"A sustainable coconut estate with aristocratic bones that sets a new bar for agrotourism"

Need to know

    • Five spacious bedrooms with en-suite, oversized bathrooms
    • Horathapola, Sri Lanka
    • Lush, utopic, ethical

We love

  • A guided walking tour with a staff member through the nearby village. The walk is an ideal opportunity for meeting and chatting with friendly locals, bird watching and visiting an organic virgin coconut oil manufacturing plant.
  • Cooking lessons on an open flame using local, organic coconut oil
  • Hearing about the estate’s many lives from the owner and staff

An extra little something

Book with us today and we'll give you:

A complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival

Top Secret

While many staff members will introduce themselves by first name and perform a singular, visible role (cook, for example), it is likely they have some other remarkable skillset – as legal experts, for example.

Origins

The owner of Horathapola Estate, Javana Fernando, inherited this estate from his grandfather, who bought the property from British colonizers in the 1920s. Eager to start agrotourism in Sri Lanka, Javana and his team invested in the estate and renovated the old bungalow to accommodate modern, high-end travellers. While the Estate faced many challenges in its early years – particularly due to the civil war in Sri Lanka – it received aid from Fernando’s partner properties to keep afloat. Today, the estate is self-sufficient, profitable, and an example for other luxury hotels.

The Review

Despite its historical privilege, the hundred-year-old estate that is Horathapola is friendly, unpretentious, and warm. Being here reminds you that a hotel can be both good to you and good for you. At Horathapola, sustainable, and organic are not just buzzwords, but codes for living. Tourists who already understand that the good life comes from the earth are the prime beneficiaries of Horathapola. For those who think agrotourism entails wading in manure, worry not. The Horathapola experience also entails plenty of pampering: lounging by the pool drinking wine or enjoying generous dollops of the homemade, organic passion fruit jam are all perfectly acceptable. And for the more adventurous, manure wading can probably be arranged. 

Home to a spectacular frangipani tree (the second oldest) in Sri Lanka, Horathapola is located on a lush, fifty acre organic plantation where coconut, pineapple, pepper, cinnamon, tamarind, and passion fruit trees thrive. The estate also supplies organic milk, free-range, organic eggs, and plenty of vegetables to the buzzing and creative kitchen where everything is cooked in clay pots on open fires. A knowledgeable, warm, kind, and funny group of caretakers serve you and satisfy every desire, but will also happily accompany you through the estate, demonstrating their deep knowledge and investment in the property. Here, sustainability is a concept that extends not just to ecology, but also to the hotel’s long-term economic vision, enriching the experiences and lives of both clients and staff.
 

Location

Horathapola Estate

  • Address: A swift one-and-a-half hour drive from Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo (CMB)
  • Travel info: No 6, Wadumunnegedara, Sri Lanka, Marawila 60200, Sri Lanka

Key Features

  • Stunning Views

  • Weddings

  • Car Parking