Koslanda, Sri Lanka

Living Heritage Koslanda

Rates from (inc tax)$247.75

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Fruits of the forest


Revamped rubber plantation

Rustic, romantic Living Heritage Koslanda has a waterfall and natural river just a walk away; its surroundings were named ‘God’s Forest’ for a reason. Quiet, romantic rooms, a clever chef, lush gardens and a glittering hilltop pool add to the heavenly, holistic feel.

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Need to know


Four, including three suites.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Check-in, from 2pm.


Double rooms from $247.75, excluding tax at 11 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD275.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (Continental or American).


Have a cookery class with chef Lal for US$20 a person; you'll learn how to make perfect Sri Lankan rice and curry, hoppers (pancakes made with rice batter and coconut milk), rotis, pittu (rice layered with coconut), sambals and other local dishes. You can even spend some time with Lal in the kitchen garden, selecting the produce you want to cook with. Pluck some home-grown pepper while you're there.

At the hotel

Swimming pool; library; stash of on-loan CDs; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, local bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Villa One, housed in the main building, has its own little courtyard with mountain views; it's a spacious, simply designed haven from the heat. For maximum privacy, opt for the Garden Villa, set away from the main building and tucked in the undergrowth, close to the pool. This room is smaller and cheaper than the other options, but it has a private courtyard and the same timber- and stone-styling.


To get to the pool, you’ll need to stomp up a hill, but you’ll be richly rewarded when you do: Koslanda’s jaw-drop hilltop infinity pool surveys the valley below. Staff will also point you in the direction of a secluded waterfall and river that you can swim in (depending on the season), close to the hotel.

Packing tips

Waterfall-proof swimwear; sturdy shoes for walking on the rough paths around the hotel; your notebook for cookery lessons.


Wondering where the hotel gets its architectural good looks from? It was designed by the late film-maker Manik Sandrasagra, in collaboration with renowned Sri Lankan architect Channa Daswatte. After Manik’s death, his wife Lucy completed the project.


Little Smiths aged six and above are welcome, but parents should note that this is a grown-up affair, with few distractions. Extra beds can be added to rooms for US$50 a night.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The restaurant is lovely, but who could resist a lantern-lit table for two by the creek, or tucked away in a hilltop pavilion behind the pool?

Dress Code

Stay cool in light linens – it gets humid here.

Hotel restaurant

Housed in an open-air timber pavilion with a pagoda-like roof, the restaurant serves delicious Sri Lankan food (don't expect any beef) cooked on a traditional wood-fired stove, plus Western favourites. Chef Lal rustles up a mean home-made pasta; the grilled prawns are pretty toothsome, too. The locally made timber tables are topped with dark cloths and red-glass bowls that twinkle with candles at night. Food and drinks are priced very fairly, so you might find yourself ordering extra.

Hotel bar

There's no formal bar area as such, but drinks are served by the pool and throughout the hotel. Pick from beers, wine and a small selection of cocktails.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 10pm at the restaurant; breakfast is 7.30am-10.30am.

Room service

Available 24 hours, room service spans the full restaurant menu.


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Living Heritage Koslanda
Egodawatte Estate, Naulla
Sri Lanka


Bandaranaike International Colombo airport is around five and a half hours from the hotel by car (www.airport.lk), with connections to Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and London Gatwick, among other destinations.


Haputhale station is 20km from the hotel, a 45-minute drive.


Koslanda is your retreat, the kind of place you get to and stop moving (apart from the short stroll to the pool and waterfall). Plus the road that leaves to the hotel is rough and rocky; you’re better off leaving your wheels back home.

Worth getting out of bed for

Let staff take you on a guided nature walk in the jungle and forest; if you want to explore further afield, they’ll also take you to Diyaluma Falls and a nearby rubber plantation, or to a local tea plantation, where you’ll see people picking tea, learn about production and taste a brew (US$45 a person). You can also visit a local jam-maker. For US$10 a person, staff will take you on a tour of the hotel gardens and teach you about pepper and spice cultivation, fruits and Ayurvedic plants. Set off on foot with your swimming gear and splash around the waterfall and river (in season). Take a book to the relaxation pavilion or communal veranda, or pack your bags for a serene, sunny afternoon by the hilltop infinity pool.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this rural hotel in Sri Lanka and unpacked their tea leaves and recipes, a full account of their luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Living Heritage Koslanda…

Living Heritage Koslanda is as un-hotel-y as hotels get. Doors don’t have locks; rooms don’t have air conditioning, and the only VIPs are the elephants who tramp through God’s Forest during the drier months of the year. Instead of honouring luxury, the hotel honours Sri Lanka: buildings were designed by acclaimed architect Channa Daswatte, in accordance with traditional Sri Lankan astrological and architectural theories, and decorated simply: stainless silver lamps light rooms by night; roughly hewn rock and local timber replaces high-gloss furnishings. Craftsmen from Koslanda were employed in the hotel’s construction, using the area’s rich natural materials and learning old methods. The communal verandas and balconies reflect traditional Sri Lankan living spaces; the simple but delicious Sri Lankan cuisine is cooked the old way, on a wood-fired stove and oven. All this understatement lets the stunning natural surroundings sing through. We’ve yet to clap eyes on a more beautiful infinity pool than Koslanda’s, which surveys the Hill Country from its lofty perch, or had a more refreshing dip than our splash in the river and natural waterfall. Don’t expect high-speed WiFi or high-gloss fittings, but do come with an open heart, an appetite for curry and an eye for nature.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Living Heritage Koslanda’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Everything has been well thought out and placed perfectly. The room was spacious and had lots of character with a comfortable bed. A perfect hidden gem getaway, very private with beautiful views and its own forest walk and waterfall makes this a truly magical location to relax and unwind. The swimming pool overlooks a valley with views of the mountains and rice fields. The food served was very tasty. The hotel is a perfect hideaway, not too close to many attractions which made it perfect for what we wanted. 

Don’t expect

Air conditioning. There is no AC but the building manage to keep cool and the ceiling fan was more than enough.


Stayed on 4 Jul 2016

We loved

The beautiful pool, the serenity, the wonderful waterfall, the attentive staff, the stunning views. A visit to the private waterfall is a must! 

Don’t expect

Anything other than pure relaxing


Stayed on 10 Mar 2016

We loved

The authenticity of the place, the staff, the breathtaking pool and the excellent local food partly from the hotel's own garden. The hotel is an amazing nest with stunning surrounding nature in the middle of a luxurious forest. We organized our 12 day Sri Lankan tour around the availability of the guest house, and we didn't regret any second. It was our best and most personal stay on the beautiful island. Thanks to all the staff!

Don’t expect

Anything artificial


Stayed on 19 Feb 2016

We loved

The room, the way the property was built into the land, the walks, the restaurant and the very helpful manager Careem.

Don’t expect

The shower was the only let down: the controls were installed upside down and didn't work properly for us – so only tepid water came out.


Stayed on 28 Jan 2016

We loved

We were absolutely blown away by the beauty of the vast estate and the harmonious architecture of the lodge. The charming staff and amazing food completed our experience. This is the kind of place you know you'll go back to.. One day.. With friends, since there are only a couple of rooms, this paradise could be yours entirely to share with your best pals.. Or with your partner, as this is first and foremost a romantic and private setting. One single setback: we only discovered the beautiful waterfall and creek on our last day.. We should have spent more time there

Don’t expect

Don't expect super fast Wifi, 100-channel televisions, heck.. don't even expect the electricity to run flawlessly 24/7. This is the place you got to to get away from it all. I highly recommend it!


Stayed on 10 Mar 2015

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