heritage Koslanda
Which popular attractions are close to Living Heritage Koslanda?
Nearby attractions include Diyaluma Falls (1.2 km), Lipton’s Seat (5.7 km), and Buduruwagala Temple (7.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Living Heritage Koslanda?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Living Heritage Koslanda?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a snack bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Living Heritage Koslanda?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Living Heritage Koslanda?
Conveniently located restaurants include Risara Restaurant, Upper Diyaluma Nature Love & Camping Cafe, and Aybish Resort.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Living Heritage Koslanda?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Living Heritage Koslanda?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Sinhala.
Are there any historical sites close to Living Heritage Koslanda?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lipton’s Seat (5.7 km).
Does Living Heritage Koslanda have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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