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

Kahanda Kanda near Galle offers the indulgent luxuries of a private villa with the service of a 5-star hotel. Situated near the southern coast of Sri Lanka in Angulugaha, the hotel has five air-conditioned suites with panoramic views over the jungle, tea estate and/or Koggala Lake. The British owner, George Cooper, built Kahanda Kanda in 2000 as his own private residence, only to be later persuaded that the villa was too special not to share. The elegant interiors and idyllic setting on a tea estate deep in the Sri Lankan countryside combine with charming service and fresh fusion cuisine to make Kahanda Kanda a perfect place in which to unwind, relax and indulge. Designed with adults in mind, four of the five suites have grand four-poster beds. The swimming pool is deep, the general atmosphere is one of peace and tranquillity, and only children over 12 years old are allowed. Imagine days spent waking to breakfast in the privacy of your own suite, wandering over to the tranquil yoga pavilion to refresh your body and soul, lazing at the infinity-edged swimming pool, pausing only to be beckoned to the shaded bougainvillaea arbour for lunch. On arrival a member of staff greets you at a set of grand stone steps, a refreshing fruit juice and chilled towel in hand, and the Kahanda Kanda experience truly begins. A splendid garden adorned with lily ponds and tropical flowers opens before you. On one side, the elegant lounge and restaurant Pavilions and The Peacock Suite afford majestic views of Koggala Lake, tea bushes and forest, whilst the Tamarind and Mango Suites face onto tea estates and forest on the other side. At the far end an enchanting swimming pool appears to merge into Koggala lake, and some stone steps lead down to the lower garden and the original house, now containing two suites (Garden and Tea). The luxurious suites at Kahanda Kanda have spacious, sleepy verandahs and are filled with fine antique and modern furniture, including four-poster beds adorned with crisp imported bed linens. The lavish communal living pavilion boasts comfy sofas, a bar, an assortment of board games and books and wide-cushioned decks where you can sit and gaze at the views. The flower displays are truly amazing - Kahanda Kanda has its own orchid house). The restaurant pavilion, open on all sides with stunning views, is perfect for a romantic dinner or wedding celebration. The chef will willingly share his expertise with interested guests and can show you how to cook string hoppers for breakfast. For ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, Kahanda Kanda brings in local experts for massage or yoga sessions. Distinctly Sri Lankan experiences are also at your doorstep if you are a tiny bit adventurous: the hotel staff can arrange elephant rides, for you to find out about life on a working tea plantation or cycle downhill past villages to the coast. A boat trip on Koggala Lake or a walk around Samakanda organic farm should reveal some fascinating indigenous Sri Lankan wildlife. Furthermore, peacocks, monkeys and birds such as flycatchers and Asia Paradise are frequently seen around Kahanda Kanda.

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

About Galle and south coast

A stay in Galle and southern Sri Lanka uncovers a world of historic Dutch forts, beautiful beaches and fishermen fishing on stilts, where sleepy villages lie hidden in palms behind the wide sandy bays and sheltered coves. The further east you go, the less populated and the more naturally wild and remote the landscapes become. The lush inland forest reserves in the south-west contrast sharply with the arid south-eastern national parks of Yala, Uda Walave and Bundala, where wild elephants and migratory birds flock around the water ‘tanks’ and where leopards and sloth bear have been known to roam. Between December and April, the south coast is popular for whale and dolphin watching, in the waters off Weligama Bay. Galle, on the south-west tip of Sri Lanka, is a reminder of the Dutch presence on the island. The new town may have the usual urban bustle, but the Dutch Fort, built in 1663, retains a timeless air. Constructed by the Dutch East Indian Company as a fortified town, Galle Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site which is still intact with a thriving community living and working within its walls. You can walk along part of the ramparts with views out to sea on one side and the famous Galle cricket ground on the other. The region around Galle is fascinating and incredibly beautiful with its rainforest reserves and indigenous wildlife, as well as fishing villages and palm-fringed, sandy coves. We have selected hotels in Galle and along the South Coast which are ideally located to visit the many places of interest in the area. These hotels include Jetwing Lighthouse, a classy hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa; The Fortress, an outstanding deluxe resort hotel; Amangalla, a splendid colonial-style hotel; Kahanda Kanda, a small and elegant countryside hotel; and Taprobane Island, a private island retreat.

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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