Kandy Region villas in Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Due to its easily defensible location amidst steep, jungle swathed hills, Kandy was the last Sinhalese kingdom to fall into the hands of the European colonialists. Also known as Maha Nuwara or the ‘Great City’, Kandy dates back to the fourteenth century and is often referred to as Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, its inhabitants proud of the city’s independent roots. Home to one of Asia’s most venerated Buddhist shrines, the Temple of the Tooth, which hosts the island’s most famous festival, the Kandy Perahera (annually in July or August) there are many other notable temples both in the city and hidden within its picturesque hinterland, such as Embekke, Lankatilake and Gadaladeniya near Gampola that make up the famous Three Temples Loop. At an altitude of more than 500m above sea level, the Kandy area has a distinctly cooler climate where frequent rain showers and hot sunshine result in a region bursting with colour; villages tucked on hillsides and between deep valleys are adorned with constantly blooming plants ranging from English roses to hibiscus and tropical bougainvillea. In Kandy itself there are a range of banks plus a selection of restaurants, the best of which are found in the city’s hotels. Many attractions are to be found in the countryside surrounding the town such as the lush Royal Botanical Gardens at the University town of Peradeniya on the banks of the Mahaweli River, Sri Lanka’s longest, as well as the Udawattekele Sanctuary and the Hantana Forest Reserve with its interesting Tea Museum. To the south of Kandy are acres of rolling tea fields and at Loolecandera you can visit the site of Ceylon’s first commercial tea plantation and the remains of the home of its pioneer, James Taylor. To the east of Kandy is the expansive Victoria Reservoir that along with the rugged Knuckles Mountain Range – one of the island’s last great wilderness areas popular for trekking and bird watching - provides an exceptional setting for the International Golf Course. Kandy, the gateway to the Hill Country, is a wonderful place for enjoying the great outdoors!

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Rangala House

Rangala House

Sri Lanka » Hill Country » Kandy Region

Rangala House is a low key tea plantation bungalow of great value and charming character. If, like us, you love a tranquil setting, stunning views and an opportunity to walk some lovely hills and tea plantations of Sri Lanka, then this is definitely worth the one-hour drive from Kandy. We spent many relaxed hours sitting on the long terrace enjoying the views, catching glimpses of the wildlife and just unwinding in the cool hill climate. Having a roaring log fire during the cooler times of year must be a delight, but for us the most pleasant surprise was the swimming pool – it’s a great size, beautifully bedded into the gardens and so refreshing after a hot walk. Anthony, Rangala House’s owner, lives just around the corner and can be on hand if need be – we do recommend you invite him over as he’s a fabulous host and a mine of information on the area. He can really give a good insight into the local culture and is also pretty handy on the piano. Anthony has a wonderful team around him and the kitchen produces some fabulous food – you really will need those walks to burn off the calories. More homestay than villa but very charming and enjoyable.

The only downside to this mountainous location is that there are no restaurants or shops nearby, but this, conversely, is also the beauty of it! With this in mind, it’s perhaps best to book in for half-board, or even full-board if you don’t intend to do much travelling - it’s definitely the best food you’ll find anywhere for miles!

On our follow-up visit to Rangala, the chef excelled again and we enjoyed a fabulous lunch. The house was well maintained and the bedrooms were looking lovely and cosy. This was our first visit to The Studio, built back in 2011, which enjoys complete independence from the main house although it is right next door. We think it works well for friends travelling together or a family unit, although the ladder leading to the upper sleeping area is unsuitable for small children. With its own TV and DVD player (on request), this room is the most private of the four.
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