The Kandy House

Location: Sri Lanka's Hill Country | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

For anyone who has ever daydreamed about waking up in an eastern colonial mansion, The Kandy House may be just the ticket. Dating back to the early 1800s, The Kandy House is a former colonial manor house set amongst lush tropical gardens in the scenic Kandy countryside. Transformed into an elegant boutique hotel, the homely atmosphere of this historic manor lends itself to utter relaxation after exploring the vast cultural, natural and historical wealth of Kandy.
Perfect forCouples looking for respite and relaxation while exploring.
In the knowFor something a little different, try your hand at Carom with the house staff - a traditional Sri Lankan game somewhere between billiards and shuffleboard.

Recommended for...

  • History & Heritage
  • Food & Wine
  • Hideaway
  • Cultural Immersion

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Peace and quiet are the aim of The Kandy House. Situated on the outskirts of Kandy, between paddy fields and a private tropical garden, the only noises you will be hearing are those of Mother Nature.

Rooms at The Kandy House

The Kandy House has just nine unique and beautiful rooms, affectionately named after the butterflies that thrive in the country. The are spacious and luxurious, and come with elegant antique furnishings and rich colours. Perhaps you’ll choose the Indian Admiral, with its king-size four-poster bed, or the Black Rajah, with its octagonal stone bath and a double swing hammock in the nearby secret garden. Enjoy the services of your very own personal butler.

Food & Drink

The Kandy House's cuisine is simply exquisite. The chef conjures up delicious Sri Lankan and international dishes, made with fresh produce from the daily markets. Don't miss the sumptuous feast of ten traditional Sri Lankan curries. 

Lunch can be enjoyed at the restaurant on the veranda, by the pool or on your private terrace, and in the evening we recommend the moreish cocktails.


The picturesque infinity pool overlooks the paddy fields and is perfect for cooling off in, or try your hand at cricket, the nation's most beloved sport, on the hotel's lawn. Keep an eye out around the gardens for the colourful local birds and butterflies.

The Kandy House has its own resident masseur and Ayurvedic therapist for massages and reflexology, and private yoga classes can be arranged - the grounds are a beautiful setting for some tranquil meditation.

Activities at The Kandy House

In the surrounding area, see wildlife from monkeys to elephants and visit the local tea plantations and learn how it is grown while enjoying a freshly-made brew. 

Kandy Lake provides a good sanctuary for a serene walk or boat trip to contrast with the hustle and bustle of the town, or borrow one of the hotel's bikes to explore the nearby paddy fields and temples. The Temple of the Tooth sits on the lakeshore, where you can watch ancient ceremonies presided over by resident monks.

At night, the Kandyan Art Association puts on a lively cultural show, with traditional dancing and drumming, which was originally performed for the Kandyan kings.

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Hotel location

The Kandy House is a 3.5-hour drive from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport. You can also fly from Colombo to Kandy's airport at Victoria Reservoir, a 20-minute drive from the hotel.

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