The world’s first tea bungalow resort, Tea Trails, has introduced night safaris in Sri Lanka’s tea country, and has also established a dedicated leopard conservation station in partnership with The Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust.
After a day with the conservation team, guests can fuel up on a tea-inspired dinner before joining the resort’s leading naturalist, Anuradha Ediriweera and his team on a night-time safari across the valley.
Trails will lead guests from bungalow-to-bungalow where they can spot different types of amphibians, sleeping lizards, snakes and wild boar, plus three different types of cats including fishing cat, rusty spotted cat and jungle cat.
In the right conditions, guests can also spot fire flies as they flit above the tea fields. Upon arrival back at their bungalow, guests will be met by a refreshing cup of Sri Lanka’s finest Dilmah tea and a rewarding bath run by their butler in residence.
Tea Trails opened in 2005 as the country’s first Relais & Châteaux hotel. Their second property, Cape Weligama, opened on the south coast in October 2014, while their next venture, Wild Coast Tented Lodge, will open mid-2017 on a secluded beachfront site on the edge of Yala National Park.