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
Comfortable house with breathtaking views
Close and easy access to Knuckles Range and Kandy
Old Tea-Planter's Bungalow opening onto beautiful tea plantations
Complete relaxation in a home away from home
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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Rangala House is a charming home stay, remotely located amongst the tea trails outside Kandy perfect for those who prefer the more authentic home-stay experiences of the hill country.
Rangala House is a charming home-stay remotely located amongst the tea hills outside Kandy and owned by Mr Anthony Newman, a former UK teacher who for nearly 5 years was Principle of the Kandy Branch of Colombo International School. It's perched high above, in the tea country and offers great views of the beautiful valley around, ideal for those looking for complete relaxation.The name comes from close by Rangala Village and it is located in Teldeniya region of the hill country just 1-hour and 15-minutes from Kandy City.
The house has three comfortable rooms, a large studio room for families, a beautiful lounge with books of great interest, common dining space with fantastic views of the valley and the scenery all around and a pool and an observation deck for keen bird watchers.
The Knuckles Forest Range is 45-minutes from the house and bird watchers are keenly rewarded as they can find some amazing bird life without leaving home. A tripod and telescope are available for use on the veranda and guests can take walks in nearby plantations or a walk to a nearby local village which can be arranged with staff with few hours prior.
You are looked after by a warm and efficient staff who make you comfortable on arrival. It is important to note that due to Rangala House's construction on a steep hillside there are many steps so it's not ideal for disabled guests.
Rangala House has four bedrooms, three bedrooms & one studio which is slightly larger and with a bunk bed. The first and second bedrooms are closer to each other so when used together this works well for groups or guests with children.
Children are more than welcome but there are no specific facilities. As Rangala House is built on a steep hillside it is not recommended for very small children.
Facilities at Rangala House include a dining veranda, swimming pool and a lovely lounge.
Meals are usually served in the common dining pavilion with lovely views of the valley. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit, bread which comes from the local bakery and cooked breakfast. The menus are not fixed and there is a lovely mix of the Sri Lankan & Western Cuisine offered. The chef is happy to adapt their dishes to your preferences.
Rangala House offers really amazing meals and the quality of food surely offers good value for your money.
Rangala House is located 45 minutes from Knuckles and 1-hr 15-minutes away from Kandy which makes it ideal for guests looking for a more active vacation. Visits to Knuckles range or Kandy city can be arranged. The house is surrounded by tea plantations and for those interested in learning more about tea a visit can be arranged to a close by Duckwari tea factory. There are also walks for those keen on hill walking, the opportunities here are endless. Rangala house provides written directions and there is no need for a road transfer first. Bird watchers can see numerous birds even without leaving the house and a tripod and telescope are available in the veranda. For those looking for complete relaxation, there is a lovely pool and some fantastic views.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
Rangala House is a beautiful little property, perfectly placed in the tea plantations for trekking, exploration and beautiful views. The veranda is lovely and a great place to eat, and the staff could not be more helpful if they tried. The house is also only an hour from Kandy, so if you don't want to base yourself in the city you can stay here and take a day trip instead.
Anuradhapura Ancient City
Anuradhapura dates from the sixth century BC and is one of Buddhism's holiest sites, containing the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment.
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.
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.
Polonnaruwa Ancient City
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa dates from the 10th century AD. Originally planned as an expression and statement of imperial power, the city was eventually abandoned in 1288. Many of the remains are still in excellent condition.
The Sigiriya rock rises majestically from the jungle floor. It is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface. Half-way up there are galleries with frescoes in brilliant tempera. Sigirya dates from the 5th century AD.
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
Rangala House is situated about 34km North East of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.