Set in the heart of Kandy just minutes away from the city centre, The Secret Kandy is a best kep secret and maintains a private cozy feel. The architecture and intricately carved fixtures, traditional to the Sri Lankan upcountry culture caught our eyes as we entered the place. This exciting feeling of living as in a bygone year was brought to life from the architectureto the interiors-, antiques and mementos from a colonial era.
The Secret Kandy has seen a lot of history in the making having belonged to Siddi Lebbe; a National Hero, the first Muslim Lawyer of Sri Lanka, a great philosopher, educationist, and social reformer. Now a hotel, it still witnesses the lifestyle of the elite with services rendered to its guests in the highest of standards.
The different types of rooms and suites cater to all types of visitors from groups and families on holiday to couples on honeymoon. The fact that we were in the middle of the city was soon forgotten with the large shady trees and gardens brimming with the sweet smell of “araliya” flowers (commonly known as Plumeria). The games room hosts a number of choices of indoor board games, amovie library and aswimming pool to keep you occupied when you don’t feel like venturing out of the hotel. However, the main sites arejust few minutes walking distance away so we found it refreshing to venture out without too much of a hassle.
Stepping out of the hotel for a few minutes by foot brought us to the most sought after Buddhist heritage: The Shri Dalada Maligawa which is the temple of the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. Religion and History both rolled into one, one can witness the traditions and cultures bounding buddhist history in the life of a Sri Lankan.
A boat ride in the Kandy Lake, Botanical Gardens with unique exotics plants and flowers, Golf grounds, waterfalls and mountain peaks, Tea Estates and Factories, tempting jewellery shops, the Elephant Orphanage, are some of the additional beautiful and interesting activities one can indulge in, within 20 minutes to a two hours ride away in the various directions from the hotel. History, Culture, Nature, Adventure, awaits one who visits The Secret Kandy