Luxury hotel holiday Kahanda Kanda Galle

Kahanda Kanda near Galle offers five star hotel service in an elegant and idyllic setting, with beautifully decorated suites and communal suites.
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Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Kahanda Kanda, Galle

Kahanda Kanda near Galle offers the ultimate in relaxation, seclusion and intimate luxury deep in Sri Lankan countryside. Stunning lake and forest views, with Galle and the South Coast only 30 minutes drive away.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Luxury boutique

Location In the countryside, approximately 15 miles from Galle

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 3 1/2 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Swimming pool, Dining pavilion, Lounge pavilion with book library, Licensed bar, Spa treatment room (Thai and Swedish massage available), Yoga pavilion, Elephant rides available, Laundry service, Weddings arranged. Cookery classes available: The chefs at Kahanda Kanda will willingly share their expertise with interested guests and cookery classes are available on request - for instance, how to cook string hoppers and egg hoppers for breakfast! Tea Experience: Kahanda Kanda is set in its own tea estate so you can learn more about tea production right on your doorstep.

Complimentary

Afternoon tea, Use of the hotel's bicycles, Croquet and Gym.

Land sports

Gym, Bicycles, Croquet.

Out and about nearby

Historic Galle Fort, daily market and shops in Galle, Turtle Hatchery, Tea factory at Handunugoda, Hiyare Rainforest & Kottawe Nature Reserve, Samakanda organic farm, Buddhist temples, Unuwatuna Beach and other south coast beaches. Boat trips on Koggala Lake, Cycling on minor roads and tracks, Snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, Deep sea fishing, Whale watching and dolphin watching (10km away on the coast). 

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Tea or Garden suite for 7 nights

From about

£2,020

Holiday Code EXH983

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Kahanda Kanda, Galle

Room descriptions

Kahanda Kanda has 8 bedrooms.

Tea Suite or Garden Suite Individual, characterful rooms, i-pod station, Wifi internet connection, En-suite washroom with shower
Tamarind, Mango Hellaconia or Auraylia Suite Individual, characterful rooms, i-pod station, Wifi internet connection, En-suite washroom, including outdoor shower
Peacock Suite Spacious suite with views and private courtyard, i-pod station, Wifi internet connection, Two washrooms with outdoor showers
Dubu Suite An old Javanese Joglo House with ornately carved ceiling. Very spacious with two bathrooms and a private swimming pool, i-pod station, Wifi internet connection, Two washrooms with outdoor showers.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Tea or Garden suite for 7 nights

From about

£2,020

Holiday Code EXH983

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Kahanda Kanda, Galle

Additional information

Minimum stays: Minimum 5-night stay over Christmas and New Year period.

Children: Children under 12 years old are not allowed at Kahanda Kanda.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Tea or Garden suite for 7 nights

From about

£2,020

Holiday Code EXH983

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Kahanda Kanda, Galle

Highlights of Galle and the south coast

Fascinating Galle has plenty to offer the visitor: Galle Fort – UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the few living fort cities in the world; Walk around the ramparts of Galle at dawn or at sunset; Arts & crafts shopping – jewellery, lace, rush & reed, home décor, furniture, antiques, batik and boutiques; The Dutch Reformed Church; Galle Literary Festival in January; National Museum; Maritime Museum in the Dutch warehouses of Galle Fort, just re-opened; Galle Markets; Galle Cricket Stadium; Hot-air balloon ride (December to April); River boat trip. A little way inland from Galle/Koggala: Hiyare Nature Reserve (volunteering possible); Kottawe Nature Reserve; Kanneliya Forest; Samakanda (organic farm, visit, walks and lunches available upon request); Village life bike rides; Handicrafts in the villages e.g. lace-making, rush & reed, woodcarving; Yatagala Temple. On the way from Galle to Yala you can enjoy: Stilt Fishermen; Cinnamon plantations; Unuwatuna beach; Martin Wickramasinghe’s house – museum (literary and 20th century life); Koggala Lake; Hinduangoda White tea factory and estate; Lace-making – Weligama, Dickwella; Surfing – popular surfing beaches from Unuwatuna to Mirissa; Weligama Bay; Coastal villages and fishing harbours; Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching (from Mirissa); Diving (from Mirissa); Deep-sea fishing trips (from Mirissa); Provincial town of Matara (Dutch heritage – fort and church); Dondra Head and Dondra Lighthouse; Kudawala Blow Hole; Mulkirigala Buddhist temple (inland); Uda Walawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (inland); Sea Turtles laying their eggs on the beach, usually February to July (Rekawa Turtle Project); Kalametiya bird sanctuary; Bundala Nature Reserve (bird-watching mainly); Yala National Park; Kataragama – centre for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim pilgrimages; Tissamaharama - ancient ‘tank’ and dagobas.

Cultural highlights of Galle and the south coast

There are many places to visit in Galle and the area along the south coast of Sri Lanka. In Galle itself, Galle Fort is home to a national museum housing Dutch and Singhalese exhibits of historical interest as well as a newly-opened Maritime Museum, a lighthouse and a 17th century Dutch Reform Church. The narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture, lined with official buildings, shops and old town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels. Outside the ramparts, Galle functions busily as a provincial town and port - brightly painted fishing boats line the shore and there is a lively market area with a whole pavilion dedicated to fish. Galle and the surrounding villages are full of artisans – lace makers, jewellers, woodcarvers, painters and people making things out of coir, rush and reed. The National Crafts Council has a centre by the old entrance to Galle Fort and there are plenty of small shops selling crafts, jewellery and antiques, as well as a few designer boutiques. Slightly further afield, there are numerous beautiful beaches and fishing villages including Thalpe, Unuwatuna, Matara, Koggala, Weligama Bay and Tangalle, as well as a number of National Parks with plenty of wildlife.

Festivals in Galle and the south coast

January: The Galle Literary Festival - this 4-day festival brings together Sri Lankan and international authors from around the world for writing workshops, talks, exhibitions and more at various locations in Galle. Past guests have included Vickram Seth and Gore Vidal. July: Unuwatuna Perahera - a 7-day festival commencing on full moon day. Matara/Dondra Perahera - with dedications to Lord Vishnu. Kataragama Esala Festival - a 10-day festival when pilgrims give penance to the Hindu war god, Skanda. July to September: Kite flying on the ramparts of Galle

Climate in Galle and the south coast

The average temperature on the South coast is 32° C with 65% humidity, though it is cooler and more humid in the west, getting progressively hotter and less humid the further east you go, especially the east of Tangalle. The evenings are a little cooler and the coasts enjoy sea breezes. Rainfall is experienced mainly during the south-west monsoon from May to August. The ‘calm’ season is December to April, when the seas are general calm and there is little rainfall. Whilst the sea appears calm out of the monsoons, there are still undercurrents and riptides.

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