The Uva Ben Head tea estate
The Uva Ben Head tea estate lies near Welimada in the centre of the unique Uva Basin, at just under 1200m a.s.l. From Colombo or the airport three scenic routes lead to Uva Ben Head:
Via Peradeniya – Ramboda Pass and Nuwara Eliya, through Kitulgala – Hatton – Nuwara Eliya or Ratnapura – Balangoda – Haputale. Each trip takes 5-6 hours by car.
The area is fringed by hills and high mountains, amongst them the spectacular trident of Hakgala, Pidurutalagala (Mt. Pedro) and Totupola, the island’s highest and third highest peaks. All three can be seen from Uva Ben Head.
The bungalow there was built in the early 1940s by the Swiss company A. Baur & Co. (Pvt.) Ltd. (established 1897) as a holiday home when the World War prevented travel to Europe.
The climate is best described as Mediterranean, pleasant during most of the year. Only the north-east monsoon around the year’s end brings a period of rainy, sometimes misty and cold weather. The summer months can be hot and is characterized by the strong wind which blows from the south-west. During this dry period the famous Uva flavour tea is produced, with very low yields.
The Uva Ben Head bungalow has four well equipped double bedrooms with attached bathrooms. There are spacious sitting and dining rooms. The modern kitchen provides local as well as western meals.
The immediate surroundings are teeming with birds of over 100 species; the visitor can hear and see the beautiful Ceylon jungle fowl, the country’s national bird which hides in the cover of the tea bushes. The fine front lawn invites for leisurely rest or games with children. Footpaths spread in all directions through the shaded tea fields for short and long walks.
The plucking of tea leaves can be observed daily.
- During a longer stay at UBH very attractive full or half day excursions can be arranged. Some examples are listed here.
- Half day excursions: leave by or before 8.00 a.m. or 2.00pm
- Horton Plains National Park
- Diyaluma Falls. Return via Poonagala – Bandarawela
- Hakgala Botanic gardens
- Drive through ancient Uva with Paranagama, Fort McDonald to Parawella Falls
- Drive to Idalgashinna Railway Station (breathtaking views) and walk through the Tangamalai Sanctuary (birds) to Adisham where the car will await you
- Visit a Tea Factory (mornings only)