My son Sam and I had had a really excellent three night stay at Hanthana House in the hills above Kandy. The guest house is comfortable and very clean. I had a superb bedroom with ensuite and a balcony with a great view. This place is a top venue if you like watching birds and photographing them and all you need do is sit on the balcony. I saw many different species including Long-billed Sunbird, Hill Myna, Flame Minivet, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Grey-breasted Prinia, Black-headed Cuckooshrike and Indian Pitta. All these were observed from the balcony. There were many more and something different cropped up each day. Pathi ( the host ) gets Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl at the bottom of his garden. The food is first class Sri Lankan cuisine and very healthy. It is cooked by the family and you get a real taste of Sri Lankan life. The family are lovely and extremely helpful. I hope to revisit Hanthana House.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hanthana House is a boutique type accommodation which offers a comfortable stay in an attractive surroundings with added benefit of tasty and Srilankan Cooking which you can learn to prepare yourself!. Hanthana House consists of two en suite double bedrooms and one en suite twin bedroom and one en suite triple room, all with generous balconies overlooking the neighbouring tea estate. The bedrooms have ceiling fans, teak furniture and polished cement floors as well as a wet room with shower, basin and WC. The newly-built spacious and light dining room also has views of the tea estate and it is open to the generous new kitchen, where cookery lessons are always available! The upstairs sitting area has a comfy sofa and armchairs as well as a piano and Wi-Fi access! An organic kitchen garden is planned which will provide most of the vegetables for meals, and various walks through tea plantations and up to local viewpoints are accessed from the front door. Hanthana House is approximately 4 km from Kandy in the Hanthana hills, an area famous for cultivating some of the first tea grown on the island and the location of the Ceylon Tea Museum. Please be aware that a homestay is neither a hotel nor a guesthouse as you live and socialise with a family in their home. Think of it as an extension of your own home, with the usual creature comforts and no-one to make your bed or clean your room on a daily basis! The real experience is the interaction with a Sri Lankan family as they go about their daily life. ... more less
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