Bring The Relatives Villas in Kandy Region, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Much as you love the in-laws sometimes you both need a little space on holiday. Try these villas which have annexes or spread out rooms to retreat to for that afternoon nap or to read a book far from the madding, or is it maddening, crowd.

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Rangala House
Kandy Region, Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Rangala House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 12
Rate starts at TBA

A charming homely 4-bedroomed converted planter’s bungalow with stunning views overlooking the wooded hills and tea plantations above Kandy complete with private swimming pool and a full complement of staff. Perfect for those who enjoy walking, nature, the great outdoors or simply relaxing.

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The Weir House
Kandy Region, Hill Country, Sri Lanka
The Weir House
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

The blissful natural setting of this hillside holiday home is the leading ingredient in its authentic recipe for rest and relaxation. Generously blended with comfortable rooms, home-cooked meals, a mountainside plunge pool and six-acres of nature-filled garden to explore, the eco-friendly Weir House is a beautiful retreat from the world.

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Amaya Hills (Hotel Spa)
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Heerassagala Rd, Kandy   Tel No. : +94 81 2233521
This hilltop hotel has a great ayurveda centre in a quiet and relaxed setting. You can enjoy body oil massages, steam baths, facials and wraps.

Bahiravakanda Buddha
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Bahiravakanda Hill, Kandy
From its privileged hilltop perch, Bahiravakanda’s white Buddha gazes protectively over the town. Wander up to this elevated position you can share in the city views.

Devon Restaurant
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 11 Dalada Vidiya, Kandy
Local restaurant serving up short eats – meat and vegetable-filled rolls, savoury pastries and cakes – on the ground floor, and Sri Lankan cuisine (with North Indian and Chinese options) on the floor above. Service is quick (it gets busy) and food is relatively cheap.

Earl’s Regency
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Tennekumbara, Kandy   Tel No. : +94 81 2422122
Situated 4km to the east of Kandy, this grand hotel within sight of the Mahaweli River has a well-run restaurant with both a la carte and buffet options, depending upon the guest capacity of the hotel.

Earl’s Regency Spa (Hotel Spa)
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Tennekumbara, Kandy   Tel No. : +94 81 2422122
This five star hotel has a great spa where you can succumb to a number of treatments ranging from massages and body polishing to herbal baths and a steam room.

Gunatilaka Batiks
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 173A Rajapahilla Mawatha, Kandy
Come here to browse a decent range of locally produced batiks.

History
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 27A Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Kandy   Tel No. : +94 81 2202109
This is one of Sri Lanka’s most unique eating experiences: dine on international cuisine in an air-conditioned setting where colonial-era prints and photographs hug walls and a slide show of even more pictures is projected onto the wall. They serve wine here too.

Jetwing Hunas Falls
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Elkaduwa, Kandy   Tel No. : +94 81 2470041
Although this beautifully sited hotel is 27km from Kandy, it’s useful for properties tucked to the north of the city and for visits to The Knuckles Mountains. The food is as delightful as the scenic hilly outlook.

Kandy City Centre
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 5 Dalada Veediya, Kandy
Modern city mall with a variety of shops including Mlesna Tea, a couple of bookshops, Stone N String (contemporary jewellers, www.stone-n-string.com) and a branch of the well-stocked Keells supermarket. There are also a number of banks with ATMs here.

Kandy Lake Boat Ride
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Kandyan Arts Association, Kandy
Although this cultural show is undeniably touristy, it offers the best glimpse into the dances, the costumes, the music and the traditions of Kandy. Shows feature consistent drumming and end with a daring feat of fire walking.

Kandyan Arts and Crafts Association
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 22 Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy
This is perhaps the best place to pick up local arts and crafts; you can also watch local artisans at work.

Laksala
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 5 Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy   Tel No. : +94 81 2222087
Government handicrafts emporium that sells a range of tourist related souvenirs; wood carvings, masks, lacquerware and basketry.

Mahaweli Reach Hotel
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 35 P.B.A. Weerakoon Mawatha, Kandy   Tel No. : +94 81 4472727
This five-star hotel (4km from the Kandy), has a wide ranging menu of western fusion cuisine with frequent buffets. The style is a little bit dated but the food’s good and the river outlook is very serene.

Mlesna Tea Centre
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Dalada Vidiya, Kandy
Situated across from The Pub, here you can buy any number of teas – flavoured or plain – and pick from a range of tea-related memorabilia.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Peradeniya Rd, Peradeniya   Tel No. : +94 81 2388088
This little restaurant situated in the heart of these famous botanical gardens offers the most serene setting in Kandy for relaxed daytime dining. The garden lawns are a great spot for picnicking too.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Peradeniya Rd, Peradeniya.    Tel No. : +94 81 2388088
Sri Lanka’s finest gardens cover 150 acres and are filled with an enormous variety of local and foreign tree and plant species. Top sights include the Royal Palm Avenue, the Orchid House, the Memorial Trees and the Bamboo Garden as well as the Java Fig that sprawls its boughs over a perfect-for-picnicking lawn. Guides tout their services at the garden entrance.

Ramboda Falls
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Nuwara Eliya Rd, Ramboda
Almost mid-way between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya (and just a few kilometres south of Pussellawa) are twin 100m waterfalls that plunge over jungle-clad cliffs. The Ramboda Falls Hotel, situated within view of the falls, has a restaurant that sells soft drinks, Sri Lankan food and some western dishes.

Ranjamina Crafts
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 173 Rajapahilla Mawatha, Kandy
This little shop sells a big variety of kolam (folk) masks as well as some fine Buddha and elephant carvings in sandalwood, teak and mahogany.

Sri Ram
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 87 Bennet Soysa Vidiya, Kandy
For inexpensive authentic South Indian cuisine (without alcohol), this very local restaurant prettified by batik wall hangings is the go-to place. The lip-smacking menu includes thalis, dosas and idlis along with a selection of tasty meat and vegetable curries.

The Devales
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Dalada Vidiya, Kandy
Four Hindu gods traditionally protect Kandy, and each one of these is honoured with a shrine in the city. Three of these shrines - belonging to Pattini, Natha and Vishnu – are situated in front of the Temple of the Tooth, whilst the fourth – Kataragama – is found in the city centre itself.

The Devales
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Kotugoda Vidiya, Kandy
Four Hindu gods traditionally protect Kandy, and each one of these is honoured with a shrine in the city. Three of these shrines - belonging to Pattini, Natha and Vishnu – are situated in front of the Temple of the Tooth, whilst the fourth – Kataragama – is found in the city centre itself.

The Knuckles Range
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mahiyangana Rd, Hunasgiriya (27km east of Kandy).
The rugged peaks of the wildlife-filled Knuckles are the hill country’s last great unspoilt wilderness; perfect for hiking and wildlife spotting. Guides are essential; ask the staff at your villa to arrange. Alternatively, drive up through Looloowatte village to Corbet’s Gap for stunning range panoramas.

The Pub
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 36 Dalada Vidiya, Kandy   Tel No. : 94 81 2234868
This Kandy institution boasts a first floor balcony that’s easily the best place to sit and watch the world go by. Afterwards, dine on pub-style international food indoors in air-conditioned coolness where premier league football and cricket matches are often shown on a big screen. Great if you’re feeling homesick.

The Temple of the Tooth
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Dalada Vidiya, Kandy (beside the lake)
Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist shrine houses the legendary Buddha’s tooth over which is laid a pristine golden roof; a symbol of its importance. Guides hang around the entrance, and the best (though busiest) times to visit are for the pujas (ceremonial worship) held at 6am, 9am and 6.30pm where the doors to the room housing the tooth relic are opened briefly for public peeking. Other significant buildings part of the temple complex (once part of a sprawling Royal Palace) are the Sri Dalada Museum, the Audience Hall, the Raja Tusker Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

Udawattakele Sanctuary
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Wewelpitiya Rd, Kandy
To the north east of town, this former royal reserve sprawls over a densely forest hillside. Pathways through the tree-filled sanctuary offer potential viewing of birdlife, monkeys, porcupines and wild pigs.

Victoria Golf Club
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Rajawella, Kandy   Tel No. : +94 712743003
Sri Lanka’s best situated golf course is set beside the Victoria Reservoir and in the shadow of the Knuckles Mountain Range. A little more than 20km to the east of Kandy, green fees start at US$35 a day. Here you can also horse ride too.

Vijitha Yapa Bookshop
Kandy Region, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 5 Kottugodellie Vidiya, Kandy   Tel No. : +94 81 4474600
Search out English novels amongst a number of Sri Lankan books at this city centre bookshop. Also sells local magazines (mainly), stationery and maps. There’s a branch also in the Kandy City Centre (mall).

Attractions and things to do
Kandy Region

Amaya Hills (Hotel Spa) This hilltop hotel has a great ayurveda centre in a quiet and relaxed setting. You can enjoy body oil massages, steam baths, facials and wraps.

Bahiravakanda Buddha From its privileged hilltop perch, Bahiravakanda’s white Buddha gazes protectively over the town. Wander up to this elevated position you can share in the city views.

Earl’s Regency Spa (Hotel Spa) This five star hotel has a great spa where you can succumb to a number of treatments ranging from massages and body polishing to herbal baths and a steam room.

Esala Perahera Sri Lanka’s most spectacular festival takes place during late July and early August (according to the full moon) and boasts ten days of carefully orchestrated nightly processions featuring hundreds of costumed elephants (including one atop which the tooth relic casket is displayed), dancers and drummers. It’s a dazzling visual feast that attracts huge crowds; reserve seats through your villa well in advance.

Hantana Tea Museum Housed in a converted tea factory 4km south of town, this hillside tea museum showcases colonial-era machinery over four floors, interesting tea-related memorabilia and displays on two of the island’s tea pioneers James Taylor and Thomas Lipton.

Kandy City Tour Wander the city at will; stroll around the Kandy Lake, visit the Temple of the Tooth and Royal Palace Complex, have a gander at the olde worlde style architecture of the Queen’s Hotel and wander down Dalada Vidiya into the heart of town. Your villa may be able to organise a guide.

Kandy Lake Boat Ride Although this cultural show is undeniably touristy, it offers the best glimpse into the dances, the costumes, the music and the traditions of Kandy. Shows feature consistent drumming and end with a daring feat of fire walking.

Millennium Elephant Foundation This elephant retirement home close to Pinnewala is home to seven gentle giants. Here you can learn about their care, give them a scrub in the river, or sit astride one of them for an ‘elephant shower’ or a short trek into the jungle. There’s a museum here and a shop selling elephant poo paper.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens Sri Lanka’s finest gardens cover 150 acres and are filled with an enormous variety of local and foreign tree and plant species. Top sights include the Royal Palm Avenue, the Orchid House, the Memorial Trees and the Bamboo Garden as well as the Java Fig that sprawls its boughs over a perfect-for-picnicking lawn. Guides tout their services at the garden entrance.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Sri Lanka’s most popular attraction 40km west of Kandy is home to the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. Time your arrival either for the thrice-daily feeding sessions (9.15am, 1.15pm and 5pm) or for when the elephants are taken to the Ma Oya river for a bath (10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm).

Ramboda Falls Almost mid-way between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya (and just a few kilometres south of Pussellawa) are twin 100m waterfalls that plunge over jungle-clad cliffs. The Ramboda Falls Hotel, situated within view of the falls, has a restaurant that sells soft drinks, Sri Lankan food and some western dishes.

The Devales Four Hindu gods traditionally protect Kandy, and each one of these is honoured with a shrine in the city. Three of these shrines - belonging to Pattini, Natha and Vishnu – are situated in front of the Temple of the Tooth, whilst the fourth – Kataragama – is found in the city centre itself.

The Knuckles Range The rugged peaks of the wildlife-filled Knuckles are the hill country’s last great unspoilt wilderness; perfect for hiking and wildlife spotting. Guides are essential; ask the staff at your villa to arrange. Alternatively, drive up through Looloowatte village to Corbet’s Gap for stunning range panoramas.

The Temple of the Tooth Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist shrine houses the legendary Buddha’s tooth over which is laid a pristine golden roof; a symbol of its importance. Guides hang around the entrance, and the best (though busiest) times to visit are for the pujas (ceremonial worship) held at 6am, 9am and 6.30pm where the doors to the room housing the tooth relic are opened briefly for public peeking. Other significant buildings part of the temple complex (once part of a sprawling Royal Palace) are the Sri Dalada Museum, the Audience Hall, the Raja Tusker Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

Udawattakele Sanctuary To the north east of town, this former royal reserve sprawls over a densely forest hillside. Pathways through the tree-filled sanctuary offer potential viewing of birdlife, monkeys, porcupines and wild pigs.

Victoria Golf Club Sri Lanka’s best situated golf course is set beside the Victoria Reservoir and in the shadow of the Knuckles Mountain Range. A little more than 20km to the east of Kandy, green fees start at US$35 a day. Here you can also horse ride too.

Wedamedura Ayurveda Centre (Ayurveda Spa) This specialised Ayurveda centre offers massages, reflexology, pedicures, aromatherapy and full panchakarma treatments (a resident Ayurveda doctor can tailor-make treatment plans).

Restaurant
Kandy Region

Devon Restaurant Local restaurant serving up short eats – meat and vegetable-filled rolls, savoury pastries and cakes – on the ground floor, and Sri Lankan cuisine (with North Indian and Chinese options) on the floor above. Service is quick (it gets busy) and food is relatively cheap.

Earl’s Regency Situated 4km to the east of Kandy, this grand hotel within sight of the Mahaweli River has a well-run restaurant with both a la carte and buffet options, depending upon the guest capacity of the hotel.

History This is one of Sri Lanka’s most unique eating experiences: dine on international cuisine in an air-conditioned setting where colonial-era prints and photographs hug walls and a slide show of even more pictures is projected onto the wall. They serve wine here too.

Jetwing Hunas Falls Although this beautifully sited hotel is 27km from Kandy, it’s useful for properties tucked to the north of the city and for visits to The Knuckles Mountains. The food is as delightful as the scenic hilly outlook.

Mahaweli Reach Hotel This five-star hotel (4km from the Kandy), has a wide ranging menu of western fusion cuisine with frequent buffets. The style is a little bit dated but the food’s good and the river outlook is very serene.

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens This little restaurant situated in the heart of these famous botanical gardens offers the most serene setting in Kandy for relaxed daytime dining. The garden lawns are a great spot for picnicking too.

Sri Ram For inexpensive authentic South Indian cuisine (without alcohol), this very local restaurant prettified by batik wall hangings is the go-to place. The lip-smacking menu includes thalis, dosas and idlis along with a selection of tasty meat and vegetable curries.

The Pub This Kandy institution boasts a first floor balcony that’s easily the best place to sit and watch the world go by. Afterwards, dine on pub-style international food indoors in air-conditioned coolness where premier league football and cricket matches are often shown on a big screen. Great if you’re feeling homesick.

Theva Residency Easily the most gourmet food in town served up in a boutique hotel setting on the Hantana hillside with spectacular views across town.

Shopping
Kandy Region

Gunatilaka Batiks Come here to browse a decent range of locally produced batiks.

Kandy City Centre Modern city mall with a variety of shops including Mlesna Tea, a couple of bookshops, Stone N String (contemporary jewellers, www.stone-n-string.com) and a branch of the well-stocked Keells supermarket. There are also a number of banks with ATMs here.

Kandy Souvenirs Jewellery, wood carvings, metalwork, leather items and kolam (folk) masks can all be browsed at this tourist-touting shop to the southeast of town.

Kandyan Arts and Crafts Association This is perhaps the best place to pick up local arts and crafts; you can also watch local artisans at work.

Laksala Government handicrafts emporium that sells a range of tourist related souvenirs; wood carvings, masks, lacquerware and basketry.

Mlesna Tea Centre Situated across from The Pub, here you can buy any number of teas – flavoured or plain – and pick from a range of tea-related memorabilia.

Ranjamina Crafts This little shop sells a big variety of kolam (folk) masks as well as some fine Buddha and elephant carvings in sandalwood, teak and mahogany.

Vijitha Yapa Bookshop Search out English novels amongst a number of Sri Lankan books at this city centre bookshop. Also sells local magazines (mainly), stationery and maps. There’s a branch also in the Kandy City Centre (mall).

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