Knuckles Manor


Knuckles Manor Approximately 36 kms from Kandy town, along Madawela - Wattegama - Panwila - Huluganga road. The bungalow is surrounded by acres of tea plantations situated at the foothills of the Knuckles mountains, the mountain range resembling the knuckles of a human hand.

The last record of the house is in 1860 when T.C. Owen and R.A. Bayford, both British tea planters, owned it. Unfortunately, the Planters' Association of Sri Lanka do not have any records beyond that period in their archives. It is a solid house built according to architecture of the colonial times - spacious. The Ceylon Almanac 1845 of the Sri Lanka Genealogy Website refers to Thomas Samuel Wood, Superintendent, Goomera Estate and therefore it can be deduced that Knuckles Manor dates back another 15 years.

A distinctive feature of the manor is its wood paneled ceiling, unique in design and in its original state.

The life-style offered to guests has unchanged old-world charm. The quiet is disturbed only by bird sound. There are 30+ species of birds that can be spotted in the home garden.
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Public areas - The sitting room has Chesterfield chairs to sink in to and soft floor cushions to stretch out on the carpet. Meal time is always elegant with the rosewood dining table stylishly laid. Breakfast table is in an alcove overlooking the garden. There is a lounge with satellite TV and internet facilities. The verandah, which looks out in to the vast expanse of mountains - Hunasgiriya and Madulkelle etc. is the favourite 'sitting around' place of family and guests. The view is stupendous, sunsets are dramatic and an atmosphere of peace envelopes you.

Bed Rooms
The Strawberry Suite is an ideal family room. The master bedroom is large with two comfortable beds, a day bed and private sitting /dining area with an adjacent smaller bedroom for two which leads to an ultra modern bathroom with a Jacuzzi; there is hot and cold water.

The Cardamom Room has a king sized bed with a private sitting / dining area. Adjacent is a quaint dressing-room leading to the bathroom. There is hot water. The water on tap in the bungalow is from a fresh spring and the gurgling stream can be heard from this room.

Meals:
Western and Sri Lankan food is available and the menu is personalized. Most vegetables, herbs and fruit are from the home garden depending on the season. Unlimited tea / coffee available at all times.
Knuckles Manor
Positive :
Beautiful location.
Negative :
Takes ages to get there and the roads leading to aren't that friendly to maneuver.
Activities :
Trekking in Gomera private estate - in addition to the lush tea that grows, there is cardamom, lemongrass and coffee; walking through the plantation can be an education for environmental enthusiasts where red deer, sambur and monkeys roam freely and bird life and indigenous flora abound. The more adventurous can spot leopard and wild boar at night. Experiment plucking of tea / coffee while trekking in the Gomera tea estate.

Tea factory - Observe the working process of a tea factory.

Rock climbing - Kandasamy rock known in ancient times as Rila Gala which is behind the bungalow glistens on a moonlit night. There is a primitive, small rock cave temple at the base and another Hindu temple at the top of the rock. It is a half day expedition.

Expeditions - Corbet's Gap is a 45 minutes drive from the bungalow. En route is the pygmy forest, a rare phenomenon. An hour's drive from Corbet's Gap is Meemure, an ancient Sinhala village where the oldest inhabitant of Sri Lanka lives. There is a dramatic change of climate and vegetation in this short distance. A trail bike is available for exploring the area.

Golfers can use the facilities of the Victoria Golf Course, only one hour's drive away from the bungalow.
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