Activities

As Strathisla is situated at the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, many of the sites can be accessed as day trips including Kandy, Dambulla, Sigiriya and even Polonuwara. Tours to all major cultural sites can be organised on arrival.

There are many things to do in and around Strathisla Guesthouse. Here are a few suggestions…

Hiking and Cycling

We offer guided hikes to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in Sri Lanka, where you will encounter local wildlife, remnant cloud forest, beguiling tea plantations and local village life.  We also offer walks around the local area, forest and rock temples.  Mountain bikes are available for self-guided cycling at USD $10 per person per day.  We also offer scenic guided cycling trips

Local Walks

There are a range of interesting walks to do around the local area taking in the surrounding forests, tea plantations and local villages . Of special interest is the Buddhist rock temple and local rock pool which is great for a refreshing dip!

Sri Lankan Cooking Class

Learn some of the secrets of Sri Lankan and South Indian cooking with Priya – our fabulous cook.

Hatale Tea Factory tour

Learn about the fascinating process of tea production at the Hatale Tea factory, followed by a hike up to Hatale’s spectacular Mini Worlds End.

Tea Estate and Spice Garden tour

Come and meet the tea pickers or learn where all those fabulous Asian spices come from.

Visit Aluvihare Monastery Caves

Visit the mystical Aluvihare monastery caves and colourful Hindu temple in Matale Town.

Bird Watching

Bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to observe that Strathisla and its surrounding forest provide sanctuary for a large number of Sri Lankan bird species.

Ayurvedic Massage

We offer traditional Ayurvedic herbal oil head and body massage in a tranquil setting.  Ayurvedic Massage or Abhyanga (in Sanskrit it literally means “oil massage“) uses copious amounts of warm oil and is a deeply relaxing, whole body massage involving energy balancing long strokes.

Play Golf

Play a few rounds of golf at the spectacular Victoria Country Golf Course or if you’re not feeling quite so energetic, have a relaxing lunch followed by a rejuvenating massage.