Sunset from the front porch of Halgolla Plantation Home

Halgolla Plantation Home
Accommodation of a different kind


Halgolla Plantation Home (HPH) is not simply a "bed and breakfast" establishment, but accommodation that offers you the opportunity to be guests of the owners in the ancestral home of a family that has lived here for three generations.

Your hosts, Emil & Arlene
Your hosts: Emil & Arlene

Emil is a respected award-winning columnist who has returned to his ancestral home after 30+ years in Canada to develop HPH as a unique diversified plantation & Home Stay.

Arlene has retired to the bucolic surroundings of Halgolla after holding senior positions in many public and private enterprises in Colombo and Kandy. At HPH, her warmth and management of the household ensure the comfort of their guests.

If you are interested in booking with us, please fill in and return the Reservation Form

It is only if you provide us with comprehensive information about your needs that we will be able to provide the personalized service on which HPH prides itself.

Transport to and from HPH and to other locations in Sri Lanka can be arranged with sufficient notice for an additional fee.


HPH map
HPH is situated off the beaten track in the mid-country of Sri Lanka, midway between Kandy and Kurunegala.
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HPH was picked as the "Top Home Stay" in 2013 by the esteemed travel writer Royston Ellis and is also featured in his latest edition of Bradt's Travel Guide to Sri Lanka. It is "100%" recommended on Trip Advisor. Read Royston's review and others.

Apart from the knowledge of Sri Lanka and its people that Emil & Arlene readily share with their guests, HPH has a great deal to recommend it, beginning with its serenity, natural scenic beauty, spacious comforts, self-directed walking trails and extensive birdlife and wildlife.

HPH's strategic location makes day trips simple to arrange and easy to accomplish, among them trips to Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle and lesser-known, but interesting and important locations of historical and archeological interest.

Other attractions are within an hour's drive from HPH, including the Elephant Orphanage and Millenium Elephant Foundation, the world-famous Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and the Temple of the Tooth, considered the single most important Buddhist shrine in the world.

A plethora of publications have recently recommended Sri Lanka as the World's No. 1 tourist destination: Condé Nast Traveller, National Geographic, The Lonely Planet and The New York Times.

If you choose to spend some of your Sri Lankan time at HPH, you will be assured not only of the exceptional hospitality of your hosts but a travel experience not matched anywhere at any price.

Three spacious suites are available along with healthy, delicious Sri Lankan food.

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Emil van der Poorten
Halgolla Plantation Home, Galagedera, Sri Lanka

If you want more information or have specific questions about this unique facility, contact us at
+94-77-347-0702 or +94-72-284-9770 (Mobile)
or by email at emil@halgollaplantationhome.com