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Elephant Stables

Kandy, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

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.

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

Couples, Culture, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Go for Lemon Grass or Pepper Deluxe Rooms, as they in the old part of the building and have lovely Veranda's overlooking Kandy and the Knuckles Mountains.

Jessica Campbell

Insider's View

Ask Nihal the Senior Bartender to make you a cocktail with the popular Sri Lankan local spirit Arrack!

Jessica Campbell

Insider's View

Explore the Kandy Lake and local area in an 1950's British colonial car and transfer back to a colonial era.

Scarlett Richard

Insider's View

Take the dip in the pool after a long day on your feet. It's got amazing views of Kandy's rolling hills and a perfect place to relax

Jack Mace

Insider's View

The Cottage Suite is a great option for families

Charlie Loughlin

Insider's View

 For a family choose the cottage suite - it allows everyone to be accommodated together but still provides privacy for the parents 

Scott Dunn team

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Elephant Stables or take a look at our itineraries to Hill Country


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.


Children are welcome at Elephant Stables, but please be aware there are no specific facilities available for them, except baby cots which can be provided on request.


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.

Location & Directions

Kandy, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Elephant stables is located just 15-minutes from the center of Kandy, on a hill overlooking the city.

When to go

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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