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.
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
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 flavour of the region due to the blend of authentic Sri Lankan artefacts 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 centre 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.
When to visit
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.
Elephant stables is located just 15-minutes from the centre of Kandy, on a hill overlooking the city.
Fly into Colombo, From there Elephant Stables is approximately 2-hours drive away. Alternatively, take a Cinnamon Air flight to Kandy and drive from the airport.
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.
Ella City Tour
Explore Ella with your chauffeur guide. Ella is blessed with some of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular views. On this tour you will visit Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak, Ravana Cave and Bambaragala Park.
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.
Guided Tour of Kandy: Gods, Kings & Men
Today head to the centre of Kandy, once known as the Kingdom of Kandy. Take some time to visit the famous UNESCO protected Temple of the Tooth. Next wander around the colourful market followed by some tea at the historic Queen's Hotel.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Visit the colourful market in Kandy for textiles, as well as a lively atmosphere.
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.
Kandy Temple Trail
Head a little more off the beaten track to explore some of Sri Lanka's more historically and architecturally interesting temples. Gadaladeniya, Embekke and Lankathilaka are set away from the main tourist trail but are still easily accessible from Kandy.
Meet Rahju the Artist
Rahju, one of Sri Lanka's famous artists, opens his studio to offer visitors an intimate view of what shapes his art pieces.
Royal Botanical Garden Educational Walk
Learn more about the unique flora of Sri Lanka in the educational walk through Royal Botanical Garden
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.
Trekking in the Knuckles Range
This is a must for trekking enthusiasts, who will love the striking landscapes and ever-changing fauna on this 4-5 hour trek from Illukkumbura to Riverston. Expect sweeping panoramas and waterfalls in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit Tea Factory and Plantation
Visit a working tea factory and plantation and witness how tea is grown and processed.