Kahanda Kanda, Koggala Lake, near Galle

This award-winning boutique hotel sits on a hilltop amidst 12 acres of a lush, mature tea estate, 20 minutes from Galle. Striking 360-degree views unfold across velveteen lawns edged by tea bushes, tropical gardens and lotus-sprinkled koi carp ponds towards lush jungle and distant Koggala Lake.

The hotel’s ten indulgent suites – most of which stand alone – bask in spaciousness and style, and offer plenty of indoor and outdoor space. Each is individually furnished with an eclectic blend of antiques and contemporary pieces handpicked by the owner, British interior design guru, George Cooper. Three of the suites come with a private garden and plunge pool.

Ensuring guests make the most of their stay is a dedicated staff team, serving five-star service with discretion and grace. The internationally trained chefs create fusion dishes and Sri Lankan curries for savouring in the dining pavilion, the terrace of your suite or anywhere else on the lush estate.

The hotel’s private, tropical ambience invites relaxation; read that longed-for book, swim in the infinity pool, have a massage, work out in the gym or practice yoga. No children under 12 are allowed to stay, which endears the hotel to serenity-seeking honeymooners and couples. Kahanda Kanda is also one of the island's most exceptional wedding venues.

Key Facts

Key Facts

  • 10 a/c suites
  • BB rates
  • Free WiFi
  • No kids under 12
  • Wedding venue
  • Cookery classes
  • Tea estate setting
  • 20-minutes to the beach


  • Learn how to cook Sri Lankan dishes with the hotel’s chefs
  • Wander the estate, or visit a lowland tea factory for tours
  • Take a Koggala Lake boat trip, visiting temples and spice islands
  • Explore the narrow atmospheric streets of historic Galle Fort
  • Take a guided bicycle ride through Galle’s rural hinterland
  • Make for the beach and relax on an idyllic stretch of sand
  • Embark on coastal cruises or whale/dolphin watching (seasonal)
  • Visit the picturesque aquatic reserve of the Hiyare Rainforest


  • Angulugaha is 18km from Galle
  • The air taxi landing spot is 9km away in Koggala
  • Distance to Colombo is 139km (via the Southern Expressway)
  • Distance to Colombo International Airport is 165km