Hotel Devon

51, Ampitiya Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka

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    The location of this hotel is unique (close to Kandy Lake), the layout is beautiful and the complimentary breakfast, delightful. However, the treatment we received was shabby, the staff quite indifferent, the manager too casual, the room rather run down and the service poor. We should never have included this hotel in our itinerary as for the same rates, a better hotel in Kandy may have been available.

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How far from Kandy to the Elephant Millennium Sanctuary at Randeniya, Kegalle

by michelet

We're going to Sri Lanka in mid-May and want to stay near to the Elephant Millennium Sanctuary at Randeniya, Hiriwadunna in Kegalle. Does anyone know of a nice hotel or even private villa for approximately 5 people, 3-4 star, with hot water fairly nearby?

Also do you know how long it would take to drive from Kandy to the sanctuary?

Thanking you in anticipation!

RE: How far from Kandy to the Elephant Millennium Sanctuary at Randeniya, Kegalle

by michelet

ps when i say hot water fairly nearby, i mean hot water in the villa or hotel and nearby to the sanctuary! terrible grammar. sorry

RE: How far from Kandy to the Elephant Millennium Sanctuary at Randeniya, Kegalle

by erikdr

Hi there,

Can only tell about the distance. This sanctuary is not too far from Pinawela orphanage (a little to the southwest of it). That is about 1 hour from Kandy and 1.5 hours from Colombo.

Normal tourist hotels (both quite good) roughly in that area are:
* Tree of Life, between Kandy and Kadugannawa
* Tulip of Ceylon in Mawanella


& [Sandya]

Travel Tips for Kandy

Town by the Lake

by yumiyun

Kandy is a pretty little town located in central part of Sri Lanka. The town just centers around an artificial lake, many hotels and houses looking down the lake from the hills. This would be a nice place to have a short break from a hectic travel schedule.

The people in Sri Lanka are generally nice, and it is even more true here in Kandy. Despite its status as a tourist destination, there is still a laid back small town character to its people.

Pinnewala Elephant sanctuary

by kentishgirl

This sanctuary is not in Kandy itself, but people do stay in Kandy and visit the sanctuary from here just like we did.
We were offered numerous tuktuk tours there, but we decided just to take the local bus towards Kegalle. Tell the driver that you want Pinnewala (they would probably guess that anyway!) and they will drop you at the end of the road where you then jump on another bus which stops right outside of the sanctuary.

Coming back you can walk to Rambukanna and take the irregular train back to Kandy or just go back the way you came. We actually took a bus into Kegalle itself and then jumped on a bus as this is a very busy route and the bus may be too full to stop at the end of the road and pick you up.
Although we went to Kegalle we still ended up standing for a good hour and a half of the journey back to Kandy.


by call_me_rhia

Matale is a little town about 25 kilometres from Kandy, so it's really possible to make ahalf a day trip there. Matale's just like any other Sri Lankan town or city, dusty and dirty but... it has an old, magnificent, wonderful Hindu/Tamil temple. It's called Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam. Inside it's bright and cheerful, full of music, too, although the man playing could have been just a coincidence. Outside you can see five hugs and intricate procession carriages: very old, too. very worth the side trip.

The Temple of the Tooth (Dalada Maligawa)

by mightywease

The Temple of the Tooth, situated next to Kandy’s lake, houses Sri Lanka’s most sacred relic, a tooth of the Buddha.

The building, mainly constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries, is quite imposing, particularly the gold canopy – a more recent addition – over the relic chamber. We visited during the evening in order to see the casket (actually seven gold and jewelled caskets) in which the tooth relic is kept. We queued with other tourists and pilgrims for about half an hour in order to snake past the silver door of the sanctuary where the relic is housed and sneak a quick glimpse of the golden caskets. It was a long wait but worth it. Our wonderful guide Rohan stood with us explaining various aspects of the Buddhist religion while the smell of incense mingled with the beating of drums to create an exotic and rather mesmeric atmosphere. There are also many beautiful carvings and statutes of the Buddha plus a series of paintings telling the story of how the tooth relic came to Sri Lanka and its journey since.

I would certainly recommend a visit to the Temple of the Tooth. Being there, watching worshippers arrive with gifts of flowers and finally catching a glimpse of the golden casket is one of my strongest recollections of Sri Lanka. A wonderful experience.

As with all Buddhist shrines you are expected to leave your shoes outside and dress appropriately i.e. keeping legs and shoulders covered.

Dances of Sri Lanka

by jennifermueller

The performance at The Kandyan Art Associations Hall (Avanhala) was well worth the Rs. 300 (6 pm nightly).

However, this is not somewhere locals go. There are loads of vendors selling souveniers to the tourists, many whom are bused in in groups, but we didn't inquire to prices.

The refeshments are competatively priced and welcome since the hall is warm.


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