Kate Atkinson

The Kandy House

Kandy

by: Kate Atkinson

  • Why

    An adventure and debut jaunt to Sri Lanka to eat curry, loll poolside, catch up on reading and see what this up and coming destination has to offer.

  • When

    October 2013

  • Who

    Me. Flying solo.

Highs + Lows

  • The massage service – this was off the hook! My masseur came from a long line of Ayurvedic masters, and released all kinds of demons. Still get chills thinking about it. It’s a must!

  • The balcony + luscious gardens – musing on this garden is what geniuses are made of – I felt like I could conquer the world looking into that mountainous abyss.

  • Rubber ducky – when it comes to hotels it’s the small things that count. It may sound silly, but I just loved this. It’s retro and clever in its simplicity.

  • A gym would have just added to the radness a little bit more.

  • Magazine distribution in room goes a long way, or just some kind of in room card or inspirational thought – it’s a think place.

  • A shop or gallery – I wanted to buy artifacts!

: 48/50
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  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury ancestral manor or “Walauwa"

  • Vibe

    Elegant manor house/dream home meets pirates of the Caribbean.

  • Location

    In Sri Lanka’s mountain town, Kandy, nestled amidst a garden that can only be described as an oasis of Eden-like paradise. This is Kipling’s Jungle Book in reality and stomping ground for elite, great thinkers who like a heavy splash of class.

  • Rooms

    Eight

  • Music

    None that I can recall.

  • Year Opened

    200 years ago!

  • Designed By

    Swanky Chief Ministor of the Kandyan Kingdom, Ratwatte Adigar, who committed an ‘act of defiant decadence’ in building himself this villa using roof tiles that were decreed only for use in royal residences.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes there’s a pool. No gym, but plenty of garden to wander in!

  • Restaurant

    Yes, as well as a personal veranda to dine off morning, noon and night. The Kandy House restaurant serves up incredible food with weekly specials including a highlight ten course killer curry. A great blend of Sri Lankan and Western fare is served up to please all diets.

  • Bar

    Butterfly Bar serves up a great list of cocktails with an affordable wine list.

  • Wifi

    Yes.

  • Children

    Definitely possible, but I tend to think leaving the rug rats at home is best for maximum enjoyment for parents in a mansion like this! Let’s be honest!

  • Price

    Standard five star hotel prices, but it’s a hell of a lot better than staying in some staid chain!

In the Area

Buddhist temple with stunning mosaics and eye opening evening ceremonies

The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Sri Dalada Veediya, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka

Buddhist temple with stunning mosaics and eye opening evening ceremonies

this is a roadside diner (and supports my theory that in Asia, the best food is always to be found in them), with THE MOST unbelievable chicken paratha for about 30c. Once you get over your food fears, seek it out. Authentic, killer Sri Lankan food.

THe Kandy Garden Club & Cafe

9 Sangaraja Mawatha, Kandy 8, Sri Lanka

this is a roadside diner (and supports my theory that in Asia, the best food is always to be found in them), with THE MOST unbelievable chicken paratha for about 30c. Once you get over your food fears, seek it out. Authentic, killer Sri Lankan food.

Sri Lankan hipster rooftop bar with vinyls and a view of the whole city. A great place to meet people – I made a new friend here who I travelled with and made my trip!

Bamboo bar

No 29a, Anagarika, Dharmapala, Mawatha, Kandy

Sri Lankan hipster rooftop bar with vinyls and a view of the whole city. A great place to meet people – I made a new friend here who I travelled with and made my trip!

Must Haves

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