Take a walk down to our small river for a refreshing dip in the pools and let the resident spa fish clean your feet. Along the river is also a good place to spot monkeys, different birds, butterflies and dragonflies. You can also climb up or down through the rocky river.
wildlife & Bird watching
Natural Mystic Sanctuary is a great place to spot a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. Bird watching tours can be arranged in the Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve or the local area.
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
It takes about 40 minutes to get there and you usually spend about 5 hours inside. The length and pace of the walk can be adjusted to suit individual needs. There is a waterfall so take your swimwear if you wish to go for a refreshing dip.
Please let us know as early as possible if you would like to do a tour so we can reserve you a good guide.
Tours to the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve can be arranged and include:
• Transport to and from the forest
• Experienced Guide
• Entrance fee
• Lunch Packet
Ayurvedic Massage & treatments
Treat yourself with an authentic, traditional ayurvedic full body massage.
Coming from a family of traditional ayurvedic doctors (see picture above, right), Dr. Ranjani (see picture above left) offers a variety of treatments. She uses homemade, complex massage oils made from herbs she finds in the rainforest. You can visit her at her Massage Parlour or she can come to give you a massage at Natural Mystic Sanctuary.
Explore our rural neighbourhood on the windy Batandura road with paddy fields, tea plantation, waterfalls and small villages.
Our local guide can also take you for a 2-3 h tour of the surrounding area including:
Beautiful rivers & waterfalls
Small hike up a hill through the jungle (only at good weather condition)
The rock house’ - a jungle cave with bats (only at good weather condition)
Tea & snacks with a local village family
Experience authentic local culture
Learn about local produce such as tea, cinnamon, rice, pepper and more.
The Historic Gatabaruwa Rajamaha Viharaya
The historic and locally important Gatabaru cave temple with a big reclining Buddha is placed in a very scenic environment, 1500 feet above sea level, between the Rakwana, Sinharaja and Morawaka mountain ranges and is attached to the Diyadawa forest.
Uda Walawe National Park
Framed by soaring highlands on it’s northern boundary, Uda Walawe National Park is one of the best places to see wild elephants. Largely comprised of grasslands and bush forest, it is good for game spotting. It is 1.5 hours by car so can be done as a day trip.
Visit a Tea Factory
Visit the award winning Lumbini Tea Valley close to Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve. They offer:
Tea factory visits
White tea process
Tea plucking & tea trainings
Tea tasting sessions