Kahanda Kanda is a luxurious ten-bedroom boutique villa within easy reach of Galle, set on a 10 acre tea estate with views of the Koggala Lake at a distance. The tranquil setting is ideal for a relaxing holiday or even a romantic honeymoon. Beaches are beaches anywhere in the world but it is often said that the interior of a country is where the true spirit lies. Sri Lanka is no different and Kahanda Kanda provides the perfect example. Set on a hill amidst a working tea estate which slopes down to the Koggala Lake at one end, this stylish villa was built in 2000 as a private villa and is now an award winning boutique hotel. Kahanda Kanda is the creation of its owner, a leading English interior designer, and the architect - an Australian whose credits include several highly acclaimed private houses. The backbone of this spectacular villa is an 80 metre saffron wall that runs along the length of the property providing much privacy and seclusion between the public areas and the suites. Accommodation is offered in terraced stand alone ensuite pavilions whilst the living and dining areas are also housed in their own pavilions. The interiors are a mix of Sri Lankan contemporary furniture and antique oriental accents. Kahanda Kanda is ideal for a quiet and peaceful holiday getaway. Kahanda Kanda does not accept children under 12 years.
There are ten suites all of which open out to gardens views or views of the tea estate and the Koggala Lake at a distance. All suites have ensuite bathrooms and are tastefully furnished with canopied king-size four-poster beds with one suite having twin beds. In-room facilities include a/c, tea/coffee making facilities, wifi, and electronic safe.
Peacock Suite: This spacious master bedroom has windows right around allowing for beautiful views of the tea estate and the Koggala Lake. The bedroom is furnished with king sized, canopied ebony four-poster bed, sitting area with cushioned window seats, and a romantic private courtyard with sun beds. There are two ensuite bathrooms with outdoor showers.
Mango & Tamarind Suites: Hidden behind the saffron wall, these two suites are set in their own pavillions. Each suite has a bedroom with sitting area, ensuite bathroom with twin basins and twin showers, and private verandah with views over the tea estate.
Garden & Tea Suites: Located at a lower terraced level beyond the swimming pool, these two suites are set in a private garden. The Garden Suite is furnished with a four-poster double bed and ensuite bathroom has twin basins and open air shower. Tea Suite has twin four poster beds, ensuite bathroom with twin basins and open air shower. A verandah skirts around these two suites where guests can relax or even dine in privacy.
Heloconia Suite: Located in a garden setting, this double bedroom suite has two outdoor showers. It also has a private plunge pool.
Dubu Suite: Set within an old JaveneseJoglo house with wooden walls and ornately carved ceiling, the Dubu Suite is spacious and has two bathrooms with h/w shower and bath tubs. This suite also has a private swimming pool.
Auraliya Suite: Set amidst the tea estate, the Auraliya Suite has a wide verandah which is ideal for spotting birds. Interior is furnished with a double four-poster bed. The ensuite bathroom has a h/w shower.
Nelun Suite: Completed in 2013, the Nelun Suite has a similar layout to the Mango & Tamarind Suites. Nelun is furnished with a king-size bed and has views of the tea estate and Koggala Lake.
Hibiscus Suite: This is the latest addition to Kahanda Kanda. Built similar to the Nelun Suite, this has the added benefit of its own private infinity-edged plunge pool with views over the estate and the lake. Hibiscus is furnished with a wrought iron four poster bed, a wide banquette under the window on the end wall, which can be made into a second bed.
Kahanda Kanda’s open sided sitting and dining pavillions are situated amidst lotus filled ponds and has sweeping views over the tea estate and Koggala Lake. The spacious sitting pavilion has a bar area, library and cushioned window seats ideal for relaxing with a good book or a glass of wine. A floating stepping-stone path provides access to the dining pavilion furnished with a teak table set for 10 that can be divided to accommodate smaller parties. A 20 metre pool with a cement finish allows the energetic to do 'lengths' and the others to simply float around. On one side is an infinity edge that runs off into views of the tea estate and Koggala Lake. A cascade at the deep end falls from a carved opening in the end wall. Other facilities at Kahanda Kanda include an entertainment area with satellite TV, DVD, plenty of movies, and surround sound. Yoga is offered once a week and Ayurvedic massage is arranged with prior notice. Sumptuous fusion cuisine, traditional Sri Lankan rice and curries, Thai and Western dishes are served at the dining pavillion, in the gardens or in the privacy of your own suite. Fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown on the estate whilst seafood and meats are purchased daily from town.
Why We Like It
Divinely styled villas are just one of the attractions in this chic hotel in beautiful grounds.
Kahanda Kanda rests about 15 minutes inland off the Galle coast, in the rural village of Angulugaha. The historic Galle Fort, is about 15 kms from here. The turquoise waters of Unawatuna Bay are just 15 minutes away. The drive from Colombo’s international airport is about 2.5 hours or take the air taxi. If you are then heading into the hills, we offer competitive rates on a sea plane service between Koggala and Hatton.