Things to do
The grounds of the Leaf Plantation are thriving with an abundance of flora. Apart from the rubber and cinnamon, one can also enjoy the fruits of mango, cashew nut, jak fruit and Rambutan (similar to Lychees) trees from our own garden. When in season our guests are encouraged to pick the fruits right off the tree and enjoy a fresh taste of organically grown produce.
- Plant Life
- Nature Watch
The surrounding plants and trees also attract many types of birds and butterflies that provide a colourful addition to the environment. Any bird watcher would be captivated by some of the birds that frequent the Leaf and could waste hours engaged in this activity.
- Nature Photography
An exciting variety of excursions are available for the adventurous traveller both within and without The Leaf plantation.
3 bicycles are available and we have marked out bicycles trails for the adventurous minded. All of these are accessible within a short distance from the Leaf.
For a truly intimate experience of nature, there are several sites where can arrange a camping experience for you overlooking the vast valleys and mountains.
Located in a city that has deep roots to the history of this country there are numerous sites of interest linked to the Kings and Colonial powers that presided over this area.
- Historical sites
- Places of worship
An outdoor bathing area where water is drawn from deep underground is available at the Leaf. This naturally cooled water offers a unique bathing experience which is only enjoyed in an environment such as this. There are several streams that are easily and quickly accessible for those who prefer a more immersive bathing experience. Some of these are just 5 minutes away.
Excursions can also be arranged to two historical sights that sandwich the plantation. The “Yakini gala” and “Pera gala” are two large rocks that are part of local forklore. Listen to stories of Kings and their treasures and underground passages and then walk a track that leads to the top of the “Yakini gala” and take in the a panoramic view of the beautiful countryside that surrounds you.
The Kelani Valley Club which was established over a hundred years ago in 1884 by the British planters is a must-see site. It is a particularly significant since it continues to be a fully functioning Club to this day. The members of this Club now comprise of local Plantation owners and employees of Plantation companies who are responsible for the continued functioning of this venerable organization.
- Star gazing
The long verandah with its inviting lounge chairs and uninterrupted view, offers the magical sight of the dark night sky crowded with innumerable stars. Sit back and test your ability to spot the constellations displayed.
During the day this is the ideal location to take in the natural environment that is open to you. Birds, butterflies, mountains and the glimmering pool will provide a drowsy dose of medicine to make you forget the stress of city life.