Adisham Bungalow Haputale a Little England in Sri Lanka

Our good friend and one of the badminton champions of our company, Tharindu  insisted that we need to visit Adisham Bungalow while we were planning the Haputale trip.

We reached Haputale Fox Hill place at  about 10:30AM. after taking a few photos, we drived to Adisham Bungalow Haputale based on our friend Tharindu’s directions.

For those who are interested  to know  it is also called as St. Benedict’s monastery. if you search google for more information, make sure, you use both key words: St. Benedict’s monastery & Adisham Bungalow

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we took this photo in Haputala 16km mile post where Srilanka military academy and Fox hill are located.

Left to Right: Vinesh, Malith,Tharindu,Dilen,Diluk,myself and our Van Driver. Since Kusal took the photo, he is not in the photo.

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You have to turn to left side from Haputale Station in order reach Adisham Bungalow. Although  It is very narrow road  I noticed some big tourist buses going on this road.

Brilliant Drivers of Sri Lanka!!!. They know how to drive in Mountains.

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When we reached Adisham Bungalow, we were greeted with drizzling rain and mist which is one of my favourite combination.

I love to relax my mind and body in these condition and I can forget everything in mind and be in the present. For me  it gives an opportunity to refresh  all my five senses.

St. Benedict’s monastery is the best place if you like to relax yourself in these misty mountains.

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Adisham Bungalow is located in secured sanctuary, Thangamale Sanctuary but the Bungalow is owned by one of the Roman Catholic Monastery.

It is surrounded by  lot of trees and you find  lot monkeys too 🙂

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You have to take ticket if want to pass the gate and go in inside Adisham Bungalow. The price of the ticket is Rs 20/= rupees and Diluk, our Treasure of the Trip paid the required amount generously .

Security guards or gate keeper  was very friendly and they issued the ticket and  opened the gate with a warm smile.

Since this St. Benedict’s monastery, they would have been trained to be polite :-).

Smile cost nothing !!!!

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This is the  entrance road to Adisham Bungalow and we saw  lot of young girls and boys were taking photos of each other in this beautiful atmosphere..

 

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I smiled with  few girls but nothing much. I am a very friendly guy 🙂 . There were taking a lot selfie photos with other friends and boy friends.

Tell you frankly, St. Benedict’s monastery has a quite a romantic atmosphere 🙂

I wished, if I had come with my wife 🙂

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St. Benedict’s monastery had Beautiful Garden and it is maintained very well.

Hundreds of varieties of Orchids, Roses are planted in the Garden.

The bungalow upsides to a bird sanctuary, forest while downsides to a wide range of mountains and valleys.

if you love flowers , then is the very best to be and enjoy the beauty of these flowers.

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Adisham Bungalow has a lot of inspirational quest since it is a monastery. I clicked some of the the best quotes which I though , It is useful.

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These quatos ver simple but very powerful too.

I am fan of reading and collecting quatos. it helps me dramatically when I want to move my sprint to different level or when I am discucourge.

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This Adishm Bungalow was built by British noble man and a planter Sir. Thomas Lister Villiers, a British governor in 1931 and you can see this beautiful bungalow.

A lot of people talks about the artecture of the house and very specially the roof of the house but also the doors, windows, stair case and floors were all covered with flat Burma teak. All the materials, used to build the bungalow were imported from England.

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St. Benedict’s monastery is a luxury house  and according to historical facts, it took 4 years to build this Adisham Bungalow

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According to history,this country legendary Luxury house was designed by R. Booth and F. Webster in accordance to the Tudor and Jacobean style.If you been to England country side, you find a few old houses like this still.

The beauty of this house is, the bungalow is made of vigorous granite stone walls and long, narrowed windows and chimneys.

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The most impressive part of this Adisham Bungalow is the wall of the house and roof. Just look at the size of this Adisham Bungalow. it is massive.

We are not quite sure, how many people would have lived in this Adisham Bungalow but there is space for many people :-0

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This is the entrance for the main Hall. There is person who explain everything about this Adisham Bungalow. you do not need to pay anything to this person but he acts as if he needs something 🙂

We gave some tips

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If you work, right up the corner of the this foot path, you should be able to enter into the main hall of the house where Sir Thomas Villiars live.

You can NOT take photos of the this hall section, library and other sections but I took very special permission to take these photos for your.

Person who explains about Adisham Bungalow, may not allowed you to take photos but if you get permission, you better tell him otherwise he does not allow.

Do not ask me how did I get permission to take these photos.

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This is the living room of Sir Thomas Villiars and his wife

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This is the Library of Sir Thomas Villiars and his wife. Nobody can use these books. It has great collection of book.

Since I am book lover, I spent a lot of time in this section.

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This is the fire place.

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Another review of the Library section.

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Another review the living room.

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Most of the area are restricted to visit and touch.

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Sir Thomas Villiars came to Sri lanka in 1887.

He was a grandson of Lord John Russel – PM of Britain at that time.

First he was trainee planter at Elbedde estate, Bogawantalawa.

He married a daughter of a tea planter. Since she was a skillful painter she decorated the library and dining room of Adishm with her paintings.

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Anyway, history factors say, Sir. Thomas Lister Villiers toured to Brazil for 4 years and returned to Sri lanka.

After his  arrival he started his own tea state, Dikoya group. Soon he joined with George Stuart estate agency and he became the chairman in 1928.

We are not very sure whether he bough the George Stuart estate and became the Chairman of the company.

At that time Adisham bungalow provided residency for many noblemen, governors and reckoned visitors.

After getting retired Sir Thomas Villiers sold the bungalow to the Sedawatte Mills.

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In 1961 it was purchased by the Roman Catholic Church and transformed to a Roman Catholic Monastery.

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This is the painted photo of Sir Thomas Villiars

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When Sir Thomas Villiars lived, this the boilling room which entire house was heated when it is too cold.

Bear in mind that, eveything were imported from England to build this house. I can not imagine, what type hassle he would have gone through to bring these things in to this place from Colombo port.

Still, it is bet of hassle to reach this place 🙂

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Since this Adisham Bungalow is converted in to Monastry, Adisham community also maintains the orchards surrounding the monastery.We did not visit the orchards of the monastery.

They maintain this orchards with the help of  Monks and   few village workers. They  cultivate strawberries, guavas, Seville oranges and other vegetables.

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There are a lot of testimonies Adisham Bungalow orchards products. There are a lot of events prove that  fruit of the orchards is used to produce natural jams, cordials and jellies for which Adisham has made itself famous in every nook and corner in the island.

Most of our friends bought jams and cordials from this place since I did not buy , I have no idea of the price

But you can find the correct prices of these product from the Adisham Bungalow web site

http://www.adisham.org/adisham-products/

The income gained through the sales is used for the maintenance of the place. Adisham Products are natural,

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Do not expect these selling staff  to be very polite and provide with the best customer services. There are just a staff.

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Malith and Dilen bought new DSLR cameras before going for this trip 🙂 . Since  there was a drizzle, they went inside take photos

 

We did not check how to book this place to stay as Adisham Bungalow web site clearly mention the process.

As of 12th of April 2016, Full board price for a single person is Rs 3,000 per nigh and they charged Rs 1,500 per children.

It should be emphasized that however Adisham Bungalow is not a commercial guest house and guests should NOT expect hotel amusements or facilities.Since it is run by a community, those who visit the place  are expected to be considerate of the rules of the community.

This check URL for  accommodation booking of Adisham Bungalow:

http://www.adisham.org/reservation/

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