What We Love
- Secluded location far from city noise
- Private balconies overlooking the tea plantation in just about every room
- The Thai-trained executive chef, Ruwan Silva, uses organic vegetables, fruit and herbs from the hotel’s own garden
- A massage bungalow set in the tea fields
- Air conditioning in the rooms (not always found in Sri Lankan hotels)
What To Know
- Children under 12 are not permitted
- Galle and the beaches on the south coast are a 15- to 25-minute ride away by tuk-tuk
- Colombo is a two-hour ride away in a private car
- The spa consists only of the massage bungalow
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Koggala (Galle District), Kahanda Kanda is close to Handunugoda Tea Museum and Martin Wickramsinghe Folk Museum. This 4.5-star hotel is within the vicinity of Mihiripenna Beach and Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya.
Make yourself at home in one of the 10 air-conditioned rooms featuring fireplaces. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and bicycles to rent. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and barbecue grills.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Featured amenities include luggage storage, laundry facilities, and a library. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
My mum and I stayed at Kahanda Kanda for seven nights, and let me tell you, it was an absolutely wonderful week. The staff are brilliant; friendly, helpful and lovely to talk to. Nothing was too much to ask for. We stayed in the 'Nelum' villa for the first five nights (which was just beautiful, very spacious, including a super-comfortable bed and double shower) before being upgraded (free of charge) to the 'Honeymoon suite' for the final two nights, which was complete with a beautiful, enormous wooden roof on the interior and three (yes, three) bathrooms. KK is set on a beautiful pocket of land and you can see a variety of animals (including monkeys and peacocks) as well as numerous types of fruit trees. Oh, have I mentioned the food? Delicious! You can choose from a Sri Lankan breakfast or traditional western one, with a selection of fruit, buffalo curd, cakes, and so on. It's a close trip into Galle (perhaps half an hour by tuk tuk) and you can also get, free of charge, transport to and from the KK Beach resort (15 minutes drive away). The pool is lovely and because it's a relatively small resort it's never too crowded. I managed to fit in a couple of early-morning yoga sessions run by one of the lovely staff members. There is also a gym that has a treadmill, weights, etc, for those who like to try to stay fit on their holidays. Loved our stay! Really couldn't recommend this place more highly. =)
What a amazing place with outstanding staff. Our room, Tamarind was perfect and overlooked the forest full of interesting animals and birds albeit a little noisy from the monkeys in the morning but that just added to the charm. The hotel manager Hush couldn’t do enough for us and made our stay even more special. All the staff were delightful. The breakfast and dinner were delicious. The pool vast with amazing views. If you’re looking for tranquility then this is the place to visit.
Enchanting and idyllic, Kahanda Kanda is the perfect place to “escape the madness”. A warm greeting at the airport and a much needed cold towel, a comfortable vehicle and friendly driver who transported us on a scenic and informative journey to our delightful destination amidst a secluded 12 acre hilltop tea estate. Here we were greeted once more by some of the wonderful staff who hosted our 5 day stay. We were whisked away to our first “home away from home” which was Dubu - a beautiful, colonial style Javanese Joglo - with two outside bathrooms and a useful indoor toilet as well. A perfect and private situation, away from the main buildings, with its own pool and gardens - you are transported to another time and place. An incredibly comfortable bed and an atmospheric experience. After two nights we were lucky enough to be able to enjoy another villa within the hotel grounds and this time we stayed in the Hibiscus - 21st Century luxury with its own infinity plunge pool.
Breakfast was delicious - homemade granola, buffalo curd, fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, coconut pancakes and more, or request the Sri Lankan breakfast the night before, my husband was glad he did!
Dinner - a diverse set menu, prepared by the talented in-house Chef (who was always there to wish us good night) after our meal.
We ventured out to a near by tea plantation, which was so interesting, with their 150 year old Belfast manufactured machinery. We took a boat trip on the Koggala Lake and had a fish foot pedicure and met a cinnamon farmer, who showed us how the sticks and powder are produced. We took a tuk tuk to Galle Fort and wandered round. There were some wonderful shops but also, sadly, many dilapidated, proud buildings.
A highlight for us was a bike ride (super bikes and helmets provided by the hotel) through a couple of villages, with many happy greetings and waves along the way. Our destination was KK Beach - just off the hectic main road - an oasis of calm and tasteful decoration which is the sister hotel and sits on a 2km beach. They were expecting us and we received a warm welcome. We strolled along the expansive white sand but how sad - there was so much plastic strewn around. We collected as much as we could and threw it into the undergrowth but wished we’d bought bags to collect it (and we will next time we come back). Lunch was delicious and we relaxed and rested by the stunning hotel pool.
A fun ride back and another unforgettable day!
I have travelled far and wide over the last 30 years and this trip has to be a highlight. It is rare to find a hotel who’s staff are so accommodating and kind. They are loyal and hardworking and a credit to the owner, George, who clearly cares and looks after every one of his employees. His standards are set high and this shows in every small detail. Special mention to Rohan (head of housekeeping, who taught me how to make a towel Elephant) - the rooms were immaculate and I am very fussy!!! Hash for all the trips, Henry for your kindness and the pool man, Adaiakifh.
As for the weather - one word - perfect. Don’t be put off with the “low season” tag - it’s a year round destination!
We hope to see you all again soon, until then “Bohoma Istuti” xxx
This resort is exquisite - the staff are amazingly obliging, friendly and will take care of your every whim, the food is to die for (Chef Prasad is a culinary genuis), the rooms are divine and maintained to the highest standard - housekeeping kept the room pristine throughout our stay and added lots of special touches to enhance our experience.
The resort is far enough away from town to make it peaceful and idyllic, but close enough to enable you to pop out for dinner and enjoy a number of tours (into Galle Fort for example).
The resort itself is a wonderful experience, overlooking tea plantations, waking up to monkeys playing in the trees, watching squirrels and peacocks from the balcony at breakfast and watching the sunset over the tea plantation with a signature cocktail - it was heaven.
What a beautiful place. As soon as we got out of the car the staff greeted us with flower necklaces and took our bags to our room immediately. Not once did a staff member not have a smile on there face. Everyone from the cleaners, management, chef and the cleaners were very accommodating. They provided more food than we could eat and tuned our sheets down every night. When it came to organizing events outside of the venue they made everything very easy and tuned everything into one bill at the end. Highly recommended.