Luxury hotel holiday Theva Kandy

Theva near Kandy is a truly unique choice of hotel, highly recommended by Expressions Holidays for its chic and contemporary style, excellent panoramic views and exotic cuisine. Located just a couple of kilometres away from Sri Lanka's cultural capital Kandy, there is plenty to explore during a stay here including temples, markets and forests. An excellent choice for a stylish yet relaxed stay as part of one of our touring itineraries of Sri Lanka.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Theva, Kandy

Theva Residency is an exclusive, 4-star, romantic hotel with breath-taking views over the Kandy hills. Chic, modern luxury accommodation and delicious award-winning fusion cuisine afford guests a truly idyllic, secluded getaway from the bustle of Kandy.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location 2 miles from Kandy centre, on the edge of the Dunumadalawa Forest Reserve

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 4 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant (air-conditioned with panoramic views), Small infinity pool and bar, Sauna.

Out and about nearby

Kandy, Temple of the Tooth, Market and shops, Trinity Chapel, Uddawatakele Forest sanctuary, Arts & crafts workshops and antique emporia, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Hantana forest, Hantana Tea Museum, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Lankatilaka Vihara Buddhist temple. The nearest shops and restaurants outside the hotel are in Kandy, 2km away. Kandy Esala Perahera takes place in August

Sports nearby

Birdwatching and trekking in Hantana forest.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,600

Holiday Code EXH960

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 Theva, Kandy

Room descriptions

Theva has 10 bedrooms.

Deluxe Room Flat screen TV, WiFi and broadband connectivity, En-suite bathroom with shower or bath/shower
Superior Room Balcony with outdoor bathtub and lounger, flat screen TV, WiFi and broadband connectivity, En-suite bathroom with shower or bath/shower
Suite Large windows, great views. Flat screen TV, WiFi and broadband connectivity, En-suite bathroom with shower or bath/shower
Penthouse A serviced apartment, with kitchen, laundry facilities, Jacuzzi, living room, bar and staff quarters. Flat screen TV, WiFi and broadband connectivity
Extra beds can be arranged in Superior Rooms and the Penthouse only for an additional cost.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,600

Holiday Code EXH960

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 Theva, Kandy

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Theva Residency in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 3 hours and 20 minutes' drive from Colombo airport. However, it is usually stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide and you would often approach the hotel from a previous stay in the Cultural Triangle to the north, or from Yala or Galle to the south.

Additional information

Children: Children of all ages are accepted and children's menus can be arranged. However, because of the various water features, balconies and sheer drops, Theva is not particularly child-friendly and it is more suited to couples and romance.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Deluxe room for 7 nights

From about

£1,600

Holiday Code EXH960

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 Theva, Kandy

Highlights of Tea Country

Kandy market; Kandy area – handicrafts villages and workshops – brass, musical instruments, basket weaving, batik, painting; Kandy evening cultural show; Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage; Peradeniya Botanical Gardens; Mahaweli River and Victoria Dam; Tea estates; Drive to Nuwara Eliya and around the tea plantations, visiting a tea factory; Hantana mountain and Hantana tea plantations - walks and museum; Buddhist sites near Kandy – Gadaladeniya, Hindagala Vihara, Embekke Divale, Lankatilake; Mahiyangana – Rajamaha dagoba; Aluvihara Buddhist temple; Aluvihara Heritage Centre (Ena de Silva batik art and workshop and Sri Lankan rice & curry lunch); Knuckles Mountain Range - scenic drives and walking; Rubber plantations; Spice farms; Rail journey to Tea Country; Relaxing in the lush tropical hills; Treat your body, mind and soul to a programme of Ayurvedic massage and herbal treatments; Golf at the Victoria Golf course; Riding at Victoria Saddle Club; Walking and trekking; Cycling; White water rafting at Kitulgala.

Cultural highlights of Tea Country

Places of interest in Kandy include the Temple of the Tooth, the sacred Buddhist site which holds the tooth of Lord Buddha which is said to have been brought from India in the third century. The Temple lies within the Royal Palace complex along with the National Museum, the Audience Hall and a museum dedicated to the famous elephant, Raja. British legacies remain in central Kandy, in the form of grand old buildings and hotels, St Paul’s Church and Royal Palace Park. It is possible to walk most of the way around the lake besides which Kandy is built, where you can see the Royal Bathing Pavilion and the royal summerhouse which is on an island in the centre of the lake.). There is a lively market and a plethora of shops, gem showrooms and arts & crafts workshops. There are also several nightly cultural shows that showcase traditional Kandyan drumming, music and dance and the city boasts a fine international cricket stadium. Other highlights of the region include Pinnawela elephant orphanage where abandoned or injured elephants are cared for; Nuwara Eliya, a hill town with many British influences; the mountainous scenery and tea plantations around Ambewela and Bandarawela; the Highland Railway between Kandy and Badulla; and Tea Experience and Tea museums, an essential part of any visit to this part of Sri Lanka.

Festivals in Tea Country

Kandy - Esala Perahera Festival - July or August (depending on the date of the Esala full moon). This spectacular cultural pageant is held over 10 days with the processions and celebrations getting more elaborate and longer each day. Although in ancient times this was a procession to honour Hindu gods, during the reign of King Rajasinghe it was decreed that the procession should be in honour the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Each night, dancers, drummers, flute players, whip-crackers and elephants form a procession around the streets and Kandy lake. The ornately decorated elephants increase daily in number to 100 on the last night, the finest of them being the Maligawa Tusker which carries the Sacred Tooth Relic, led by the Chiefs of the Temple in traditional silver and gold ceremonial dress. The Nuwara Eliya season runs from April to June. Horse racing in High Tea Country (trotting) in January, February, April, August and December. Bandarawela Perahera on full moon day in June.

Climate in Tea Country

Climate in Kandy: The daytime temperatures in Kandy and the surrounding hills range from around 22° C to 31° C, with cooler evenings averaging 17° C. It is fairly humid and misty in the evenings with short outbursts of rain. Heavier rainfalls occur during the south-west monsoon from May to August. Climate in the High Tea Country: At an elevation of above 4,000 feet the climate is cooler and less humid with cool mornings, warm days and cool evenings. Daytime temperatures are in the low to mid 20s Celsius and at nights can drop to around 10° C. The driest part of the year is between December and April, and September is normally quite dry. The rainy season is May, June and July, and October and November due to the north-east, south-west and intermediate monsoons, and July is generally the coldest month. February and March are usually dry and around 20° C. Micro-climates exist from valley to valley. The weather at Warwick Gardens, for example, is around 16° C at night and can reach 26° C during the day, whilst the temperature at Bandarawela goes from 12° C to 20° C.

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