Sir John's Bungalow, Knuckles Mt. Range Sri Lanka, Kandy and Around
Named after its famous ex-owner, the third Prime Minister of Sri Lanka John Kotalawala, this hotel is set amongst the misty and beautiful Knuckles Mountains and boasts spectacular views over the surrounding picturesque peaks and plains.
This refurbished colonial plantation bungalow has five rooms, for a maximum of fifteen guests, and an intimate and homely feel. With rich teak floors, comfortable decorations and furnishings, and working fireplaces, Sir Johns Bungalow has lost none of its old world charms. This environmentally conscious cottage aims to be carbon neutral, running its electricity by solar power, encouraging candle lit dinners, and growing and supporting local produce. The spacious bedrooms are comfortable and welcoming after a day’s hiking in the neighbouring hillsides.
Sir John’s Bungalow has a sprawling five acre landscaped garden, with a natural rock pool fed by the nearby stream, and many tea bushes, herbs and vegetables. Elephants, wild buffaloes, leopards, fishing cats and deer have all been seen in the surrounding area and jungle, proving it to be an excellent place from which to see Sri Lanka’s abundance of wildlife and nature.
Guests can enjoy a communal dining experience with fellow travellers or dine privately on the verandas or garden, with simple but tasty Sri Lankan food on offer. Treks can be arranged from this hotel, ranging from an easy hour long trek and horse ride to a four hour climb up the Manigala mountain range.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
- Child Friendly
- DVD Player
- Room Service
- Television in the rooms
This was an excellently organised, tailor-made trip. We stayed in friendly hotels in a number of different locations, including a mud house in the jungle, beside a lake and in the hills among the tea plantations. We had a wonderful guide/driver and visited some amazing temples, spectacular world heritage sites, lovely villages and ate delicious, freshly harvested and cooked local food. It was a fabulous holiday!