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Rangala House

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92B Bobebila, Elagolla 20921 Sri Lanka
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Coming from Kandy , the journey (slightly more than one hour) takes you through Digana, Teldeniya and then left, through Udispattuwa and onto the Duckwari tea estate. At an altitude of just under 1000 metres above sea level, the situation is significantly higher up in the hill country than Kandy (500 metres) and the climate is noticeably cooler and fresher. Rangala House is situated on the edge of the Knuckles Forest Region - now classified as a world heritage site. This area is up-country from Kandy on the North Eastern side. The house faces almost due West on a steep jungly hillside. Spectacular sunsets are common. The view from the verandah is enormous - a 180º panorama from Hantana mountain to the South right round to the Duckwari tea estate and Knuckles Hills to the North and North East. Far down below in the valley, paddy fields give way to further hillsides and, on a clear day, you can even see Bible Rock many miles away. At night the lights of Kandy can be seen twinkling in the far distance. Behind the house, the tea estate rises steeply and is attractively dotted with shade trees and huge igneous boulders - common hill country features. The house is situated on the Teldeniya - Rangala mountain road, about 25 minutes up from Teldeniya. Cars are not often seen, traffic being mainly composed of three wheelers, country buses and estate tractors. The road is mostly in excellent condition up to Rangala House and beyond, but the section through to Corbett’s Gap is impassable to vehicles. ACCOMMODATION There is a large sitting room with double French windows, a stone fireplace and spacious dining area. The LED TV has many satellite channels as well as all the local stations and there is also a DVD player. For music lovers, there is a high quality sound system (classical and jazz CDs available) and a Roland electric piano. Broadband wifi is available in all room and is free of charge. Adjacent to the sitting room there is a western-style kitchen, fully equipped with all mod cons and finished in solid mahogany. Guests are welcome to come and talk to the resident chef - and perhaps pick up some tips on cooking curries Sri Lankan style!
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Destination610436 wrote a review Aug 2020
12 contributions1 helpful vote
We returned to stay here after having lunch with friends who stayed here recently. I echo the previous comments. The house is in a stunning location and it is very easy to hike in the plantations and in various other areas close by. This is also a place where one can sit and stare at the view or relax at the pool and feel no need to move at all! The veranda really makes this property as does the view. The chef is excellent and left with a free rein to create he will, be it Sri Lankan or Western food. The manager and all staff we encountered were friendly and helpful. There is so much bird life right outside your bedroom window and this is probably the most acoustic of all hotel rooms we have stayed in in Sri Lanka, delightful. We will return soon.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Sindidziwa wrote a review Feb 2020
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Rangala House used to be a Tea Estate Manager's house in Duckwari Tea Estate. It commands magnificent views out over the hills towards Kandy. What could be better than watching the sun set from a comfy chair on the veranda with a cold glass of something in your hand, followed by a delightful meal bursting with flavour? Note: Rangala House doesn't have a licence so bring your own booze or (as in our case, thanks to the Manager's intervention, a tuktuk will deliver beer to the door. We stayed in the Avocado room - spacious, clean, comfortable - that opens directly onto the veranda. We were made very welcome by all the staff, for whom nothing was too much trouble. If you like walking, then there are some good instructions for local walks through the tea estate. We walked up to Knuckles peak and this was an ideal base for trekking in the mountains. Visits to the local tea factory, owned by Finlays, can also be arranged. The tea you drink at Rangala House comes straight from the factory and is wonderfully fresh. All this might seem a bit effusive but it was a wonderful stay, which will live long in our memories. PS If you like bird watching then you can see several endemic species in the area, and even in the garden!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Sara V wrote a review Jan 2020
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We loved our stay at Rangala House - everything was perfect: the views, the food, the service, the room, walking through the tea fields. It was the most expensive place we stayed in Sri Lanka, but definitely worth a splurge.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Camille B wrote a review Jan 2020
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We stayed 2 nights last November and it was definitely our favorite place to stay. The food was amazing, the host were welcoming and helpful. We went for a treck in the Knuckles (great fun !) and coming back to Rangala House to rest was perfect. The view from the terrasse (and the main room) is stunning.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Brian G wrote a review Dec 2019
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Well this place tops my list in Sri Lanka Great view, great staff, great food and good rooms. And on top of that it has a pool Would recommend to any one looking for a relaxing spot and good walks This 100 plus year old converted tea planters house complete with stone fireplaces is a must in the Kandy district
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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PRICE RANGE
$182 - $194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Sri LankaCentral ProvinceKandy DistrictElagolla
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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