Guests can enjoy the leisure/vegetable gardensome 50m below the room level – where the view over the “Ruhunu” offers a meditation feeling.The Southern garden leads first to a terrace with a stone open air breakfast table and stone chairs while the lower floor (-1) shows a large pond with Japanese Koi carps.
A panoramic summer hut is provided overlooking the South of the island (Ruhunu) as well as a sample collection of fruit trees:apples ,pears, plums ,peaches, avocado, pomme granade, fig, coffee ... A Bo tree dominates a decorative small ‘lotus’-pond with a romantic bench . The ideal spot for relaxation and introspection
TENZAL, in the navel of the island, Haputale, is situated nearly in the heart of the town: only 500m from the 1 century old railway station. which is 175 kilometres from Colombo and 4,695 feet above sea level. From there onwards day excursions can be undertaken to Bandarawela (500m lower and ½ h train ride) or Ella, Badulla… far enough to regain the tropical heat of the country.
Tours of the tea fields (trekking starts at the gate!) and tea factories can be arranged, as can all manner of outdoor expeditions, from bird watching to mountain climbing. Then again, so plush are the accommodations, so roomy and comfy the rooms and suite, that several guests will have a hard time fancying doing much more than enjoying the terraces or the 2 gardens.
For the sporty among us there is a hill climb starting some few 100 meters from the station: Forest Reserve is a steep ascend to the top of the hill towering over the town. A real challenge for thrill and natural beauty seekers. Take a pick nick parcel and a water bottle in your backpack.
Thangamale Bird Sanctuary :The sanctuary is set in Thangamale, the ‘Golden Mountain' and is part of the Glennanore Tea Estate. It comprises of 131 hectares and was declared a protected area in 1938. It is approximately one kilometre away from 't En Zal, And there are two ways to access the reserve. See http://www.serendib.btoptions.lk/article.php?issue=55&id=1421
Lipton’s Seat is another ‘must see’: 16km (bus or walking?) (see: Route description) from the town’s centre – passing several tea factories) starts the climb (+1900m) to the place where in the British times Sir Thomas Lipton used to admire the sunset over his beloved hill country. A statue reminds us of this pioneer. See: Documentary
A mere 50m – turn right when leaving the gate – starts a walking track leading you below ‘t En Zal, through a picturesque hamlet, up to the borderline of the tea fields. You can either continue your mini expedition crossing the low hill top - and later a tea pluckers hamlet – or turn right to slowly regain ‘t En Zal having passed the school and the temple. The last option will take up maximum 1 hour.
Highly recommended (before breakfast?) is a 1-2 hrs walk (6.4km) exploring the vast tea estates starting at the statue of Lord Buddha located to the left after leaving ‘t En Zal. It is situated on the convergence of three roads. Follow the lower one. Keep on going down (!) and take pleasure in the peacefulness, the silence, and the small streams. You will see an estate bungalow and an estate workers’ village. And regain the Colombo road, either to walk back to town… or wait for a bus.
Close to town, on a shortcut road to Diyatalawa, we find a natural spring: for the audacious a perfect opportunity to cool down!
Adisham monastery is also reachable on foot. The nearly 100 year old premises contain a valuable old library for use by the monks. Part of the building is open for visitors.
Pidurutalagala, or Mount Pedro in English, is an ultra prominent peak, and the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka, at 2,524 m (8,281 ft). Mount Pedro is located close to the city of Nuwara Eliya, and is easily visible from ‘t En Zal...
Its summit is home to the central communications array of the Government of Sri Lanka and armed forces, and serves as an important point in the country's radar system. On 1 March 2010, a small wildfire broke out over the mountain's forest cover. The fire destroyed 3 acres (0.012 km2) of forest, before being doused by the Sri Lanka Air Force and nearly 300 local residents.
Diyatalawa at 7km – seen from ‘t En Zal - is a garrison town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. It is at an altitude of 1,499 m (4,918 ft). It is home to the Diyatalawa Garrison of the Sri Lanka Army, which includes the Sri Lanka Military Academy, officer training centre of the army; SLAF Diyatalawa, the Sri Lanka Air Force's ground combat training centre; and facilities of the Sri Lanka Police.
The overwhelming, breathtaking landscape in combination with a traditional-but-comfortable interior design and audacious architecture makes ‘t En Zal an unforgettable experience to repeat over and over again.
Trakking guide :Larlith