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Serendip

Kandy suburbs

Overview

We have just reviewed this attractive 45 year old stone bungalow which boasts the best views of the Mahaweli River.

A charming guesthouse with stylish interiors and super views. The traditional architecture has been retained whilst the owners' skill and design ability has been utilised to the full in creating a peaceful and pretty guesthouse  in the surburbs of Kandy.  Away from all the noise, this charming and stylish guesthouse has  a pool and is in easy reach of the sights.

The bungalow is best admired at nighht when  candles create a magical atmosphere around the pool and gardens overlooking the river.

The gardens are home to many trees including Mango, advocado, orange, durijan and banana so take your pick or admire teh local Kingfisjers and woodpeckers taking nest.

Serendip is around 15-20mins drive from kandy centre (as are many quality boutiques ) but you will gain the best views and tranquility as Kandy City is very congested with traffic. The perfect budget yet stylish guesthouse for  travellers wishing to get out and see the sights.

 

 

   
   
   Swimming Pool
   Child Friendly
   Bird Watching

Rooms

Serendip was renovated by its owners  Stephani and Sri Lankan Italian designer Pali. Pali has made the most of the magnificent rooms as the front facing roooms have huge windows  framing the landsacpe and River.

Comprising 7 spacious rooms in total, 2 twin rooms and 5 double rooms, 2 with and interconnecting door for famnilies. The 4 inner rooms open out to the pool courtyard , ideal for a quck dip.

A very modern and clean style permeates throughout with polished cement finshes blends with  heavy teak Dutch Colonial Furniture.  Pali's trademark  gilt  leaf imprints can be seen on the walls, paths and edging the light boxes.  Each room has a ceiling fan and Kandy's cooler climate by evening does not really warrant air conditioning, especially with the river breeze.

An ideal family property.

Dining

Serendip offers a simple Continental breakfast and Sri Lankan eveing meals.  There is a pleasant atmosphere in the indoor dining area equipped with wooden tables and a TV for those seeking entertainment. However, tables can be arranged in the garden for aded romance (but beware of insects).

The traditional fayre is delicious and enjoys the hill country's super organic vegetables - Serendip does not boast an ala carte chef but quality local ciuisine.

There are many restaurants serving International, Local and Western cuising within  Kandy. Sadly even Pizza Hut has found its way to Kandy!

Things to do & local tips

  • Perfectly located for the International cricket
     
  • Kandy's spectacular Victoria Golf Course is just 30 minutes drive away, overlooking Victoria Dam.
     
  • Kandy offers a host of half-day excursions ideas, sampling its local village life, Hunus Falls or bird watching on knuckles Mountain trails.
     
  • Kandy is home to many Ayurveda training colleges and you will find open treatment spas at excellent prices. However,the larger hotels are a better  location if you want the luxury spa frills.
     
  • Kandy City is full of culture, including the Temple of the Tooth, Kandy dance Arts centre, Temples, monasteries, Museums...... The temple is best visited before 8am or after 7pm to admire the drum beaters and pray time.  The auditorium tape is worth listening to. the arts show is only 1hr but  offers great drama.
     
  • A short ride out of town (30 mins) are the stunning Peredeniya Botanical Gardens and world famous Pinnewala elephant orphanage.


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