The Kandy House

The Kandy House is an exquisitely restored 1804 ancestral manor house with a rich history. This boutique hotel has nine rooms to choose from, all named after butterflies. Here, your stay is more like an honored guest in a private home of a bygone colonial era; an ideal romantic retreat for a honeymoon.

The building that houses the uniquely designed bedrooms overlooks the large jungle pool with infinity views of the paddy fields. The lawn area features a sprawling tree and garden lit up in the evening, making it the perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail.

The Kandy House is well-placed to spend time to relax as well as explore a broad selection of Sri Lanka's primary destinations in and around Kandy, the Cultural Triangle and Tea Country.

In this luxury hotel in Kandy all the rooms are named after Butterflies which thrive in Sri Lanka, and are styled individually incorporating local fabrics, elegant furniture of various generations and modernized amenities.

The Ultra Rooms (Red Spot Duke, Peacock Royal, Indian Admiral and Black Rajah) have access onto a veranda with chaise lounges, reading chairs, table and other antiques, ideal for more private dining and relaxing and each room is designated a personal butler to cater to all your requirements.

The Deluxe Rooms (Sunbeam, Cornelian, Monkey Puzzle, Pioneer and Lime Butterfly) are a little smaller but all other amenities and standards of furnishing are to the same high standard and if you are thinking of a Sri Lanka Honeymoon, then this is the place to be.

Nestled in the middle of the hills, Kandy, the second largest city in Sri Lanka, is a melting pot of art, craft, culture, and nature and is easily accessible from The Kandy House.


Relax in the Botanical Peradeniya Gardens, the “Kew” of Kandy by strolling through the giant greens of University of Paradeniya.

Enjoy a fascinating tour of the British Garrison Cemetery where your guide can bring history to life through his stories.

End a day at the Kandyan Arts Association’s renowned Cultural Show for dance and drumming originally performed for the Kandyan Kings.

Taste the Ceylon Tea Museum, an old tea factory which takes you back in time and  includes archives of James Taylor who set up the first tea plantation in Loolecondera.

Go north to Matale Heritage Centre which houses Ena de Silva, Sri Lanka’s renowned batik artist.


Visit The Temple of the Tooth to view ceremonies presided over by resident monks and wander to the Devales Shrines. Discover the glass murals in the serene hill-top Trinity College Chapel.

Venture a little further to the Dambulla Caves and Temple that date back to the first century BC, a complex of caves housing paintings and statues relating to Lord Buddha and his life.

Declared by UNESCO as the 8th Wonder of the World, Sigiriya, is an ancient 200m-high rock fortress built by King Kasyapa in AD 495, undoubtedly one of Sri Lanka’s “must-see” destinations. Be enthralled by ancient crafts by the wooden carvings at the Embekke Devalaya.


For wild life and nature Sri Lanka, amble around Udawattakelle Sanctuary, 270 acres filled with flora and forest birds, porcupines and monkeys. Activate a fistful of fitness for The Knuckles Range, with peaks of 1500m, varieties of wildlife in its midst, it’s a beautiful place to hike or bike.

Wash some big hairy babies at Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage and enjoy these magnificent creatures.


Organize a round of Golf at the world class Victoria Golf Course, 12 miles from Kandy with the Knuckles range as a backdrop.

Catch a game at Muttiah Muralitharan International Cricket Stadium, recently renamed to commemorate Sri Lanka’s famous bowler.

Cycles are available at The Kandy House  and you can be off and away enjoying the country site, the people and sounds.

At The Kandy House you can take walk through the local village and lush paddy fields and have chat with chief monk in the local temple.