Buddhist quietness in midst of rice fields

•   Deeply Buddhist area
•    Waterfalls and hiking
•    Quiet serenity 

The hidden valley of Hasalaka is situated right in the middle of the Sri Lankan island. The neighbourhood is four kilometres away from Hasalaka town, giving you the opportunity - and challenge - to detach yourself from the stress and buzz of modern urban life. 

If you are interested in Buddhist culture, this is a good place to explore and indulge into the Buddhist lifestyle. If you’re lucky, you can take part in some temple festivities. The rice fields surrounding the village are the base of the villagers’ livelihoods. You are welcome to join farming activities and learn the secrets of various types of rice cultivation. 

One of the best ways to spend a day is to hike along the Hasalaka river to the beautiful Rathna Waterfalls. Good place for a bath and a picnic! The hiking path has a nice view to the mountains. Be careful during the wet season. 



"I am Jayasiri. I have a generous heart and I’m willing to help others in need. I also have an ability to face challenging situations, which is something I learnt from the Seminary as I was doing Philosophy.”

PRICE of the stay IN HASALAKA:

28 EUR / person / day*

28 EUR if you stay for +7 nights
30 EUR if you stay for 4–6 nights
34 EUR if you stay for 2–3 nights



  • homestay accommodation in a private room with a lock
    for two ambassadors
  • shared toilet and washing room
  • electricity, fan, bedsheets and towels
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • possibility to join the everyday activities in the village 

Things to do IN HASALAKA:


  • Join daily Buddhist traditions and visit temples
  • Hike to the high Rathna Waterfalls and enjoy the mountain views
  • Experience a day as a rice farmer
  • Learn the secrets about Sri Lankan home cooked food
  • Enjoy the view at Hasalaka lake
  • Take a day trip to the huge Buddhist temple complex Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara which is located 15 min. from Hasalaka centre by car and have a boat ride at the lake Willuwa




The bus ride to Hasalaka from Kandy takes 3 hours. By private car or taxi it is 2 hours. The ride from Ella takes about the same time, but there is no direct bus route - you need to change a couple of times. Jayasiri can help you with the details! 


Be the first one to stay in Hasalaka! 

This is a brand new Duara village - even the Duara team has not visited it yet. The Duara Contact, Jayasiri, knows the concept as he is also responsible for Alagollewa village. As first bookers, you get a -20% discount, an authentic experience as first travellers, and a chance to make Duara better together with us. All you have to do is give us detailed feedback and photos after your stay. 

Book your stay by filling in this form and we will get back to you in 48 hours. Notice that things in these villages do not always work as fast as you might be used to. The Duara Contact will need some time to organise things. We hope to receive your booking at least seven (7) days before the beginning of your stay.  

Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions. Just send an email to elina@duaratravels.com.

We look forward to hearing from you! 


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