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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Villas in Sri Lanka by region

Hill Country, North West Coast, South Coast, West Coast

Villas in Hill Country by local area

Hatton, Kandy Region, Nuwara Eliya, Pussellawa
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Rangala House
Kandy Region, Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Rangala House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 12
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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).

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