Why choose Jungle Tide?

…perhaps because you like to be individual and not follow the crowd to the usual places. Because you’re curious and like adventures provided they’re safe. Because you appreciate quality and comfort but you aren’t interested in luxury – and luxury prices.

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  • Lower gardens
  • Mongoose with egg
  • Monkeys
  • Rockery
  • Sunset sky at Jungle Tide
  • View from the verandah
  • View with Pig Rock (Oorogala)
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Jungle Tide is certainly different. We think it’s unique in being a British homestay in the hill country, run by the daughter of a tea planter whose great grandfather came to plant in Ceylon in the 1880s.

Veranda-sceneHow you spend your stay at Jungle Tide is up to you. There’s so much to choose from. Walks and treks in the tea estates to suit all abilities; a large pool to swim in; badminton or croquet on the lawn. Or maybe you just want to sit on the veranda with a book and a drink and look at the stupendous mountain views, watch the birds, monkeys and other wildlife; or stroll around the three acres of gardens and paddle in our stream and pick fruit from the trees.

Our village, Uduwela, is a typical rural Sri Lankan community. Walk around, either by yourself or guided by Martin, our housekeeper, and meet tea pluckers, look at the kovils and temple, discover the traditional wood-fired bakery and visit the school and kindergarten. If you’re lucky there may be a procession or other ceremony going on – there often is.

Jungle Tide is a great place for children. Aside from the pool, the stream and generally exploring there are indoor and outdoor games to suit all ages. We love children and so do Martin and Rani, our housekeepers.

If you’re staying with us for several days or longer, Jungle Tide is a great base for day trips both around the Kandy area and further afield – see the Getting Around page for details.

As to food and drink, we’re completely flexible. The basic price is for bed and breakfast, plus unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water but there are lots of optional extras and you just decide for yourself what you want. We assume that all guests will want dinner on the day they arrive (unless you tell us otherwise) but after that you can decide day by day – see the Rooms and Prices page for details.

For a little more you can choose to “live with the family” – including all meals (packed lunches if you’re going out), snacks and drinks for an inclusive price – which we’ll agree with you in advance depending on how many of you there are.

Or you can go for our “all in deal” which includes the above, and if desired, a Sri Lankan cookery lesson from Rani, and one of us to accompany you on local visits and short walks and show you around the lesser known sights in the area. We also have a set of mapped walks from Jungle Tide from a short village stroll to an all day trek. And we’ll provide one night’s babysitting while you go out and enjoy yourselves. Contact us to discuss what you want.

If you book the whole house you can choose to self-cater if you prefer, or have meals prepared by our staff. Please see “Hiring the whole house” for details.

Jungle Tide has won the Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence” for the last four years and 80% of our Trip Advisor reviews rate us as “excellent”. Almost all the others rate us as “very good”.