The Elephant Stables is a unique Colonial period bungalow sitting atop a hill overlooking the ancient Sri Lankan city of Kandy. Amazingly, it was the home of Adigar Sir Cuda Ratwatte, a Ceylonese nobleman who was the first person in Kandy to be awarded a knighthood from the British. This contemporary hotel is remembered for both its chic, deluxe interiors, and the traditional atmosphere of a Ceylon Planter’s bungalow. Situated conveniently just 15 minutes from the city centre of Kandy, the hotel is in a fairly central location, and great for those guests who generally like to get out, explore and see the sights.
A stay at the Elephant Stables has many highlights indeed. Not only is the hotel rated very highly on TripAdvisor, but also has every facility imaginable for guests. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and each dish is made with dedication by the talented kitchen team, which is led by master chef Indika. Plus, animal lovers are guaranteed to have a fantastic time staying here. Many elephants are kept at the property, and spending a day with them can be easily arranged after consulting a member of staff. The hotel also has a spacious pool surrounded by modern wood decking and comfortable sun loungers, an outdoor shower and complimentary fluffy towels. Alternatively, guests can make the most of the hotel’s juice bar, reading room and garden.
Choose from one of the Elephant Stables’ deluxe rooms: Vanilla Colonial Suite, Cottage Suite, Citronella Colonial Suite, Pepper Deluxe Garden Room, Lemongrass Deluxe Garden Room or the Saffron Deluxe Colonial Room. Whichever one guests choose generally depend on how many people are staying in the room itself. Staff at the Elephant Stables are proud to maintain such good quality accommodation, all of which with a one-of-a-kind design. All rooms have: a colonial style wardrobe, long luggage rack, full length mirror, 4-poster bed, refrigerator, complimentary water & fruit, 42-inch Satellite TV, Blu-Ray DVD player, WiFi and even a complimentary mobile phone during your stay.
Places to visit
Kandy is a city that is jam packed full of exciting things to do and places to go. Kandy Lake is ideal for fans of natural beauty, whilst the Tea Museum serves as a great day out for those who want to really get an insight into Sri Lankan history. The museum has a vintage 1925 Hanthana Tea Factory and was refurbished by the Sri Lanka Tea Board. The National Museum, too, is not to be missed – here, visitors can observe interesting displays, one of which has the 1815 agreement that handed over the Kandyan provinces to British rule.
As well as the places stated above, other great places to visit in Kandy include Horton Plains National Park, Royal Botanical Gardens and Temple of the Tooth, which is the most important Buddhist relic in Sri Lanka. Although the temple was damaged in 1998, it has now been repaired. Also, behind the National Museum is the Kanday Monasteries. These are considered to be very important by the locals.