We had a wonderful time at Kandy Green View Boutique, primarily due to our two hosts, Manjula and Wasanthi. Both took the greatest of care to ensure we had a comfortable stay, enquiring as to our needs at appropriate moments and providing well received pointers on how to make the most of our time in Sri Lanka, both in it's cultural capital and beyond . Whilst the established guide books we find an essential accompaniment when travelling, as the books themselves highlight, nothing is a substitute for a trusted local's knowledge - we subsequently engaged Manjula to be our guide/driver over the next several days. Our hosts spoke fluent English, allowing us to enjoy easy conversations with a couple of engaging Sri Lankan's, with good senses of humour. The accommodation itself provided a clean and simple bedroom and en suite bathroom, and although the shower pressure was a little weak, we subsequently found this was pretty consistent around the country's guest houses. More than offsetting this was a beautifully maintained small lawn and garden on which we had breakfast, overlooking a sharp but lush valley, which also served as an interesting short cut by foot towards central Kandy. Over the three days we were there we saw Kingfishers (several), frogs, squirrels, cranes, and quite fortuitously, a male chameleon's courtship ritual, followed by the less impressive actual mating on the lawn balcony. Whilst the latter was of course a stroke of luck, we witnessed a greater variety of wildlife in those few days in anywhere other than the national parks. One thing of note is that if you stay there you absolutely must try Wasanthi's home cooked food - it was fabulous. If it's a Sri Lankan experience is what you're looking for, then this is the place for you.
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