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Kahanda Kanda - Luxury holidays in Sri Lanka

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  • About this holiday

    Kahanda Kanda near Galle offers five star hotel service in an elegant and idyllic setting, with beautifully decorated suites and communal suites.

    The journey and how you get there


    Afternoon tea, use of the hotel’s bicycles, croquet and gym

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,820 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Kahanda Kanda near Galle offers the ultimate in relaxation, seclusion and intimate luxury deep in Sri Lankan countryside. Stunning lake and forest views, with Galle and the South Coast only 30 minutes drive away.

    Hotel description

    Kahanda Kanda near Galle offers the indulgent luxuries of a private villa with the service of a 5-star hotel. Situated near the southern coast of Sri Lanka in Angulugaha, the hotel has five air-conditioned suites with panoramic views to jungle, tea estate and/or Koggala Lake. The British owner, George Cooper, built Kahanda Kanda in 2000 as his own private residence, only to be later persuaded that the villa was too special not to share.

    The elegant interiors and idyllic setting on a tea estate deep in the Sri Lankan countryside combine with charming service and fresh fusion cuisine to make Kahanda Kanda a perfect place in which to unwind, relax and indulge. Designed with adults in mind, four of the five suites have grand four-poster beds. The swimming pool is deep, the general atmosphere is one of peace and tranquillity, and only children over 12 years old are allowed. Imagine days spent waking to breakfast in the privacy of your own suite, wandering over to the tranquil yoga pavilion to refresh your body and soul, lazing at the infinity-edged swimming pool, pausing only to be beckoned to the shaded bougainvillaea arbour for lunch.

    On arrival a member of staff greets you at a set of grand stone steps, a refreshing fruit juice and chilled towel in hand, and the Kahanda Kanda experience truly begins. A splendid garden adorned with lily ponds and tropical flowers opens before you. On one side, the elegant lounge and restaurant Pavilions and The Peacock Suite afford majestic views of Koggala Lake, tea bushes and forest, whilst the Tamarind and Mango Suites face onto tea estates and forest on the other side. At the far end an enchanting swimming pool appears to merge into Koggala lake, and some stone steps lead down to the lower garden and the original house, now containing two suites (Garden and Tea). The luxurious suites at Kahanda Kanda have spacious, sleepy verandahs and are filled with fine antique and modern furniture, including four-poster beds adorned with crisp imported bed linens.

    The lavish communal living pavilion boasts comfy sofas, a bar, an assortment of board games and books and wide-cushioned decks where you can sit and gaze at the views. The flower displays are truly amazing - Kahanda Kanda has its own orchid house). The restaurant pavilion, open on all sides with stunning views, is perfect for a romantic dinner or wedding celebration. The chef will willingly share his expertise with interested guests and can show you how to cook string hoppers for breakfast. For ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation, Kahanda Kanda brings in local experts for massage or yoga sessions. Distinctly Sri Lankan experiences are also at your doorstep if you are a tiny bit adventurous: the hotel staff can arrange elephant rides, for you to find out about life on a working tea plantation or cycle downhill past villages to the coast. A boat trip on Koggala Lake or a walk around Samakanda organic farm should reveal some fascinating indigenous Sri Lankan wildlife. Furthermore, peacocks, monkeys and birds such as flycatchers and Asia Paradise are frequently seen around Kahanda Kanda.


    Angulugaha, near Galle

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 3 1/2 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    There are 8 bedrooms at Kahanda Kanda.
    Suite (Tea or Garden Suite). Individual, characterful rooms, i-pod station, Wifi internet connection, En-suite washroom with shower.
    Suite (Tamarind, Mango, Hellaconia or Auraylia). Individual, characterful rooms, i-pod station, Wifi internet connection, En-suite washroom, including outdoor shower.
    Peacock Suite. Spacious suite with views and private courtyard, i-pod station, Wifi internet connection, Two washrooms with outdoor showers.
    Dubu Suite. An old Javanese Joglo House with ornately carved ceiling. Very spacious with two bathrooms and a private swimming pool, i-pod station, Wifi internet connection, Two washrooms with outdoor showers.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Kahanda Kanda near Galle include: Swimming pool, Dining pavilion, Lounge pavilion with book library,
    Licensed bar, Spa treatment room (Thai and Swedish massage available), Yoga pavilion, Elephant rides available, Laundry service, Weddings arranged.
    Cookery classes available: The chefs at Kahanda Kanda will willingly share their expertise with interested guests and cookery classes are available on request - for instance, how to cook string hoppers and egg hoppers for breakfast!
    Tea Experience: Kahanda Kanda is set in its own tea estate so you can learn more about tea production right on your doorstep.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Gym, Bicycles, Croquet

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Near to Kahanda Kanda are: Historic Galle Fort, daily market and shops in Galle, Turtle Hatchery, Tea factory at Handunugoda, Hiyare Rainforest & Kottawe Nature Reserve, Samakanda organic farm; Buddhist temples, Unuwatuna Beach and other south coast beaches
    Activities near to Kahanda Kanda include: Boat trips on Koggala Lake, Cycling on minor roads and tracks, Snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, Deep sea fishing, Whale watching and dolphin watching (10km away on the coast). 

    Sports nearby


    Children under 12 years old are not allowed at Kahanda Kanda.

    Minimum stays

    Minimum 5-night stay over Christmas and New Year period.

    Other information

    Standard Category Luxury – First class /Indulgence

    Special Events Galle Literary Festival in January


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