Increasing guest occupancy at Halgolla Plantation Home Front elevation of HPH The challenge in seeking success in our initiative is to maintain the integrity of a truly unique enterprise which seeks not only to be an economic spice plantation but provides the impoverished residents of the neighbouring squatter “colonies” with a means of learning unique new agricultural skills while enhancing their current meager incomes. Corporate Social Responsibility in practice? While we currently, produce, in-house, a monthly Halgolla Plantation Home Newsletter we have decided to also distribute, from time to time, special announcements that would be of interest to those currently on that Newsletter’s mailing list. In this, the first of these, we offer a special incentive for two categories of guests: 1) those who’ve spent time with us before and 2) those who wish to register on the recommendation of those who’ve previously been guests at HPH. Weuda valley ...

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eLanka Newsletter: January 2020 1st edition: Sri Lankans in Australia – Happy New Year! Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Bringing in 2020 at the Grand on Cathies in Wantirna – Photos thanks to SNNI Australia & Trevine Rodrigo “STARTING WITH A SONG” – By Des Kelly A SRI LANKAN BOWLER WHO PICKED SIX WICKETS IN SIX BALLS Colombo Social Is Enmore’s New Sri Lankan Restaurant That’s Supporting Asylum Seekers – By Libby Curran Kerrigan’s Children’s Series – Caro The Talking Carrot Meets Wilma The Worm SRI LANKA NEWS – (DECEMBER 2019) – Compiled by Victor Melder. Health & Views –January 2019 – 1st issue By Harold Gunatillake EXTENSION OF AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR NSW BUSHFIRES HALGOLLA PLANTATION HOME – the unique sri lankan experience – January 2020 Click below for events ...

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  An unusual structure adjacent to the Padeniya temple which itself contains a potpourri of architectural styles from over the centuries in Sri Lanka – a mornings visit from HPH   HALGOLLA PLANTATION HOME – the unique sri lankan experience – January 2020 We’ve had (yet another) major swing in the matter of government change subsequent to the last general election and, despite the usual “hiccups of democracy,” things seem to be progressing okay, particularly for those visiting Sri Lanka from other parts of the world. The author of this The historic roofing on a building at Padeniya temple – much like shingles of a later time newsletter continues with a daily regimen which seeks to cope with the ravages of age, inclusive of a reduction in mobility and, overall, is holding on if not “holding his own!” We recently had the son (and spouse) of a first cousin of ...

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  HALGOLLA PLANTATION HOME – the unique sri lankan experience – December 2019 Spot the garden lizard (katussa) ! Moses-in-therushes (Tradescantia spathacea) The picture on the left is of a plant that is part of a selection that oral history at HPH says was but one exotic foliage plant previously found all over the “home plantation of Antoine Joseph van der Poorten and reputed to have been brought back by him from his trips to what was then the Congo Free State, where he served that most reprehensible of monarchs, Leopold II of Belgium, as manager of that king’s plantations in Central Africa and from the far east, Java, where he settled his eldest son, Francis, at age 21, never to  For December, as in past months, we’ll continue our “Surprise Basket of HPH goodies,” which appears to delight our guests as they take their leave of us! Acknowledgements of ...

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  Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Farewell Dinner to ever popular Hon. Lal Wickrematunge Please enjoy and share “UNITED, WE STAND, DIVIDED, WE FALL” – By Des Kelly Watch Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2019 – T20 Cricket Highlights Watch Australia vs Sri Lanka Womens Cricket ODI Series 2019 HALGOLLA PLANTATION HOME – the unique sri lankan experience – October 2019 SARALANGA 2019 – 28 Years of Creativity Arith Cooray Making a Round Trip of Australia on a Push Bicycle – By Jayantha Weerasekera Health & Views – October 2019 1st issue – By Harold Gunatillake SRI LANKA NEWS (SEPTEMBER 2019) – Compiled by Victor Melder. Click below for events ...

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  HALGOLLA PLANTATION HOME – the unique sri lankan experience – October 2019 Boulder Path Champaca Indica reputed to produce the world’s most expensive perfume While the lunacy  that passes for the political process in Sri Lanka continues, we have been insulated from it by virtue of our relative geographical isolation. The tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka have still not recovered to the levels that prevailed before the Easter Sunday holocaust but, with the security forces doing an admirable job of arresting a large number of those connected to that horror, there is a sense of peace having returned to the country. Senevi’s health has required sojourns in hospital and rest periods at his home over the last months and that, coupled, with his wife’s deteriorating health has necessitated his staying at his home for the foreseeable future. Mgambo/Black Pearl (Majidea Zanguebarica) flowers Mohan, who also  appears to have faced ...

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  HALGOLLA PLANTATION HOME (HPH) A “HOME STAY” WITHOUT EQUAL “Unique” is the only description that fits Halgolla Plantation Home which has been catering to guests from around the world for the past six years with an unmatched degree of acceptance. The “Home” has been occupied by the van der Poorten family since the mid-nineteenth century and the spice crops on it – cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pepper and vanilla – and the better than forty varieties of fruit it carries are being organically cultivated and processed, increasing the skill and earning capacity of our village neighbours. Self-guided walking trails give guests the opportunity to traverse the property with relative ease, from the Soaking Pool to Meditation Flat and beyond. Mongoose, pangolins, wild pigs, muntjac (barking deer), chevrotain (mouse deer), rusty spotted cats, monkeys, slender loris, giant squirrels and a plethora of avian species share the land with us.     ...

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