Strathisla Knuckles Kandy guest house hotel Matale

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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 5 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Villa

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5

Sleeps: 16

Type: Villa

Strathisla Knuckles Kandy guest house hotel Matale

Welcome to Strathisla bungalow guest house.

Built in 1860, Strathisla is one of the 'grand old ladies' of the highland bungalows.

Situated in the highland hinterland of Matale just one hour from Kandy where the days are warm and the nights refreshingly cool, Strathisla is now open to all as boutique guest house.

Whether its taking a dip in the local waterhole, exploring the local villages and surrounding tea country, hiking the Knuckle ranges or simply whiling the day away with endless cups of tea on the expansive verandah, Strathisla will be sure to provide all with relaxation and peace.

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About the owner

peter oreilly

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Strathisla Knuckles Kandy guest house hotel Matale
Central Province, Sri Lanka

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Additional Location Information

Strathisla is located in the foothills of the stunning, World Heritage-listed Knuckles Ranges, so described because they resemble the knuckles of the human hand. Our property is surrounded by scenic tea and spice gardens; cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, just to name a few. There are several scenic walks suitable for various degrees of fitness that take you through local villages, buddhist rock temple, waterfalls (ideal for a refreshing dip), tea estates (where tea tastings can be arranged) and lush vegetation teeming with birds and squirrels.

The property also serves as a small forest reserve in which several native species of mammal, including deer, giant squirrels, civets, mongoose, monkeys and wild boar, exist. The gardens are particularly rich in bird life, including kingfishers, sunbirds, woodpeckers, parakeets, barbets, hornbills and even the odd peackock - all of which can be viewed from the luxury of the verandah.

A great feature of the property is our 15-metre swimming pool and BBQ area, ideal for whiling away a warm afternoon followed by a siesta! A delightful spring-fed waterfall on the property provides a cooling spot to relax during the warm afternoons. There is also a small basketball and volleyball court for guests use.

Our cuisine is prepared by local chef, Priya, who specialises in mouth-watering Sri Lankan, southern Indian and western cuisine.

Being centrally located within the Cultural Triangle, we are within easy reach to most of the cultural sites. Tours to spice gardens, tea factories, the Knuckles Ranges, mini World's End and the bustling historic town of Kandy can be arranged for our guests.

Our rooms are extremely comfortable and spacious, decorated in the colonial style, and offer stunning views of the lush garden and surrounding hillsides.

Driving directions to Strathisla:
Strathisla is located about 4.5 hours drive from Colombo.
After reaching Kandy on the Colombo - Kandy road, you should take the A9 road from Kandy to Matale.
3km from Matale, take a right hand turn onto Kandenuwara rd. over the small railway bridge towards Alwatta.
Drive for about 6kms (12mins) halfway up the mountain. (you will pass a research station on your left, cross a large river', a couple of small villages and a large new white house on your right)
Strathisla is located 50m past the 24km marker (B461) on a right hand track

More About This Location

Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways

Getting There

Nearest train station: matale, 4 miles
Car is recommended



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