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Bogawantalawa Valley

The Bogawantalawa Valley in central Sri Lanka is known as the Golden Valley of Tea and is considered to be one of the most beautiful tea growing areas in the country. Here in solitude, at an elevation of 1,500 metres, lies Ceylon Tea Trails, four classic colonial bungalows built a century ago for British tea estate managers. These historic houses have been impeccably restored by Dilmah Tea Company. Each of the four bungalows are different. Summerville with an air of a country cottage, lakeside Castlereagh with an eclectic style of its own, the high colonial Tientsin; one of the first planter's residences to be built in Ceylon and the more modern Norwood; abounding with 60's character. Whilst here take the opportunity to unwind in the beautiful gardens, visit a tea factory to see how 'a bud and two leaves' are turned into one of the world's most popular drinks and/or spend an adventure filled day biking, trekking and white water rafting.

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