Hill Myna – (සැලළිහිණියා)
Birds watching in our villas
Bird friendly Villas Many birds, both endemic and migratory, can be seen in the Mahaweli River bands and Hanthana hills. 16 endemics out of 65 bird species, 6-9 sightings of endemics within approximately 3 hours (between 6-9 am and 3-6 pm) is a common occurrence – within our own naturalist you can recognize in our surrounding area.
Larger than the Common Myna; larger than the Salalihiniya but very similar to it except for the lack of wattles on the back of the head and some black at the base of the beak. Both sexes look the same, and the young are only duller and have smaller wattles.
It lives in scattered colonies, but it does not appear to be as gregarious as Salalihiniya (Common Hill-Myna), which is usually found in pairs. It prefers tall trees and can be found in the heart of tall forests, as well as estates and village gardens in their vicinity. It’s a fidgety bird. Wild fruits such as banyan, bo, and nuga figs, wild nutmegs, and sapu seeds make up the diet. the breeding season lasts from February to May, with a secondary season from August to September. The nest is built in a hollowed-out tree bole or large branch. The two eggs are pale prussian blue with purplish brown blotches. They are approximately 325mm in length.
The hanthana hills are home to an abundance of animal life. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for trooping monkeys or porcupine prickles. Sri Lanka also has a diverse range of birds, with over 400 species, 33 of which are endemic. Many of these species are found right here in the Hanthana region, so you will be spoiled for choice.The hanthana mountain range is home to a wide range of animal species, including fishing cats, civets, wild boars, hares, a variety of monkeys, foxes, hedgehogs, and the elusive leopards.
The slender lorises (Loris) are a loris genus found in Sri Lanka. The genus contains two species: the red slender loris of Sri Lanka and the gray slender Loris of Sri Lanka. Slender lorises spend the majority of their lives in trees, moving slowly and precisely along the tops of branches. They can be found in tropical rainforests, scrub forests, semi-deciduous forests, and swamps, among other places. The primates are nocturnal and have a lifespan of about 15 years. Insects, reptiles, plant shoots, and fruit are common foods for slender lorises.
This exquisite slice of mountain life, embraced by the warmth of the Indian Ocean and sought after by sun-seeking surfers, will captivate you. Enjoy the untouched and unspoiled beauty of Sri Lanka’s Nuwera Eliya.
Discover the home and process of the Ceylon Tea
Since its introduction by the British, Ceylon tea has gained worldwide acclaim. The industry has a massive historical significance, and the factories tell the story of how this staple beverage of the world is made. The sprawling estates built alongside mountains are a magnificent sight that will leave you speechless. Ceylon tea has gained worldwide acclaim since its introduction by the British.
History of Tea
Tea production is one of Sri Lanka’s main exports, and its origins can be traced back to the days of the British Empire. The central highlands of the country’s humidity, cool temperatures, and rainfall provide a climate conducive to the production of high-quality tea.
Giragama Tea Factory
Sri Lanka is inextricably linked to its tea plantations. Giragama Tea Plantation is a charming village in Sri Lanka’s central province known for tea cultivation. Giragama was one of the first plantations established near Kandy, Sri Lanka’s heart.
The trail around Holistic Villas Hanthana boasts some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and mountain views, making for some truly inspiring nature walks. Beautiful magnificent sights of Hanthana The Hanthana region is a veritable treasure trove of flora and fauna, some of which are only found in this part of the island. Our knowledgeable in-house Naturalist will be happy to help you better understand the area’s plant and animal life. Our Naturalist will create specialized presentations to educate you before embarking on a nature walk, covering everything from over 120 bird species to endemic butterflies and trees.Whatever your age, you can have a truly insightful experience with this expert who will engage with you to increase your own knowledge of Nature’s secrets in the Hanthana region.
Kandy’s hill country capital was once an ancient kingdom; it is now listed as a world heritage site due to its historically and culturally significant location, close to Hanthana. Day trips to special places such as the Temple of the Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake can be organized. The Kandy Central Market is a treasure trove of local souvenirs. We can also arrange day trips from Hanthana to world heritage sites such as Sigiriya, the Golden Temple of Dabulla, and the cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradapura.The Sacred Tooth Relic, housed at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, is regarded and worshiped as the living Lord Buddha. As a result, there are daily, weekly, and annual poojas and rituals. Among them is the Dalada Perahera, also known as the Kandy Esala Perahera, which is held annually in the month of Esala (July). It is revered as the pinnacle of the country’s Buddhist celebrations and is endowed with divinity. The four sacred tooth relics remained intact following Mahaparinirvana, according to the Maha Parinibbana sutta of the Deegha Chapter, along with a few other sacred relics. Due to the ongoing conflicts in the kingdom of Kaalinga during the reign of King Mutaseewa, Lord Buddha’s left canine tooth, one of the four Tooth Relics blessed with Sri Saddhamma for 45 years, was brought to Sri Lanka. During the reign of King Kithsirimewan, Princess Hemamala and Prince Dantha brought the Tooth Relic to Sri Lanka in order to protect the Sacred Tooth Relic. This incident occurred in 310 A.D.
During the reign of King Kithsirimewan, Hemamala and Prince Dantha brought the Tooth Relic to Sri Lanka in order to protect the Sacred Tooth Relic. The Dalada Perahera tradition, which was based on Buddhist respect and kindness, was combined with Devala rituals, which prioritized ultimate humanity.
The Kandy Esala Perahera Casket, which is regarded as a living Lord Buddha and parades through the streets, is revered by divinity, humanity, and elephants. This is the world’s oldest cultural event, and it continues with its colorful, glamorous splendour, making it an out-of-this-world experience.elic. This incident occurred in 310 A.D.