Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka
. Home to the famous Temple of the Tooth, it is a must visit when on the island. A stay in Kandy is best enjoyed in one of the boutique hotels in the area, some in the city center and others a bit further up the mountains.
The Elephant Stables
http://elephantstables.com/ Poolside at The Elephant Stables / Courtesy of The Elephant Stables
The Elephant Stables is a gorgeous little hotel perched on the hillside with a view of the valley below. Only ten minutes from Kandy center, the boutique hotel welcomes families and travelers of all styles. The gardens are home to a family of tortoises that kids love to discover in between the bushes. The food is lovely and the hospitality is top notch. This old house used to belong to a Kandy aristocrat who kept elephants in his fields, hence the name.
http://www.theva.lk/ The view from the pool and courtyard / Courtesy of The Theva Residency
The Theva Residency has the best views in the area. Built on the hillside and designed to maximise the vistas, guests will be amazed at how much they can see of the mountains around them. Plunge into the infinity pool overlooking the valley or play some board games in the chill-out room. Watch the sunset over the hills and plan the next day around the city of Kandy.
Gala Villa Spa
http://www.galavillaspa.com/ The gardens at night at the Galavilla / Courtesy of Galavilla hotel
Gala Villa is a beautiful resort and spa in the mountains of Kandy. Take a dip in the pool surrounded by jungle or get a massage at the spa. Choose from one of 10 thematic rooms, all decorated with gorgeous color schemes and comfortable amenities.
http://www.viyanaboutique.com/ Spacious rooms at Viyana / Courtesy of Viyana Boutique
Viyana Boutique hotel is a small property that overlooks Kandy Lake. Close enough to the center to be able to experience the city sights and also a lovely place to get away. The restaurant serves both Sri Lankan and Western food. Viyana Boutique is a great choice when staying in Kandy.
http://www.ayaanasrilanka.com/ Family suite at Ayaana Boutique / Courtesy of Ayaana Boutique
Ayaana Boutique Hotel is on the outskirts of Kandy city, in Polgolla village. It’s a great starting point for all of the central highlands. All the food at Ayaana is halal.
Other boutique hotels in Kandy are The Secret, The Richmond House, Villa Rosa and Ellerton
Things to do in Kandy
While in Kandy you can visit the Temple of the Tooth, Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, The Royal Botanical Gardens or take a walk around the lake early in the morning. A little further from the city, visit tea plantations, tea factories and do some hikes in the mountains. For a sunset drink you can go to the rooftop of the OZO Hotel.