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“Fabulous Stay at Kandy Cottage!” 4 of 5 stars
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Kandy Cottage
160 Lady Gordons Drive, Kandy, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #13 of 229 Kandy B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Fabulous Stay at Kandy Cottage!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2010

We had a fantastic stay at Kandy Cottage in early May. It's such a lovely house -- beautifully restored, light and airy, colorful decor -- though what really makes it special is the gracious and welcoming hospitality. Kumar -- the live-in manager -- was so thoughtful and helpful, he really made our stay in Kandy special.

The cottage itself is located just outside of town -- your first time up to the house, it may seem far (especially if you arrive at night like we did), but in the morning you'll be happy you're tucked into the lush hills with the breezes and monkeys and outside the noisy center. It's just a 15 minute walk down a winding road -- lined with flowers and palms -- and then you hit one of the main streets and Kandy, and can walk directly into town. At night, it gets quite dark, so it's easiest to just take a tuk-tuk back and forth -- it's only $2 from the center to the door of the hotel. Though do carry the address with you, as well as Kumar's cell phone -- not all drivers will know the name.

The rooms are basic, but clean and charming. Try to get the "Moonlit Space" if you go -- it has a little patio that is screened in with comfy rattan chairs, and it's wonderful to sit out there in the morning listening to the birds and monkeys! This room is also much larger than the other two in the house. The bathrooms are stone with shower stalls; small sinks; and toilets (they might take awhile to refill...). The beds have clean linens and a good mosquito net. It was a bit hot while we were there -- going into the rainy season -- but it cooled off at night, and with the door open and fan on we were fine. Usually I guess it is quite cool, so AC is unnecessary.

Kumar helped us daily with arranging tours and transport, answering questions, making calls -- he even checked on several things unasked, which was so kind of him. If you have questions, he's the guy to ask! He is also a very thoughtful and intersting guy -- if you're curious about Sri Lankan politics and culture, ask him some questions at your meals. We learned a ton from him, and felt like we had a much better understanding on SL's recent history when we left. (Though if you want privacy, don't worry -- he is very careful to leave you privacy in the common rooms, and leaves you to eat alone at meals, though we always tried to get him to stay so we could talk to him!)

We also had fabulous food! We tried a few other places in Kandy, but the food at the cottage was by far the best. Sri Lankan curries, string hoppers, pitu, the most wonderful grilled, thick roti with jam and butter... yum!! I would recommend breakfast at the least, and at least one dinner.

We were sad to read the previous post on theft, as we can't imagine it happening at Kandy Cottage. The external house is locked, and Kumar is always home. They've also now installed padlocks on the door for peace of mind, and we had no problems. I guess it can happen anywhere, but I think it is extremely unlikely at this hotel.

We had only been in Sri Lanka for a couple days before arriving, so this was a really great introduction to the people -- who are so warm and friendly -- as well as the food and spectacular scenery the country has to offer. A memorable stay! We hope to return soon.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

We had 3 nights at Kandy Cottage and found it to be a little out of the way ( a 15 minute walk down unlit lanes from Kandy) but a pleasant and quiet location out of the hustle and bustle of the city.

Rooms are plain and simply furnished, but unfortunately have no door locks. We were the only guests in the place and unfortunately having left some money behind (Albeit very well hidden) after being rushed by our driver one morning, found that our backpacks had been taken out of our room and thoroughly searched with some of the money having been stolen. Nothing else of value had been taken, which seemed to rule out a sneak in theft.

This was our only negative experience of Sri Lanka, where we found people generally to be friendly, honest and open despite quite tragic levels of poverty in some places. Whilst our view remains that the country is a safe and pleasant place to travel, we wouldn't recommend Kandy Cottage to other travellers.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

We were the first guests arriving in Kandy's Cottage, the day after the new manager (Kumar) and his wife Yoga arrived in their new home. Big surprise. Even more, because it was the day before Tamil/Singhalese New Year.
Although they were obviously not yet settled in, they did everything to make us feel at ease.
The cottage itself is nicely and very quietly located (especially if you have your own transport; otherwise it is also easy to call for a tricycle) and gives a real homy feeling.
We stayed at the moonlit-room (which is not as romantic as you might think), which we shared with a large army of ants (probably still the same as in previous review) and many mosquitos (do use the mosquito-nets !!).
The fixed price (around 4.200 Rs = ca. 25 Euro per night, without breakfast) is not a bargain, but if you want to have a quiet stay in a cosy place with a very nice managers-couple, it is worthwhile.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

Kandy cottage is a small, three room B&B, basic but clean with a personal touch. It is a perfect base to roam Kandy (15 mins walk to town centre) and yet located in a very quiet wooded area. We stayed a single night and were the only guests. The staff were anmazingly friendly and made this truly a home away from home.

Great value for money.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsingor, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

I stayed 4,5 months (with a few breaks) at Kandy Cottage, while preparing a manuscript. I was primarily looking for a great work-environment, and I got it (including wireless access to the net, bring your own laptop). I also got a feeling of home away from home, which I have never before or since experienced despite years of travel in Asia. On top of that, I had great food, unmatched service and a vibrant atmosphere.

Kandy Cottage is a quiet environment in the middle of the jungle with plenty of (very cute) monkeys around. You feel that you stepped away from civilization, but still you are only 15 minutes walk from the city-centre and the sights. Thus it fits both a semi-reclusive lifestyle, and a full-on touristy experience.

The service was brilliant, attentive to my needs and ever flexible. The food was brilliant. I gained approx. 10 kg during my stay at Kandy Cottage. Devikas food was by far the best food I've had consistently in Asia (note: I am vegetarian, so my recommendation only applies to the vegetarian meals, but I have an idea that the meat-dishes must be nice too).

I recommend renting the entire cottage, if you wish to work there constantly, because it is too compact to ensure a quit work-environment, if a family with 2-3 young children are staying there with you. But the really noisy families are rare, and I chose those few days to leave Kandy for visa-extensions, visiting beaches etc. If you don't mind a few breaks in your strides, then renting a single room (preferably one of the two biggest) should be fine for you.

Kandy is a must-see while around the subcontinent, and I can't imagine a better place to explore from than Kandy Cottage.

Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2010

We'were travelling in srilanka,we stayed there tree nights and was such a cool experience at the beginning of our trip.Thep lace is clean and confortable,is placed in the middle of the forest but close to kandy town,there were mokeys passinf over the roof and close to our house,so exciting; the manager is kind and friendly,a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

We stayed at Kandy cottage one night and originally booked the most basic room. Upon arrival we were pleased to be upgraded to a bigger double room. The bed and sheets smelt a bit damp which was a shame but the shower had hot water and we had free, reliable wifi use the whole stay. We had an evening meal there which was a lovely experience, very tasty, authentic Sri Lankan food. Breakfast was also plentiful and fresh. Most of all, the owners are very friendly and welcoming.

The location is not within easy reach of bars etc so we took a rickshaw back to the hotel. Not many richshaw drivers know where it is. We paid Rs200 for the short trip.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 160 Lady Gordons Drive, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #13 of 229 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The cottage nestles in a little hollow, in the midst of trees, beside a tiny virgin forest - "Udawatakelle" Forest Sanctuary just one of the many splendidly green spaces that is KandyThe Cottage is a charming and cosy place of retreat for writers andartists, and also welcomes regular holiday makers. ... more   less 
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