Accommodation, Hill Country

The Kandy House

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A luxury boutique hotel in an exquisitely restored 19th century manor house, this property offers an exclusive experience of privacy and relaxation. Originally built in 1804 for the last Chief Minister of the Kandyan Kingdom, this royal residence has been tastefully updated to 21st century standards whilst retaining the house’s integral character through immaculate blending of modernity and antiquity.

Ideal for honeymoons, the Kandy House aims to provide a tailor made, personal luxury experience, with all of the staff keen to facilitate any wishes. Meals can be enjoyed by the pool, in the Verandah restaurant or more intimately upon your own private veranda. It is this incredible attention to detail and faultless customer service which will make your experience unforgettable.

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The Kandy House 7.282303, 80.613953 The Kandy HouseView

Facilities

Each of the uniquely designed rooms (named after local butterflies) are furnished with local antiques, harking back to the building’s ancestral history. The ‘Ultra’ rooms have access to private verandas, and each room also comes with a designated private butler to cater to every need.

An on-site ayurvedic masseur is available for guests, as well as book and DVD libraries, board games and bicycles. The Verandah Restaurant serves traditional Sri Lankan feats as well as more modern international dishes, and all ingredients are bought fresh from local markets. The infinity pool overlooking nearby rice paddies is a perfect relaxation spot, whilst the intimate Ambalama is ideal for daytime yoga sessions or enjoying an evening cocktail.

Local Wildlife

The Udawattakelle Sanctuary is famous for its diverse flora as well as forest birds, porcupines and monkeys. On a walk or bike ride through the nearby Knuckles mountain range guests may find a wide array of local wildlife. Whilst there is plenty to see, the Kandy House is usually incorporated as a relaxing, luxurious cultural destination and as such the wildlife on offer is nothing compared to the safari destinations in Sri Lanka.

Optional Activities

Kandy – the second largest city in Sri Lanka – is a hotspot for culture, history, art and nature. The Kandy house provides numerous activity options for guests to take full advantage of the incredible location. Take a stroll through the Botanical Peradeniya Gardens, tour the British Garrison Museum or visit the Kandyan Arts Association’s renowned cultural show to see traditional music and dancing. Embrace the country’s religious culture by visiting the Temple of the Tooth and be sure to see Sigirya, an ancient 200m high rock fortress built in AD 495, declared by UNESCO as the 8th wonder of the world. Wildlife enthusiasts can venture to Udawattakelle Sanctuary which holds and array of flora and fauna, or enjoy the magnificence of Sri Lankan elephants at the Pinnawella elephant orphanage.

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Sri Lanka tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

A beautiful boutique hotel, which was the perfect quiet place to begin our tour.

Ms T T – Esher