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“Not in Kandy, but a nice home-stay”
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Kandy Guest House
Ranked #5 of 428 Kandy B&B and Inns
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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“Not in Kandy, but a nice home-stay”
Reviewed 31 October 2012

Stayed here whilst travelling around Sri Lanka in October. Not a bad place to stay, clean rooms with a host who is very very proud. Unfortunately the name of the guest house Kandy does not reflect where it is located. It is at least 40mins from Kandy and particularly difficult to find. So much so George had to come and find us in our tuk tuk the first time we arrived. A tuk tuk will cost approx 500 ruppees, or you can catch a train into Kandy.

The rooms were clean and had modern bathrooms. The weather when we stayed was horrendous, we stayed in. However there is no space allocated to the bottom room to sit out. The other two rooms have balconies. This is more of a home-stay than a guest house, you spend alot of time with George the owner and host and his family.

George, my wife and I are undecided about. He down grades the help he has employed as servants and as a home stay he's trying to hard. He was also particularly pushy with us to make sure we wrote good reviews of his guest house and mentioned this repeatedly during our one night stay.

George also runs a tour company and spends much time encouraging you to use it. We booked a van to take us to Newrya Ella, we agreed a price based on 6 people travelling including pick ups etc. I rang the day before to confirm and the price had gone up another 1000 rupees and he had gone back on his agreement.

Despite this, the food we had for lunch was amazing!

Overall, a nice guesthouse for sunny days, that is miles from Kandy, with a host that is more of a business man.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony, and if you want to see Kandy in the evening stay at the Mcleod Inn.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

We stayed at George's guest house for one night, and wish it had been more. George picked us up at the train station himself and whisked us back to the guest house for a relaxing cup of tea on the balcony overlooking the river while we discussed our plans for the next few days. He had perfect suggestions for us, and we used him and his brother Ravi as our driver for the next few days as well. Both were very knowledgable, and we really enjoyed our time with them.
Our room at the guest house was spotless, and very comfortable - they even provide free wifi access. Without a doubt though, the highlight of our stay was George's wife's magical cooking. Best food we had in Sri Lanka, and we stuffed ourselves silly.
All in all, this was a great place to stay, and I'd certainly recommend it to anyone. True, it isn't in downtown Kandy, but I think that enhances the appeal and creates a perfect getaway. George is a great host, prepared with suggestions and happy to chat, but not overbearing at all. It felt like staying with friends, which next time it will be!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

Staying here reminded me of the old days when I grew up in my 'kampung' (as we call it in Malaysia) or village. Very simple, quiet and refreshing surrounding. The day is mostly spent outdoors and then went home to savour the delicious home made food! If you want to feel this, this is where to be. I have a big appetite and the food prepared here is awesome! Highly recommended for anyone who wants a quiet getaway.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

We found this place through tripsadvisor.This place is running by family.The owner Goerge is very nice guy.Always help us to find good things in kandy,They cooked sri lankan meals for us.we enjoyed our stay with locale family.

Room Tip: River View room was perfect
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Missouri
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Reviewed 6 October 2012

The Kandy guesthouse is very comfortable. You have a nice river is the back of the house where u can enjoy from your balcony. The guesthouse is about 20 min outside of Kandy but u get away from the hustle and bustle of the town. The rooms and bathrooms are clean and the shower is comfortable. George, the owner of the guesthouse, is extremely friendly and personal. He picked me up from the Colombo airport at 4:30 am in the morning and Kandy is about 3 hours away!!! Also his wife Ann is an amazing cook! Her breakfast and dinner are sooo delicious that I didnt want to go out and eat. Highly recommend staying here and experience the guesthouse.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

The best guest house with George's help, we have a wonderful stay here. The little garden is beautiful in the middle of the mountain, the food is yummy, must try! George's family are very friendly with lovely lovely smile~

Room Tip: second floor with balcony is good!
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

We stayed with George and his family as part of our tour of Sri Lanka in September 2012. We had a fantastic time- the guest house is immaculately kept with excellent rooms looking out across the veranda to the river and gardens behind. George and his family are wonderful- they were very welcoming and cooked the best meal we had in Sri Lanka ! A huge range of local curries, each delicious and obviously made with great care and attention. They offered us the right mix of privacy and service- George will happily organize any activities you wish to do and cater for your transport needs. We also used George's skills as we traveled around Sri Lanka and every location was perfect- fantastic hotels, superb organisations of tours and site visits with complete flexibility when we wanted to change our plans, I cannot recommend this guest house enough - simply perfect!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Kandy Guest House
Address: 9/D/13 Nelligasgodawatta | Kiribathkumbura, Kandy 10300, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Kandy District > Kandy
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 428 B&Bs / Inns in Kandy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kandy Guesthouse is a place of comfort, happiness and relaxation. It is situated beside a beautiful river and away from the crowded and traffic bound city. The location of the guest house is also rich with birdlife,wildlife and surrounding nature which creates a very calm and peaceful environment to stay in. It is just 7 Km away from the Kandy city and 2.5 Km away from the Peradeniya railway station. The place is run by a family and is filled with warmth and safety and will be sure to make you feel at home. The Kandy Guesthouse is a perfect place to stay in and explore the beautiful region of Kandy. ... more   less 
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