The Kandy House

The Kandy House This boutique hotel, a unique, historical Kandyan manor house (Walauwa), provides seclusion and serenity for its guests in a lush, tropical garden setting close to Kandy. Traditional Kandyan architecture has been blended with Bawa-influenced Sri Lankan modern, polished titanium cement floors and bathrooms.

There are nine luxury bedroom suites in all. In the gardens a stunning infinity pool has been landscaped into the hillside overlooking the rice paddy fields. Delicious European fusion and Sri Lankan cuisine is on offer.

The Kandy House chefs cook with seasonal produce, fresh from Kandy market every day. Breakfast is automatically included in the cost of your room and offers fresh tropical fruit, local curd, cereals, and eggs any way you like with all the usual accompaniments or Sri Lankan hoppers. Lunch is a relaxed by the pool affair with daily salad and sandwich specials. If you would like a picnic basket to take on a day trip we would be delighted to arrange this for you too.

Home made cakes and biscuits are complimentary at tea-time. Dinner is a European/Sri Lankan fusion 3 course set menu with a choice of main dishes including vegetarian options, or a 10 course Sri Lankan curry feast.

Madhur Jaffrey, celebrity food writer on The Kandy House, September 22 2006, The Financial Times Weekend UK.

"I finally arrive in Kandy, the hill town on a lake, and am taken to Kandy House, a 200-year-old manor house belonging to local aristocracy but now converted into a new, stunningly designed, gleaming boutique hotel. As soon as I enter, I am offered the juice of a mandarin orange in a martini glass. I feel ready to settle in. The lawn at the back, graced by palms and ginger shrubs and manicured to the last blade of grass, slopes towards a luxurious pool.

Meals served on the back verandah and prepared by a French chef who shops daily for local ingredients, might include exquisite ravioli stuffed with jackfruit seeds and kangkung (water spinach), Thai grilled chicken with lime rice and okra, and a guava upside-down cake. Amazing!"
Distance From Colombo : 115 km
The Kandy House layout of two strayed courtyard and large shady verandahs naturally encourages you to find a comfortable corner to relax in. There is plenty to do in and around Kandy but the peaceful ambiance of the house is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle outside The Kandy House gates.

Channa Daswatte, Sri Lanka's eminent architect and a crony of Geoffrey Bawa has sensitively modernized the interiors of the house. Traditional Kandyan architecture has been blended with Sri Lankan cool, polished titanium cement floors.

This was the home of the last Chief Minister to the last Kandyan king and The Kandy House reflects both the grandeur of this time and the luxury of modern Sri Lanka.

The Kandy House sits in 6 acres of lush jungle garden. Guests may catch our staff practicing cricket on the front tear-shaped lawn or have a game of boules themselves on our back lawn by the dining verandah or a game of badminton on our own court. Wherever you are in the house the intense green and flash of colour of our ginger and bird of paradise flowers will lure you outside.

We have an outstanding infinity pool, landscaped into the hill below the house, overlooking rice paddy fields. Originally the house could only be reached through these same paddy fields and you can watch the ancient practice of farming the fields with buffalo as you have a swim.

Endemic butterflies and tropical birds accompany lounging by the pool and in the evening a chorus of frogs serenade throughout dinner. If you wander round or just lie in a hammock you can spot pepper, coffee, cocoa, papaya, jackfruit, mango, coconuts, passion fruit, and cloves growing on the trees in our gardens.

The Kandy House provides excellent ayurvedic massage treatments and yoga lessons on demand as well.

Massage - Wasantha our resident masseur offers Ayurvedic full body and head massages, as well as reflexology.

Yoga - Mahesha practices his own version of Iyengar yoga. There are group lessons 3 times a week at The Kandy House and Mahesha is well used to working with clients at all different levels. Mahesha can also be booked for private one-on-one lessons.

Boules on the lawn, painting, volleyball, badminton, cricket... We have plenty of board games and boules available at The Kandy House and if you are feeling creative please help yourself to sketchbooks, watercolours and crayons. There is a badminton court in the garden that also doubles for volleyball. The Kandy House team are passionate cricketers and volleyball players so feel free to challenge them to a game!
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Activities :
  • There are plenty of things to discover in Kandy as well as allotting your self some well deserved relaxation time at The Kandy House. Our Guest Reviews are a testament to wistful regret to having only stayed one night with us. Kandy is Sri Lanka’s hill country capital. The last stronghold of the Sinhala kings, this city is famed for its royal tiled architecture, the lake and the focal point, the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa, the sacred Temple of the Tooth, containing the Tooth Relic of Buddha - Sri Lanka’s most important religious relic.
  • The Temple of the Tooth - Visit the Temple of the Tooth at different times of the day (6am, 10am & 6pm) to view ceremonies by the resident monks, just before sunset is a particularly beautiful time to view the gold leafed temple. Remember modest dress (long skirt, trousers or a sarong worn over shorts) is a must to enter the Temple. There are Temple elephants often in the grounds and you will notice many small Sri Lankan babies being brought for blessings to the Temple.
  • Devales - There are 4 shrines (devales) to the gods who are followers of Budhha and who protect Sri Lanka. Three out of four stand close to the Temple of the Tooth and demonstrate the intermingling of Hindu and Buddhist beliefs – look for the fourth Kataragama Devale, a brightly painted tower gateway a little away from the others.
  • The Lake - A stroll round the lake gives you an outstanding view of the temple and is a good 40-60 minute walk. Also hire a boat to take a ride out on the lake. At dusk fruit bats swoop across the lake from the surrounding trees. Ride out to view the former Sinhala Queens’ bathing island, Ulpenge, in the middle of the lake.
  • British Garrison Cemetery - Mr Carmichael is there 6 days out of 7 (not Sundays) and can give you a fascinating tour of the colonial graves in this cemetery. One of the best ways to spend an hour in Kandy, Mr Carmichael brings history to life through his stories.
  • Cultural Show - See Sri Lankan dancing at the Kandyan Arts Association on the Lake diagonally opposite the Temple of the Tooth every evening. The focus is on Kandyan dance and drumming which was originally performed for the Kandyan Kings. We invite the same Kandyan dancers and drummers about once a week to The Kandy House for a brief show 20 minutes before dinner.
  • Royal Palace Park - In the centre of Kandy this little park is a nice walk, overlooking the lake.
  • Kandy Food Market - Yves Ogier from The Kandy House is happy for you to join him on a food tour of the market in the centre of Kandy town which he visits personally nearly every morning.
  • Shopping Breaks - You can pick up interesting local handiwork at the government shops Laksala (brass, cane, silverwork, lacquerware), or at the Kandyan Arts Association, and many a happy hour can be spent browsing round old shops in the town center. Varuna’s Antiques at 761 Perideniya Road is a great place to stop on the way back from the Botanical gardens, if you enjoy rummaging round you will be rewarded with some fantastic finds.
  • Bamboo Garden - It may seem strange to recommend a Chinese restaurant in Kandy but this is not half bad and, up the hill from the Temple of the Tooth, has great views of central Kandy. If you are a sports buff you can usually catch the latest big event on their big screen by the bar as well.
  • Udawattakelle Sanctuary - North of the lake is the Udawattakelle Sanctuary. 270 odd acres filled with flora and forest birds, porcupines and monkeys, a beautiful spot for a walk through the cool woodland.
  • The Botanical Gardens - The Peradeniya Botanical Gardens are 30 minutes from Kandy centre. This is where the British first experimented with growing tea in Sri Lanka after the coffee blight had wiped out their plantation crops. Admire the giant bamboo, the orchid and cacti houses and the myriad varieties of tropical and temperate tree and flower cultivated here. There is a café by the extraordinary fig tree. These gardens were originally conceived in 1371 as the Queen’s Pleasure Gardens.
  • Golf - The Kandy House can arrange a round of golf for you at the stunning Victoria Golf Course, located twelve miles from Kandy, surrounded by the Victoria reservoir with the Knuckles range as a backdrop.
  • Tennis - We are members of Kandy Garden Club on the Lake and can book a court there for you.
  • Ceylon Tea Museum - Located 3km south of Kandy in an old tea factory this holds the archive of James Taylor who set up the first tea plantation at Loolecondera in 1867.
  • Motorbike Hire to Hunas Falls - Malik hires out 125cc and 250cc bikes and helmets by the day and is happy to give you a guided tour to Hunas Falls, very pretty waterfalls outside of Kandy in rolling countryside. You can stop and have a picnic there.
  • Matale Heritage Centre - Ena de Silva, Sri Lanka’s renowned batik artist and proponent of Sri Lankan slow cooking has worked with her village to produce quite an extraordinary lunch event at the Centre. Taste at least 20 different curries whilst catching hill top views of Matale in their café. You need to be at least 4 people and book through The Kandy House 48 hrs in advance to experience this. It takes 45 minutes to get there from The Kandy House and you are welcome to take along your own beer or wine. If you are very lucky you will catch a glimpse of Ena herself, with her boundless energy, directing the ladies from the village who produce her fabulous batik banners.
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  • Degaldoruwa Cave Temple - In Gunnepana this is walking distance from The Kandy House through villages. The cave temple has vivid wall paintings of Jataka stories dating from the 18th century.
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* Such a simple yet luxurious place... Really gave me the true taste of Kandyan Hospitality...

* The food was like tasting heaven...!

* The "Triple C Cake" (Chocolate/Chilli/Cinnamon) is positively exquisite! I'll visit here again, just to have the cake!

* Service exceeds all expectations! We were so pampered I didn't want to leave!
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  • The Kandy House has been the recipient of rave reviews, including selection to the Conde Nast US Traveller Hotel Hot List 2006.
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