The penchant is for luxury retreats in Sri Lanka’s most beautiful places, and nestled on a hillock overlooking the Matale mountains is Diamond Hills Villa, located in a two-acre tea and spice garden in the village of Paradeka, Mahawela. Rural life at its best surrounds Diamond Hills Villa, situated off the main Palapathwela-Galewela road which is between Rideegama and Dambulla in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.
Diamond Hills Villa is managed by Veteran fashion designer SharminiDiamanthi Seneviratne of Silk Wrap fame. This luxury boutique villa offers a distinctive holiday experience of complete relaxation and a spectacular mountain view. The bungalow has only three well appointed bedrooms which can accommodate a maximum 10 persons. The small swimming pool overlooking the Matale range is close to a spice garden with its colourful fruit trees and herbs which thrive so well in this splendid climate. The bedrooms are stylishly furnished and spacious, opening onto verandah with mountain or garden views
The Matale district which is known for its spice gardens has a rich cultural heritage. An expert husband and wife duo attend to the guests’ culinary needs. Kumara will often agree to experiment with new ingredients and flavors which he will smilingly incorporate in his traditional cooking pot and his guests love this, and come back again for it. The duo Kumara and Lalitha are not averse to passing on a cooking tip or two to the guests or help with picking a choice basket of favoured fruits or vegetables.
Bird watching is rewarding at Diamond Hills Villa. Over 50 species of birds that can be spotted here , such as be the grey hornbills and the spotted eagle. The ancient cultural sites of Dambulla and Sigiriya are easily accessed from here. Apart from that one can explore the village of Mahawela, pass paddy fields, village homes and temples.The beautiful Aluwihara rock temple in Matale is also one of my favorite religious sites to visit. If you are interested in ancient history there is Keppetipola, site of the famous rebellion against the British.
There’s a wealth to see and learn in Sri Lanka a gem of an island