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Kirchhayn Bungalow, Bandarawela
Why we like it
- Located on the Aislaby Estate and Farm in the Uva tea area
- Five individually named and decorated suites with beautiful views of the manicured gardens
- Colonial in style featuring period features
- Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, mini golf course, croquet lawn, two lounges and a beautiful ornate dining room
- Discover the tea plantation with a private tour by the manager
- A luxury colonial retreat, an excellent choice to discover the southern highlands of Sri Lanka
The veranda is popular spot for breakfast and afternoon tea, with lovely views across the garden and tea covered hills which surround the bungalow.
Our driver Sidney was excellent, first class. There should be more people in this world like him. He was calm, patient and understanding. On top of having a superb knowledge of the history of Sri Lanka, excellent driving skills and wonderful suggestions for how best to spend our time it was also the little things that really made our trip.
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Kirchhayn Bungalow is a beautiful colonial bungalow that has been owned by the same family since it was built. Each suite boasts a beautifully ornate four poster bed and has been decorated with old family photos and heirlooms reflecting the heritage of the house and property. Evening dinners are a grand affair delicious meals are served under candle light with smartly dressed waiters in traditional white jackets. Kirchhayn Bungalow is a very tranquil place and ideal place for bird watchers or nature lovers looking for short trails to follow and explore and the perfect base for learning more about the tea plantations and discovering more about the culture and history of Sri Lanka by being able to visit Kandy from here. There is a two night minimum stay here.
Best time to be there
During our winter months, when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable for sightseeing and exploration. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the whole of Sri Lanka is bursting into lush greenery due to the rainfall showing you a side of this island not everyone sees.
Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)
10 hours non-stop
GMT +6 hours
Required for British Nationals from 1st January 2012.
Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area
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