In memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand

Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy

Suggested Itineraries

72 Hours: Day 1

TEA WITH RAHJU

TEA WITH RAHJU

Have breakfast but skip your morning after ‘cuppa because you’re going to want to have it with Rahju. One of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets , Rahju is an artist and ascetic who lives in his secluded home and studio, high up on a hill in Lewella, a half an hour drive from the hotel.

He invites art lovers and buyers for tea and a walk-through of his studio – if you reckon you woulnd’t mind one of his narrative, layered paintings or even a sketch or two, ask the hotel to call and organize a visit for you. Rahju is also a great conversationalist and would be most happy to tell you about the benefits of meditation, eating raw food and dedicating a life to the craft of creating spiritually uplifting work that is truly one of a kind.

His art, quiet manner and almost outragiously vibrant ancient clothing are an experience not to be missed!

TEA WITH RAHJU
DEGALDORUWA CAVE TEMPLE

DEGALDORUWA CAVE TEMPLE

After an uplifting morning with Rahju and momentary immersion in his alternate life, it would make sense to seek out a place that will enhance this mood.

About ten minutes away and closer to Lewella bridge, you will come to an archelogical site; the Degaldoruwa cave temple built in 1771 AD and housing ancient rock paintings, intricately carved doorways and a giant reclining Buddha within. The vibrant colours will catch your eye and camera in an instant!

HUNNAS FALLS

Take a 45 minute drive on to Hunnas Falls for an early afternoon trek up to the foot of the waterfall and then on to a late lunch at the Hunnas Falls hotel balcony café. The hotel sits by the lake that begins the waterfall. Remember to ask for an Ambarella or Golden Apple juice as you wait for your lunch. Drink up, take a stroll across the bridge on the grounds at the very top of the falls, for a whole new perspective.

HUNNAS FALLS
HUNNAS FALLS

The walk to the falls itself it shorter than 10 minutes from the entrance. Ensure you are wearing the right footgear to maneouver the footpaths and rocks – and to avoid leech bites! The falls are breathraking, surrounded by lush rainforest – this is undoubteldy going to be one of your top ten moments on your visit to the mountains. Sit for a moment, and listen to the sound of the water rush down the rock.

Head back to the hotel for a relaxing evening at BOMU followed by a scrumptious dinner at EAT. Head to bed early and ready yourself for long excursion the following day.

72 Hours: Day 2

NUWARA ELIYA

An early morning drive up to Nuwara Eliya is just as good on the soul as it is for the eyes. The heart of tea country, also known as “Little England” will take you roughly about two hours to get there. Leave just after a light breakfast – the winding country roads can make you a little queasy at times. Don’t say we didn’t warn you: the early morning clouds and patches of sunlight on the trees could easily take your breath away!

NUWARA ELIYA
NUWARA ELIYA

Have lunch and a cup of the finest Ceylon Tea at the Grand Hotel and head out for some walking through tea bushes. You are sure to encounter the beautiful, dark-skinned women who have been a part of Sri Lanka’s tea industry for over a century. Starwberry picking and even a walk along the golf course will complete your day in Nuwara Eliya.

Chances are you’ll head back exhausted, so have yourself some supper at EAT and head to bed.

72 Hours: Day 3

ARTHUR’S SEAT

Get yourself a filling breakfast at EAT, hail a tuk-tuk outside and ask for a ride up to Arthur’s Seat – yes, the very same name as the one in Scotland. Get there and take in the extraordinary view and suddenly the name will make complete sense to you. Be it a backdrop of rainclouds or sunny skies you view will be equally spectacular.

ARTHUR’S SEAT
PILIMATHALAWA

PILIMATHALAWA

It would be good to book a car for a half day’s journey because you’re not going to want to miss what’s in store for your last day in the hills. Drive towards Pilimathalawa and turn off towards to the architectural trinity – on that pays tribute to the gods with every possible element of the earth.

Each exactly four kilometres apart from eachother, the Gadaladeniya, Lankatilake and Embekke Temples were each constructed primarily using a single element, Stone, Brick and Wood respectively, all built during the Gampola era under the patronage of King Wickremabahu in the late 1300’s.

PILIMATHALAWA
GADALADENIYA VIHARAYA

GADALADENIYA VIHARAYA

Your first stop is the stone carved Gadaladeniya Viharaya or temple. A five-peaked, pagoda-like structure that greets you at the entrance of the space, invites you to walk barefoot along the rocks.

Every step you take, the reflections of the temple in the pond that surround the place will make you see things differently.

LANKATILAKE VIHARAYA

Four kilometres away, you will come to the second marvel in this architectural trinity: the brick-made Lankathilake Temple, designed by a South Indian architect, combining the architecture and artistry of the Polonnaruwa era design with Dravdian and Indo Chinese architecture.

The temple sits upon an ancient rock and below an ancient Bo tree, allowing you to walk the across the rock from the Stupa to the inner sanctum, keeping you barefoot and one with the earth.

LANKATILAKE VIHARAYA
EMBEKKE DEWALAYA

EMBEKKE DEWALAYA

Another four kilometres inward you will come across the third and final structure on your trinity tour. A primarily Hindu one, constructed in wood and dedicated to the Katharagama God, Murugan – some say the Katharagama God was also the ancient Sri Lankan king, Mahasen. Intricately carved wooden pillars invite you into this simple, open hall that holds within it a shine room that house both Buddhist and Hindu art and sculpture in harmony.

The kovil-keeper will be most happy to walk you around the space, explaining the significance of each work of art and each pillar that seems to slant toward visitors like a spiritual welcome, kept in position by a giant catch-pin, called a Madol Kurupawa.

EMBEKKE DEWALAYA
Kadugannawa Pass

KADUGANNAWA PASS

Head straight to Kadugannawa for a late lunch at the Rock View Cafe. Eating here means you get to gaze at one of the most breathtaking drops across the island known best as the Kadugannawa Pass. Take in the view of distant mountains across the valley, including the distinctive Bible Rock at the very furthest end of your view.

RAILWAY MUSEUM

If you aren’t too tired from your long day on the road, stop by at the railway museum on your way back to Kandy down for a look at old British train engines and a walk through of Sri Lanka’s colonial rail system. The museum was recently relocated to the Kadugannawa area of Kandy, making it an easy visit stop-over on your way back to town.

Railway Museum
Shopping

SHOPPING

Head back to Kandy town because it was about time you did a spot shopping. From street stalls to a Gem museum in town, you won’t be short of things to take back home in the form of vibrant batiks to intricate jewellery, clay statuettes and ornate brassware, all very Kandy in design.

THE PUB

Your journey is just about done. Laden with shopping bags, it’s time to have some drinks at the Pub in the heart of Kandy town on Dalada Veediya – if you’ve got kids with you this is still a good option because of the designated play area that will keep them occupied will you relax. Try some nibbles and a few heady shots of coconut arrack to finish your long, long day. The graffiti writing all over the inner walls invite you to leave your mark here, so remember to ask the bartender for a marker pen and leave a lasting memoir of your adventure!

THE PUB