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At a glance

  • George Cooper, the owner and designer, is the best host in Sri Lanka

  • Beautifully designed individual rooms do not make this feel like a hotel but rather a decadent home

  • Fabulous food served in the beautiful dining pavilion or at any located within reason within the property

  • Amazing cooking classes

  • Wonderful cocktail list

  • Beautiful gardens with exquisite bird life

  • Set on its own tea estate - take a walk and learn about the whole tea process and meet the tea pluckers

  • Not for families with young children - under 12s aren't allowed at the hotel


Kahanda Kanda offers nine air-conditioned very individual suites with spacious interiors, ideal in which to unwind – the perfect example of getaway boutique hotels. Suites also feature four poster beds, delightful Sri Lankan and Oriental furniture, private courtyard gardens filled with aromatic gardenia bushes and frangipani trees and bathrooms with outdoor showers.

Overlooking Koggala Lake and surrounded by the lush greenery of a working tea estate, this home turned award winning boutique hotel offers discerning travelers a unique wellness escape with quick access by charming tuk tuk to timeless treasures inside the Galle Fort as well as some of the world's best beaches, for which Galle and Sri Lanka are so well known. Or why not head inland to the Udawalawe National Park to catch glimpses of water buffalo, sambar deer, elephants and the occasional leopard.

Peaceful, tropical ambience, world class heartfelt service and fresh fusion cuisine that lures guests from surrounding hotels in and around Galle, Kahanda Kanda is an idyllic environment for a wedding, a honeymoon or a vacation of absolute relaxation, all on a working tea plantation.


Rooms at the Kahanda Kanda include the Dubu Suite, The Hellaconia Suite, Peacock Suite, Tamarind Suite, Mango Suite, Araliya Suite, Nelum Suite, Tea Suite and Garden Suite. Suites feature four poster beds, delightful Sri Lankan and Oriental furniture, private courtyard gardens filled with aromatic gardenia bushes and frangipani trees and bathrooms with outdoor showers. Please note that Dubu and Hellaconia are further from the main public area than the other suites. All suites feature: iPod docking station, wifi, air-conditioning and private verandas.


Children under the age of 12 years are not permitted at the hotel and there are no specific facilities available for them.


Facilities at the hotel include a living pavilion flanked by lily ponds, a dining pavilion and an infinity edged pool, 20 meters in length with fantastic views overlooking the tea bushes and rolling hills. The area by the pool is shaded by white bougainvillea providing the perfect place for alfresco dining.


The hotel provides complimentary swimming, fitness, yoga and walks among the tea bushes. Activities at an additional cost include body surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, bike rides through the rice fields, culture tours, and jeep tours of animal reserves. The hotel also provides cookery classes, where guests can master the art of the infamous Sri Lankan curry, or if you prefer, a variety of Thai dishes.

When to travel

Kahanda Kanda is a year round destination. The driest part of the year falls between December and April. The monsoon brings daily cloud-bursts June/July and October/November but rarely is there a full day of rain. Thankfully, the country house ambience at KK means there's nothing better than curling up to read a good book, play backgammon or scrabble, all in indulgent comfort while the rain feeds the surrounding soil.

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Location and directions

South Coast, Sri Lanka

Kahanda Kanda can be found just 5 kilometers inland from the coastal Galle Road (as the crow flies), perched at the north east shore of Koggala Lake.

How to get there

Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is the sole international airport in Sri Lanka and is located about 30km north of the city. The journey time is 4-hours from Colombo. You may also take the seaplane, which lands on Koggala Lake, cutting the journey time to 45-minutes from Colombo.

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