The Theva Residency
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
Contemporary-designed boutique hotel
Extensive views over Kandy City and to the Hill Country beyond
With just 15 rooms & suites, this is a true boutique hotel
The three suites have jacuzzi baths
Huge windows give the hotel lots of light and spectacular views
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The Maha monsoon blows from October to January, bringing rain to the North and East, while the dry season is from May to September. The North and East are comparatively dry, with around 1000mm of rain annually. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Out-of-season travel has its advantages – not only do the crowds go away but many airfares and accommodation prices drop right down. Nor does it rain all the time during the low season.
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Theva Residency is a contemporary boutique hotel just 10 minutes from Kandy Town, that allows guests to relax and revive themselves. Theva combines breathtaking views over Kandy and the mountains beyond, with modern design and a mouth-watering menu.
Perched on a hill above Kandy in the Hill Country, with just fifteen rooms and suites, this boutique hotel is a fabulous option for those with modern taste. Decorated with clean lines and a mixture of muted tones and bright colors, Theva offers a peaceful retreat above the hustle and bustle of Kandy. The decor draws on Kandy Perahera, the festival of the tooth, held in Kandy every year in July or August.
Theva's contemporary style extends to the food, with traditional Sri Lankan curries and fusion cuisine all being served with a twist. The restaurant itself has huge floor-to-ceiling windows in order to make the most of the views, and there is an outdoor area where guests can dine as well.
As a boutique hotel, and due to its location with plenty on offer surrounding it, Theva Residency has limited facilities. It plays home to an in-house sauna and an infinity pool.
Kandy itself offers visits to the beautiful Temple of the Tooth, supposed home to the Lord Buddha's left canine tooth; the Royal Botanical Garden which is renowned for its wide collection of orchids. As the capital of the Hill Country, it is the gateway to the tea plantations, and an excellent spot from which to learn all about Sri Lanka's biggest export - 'green gold', or Ceylon tea, drunk the world over.
Theva's 15 rooms are split into four types: Deluxe Rooms, Superior Rooms, Suites and the Penthouse. Deluxe Rooms are the least spacious, with Superior Rooms being slightly more spacious and with the added bonus of a balcony. The Suites have their own jacuzzi baths next to the panoramic windows, and the huge penthouse has a spacious sitting and dining room as well as a jacuzzi bath in the bathroom.
Only the Superior Rooms and the Penthouse are able to have extra beds for children.
While children are welcome at the hotel, there are no childcare facilities including no babysitting service. Superior Rooms and the Penthouse are the only rooms which are able to have an extra bed in.
Theva has one restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, where Asian-fusion food is on offer with an inventive twist, and can take the form of both Sri Lankan curries and international food from other regions around the world.
The hotel is equipped with an infinity pool and sauna. Outside the hotel, guests can visit Kandy, including the market, the Temple of the Tooth, the Botanical Gardens, and further afield, the tea plantations.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Theva is pretty contemporary with fantastic views and a really good place to base yourself for exploring Kandy. Don't miss the Sri Lankan curry here. It is much better for couples than it is for families as the rooms don't really lend themselves to multiple beds. For those who want to stay in the hotel, there is an infinity pool with a spectacular view and you can spend some time relaxing, but it is easy to get into Kandy itself for sightseeing.
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.
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.
Minneriya National Park
The amazing Minneriya National Park is renowned for its elephant populations and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a safari drive in search of the Asian elephant, a highlight for many during their tour through this fascinating teardrop isle.
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
Theva Residency is located on a hill just above the town of Kandy in the Hill Country.