More than a hotel, a state of mind

Tree of Life

A warm welcome awaits you as soon as you enter our front office. You will be called up to light the traditional Sri Lankan oil lamp. It is a local ritual that is a part of welcoming our special guests. Wet towels and a freshly squeezed drink will be the beginning of the pampering. Greenery reigns supreme in the hill capital of Sri Lanka.

And more so at Yahalatenna, where the Tree of Life Nature Resort is located. As you leave the busy city of Kandy and find your way up the mountain,
you will notice the air turning cooler and fresher. The sounds of birds chirping will replace the hustle and bustle of the city.

At Tree of Life Nature Resort, we have the teachings of this remarkable individual to heart. We understand your need to get in touch with your inner self need to feel the splendor of nature. We have thus created a living, breathing space of lush greenery and fabulous colors for you to connect with nature like never before.

Focus on Hotel Tree of life’s History

Hotel Tree of Life, standing tall in its antique splendor, has a glorious history since its conception in the year 1900. Reaching the 100th milestoneTree Of Life surrounded by 700 acres of tea plantations at Yahalatenna recalls the glory days of playing home to the British soldiers who owned the surrounding estate area, the perfect hideout of Lord Mountbatten during the dark period of the Second World War.


Yahahalathenna was a village in colonial times where bullock carts Carters were used to gather and rest along a well in the area.
The name Yahahalathenna was initiated as Yahaluwan ekatu wu Thena? or Yhahalu-Thenna lately converting to Yahahalathenna.
Tree of Life

Resting Place

It has been one of the locations that provided rest houses during the Sinhala Kandyan era, where people from different parts of Sri Lanka visited on their way to the hill capital, or during their journey to other parts of the Central province.

Situated in an area of great ancient atmosphere, the area not only is valued for its antiquity but also for the treasures hidden beneath the earth such as silicon, amethyst, and crystal clear spring water, adding indescribable value to the whole picture combined with values of unearthed surprises, surrounding beauty and great history.

At present, the bungalow resembles the secretive position of the past. After the Second World War, the unchanging tropical loveliness of the estate was owned by a Sinhala family. Ultimately the 65 acres of estate property was purchased by Hint Nuwara Eliya (Pvt) Ltd, the sister company of Tree of Life (Pvt) Ltd.

Serendib – Volume 120 Nov. 2000

“My father likes Ceylon enormously, and like all of us enchanted with its Garden of Eden beauty recalls the countess. He loves to ride when he finds any free time in the forest that borders the Garden of the Udawatta Kele Nature resort.

Lord Mountbatten loved the countryside, short leaves spent at a tea estate bungalow at Yahalatenna, 6 kilometers north of Kandy. Reminisces of 77 years old Ambrose Nadarajah, who worked at Kings Pavilion from 1944 – 1946. As a young housekeeping assistant, and later became stewards on P & O lines. This bungalow, with its tree-shaded croquet lawn, is now part of the Hotel Tree of Life.”

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A great hotel near Kandy

Very friendly helpful staff, specially Rajitha at the reception. Clean quiet rooms. Comfy beds. A reasonably good breakfast buffet. More than anything the calm and tranquil surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A little advice- Though the GPS will take you there ultimately, it can direct you through narrow scary tiny roads.

Rashmi from Australia


Quiet nature retreat

A great retreat from the bustle of Kandy and Peradeniya, however, you will need transport as it is some distance from railway stations. Fantastic isolated retreat, ideal for bird watching. Beautiful massages.

D F from Sydney, Australia