Jungle Tide nestles in the beautiful hills outside Kandy. The location is lovely – calm and peaceful, with long views to the tea-covered hills including the Knuckles range. Quite high up, so it is warm during the day but cool at night – a very equable climate – and dry when we were there in February. Jungle Tide itself is a very stylish modern single storey residence with a verandah running the length of the house. It is built in the style of a tea-planter’s bungalow with good sized elegant rooms all opening on to the verandah. The garden is lovely - and extensive with steps down to a swimming pool (nearing completion when we were there). It is a great place in its own right and as a base for trips around.
The verandah is an excellent place to relax, bird watch, and exchange the crack with Jerry and Sally, the owners, who are a great source of information about many Sri Lankan matters. They were extremely helpful with advice on plannung various excursions and visits in the locality and further afield, including finding a fantastic driver for us. Martin and Rani, the live-in housekeepers could not have been more friendly and helpful – and provided some delightful Sri Lankan food. (Also very good, more familiar, cooking from Jerry and Sally who were there at the same time as us.)
Kandy is a good centre with its superb location round the lake and attractions including the Temple of the Tooth and some good shops. Within easy reach are the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnewala, and the wonderful Botanical gardens at Perideniya which were so interesting and large that we had to visit twice.
As others have observed, the last 3 kilometers of the road from Kandy are very slow and bumpy, so it takes about 40 minutes from the city centre. Proper surfacing is promised imminently and this will make the trip much quicker – and more confortable!
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