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
We only had one night here, but we could have stayed a week. Beautiful design; individual bungalow rooms, well appointed, stylish, spacious and very comfortable; great staff - friendly, courteous and helpful; great food - Sri Lankan, Thai and international; gorgeous surrounds and ambience - jungle, plantation, gardens, pool and eating and relaxing areas - wonderful sounds and smells of nature.
We must also recommend highly the boat trip on the nearby lake with a great guide and boatman - included a visit to an island monastery and art, cinnamon processing demonstration and a surprise addition that is better to remain a surprise - but a lovely one! We’ll be back!
Very relaxing and peaceful apart the nighttime chatter of peacocks, monkeys and assorted birds.
Superb food . The Sri Lankan breakfast is yummy.
Asian night was delicious.
Slight breeze made the hot sunshine bearable.
The staff were fantastic looking after our every whim.
Transport down to the KK Beach club.
And an interesting but v hot visit to the tea plantation.
It’s difficult not to fall in love with Kahanda Kanda. It’s an effortlessly cool and classy place without any of the pretension and starchiness that for me, can blight ‘good’ hotels. It’s stunning setting on the edge of Koggala Lake, overlooking its own tea and pineapple plantations is pretty breathtaking. The hotel and its rooms are equally stunning and the owner’s interior design background is evident everywhere you look. We stayed for 3 nights in Kadju. The room opens out onto a terrace with its own infinity pool with views of only tea plants, jungle and peacocks beyond.
What really sets Kahanda Kanda apart however is the staff. Attentive, charming, friendly and just generally lovely people who cannot do enough for you and who all possess a talent for attention detail. Whilst they were all wonderful, it’s difficult not to single out Henry - perhaps the greatest but certainly the loveliest barman in Sri Lanka! A warmer, more charming man, you will not meet. Tirelessly making us cocktails into the small hours and staying up to look after us well beyond the call of duty. I miss Henry, as much as I miss Kahanda Kanda already. Go - you will not be disappointed. Put it this way, I would happily live there!
Little paradise in the jungle
If you are looking for a high end and exclusive place to stay in the jungle in Sri Lanka, Kahanda Kanda is one of those exclusive places a bit out of the beaten path.
We slept in the plantation suite that faces the jungle.
Our room was really well equipped and nicely decorated in subtle mix of modernism and English colonial style. For the sleep lovers like me, the bedding was exceptional.
Our room had no bathtub but a double shower working perfectly well at the same time (not always the case in such installations).
We did a bike tour in the area which was really relaxing and on a complimentary basis. We biked through the plantations and the villages.
We also did the yoga session in the morning which is held in the open pavilion facing the jungle, a must if you like yoga!
There is also a very large swimming pool at the property, 28 degrees, perfect and very well maintained like the rest of the hotel.
Last but not least, we really liked the food there too, especially if like us, you like Thai food. For the chocolate lovers, they often have chocolate brownies for desert (we tried one made of white chocolate, delicious :).
To sum up, if you have the chance to visit that region in Sri Lanka, you should definitely have a look at this place.
Anything with soft towels these days is considered rare -- so, yeah, well done, George!
AND, anyone who reminds people of how much water we are wasting leaving the tap running whilst brushing our teeth is SUPER BRILLIANT!!! *clap!clap!*
Oh. It is probably the only place with notices/signs/reminders with "Many Thanks" instead of "Thank you" -- splendid!
Many, many thanks to George & his wonderful team for making our trip to SL nothing but magical!
The entire staff was courteous & friendly. One particular staff worth mentioning is the driver throughout our stay at KK, Wajira, who made it extra pleasant. If you can ever request for a driver while at KK, he's your man!
The food was really yummy (a must-try is the Sri Lankan curry & passion fruit sorbet) &
what made it extra special was that HALAL chicken/beef was available, upon request. FANTASTIC!
The only reason why we are going to miss those endemic leaf monkeys is absolutely because of KK! The property is simply wonderful; highly-recommended!