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Sri Lanka’s inland properties Temples and Hill Country

Highlighting the sheer range of accommodation in Sri Lanka, we’ve pulled out some of our favourite inland properties that have availability for summer and beyond.

Vistas & old-school romance

Let yourself be lured back to the teardrop isle for a holiday amongst lush green tea plantations, mystical temples and jaw-dropping natural phenomena.

Water Gardens - Sigiriya

The lowdown

  • Perfect For

    Visiting Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle

  • Insider Tip

    Book a deluxe villa with pool for some of the best views of Sigiriya Rock

A hotel whose swimming pool has front-row seats onto Sri Lanka’s biggest and most magical monoliths, Sigiriya, is reason enough to visit. Add to this gorgeously modernist buildings landscaped around trickling streams and reflective lakes, a tranquil spa and a two-floored bar, and you’ve got one seriously peaceful hideaway. Hike up the cliff-face of Sigiriya to discover the extraordinary ruins of an ancient civilisation, then return for a  spa treatment, relax by the pool or enjoy Sri Lankan feasts featuring multiple mouth-watering curries.

Kahanda Kanda

The lowdown

  • Perfect For

    Romantic rural escape from the Galle crowds.

  • Insider Tip

    Book the Dubu Suite for the ultimate in seclusion and privacy

  • Offer

    Up to 30% off stays between now and 30th November 2019

A classic favourite for good reason, award-winning Kahanda Kanda should be on the itinerary for old-school romantics who are partial to views, good service and seclusion. Set on a hillside above Galle, spacious, colonial-chic pavilions have epic vistas over rustling palm tree forests, and private infinity pools are the spot to soak up a rainbow-streaked sunset accompanied by the occasional monkey or peacock. Guests are also encouraged to take the complimentary tuk tuk down to the beach for lunch and a swim at their beach side sister property, stylish KK Beach.

Nine Skies - Ella

The lowdown

  • Perfect For

    An ideal location for exploring Sri Lanka’s tea-clad hills.

  • Insider Tip

    Its location on the eastern fringes of the hill country make this a perfect spot for summer visits.

  • Offer

    30% discount off room rates for stays up to and including 13th December 2019

A stay here combines two of the finest pleasures of Sri Lanka. One being an iconic train journey through the twisty hills of the tea plantations – on your way to Nine Skies you’ll travel through one of the most famous rail stretches in the country across the viaduct and 360 degree loop which look back to the arches of the bridge. The other is the opportunity to gaze without interruption onto the vistas of Hill Country. At colonial tea bungalow hotel Nine Skies, views are paramount – either from the foliage-clad garden pool or private terraces that edge simple yet tasteful rooms.

Kandy House

The lowdown

  • Perfect For

    Couples, foodies and fans of colonial architecture.

  • Insider Tip

    Take an exclusive guided tour of Kandy with a local resident who will showcase a unique side to Kandian life.

  • Offer

    Save up to 33% on room rates for stays between now and 30th November 2019.

The most highly sought-after hotel in Kandy, this ancestral manor house has rare availability this summer. A boutique hotel for over 200 years, and a verified trailblazer, Kandy House exudes tasteful comfort, and the free-flowing jungle growing around rocky outcrops gives a feel of undiscovered seclusion. At nearby Kandy, dose up on culture at the incense-swirled Temple of the Tooth, surrounded by devoted worshippers. Come home to this tranquil reclusive for happy hour by the pool, a 10-course curry feast and local Kandyan dancers.

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