Hidden in the vast green coconut belt that stretches from Negombo to Puttalam and inland up to Kurunegala lies Horathapola Estate. Its grand planter Bungalow has been renovated in 2003. Within just an hours drive north from Katunayake International Airport, it is an ideal spot for guests from abroad to spend the first or last few nights in Sri Lanka. Built in the early 1920ies by the then British owner of the property, the two-storey bungalow has maintained its charm of a bygone era. Surrounded by a large lawn and tall flowering trees, it is hidden from the still functioning estate belonging to the Fernando family since the 1940ies. Coconut, rice, cashew nuts,mangoes and other fruits, as well as spices and hardwood trees are cultivated on 50 acres of lush land.