A 45 minute drive from Colombo along the Hanwella-Avissawella Road, passing through a panorama of contrasting landmarks of coconut and rubber plantations, paddy fields, rustic buildings and quarries, brings you to the gateway of The Rock Chalet tucked away amongst the natural habitat of Koratota Estate. And as you turn in you are on a driveway that is accentuated by a vista of straight and stately rubber trees presenting a guard-of-honour as it were to the distinguished visitor right up to The Rock Chalet’s entry point.
With the security check point giving you the licence to enter, The impressive Rock Chalet, its beautifully landscaped gardens and its innovative creations will come into focus to take your breath away !
This is not all, The Rock Chalet also has an interesting history behind it. About 75 years ago a room, situated outside the original building which was completely concealed by an overgrown thicket of luscious vegetation provided a safe ‘hide-out’ to an Englishman by the name of Braise Girdle who was wanted by the law enforcing authority in Ceylon, to be deported to his country for subversive activity engineered against the State.
This very same room, which is now given a new look and strict privacy is one of the rooms that is very much in demand because of its location away from it all. Access to this room is over a bridge now and you will simply be enchanted with its location and picturesque surroundings.
The Rock Chalet is a creative designer’s incredible work of art … something unique in every sense of the word. The lesson to learn is that the designer has allowed his imagination to exploit on nature’s breathtaking features that Koratota Estate has been blessed with. There is for instance a verandah running outside The Rock Chalet to give clout to its natural resources sox that at whatever point you stand and look your eyes will capture every novel feature that is interspersed for your roaming eyes … a sweeping view of scenic beauty from all angles.
It is tailor-made for lovers to fall in love all over again and for friends and families to regroup and rediscover themselves amidst this unique and tranquil expanse of a fairyland.
Every guest room, whether it is the Dolomite, Termaleen, Jespa, Momosa or Arora, all represent super comfort and luxury. An imposing king size four poster canopy bed with its complementary accessories gives each room, elegance, refinement and style that enhances the character of every guest room.
You will wake up to the chirping of the birds and the Koratota breeze blowing gently through the seventeen and a half acre rubber estate.
See for yourself the traditional manufacture of smoked sheet rubber, demonstrated by the simple villagers of Koratota for your edification.
Away from it all is the incredible location of the room that sheltered Braise Girdle 75 years ago when there was an island-wide manhunt for his arrest. The room, now refurbished and modernized offers to its present day occupants maximum privacy and seclusion. Elegantly equipped with antique furniture, spacious bathroom and diffused lighting, the room opens out into a private verandah from whence you enjoy a magnificent overview of the natural habitat … trees, creepers, exquisite foliage and fresh, clear water trickling through foliage underneath the bridge, giving you the privilege of exclusivity.
It offers the perfect enchantment for private dining and room service.
Silhoutte in Blue
You will no doubt enjoy a shower under the ‘peella’ where fresh crystal clear running water comes cascading over king size luscious foliage winding its way through a bedrock of ferns to wet your body and prepare you for a dip in the pool. With the wave of a hand a personalized service is available if you would like to have bites and drinks by the poolside.
The kitchen is fully equipped with state of the art stainless steel cooking mechanisms handled by an experienced chef and his team of assistants. They are versatile to the extent that they can prepare any food to suit every palate and come up with custom-made dishes on request.
The dining area is open and airy in keeping with the concept of the designer, to blend with the rest of the architecture.
For guests who prefer barbecue the grill is located in ideal surroundings slightly below the level of the garden, ensuring the right atmosphere to enjoy a feast just the way it should be, complete with meats, sauces and finger-licking !
Herbal Therapy at Rock Chalets Kaduwela
At one end of The Rock Chalet’s sprawling lawn in between the meticulously landscaped palm grove and giant hibiscus is the flight of steps leading to the spa and the steam baths inviting you to subject yourself to a range of pampering aromatic oils, therapies and massages inspired by ayurveda. Handled by highly skilled staff you will experience an unsurpassed exercise, geared to give comfort and fitness to a stressed body and mind.
Distance from Colombo - 30 Km (45 minute drive)
Distance from Airport - 60 Km (1.30 hour drive)
Price Guide - Rates on Request