Tea Trails, introduces two innovative wildlife initiatives; the creation of a dedicated leopard conservation station in partnership with The Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust (The WWCT), and the introduction of Sri Lanka’s first night safaris in the tea country. The initiative is part of a longer term project taking place across the Central Highlands, aiming to better human wildlife co-existence within the tea garden villages.
Guests are invited to join resident naturalists and conservation experts to track high density zones of animal movement, with opportunities to actively get involved with conservation activities, including monitoring remote cameras and observing data collected.
After a day with the conservation team, guests can fuel up on a tea-inspired dinner at their bungalows, before embarking on a night-time trail across the valley. Trails will lead guests from bungalow-to-bungalow where they can spot different types of amphibians, sleeping lizards, snakes, wild boar and wild cats. Upon arrival back at their bungalow, guests will be met by a refreshing cup of Sri Lanka’s finest Dilmah tea and a rewarding bath run by their butler in residence.
A hallmark of luxury accommodation in Sri Lanka and Resplendent Ceylon’s first hotel venture, owned by the Fernando family of Dilmah Tea, Tea Trails opened in 2005 as the country’s first Relais & Chateaux hotel, successfully setting the precedent for luxury hotel accommodation in Sri Lanka. Comprising five colonial style bungalows, each named after past tea planter occupants, Tea Trails allows its guests insight into the working estates of one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated tea brands. February 2016 saw the opening of the resort’s newest bungalow, Dunkeld, alongside the more exclusive one-bedroom Taylor Owner’s Cottage.