The Heritage Rest is one of the oldest establishments with the Ceylon Hotels Corporation collect of properties.
Built during the era of the British Colonialists, the Rest House still stands in its original state without much transformation. In the mid 19th century, the British railway ran only up to Ambepussa, thirty six miles from Colombo. As a result the Rest House was the deal abode for travelers.
The Heritage Rest is often also seen as a way side stop over enroute to Kandy where one could relax and refresh with a cup of tea and sandwiches or cool off with a dip in the streamlet flowing gracefully nearby.
Complete with spacious rooms and a beautifully constructed banquet hall, The Heritage Rest also boasts of its way side snack bar which is a popular with all regular travelers (Ambepussa Avanhalla)
The majestic shady trees and palms planted more than a hundred and fifty years ago still stands today provide a tropical backdrop. Amongst, the famed visitors to the Ambepussa Rest House were the Royal Families of Japan, Thailand and several Dukes and Heads of state