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.
- 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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