Kandy, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has updated their travel advice for Sri Lanka and are advising that travel can now resume. We've been following the situation closely and with the recent changes in security, we're pleased to say that we can support the people of Sri Lanka and once again offer trips to this beautiful country. To encourage visitors to return, the Sri Lankan government are now offering free visas on arrival to key countries (including the UK) beginning August 2019.
At a Glance
Perfect location to explore the hill country's heritage sites
All of the 6 rooms are fitted with en-suites and all mod cons as well as authentic Sri Lankan antiques
Refurbished ancestral home of a Ceylonese nobleman
Choice of traditional Sri Lankan, Asian fusion or Western cuisine. Their Sri Lankan curry is one of the best on the island
Breathtaking views over Kandy and the Knuckles mountain range
Best time to Visit
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Year round destination. Because the Hill Country it so high up it rarely gets unbearably hot. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. During the monsoon season from October to December you can expect heavy downpours. June to September are the driest months here, when there’s almost no rain at all.
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From its hilltop position, Elephant Stables boasts breathtaking views over Kandy and the Knuckles mountain range. This ancestral home turned boutique hotel offers guests a tranquil stay from which they can explore Kandy's cultural heritage.
Elephant stables was originally the wallawwa (ancestral home) of a Ceylonese nobleman, gaining it's name from the family elephants that grazed in the gardens.
There are five bedrooms located in the main house, and a separate garden cottage suite. All of the 6 rooms are fitted with the amenities of modern luxury living and give a flavor of the region due to the blend of authentic Sri Lankan artifacts and contemporary design used in the decoration. Elephant Stables has also just introduced a Royal Luxury Tent in the style of the famous Aman-i-Khas tents in India.
Being just 15-minutes from the center of Kandy, and within close distance of some of Sri Lanka's most famous heritage sites, Elephant Stables is perfectly located to explore the rich history and culture of the hill country. Alternatively, for those relaxation days and evenings, you can chill out by the fire in the living room, take a dip in the infinity pool or explore the landscaped gardens surrounding the house.
Master Chef Indika has a team of three Chefs who produce delicious meals every day. Tuck into a full English breakfast in the morning, afternoon tea and the famous Sri Lankan Rice Curry for dinner.
Elephant stables has six rooms and one luxury tent. The cottage room is separate to the main hotel and sleeps up to a family of five. Two of the rooms are suites and therefore ideal for families, The Royal Luxury Tented Suite is situated in the grounds and sleeps four adults.
The house has a living room with a fireplace that is lit on chilly nights, small reading room, new wing lounge with juice bar, infinity pool and indoor dining room with a veranda overlooking the landscaped gardens. All the rooms are fitted with 42-inch TVs with satellite channels, DVD players (film library available) and WiFi.
4 Feet Deep Swimming Pool With 1 Foot Shallow End Platform For Children (Unsupervised). Spa tent for Ayurvedic Massage (On Request). Local excursions include: The Temple Of The Tooth, Kandy Lake And UNESCO World Heritage Old Town Area, Peradeniya Gardens And Its Orchid Houses, Bird Watching And Nature Trails At Udawattekelle Sanctuary.
Jack Mace (Staff)
Elephant Stables is a lovely option if you are looking to spend a few nights in Kandy. It's located just 10 minutes (up to 25 in bad traffic) from Kandy's main sights and boasts lovely gardens with a great view over the rolling hills. The pool also benefits from these views and it's a great place to relax after a long day on your feet. One of the best things about the hotel is the rooms, they are beautifully designed and have lots of natural light. I stayed in the Pepper Deluxe Garden Room which I'd recommend - it's on the end, with a large balcony and although the room is not huge, you do certainly feel very comfortable in there. I'd definitely return and look forward to heading back.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
Elephant Stables is a wonderful boutique property perched on the hilltop above Kandy. It was an old family house and still retains, to this day, a very homely feel. The name comes from the elephants that belonged to the owners whilst they lived there. I particularly liked the outside dining area which has stunning views over Kandy and the two rooms in the old part of the house with lovely veranda's to enjoy the view on.
Dambulla Buddhist Caves
Dambulla is an ancient historical site set on a large granite outcrop. The caves at Dambulla are famous for their temples and have been repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries with secular and Buddhist scenes.
Explore the Tea Plantations
During your stay in the Hill Country, explore the tea plantations where you can see the tea pluckers at work, visit a tea factory, or go for a walk through the rolling green hills.
Guided Tour of Kandy: Gods, Kings & Men
Today head to the center of Kandy, once known as the Kingdom of Kandy. Take some time to visit the famous UNESCO protected Temple of the Tooth. Next wander around the colorful market followed by some tea at the historic Queen's Hotel.
Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species
and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
Temple of the Tooth
This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.
Train from Kandy to Hatton
The 2 hour train journey to Hatton is a glorious way to see the rolling countryside from your observation car, as you climb into the hills and tea plantations.
Trek the Knuckles Mountain Range
Explore the Knuckles Mountain Range on this full day trek. A local tracker will guide you through the Knuckles Forest Reserve, hiking the Corbett’s Gap Viewpoint track.
Location & directions
Kandy, Kandy and the Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Elephant stables is located just 15-minutes from the center of Kandy, on a hill overlooking the city.