Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
We are extremely saddened by the events that took place in Sri Lanka on Sunday 21st April. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are advising against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka. We are contacting all of our guests who are currently in Sri Lanka or who have future bookings with us as soon as we can to make alternative arrangements.
At a Glance
Set on its own tea estate - take a walk and learn about the whole tea process and meet the tea pluckers
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
Not for families with young children - under 12s aren't allowed at the hotel
Amazing cooking classes and a wonderful cocktail list
Beautiful gardens with exquisite bird life
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
Kahanda Kanda, one of Southern Sri Lanka's most unique boutique hotels, offers the indulgent luxuries of a private villa with the service of a five star hotel, and is situated near the southern coast not far from Galle.
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.
Located close to 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 twelve 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, snorkeling, 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.
Charlie Loughlin (Staff)
Kahanda Kanda is a beautiful boutique resort perfect for some relaxation and down time during your trip. With 10 stunning suites scattered around the resort all offer seclusion and privacy and are therefore perfect for couples. Spend your days lounging by the pool, doing yoga in the pavilion or strolling through the surrounding plantations. Stay a little longer and use this as a base to explore the south coast, Galle and nature parks, all the while coming back to a tranquil oasis.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
Kahanda Kanda has a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere to it. Set back from the beach by only 15 minutes, you cannot hear any of the hustle and bustle of the sea front. It is situated up a hill on a small tea plantation and looks out over Koggala Lake. The dining room was being extend whilst I was there and there was talk of lots of new experiences being introduced; including a picnic and boat ride on the Lake. It was one of my favorite properties in this area and I would highly encourage people to experience it for themselves.
Clare Monro (Staff)
Kahanda Kanda is one of my favorite properties on the south coast. Being located in the middle of a tea plantation, it is raised up and has fantastic views over Koggala Lake. It may not be on the beach, but this does mean that you get more space and privacy. It is also really easy to pop to the beach for the day. The suites are beautiful and the food delicious.
Jenny Browne (Guest)
Favourite places in Sri Lanka? Well, one of them was definitely Kahanda Kanda. I absolutely loved this very stylish and elegant villa which sits alone in the middle of its own tea plantation. The atmosphere is laid back and luxurious without being over the top. Our host, George Cooper, and his brilliant, always attentive but unobtrusive staff managed to think of absolutely everything to make our stay a success. The food was delicious, the pool outstanding and the accommodation all superb. I expressed an interest in the garden and was immediately offered a guided tour by a charming staff member which I hugely enjoyed. Birds are my great passion and I had a wonderful couple of hours from dawn, sitting on the balcony of our suite just watching and listening. Pure magic!
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
I love this as an alternative to the beach when in the south. Set on a working tea estate, the surroundings are lush and green and the villa itself brings the outside in, with the suites circling the central al fresco pool and dining pavilion. It makes a great romantic retreat and if you don’t have time to head to the hill country, you’ll get your fix of Ceylon’s most famous export here.
A Southern Blend - Visit a Tea Plantation
It is not just Sri Lanka's Hill Country that is home to tea plantations; not far from Koggala Lake is the South Coast's very own tea plantation. See the ladies plucking tea leaves and visit the tea factory and learn about Sri Lanka's most famous export.
Explore Galle Fort
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul
During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.
Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host
Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.
Hopper Cooking Class at Why House
The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.
Kanneliya Rainforest Trek
One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Visit a Cinnamon Plantation
Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.
Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.
Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran
On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Whale Watching by Private Speedboat
Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.
Location & directions
Galle, 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.