Kanda House Galle, Sri Lanka

Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • House
  • 2 BR
  • Sleeps 4
  • from $ 245 nt
What we like about this property

There’s always something great about design that adapts to its environment with style and harmony. We like the simple contemporary interiors of this cottage, paired with its graceful Sri Lankan beauty and island style. 

Read about photographer Laura Austin’s visit to this property in our Journal here.

Description

Located at the top of Unawatuna Kanda and overlooking the coastal jungle, a Buddhist temple and the beautiful Unawatuna beach, this cottage is just outside of the historic town of Galle with stunning views of the shore.  

Originally a local villagers home, it has been creatively updated as a boutique retreat, and wild natural sanctuary. The house is sited at the top of over an acre of lush sloping land. The property is studded with mature palms and fruit trees where the monkeys play and wraps around an old stone quarry, now full of water, turtles and marine life. 

Beginning in 2013, the owners along with a team of local tradesmen set to work  designing and building a jungle garden and the first phase of renovations that will eventually include additional accommodations. Modifications were extensive to expand and open the space to the light and the views with a subtle modern update.

Dubbed the “White House” it includes two bedrooms, two baths and a cozy common area with design elements that combine a passion for contemporary ideas, local materials and skills, sustainability, functionality and a sense of delight. With polished concrete and whitewashed interiors, the effect is simple island style furnished and decorated with both contemporary and traditional designs. There’s both an outdoor kitchen and indoor kitchenette that can serve guests in the outside dining area with plenty of poolside lounging areas and breathatking views out to sea. A charming and relaxing paradise all your own, this is a unique place in a peaceful and beautiful setting.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Fully staffed for an authentic and discreet guest experience. Welcome kit with concierge and tour services. Breakfast included with optional additional meals of specialty and local dishes by private cook. Wifi throughout and local cell phone provided (useful for directions, transport, etc), TV, games and books. Housekeeping, laundry facilities and guest amenities. 24 hr. security and groundskeeping. Optional airport transfers and on site private parking.  

AROUND

The property is a short tuk tuk ride to the famed UNESCO World Heritage listed Galle Fort and town, the most well preserved colonial city on the island as well as the popular beaches of Unawatuna and Thalpe, Wijaya and Midigama. Don’t miss the low land White Tea plantations, Bawa’s Gardens near Bentota, and Yala National Park for leopard spotting. The capital of Colombo is approximately a two hour drive.   

LOCATION

Galle, Sri Lanka. Nearest airport: Colombo Airport (2 hrs)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring and Fall

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  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals
  • Kanda House, Galle, Sri Lanka | vacation home rentals

Kanda House

from $245/ nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms2 Bedrooms
Bed TypeKing Size (both rooms)
KitchenInternal kitchenette and covered exterior kitchen
Bathrooms2 Bathrooms
Accommodate4 Guests
InternetWifi throughout
Pet friendlyYes. We have a resident dog, "Morrie". If preferred he will happily have a sleepover at a friend's during guest visits.
RatesRates are $245 per night
Minimum Stay2 Nights
ViewBeautiful jungle and ocean views
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Reviews

36 Reviews

  • Lena, December 2, 2016

    Beautiful house, located on the hill side, nice pool and a great ocean view. Nice and clean. Breakfast was great, and so was the food Manoj and Sanjeev prepared for us. We would love to come back!

    Lena

    Sweden

  • Lourens, November 22, 2016

    We had the most amazing week at Unakanda. Manoj and Sujeev were nothing short of amazing. Super friendly and helpful and manoj cooked up great traditional dishes. The house and pool were ideal for a relaxing week away from city life with our 5month old son. We loved every minute of it and cannot recommend it enough. We would love to go back. Thank you!

    Lourens

    UK

  • Mel, November 15, 2016

    This has been one of the best trips of my life! Such a beautiful house with a view that’s pretty hard to beat! Manoj and Sujeeva are the most accomodating staff and just great guys! The food that they cooked for us was delicious!! I can’t recommend Unakanda enough to anyone thinking of travelling to Unawatuna.

    Mel

    Australia

  • Erin, October 21, 2016

    Tim and Shar have created a space which demands that you succumb to nature, relaxation, tranquility, and bliss. Their home is both beautiful and inviting – you will not want to leave. In addition to the ambience, Manoj and Sujeeva are wonderful hosts that add a special touch to the Unakanda experience. It would be remiss of me if I did not mention that Manoj is an exceptional cook. What a wonderful place to share with the rest of the world!

    Erin

    US

  • Jaime, October 14, 2016

    We stayed at Tim and Shar’s place for the last week of a 2 week trip around Sri Lanka and it was the highlight of our trip! Manoj and Suveen were amazing and helped us arranging transport and made us some incredible food. Also we fell in love with Moree, the villa’s resident dog who was always around to welcome us back to the villa or walk us down to the beach road. It was also amazing to watch the monkeys in the trees when we were relaxing by the pool! The place is perfect location to get enough away from the Main Street to relax but close enough to walk down to bars and restaurants. I don’t usually like to return to the same place preferring to explore different places however we would love to return to Kanda House again in the future and hope to do so! :)

    Jaime

    UK

  • Karen, October 10, 2016

    Loved our 3 nights at Unakanda. It was a perfect end to 2weeks traveling around Sri Lanka. We really need 1-2 more nights. The villa location is perfect loved having a glass of wine by the pool as the sunset. Needed another night to just enjoy the master bath. The use of indoor-outdoor was perfect and really felt like home. Moree was the perfect companion. So much so we wanted to take him home with us. I cannot say enough about Manoj & Sujeeva. They were fantastic. The villa was immaculate & the food fantastic. What they can cook in the outdoor kitchen is amazing. We would definitely stay here again. Easy access to beach, restaurants & Galle is an easy tuk tuk away.

    Karen

    Australia

  • Yvette, September 10, 2016

    Fabulous. Stay here is all we can say. As reiterated by other guests, Unakanda is a wonderful escape, you won’t want to leave and will definitely want to go back, don’t hesitate to book and see for yourselves. Sincerest thanks to all.

    Yvette

    UK

  • Martin, September 10, 2016

    Words cannot describe the gratitude we feel for sharing your home and your little part of the world with us. We have traveled to more than 30 countries and stayed in countless hotels, homes and bnb’s and nothing we have seen or experienced prepared us for Unakanda. This perfect slice of paradise has been “HOME” to us for the past 5 days and nothing could be more important to us when we travel. The home itself is a designers dream of indoor/outdoor space and don’t get me started about the outdoor master bath. We were instantly put to ease by your attentive crew at Unakanda. Manoj and sujeeva have treated us like royalty. Our evening table for 2 at Chez Manoj was always a delight, never knowing just what delicious options were in store for us. Manoj and sous chef Sujeeva catered to our every need. We took full advantage of the in house massage option from the local Sanctuary Spa. We spent days by the pool and consumed copious amounts of wine. This is exactly what one hopes for in a good vacation, we leave this beautiful home with our bodies and souls renewed, relaxed and full from the bounty of the good people at Kanda House.

    Martin

    US

  • Robert, August 20, 2016

    I have to say that here is a fundamental problem in staying at Kanda House. We started our week with the intention of doing all sorts of day trips (normally we get itchy feet staying in one place for more than a couple of hours), but the pool, surroundings and view were such that we ended up doing not very much at all. Add to that the exemplary level of service provided by Manoj & Sujeeva, the result is an unbeatable package. We love dining out, and there are some great options in Galle, but for 3 of our 7 nights we stayed in and let Manoj choose what to put on our plates, and he didn’t let us down. In fact the food he conjured up from a pretty basic kitchen was frankly extraordinary, and a match for all but the very best Galle Fort has to offer. Communication with Tim prior to our arrival was clear, friendly and useful – he arranged an airport pick-up for us, and Manoj & Sujeeva were there waiting to welcome us at Unakanda, despite our 3:30am arrival. Maybe a minor thing, but I was concerned about mosquitoes as they seem to make a bee-line for me at other places we’ve stayed. However I’m pleased to say that as I type this the day after our return home, I don’t have a single itchy memory of our week in Unawatuna! Fortunately many other unforgettable ones though….

    Robert

    UK

  • Annegret, August 15, 2016

    Fantastic place. Service is excellent. The cooking skills of the staff marvelous. The house is well designed and situated at a top of a hill with a wonderful view in an authentic Sri Lankan community. The garden is inviting for some relaxing hours reading.

    Annegret

    Germany

  • Fiona, August 10, 2016

    Kanda House is actually paradise! You can’t find more beautiful architecture and more thoughtful touches anywhere in the world and Manoj is the perfect host who provides priceless local knowledge and goes above and beyond for every request- we can’t recommend this place enough and will be back asap. Thank you so much to Manoj and Shar and Tim for making our trip to Sri Lanka!

    Fiona

    Australia

  • George, July 22, 2016

    No words can explain what an incredible time we had up in Unawatuna, especially not with the limit they give you on AirBnb. In short; Kanda House was our own personal paradise. We arrived and were immediately greeted by the one and only Manoj, a man who embodies good spirits, friendliness and love. A guided tour of the house made it clear that we had chosen well, all beautifully designed (down the stylish door features) and incredibly well maintained. Our first night we had one of the best meals in Sri Lanka, even after some time travelling around, at all levels of restaurants and even visiting family (sshh don’t tell Amma!). It was then that Manoj truly shined – pulling off a cracking meal with versatility and style. Manoj would check in with us what we needed, ensure he could buy all the ingredients for whatever meal we wanted (and even though he didn’t manage to find a chilli hot enough for me, he went to the ends of the markets to try!). The area is great, and whilst a tourist myself, I did find the nearest beach a bit intense and more like a tourist beach in Thailand. Manoj had some great recommendations of places to go to get away from that vibe – as always very knowledgable. The four year old we had with us had a great time, and every effort was made to ensure he was comfortable including his own cot. Thanks for that! This has been a huge praise to Manoj, but of course Sujeeva did a huge amount to make us welcome and look after the place. We felt incredible welcomed by him too! We will return – have had an absolutely incredible time and can say it was the best guest house experience I’ve had. Also to eat more Passion fruit grown from their trees… it was insane. Well done to Shar & Tim for creating such a beautiful home and hiring such a special person to host.

    George

    UK

  • Yuri, July 18, 2016

    One word to describe Kanda House, WOW! Wow for the house, wow for the location, wow for the host Shar and Tim, and one last big WOW for the guys who look after the house, Manoj and Sujeev. These guys really made our holiday, from giving advice on what to do and where to go, to sorting out our transport and massages. Manoj is an amazing cook, and this is coming from someone who’s not bad himself. We didn’t have better food in the whole week we’re there, not in any restaurant. Just tell him what you want and he’ll rustle it up for for lunch of dinner. He really made our holiday! The location of the house was perfect, the beach is only a 5 minutes walk where you’ll find an array of restaurants and bars. Galle fort is a 20mins tuk-tuk ride away and the turtle sanctuary and the lake will take no more than 15mins. All in all a great house with a great location, we’d definitely come back.

    Yuri

    UK

  • Ewan, July 10, 2016

    Tim was always very fast to respond and incredibly helpful. I can not recommend staying at Kanda House highly enough. The place is beautiful with comfortable stylish rooms and really great bathrooms. The pool has a good view all the way down to the ocean. Sujeeva was such a lovely guy, he made great meals for us and made us feel right at home. We had some friends staying in the fort so ate a couple of meals there with them but would have happily eaten all our meals at unakanda as sujeeva’s cooking was excellent! It’s about 15-20 mins away by tuktuk from the fort and it was nice to come back to relax after a day exploring. I will definitely tell friends and family to stay here.

    Ewan

    UK

  • Adam, June 10, 2016

    Kanda House is amazing! I just wish I had more time off work or my wife was not heavily pregnant because we would have stayed here a whole lot longer. Full attentiveness as you like or just your own pad to kick back and relax. Manoj & Sujeeva are fantastic, were very welcoming and made our first time in Sri Lanka truly memorable. Tuktuks are easily arranged to go exploring & head out for meals etc. Perfect size for our small family but two couples would be extremely comfortable staying here as well. Tim was very responsive before and during our stay & always had our best interests at heart. We would love to go back soon!

    Adam

    UAE

  • Michael, May 19, 2016

    W O W we felt like living in paradise! real quality time at unakanda! sujeeva & manoj are doing an amazing job! nothing what they can do better! thanks tim, shar & lill for letting us stay at your unique place!

    Michael

    Germany

  • Elisabeth, May 16, 2016

    Everything was simply perfect. A very warm welcome with king coconut from manoj and sujeeva, the guys are so nice and it was a pleasure to meet them. A perfect breakfast every morning prepared with love. We ate every evening at Unakanda because the meals prepared by Manoj and Sujeeva were so tasty and the area is so nice for spending a great dinner. The pool, the house and the garden simply everything is luxurious especially the bathrooms are a pleasure. I can highly recommend a stay at Kanda House.

    Elisabeth

    Austria

  • Joey, May 10, 2016

    I feel it may be a bad idea to be completely honest about this place, because there is a high risk that when people read this review, there won’t be an available slot for a long time to come… But, I just can’t, as this place deserves everything coming to it. I would describe this place as ‘Perfect’. Kanda House is what I would define as ‘Utopia’, however, Kanda House exists, and the fictional ‘Utopia’ does not. I cannot begin to go into the detail that this place deserves, as I see the word count rapidly diminish as I type. So I will try in the next 393 words. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by Manoj who went out of his way to find us to lead our driver into the mountain where Kanda House resides. As we arrived, Manoj and Sujeeva made us feel immediately welcome, not as guests, but as family. Myself and my fiancè have stayed in quite a few AirBnB’s and Kanda House tops them all. By a country mile. This exquisitely designed property sits on top of a mountain that overlooks the stunning Unawatuna Bay. Watch the sun rise in the morning and set in the evening whilst being served Sri Lankan/ Western cuisine, or whatever takes your fancy. Manoj and Sujeeva provide outstanding service and food for the entirety of your stay, all the way up to 15 minutes before you finish your last breakfast on the last day, in which they have both loaded your luggage onto the air conditioned car that takes you straight to the airport. Sitting on the extra large bean bags after a morning surf, sipping coconut juice from a fresh coconut and eating a banana that has just been picked from the garden, has the ability to blur the lines of reality and what I imagine to be heaven. Close your eyes and you can hear the sounds of tropical birds in the trees surrounding Unakana, open them and see the family of monkey’s eating their own breakfast in the morning sun. Kanda House as a property in itself is stunning. Manoj and Sujeeva manage to lift the experience even higher with their impeccable attention to detail. If there was a michelin star for service, I’d give it to them. Their food was on par with top restaurants in Unawatuna, if not better than most in the local area. If I could think of an appropriate analogy, I’d say that Kanda House was the Castle and Manoj was the key to the castle, without him, we would’ve been lost. He helped us more than we could ever imagine, from buying a Sari, releasing turtles into the wild, cooking sensational three course meals when we wanted (even on a secluded beach), suggesting local places he trusted and organising tuk tuks whenever we needed. If you are going to Sri Lanka, there is no other option than Kanda House. Thank you for everything. We’ll see you next year. Joey

    Joey

    UK

  • Alex, April 20, 2016

    What a fantastic place. Thank you for opening up your home to us. The house is beautiful and done to a really high standard. We particularly loved the pool with its fantastic views and the master bathroom. So lovely. Manoj and Sujeeva really make the experience even more relaxing. We can thoroughly recommend letting Manoj cook for you, an incredible experience! Thank you and see you again soon!

    Alex

    UK

  • Rory, April 18, 2016

    Arriving at Kanda House we were immediately given a warm welcome by Manoj and Sajeera. The house, garden and pool are beautiful – lovely bedrooms, fabulous bathrooms and great outdoor kitchen and sitting area. Beautiful view of the ocean. We loved feeling part of the local village with short tuk tuk drive or walk down the hill to the beach and restaurants. Manoj calls in to the house each day and looked after us so well. He is also a fantastic cook!!!! Best Sri Lankan curries. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Sajeera lives across the road and quietly maintains the property. We loved our stay and highly recommend. Thank you Manoj and Sajeera. You both make this beautiful property extra special.

    Rory

    Australia

  • Lou, April 10, 2016

    We loved our stay at Kanda House. We arrived late in the evening with two tired children and were greeted with big smiles and a lovely home cooked meal. The next morning we were able to appreciate the stunning view and tranquil setting up in the hills above Unawatuna. The house was beautifully designed, with clean lines, stunning bathrooms and a great open air kitchen. The infinity pool overlooked the sea and was surrounded by trees with dappled shade. Our two and four year old daughters felt instantly at home and enjoyed the company of Morrie the dog. We were all looked after incredibly well by Manoj and Sujeeva who cooked great Sri Lankan food and made sure we had everything we needed, including helping us plan our days and arranging tuktuks. This was our first trip to Sri Lanka and our stay at Unakanda helped to make it a great trip. Thanks to all.

    Lou

    UK

  • Simon, March 10, 2016

    Thank you Manoj & Sujeeva for making our stay at Unakanda so wonderful. Everything was perfect. The guest house is amazing with everything you need. Manoj’s cooking was superb with a huge repertoire from western to Sri Lankan cuisine. His Sri Lankan curries were the best we had on the island. Mori the smiling dog kept us company during our stay as did the variety of wildlife from Sri Lankan squirrels, many beautiful birds and leaping monkeys. Also a big thank you to Tim & Sha for sharing their guesthouse with us. Also for calling us from Dubai to check everything was OK. Finally thanks again to Manoj & Sujeeva, we will be back although we will need to book well ahead given how popular your tropical retreat will become. It is hard leaving paradise behind. Simon, Sha Sha & Deborah

    Simon

    Australia

  • Aurelie, February 22, 2016

    Nous avons passé 6 nuits à unakanda, la maison est très confortable, bien située, la piscine et la vue formidable. Formidables aussi Manoj et Sue … Manoj nous a cuisine tous les soirs des supers dîners, nous avions des crêpes tous les matins au petits déjeuners, Sue nous mettez des bouquets de fleurs tous les jours sur la table ils sont vraiment adorables. Nous reviendrons à kanda house avec plaisir. Je recommande sans hésiter cette villa.

    Aurelie

    France

  • Sophie, February 10, 2016

    We absolutely loved everything about Kanda House. Manoj and Sujeva were amazing at making us feel completely at home, and cleaned the house to perfection every day. Manoj cooking was amazing, and he made sure we never needed anything. The house is just perfect, everything is beautiful, the bedrooms, and the bathrooms are stunning. The house itself is tucked away in the perfect jungle surrounding, the view is breathtaking. We will definitely be back. Tim sent us email with all the info we could wish for. Thank you so much

    Sophie

    Denmark

  • Alexandra, January 25, 2016

    Tim and Shar’s beautiful villa was the most idillic setting to the end of our travels. They have created an absolute haven, and we enjoyed every minute of being there. From a design perspective, it’s flawless perfection, they’ve thought of everything! However the real life blood of this Accomodation is undoubtedly Manoj and Sujeeva! They look after the property and the guests, by cooking the most delicious traditional Sri Lankan breakfasts and evening meals. The two of them made our stay extra special and we couldn’t thank them enough! The food, the care and attention to detail makes all the difference! We also hired a moped from Sammy, another contact from Tim & Shar, this was fantastic as we were able to get around so easily. Sammy also made our stay in Sri Lanka extra memorable by taking us round Lake Koggala and Cinnamon Island which as a wonderful afternoon out. He also helped us organise some surf lessons as Welligama beach. And last but not least the dogs … Morrie and Hero! Being a huge dog lover these guys were the cherry on the top for me! Our favourite moment here was sitting out by the pool at night, turning all the lights out and watching a lighting storm out at sea, as well as watching all the fireflies around the pool! It was simply magic. ️ We’ll be back

    Alexandra

    UK

  • Annette, January 10, 2016

    We had fantastic time in your home. The renovated house is really nice, the master bathroom quite outstanding. The location with its view to the ocean very calming and relaxing. The gems of this place are Manoj and Sujeeva who took care of us at its best! Thank you, you made us feel at home.

    Annette

    Germany

  • Chris, December 28, 2015

    Spectacular accomodation. Tim and Shar were very responsive and particularly kind to have arranged the cot for our baby. Manoj and Sujeeva worked tirelessly to make our stay comfortable, including organising a very memorable birthday dinner for my wife and sorting out the water issue. Location is perfect on the hill behind Unawatuna and is a great base to visit nearby beaches and Galle. Many thanks to all for what was a highlight of our holiday.

    Chris

    UK

  • Patricia, December 26, 2015

    What can I say now that we are home and missing Unakanda desperately! We stayed in Kanda House over Christmas 2015 and we can say that hand over heart, this is one of our best Christmas. From the moment we walked in through the gates we knew we had found a gem and this was not only due to the house with it’s tasteful decor, spacious bedrooms and amazing bathrooms but also, thanks to the very people who makes Kanda House such a peaceful and family friendly retreat. We loved everything, down to the outside kitchen, the open garden, beautiful pool and incredible bathroom to the jungle sounds as we woke up and the distant, peaceful chiming of the Buddhist temple in the distance. Manoj and Sanjeewa were amazing and really looked after us. Sanjeewa is very discreet and quiet, yet everything was immaculately cleaned and tidied and is the perfect sous-chef to Manoj. Manoj blew us away with his cooking to the point where we did not even bother to eat out in the evenings…From our first Fried rice lunch on arrival to our Christmas Eve banquet to a Sri Lankan curry feast…we had it all! We came back on Christmas Eve to find ourselves in a twinkling wonderland, the outside had been decorated full of lights, the trees had Christmas decorations on them, as well as the dining area. It was amazing and so beautiful – we were really touched by the thought that had gone into this, and again, want to thank Manoj, Sanjeewa, Tim and Shar for making Christmas so magical. Santa even managed to find the Christmas tree inside the house which had been put up for our arrival :) We want to thank Tim and Shar for all their helpful advice before we set off on holidays and continuous feedback whilst we were there. We want to thank our lovely friends in Kanda House for making us feel so much at home. We only wish we could come back tomorow…

    Patricia

    UAE

  • Alex, December 15, 2015

    From the moment we arrived @ Kanda House we felt absolutely at home!! After a long flight from London a brief stopover in Colombo this was the perfect start to a family holiday. Manoj and Sujeeva are the perfect hosts always there to help and advise but never in the way! Manoj is a great cook and prepared some great breakfast and evening meals catering for grown up and kids!! The house is really beautiful with probably the best bathroom I have ever been in. Lovely down hill walk to the beach and fun tuk-tuk rides to Galle. Thank you also Tim for your help prior to the trip and all the info! I wish you every success with this little piece of paradise you have created and your plans for the future!! In Manoj and Sujeeva you really have the perfect receipe !!

    Alex

    UK

  • Denis, November 16, 2015

    We spent two wonderful weeks at villa Unakanda. The house is very cosy, comfortable and well-equipped. There is a garden with fruits and some bizarre tropical plants. The view on ocean from pool is also amazing. We are very grateful to Tim and his family for the help before our trip. Moreover, Manoj and Sujeeva were perfect helpers. They look after villa very attentively. They cooked some traditional dishes for us and just some sort of other food. We highly recommend you to taste crabs that Manoj cooks!! No picture is possible to show all beauty of the villa. But you could be sure that your residence there will be an unforgettable experience close to daydreaming. So, thank you Tim and team!

    Denis

    Russia

  • Sue, October 10, 2015

    Before the end of our first visit, we felt so at home, that we arranged to return after a few days travelling. Luckily for us, our hosts, went out of their way to accommodate our return between bookings and even called us directly. Our return was as marvellous as our first visit and we were treated to a SriLankan feast by Manoj and Sanjeewa on our arrival – it is hard to credit these guys enough. The arrival of the rains did nothing to dampen (pun intended) our spirits and we enjoyed the comfort of the villa whilst being plied with homemade hot soups and snacks. Unakanda is a Gem of a villa in Serendipity and we will be returning. Thank you, Tim and Shar and the Kanda House team, Manoj and Sanjeewa. We loved it.

    Sue

    Saudi Arabia

  • Arek, September 28, 2015

    I stayed in Kanda House with 3 friends in September 2015, as the last part of our trip around Sri Lanka. We spent there 3 absolutely amazing days, even despite some rain (it was a rainy season). My contact with the hosts (Shar and Tim) prior the arrival was smooth. They were both friendly and extremely helpful. When we arrived to Kanda House we were greeted by two local hosts – Manoj and Sujeeva who looked after us and the villa during the entire stay. The cooked for us delicious meals, looked after the garden and were helpful with any ad hoc requests. They made us feel like at home. Unakanda is a beautiful villa which combines modern design with a local touch. It is surrounded by a lush garden with an infinity pool. The interior is magnificent too. The outdoor bathrooms are the highlight of the place, but so are the furniture and fabrics which give a local touch. All is perfectly designed and well thought. Well done! It was a pleasure to stay in Kanda House and we would definitely recommend it to everyone for a tranquil and relaxing vacation.

    September 2015

    Arek

    Switzerland

  • Juliana, September 10, 2015

    We loved at stay at Kanda House. We stayed there for 3 nights towards the end of 2.5 weeks in Sri Lanka and it was the perfect way to relax. The photos doesn’t do the villa justice. The villa is located a short 5-10 mins tuk tuk ride from the beach and they have reliable recommendations for tuk tuk drivers. The villa is modern and the furnishings are top class. It’s the perfect size for a couple who want to spread out. The master bathroom is a real treat! Manoj and Sujeeva are very friendly and will look after you during your stay. Manoj had great recommendations and was an excellent cook too. If you want to totally unwind and not worry about leaving the villa, Manoj can cook all your meals for you. No request was too difficult. Great views of the ocean from the pool. Shar and Tim are prompt with their communication and also warm and friendly and had lots of recommendations too. We would highly recommend a stay at Kanda House!

    Juliana

    Australia

  • David, August 30, 2015

    une villa de toute beauté avec un vrai confort ou le service d un hotel ne fait pas envie a cote ,l’homme de main et le cuisto est au petit oignon il cuisine comme un grand chef du plat maison…à la cuisine local à vrai dire il c’est tout fair, nous sommes restées 3 nuits, le top du top piscine à débordement vous avez donc 2 personnes qui vous font passer d excellente vacances, de plus vous économiserez sur les repas car il vous prépare ce que vous acheter ils fait même les courses pour vous du 5*. n hésitez surtout pas et passée d excellente bonne vacance si c’était a refaire nous aurions pris 7 nuits car autours il y a pleins de choses a faire comme galle, ne serai ce autour de la maison, la plage, les rues sont charmantes et les gens sont heureux d y vivres on s y sent bien pas de touristes ce qui rend l approchent plus sympas.

    David

    France

  • Julian, August 22, 2015

    We felt welcomed since the moment we stepped in. Manoj showed us around the house. Rooms looked beautifully tidy and clean, and so did the common areas. The guys offered us a king coconut and explained everything we needed to know (i.e. how to get to the beach through the temple). We had informed Shar and Tim that we’d have loved to bring our BBQ from Colombo and grill some fresh fish, easily available from the Galle fish market only few minutes away, and for that occasion they delivered us 3 amazing bottles of wine to enjoy with our food. At the time of booking (2 months ago) not all the pictures had been uploaded online so we had a wonderful surprise how Kanda House actually looked! Even more stunning than in the pictures. In front of the gate lives Sujeeva with his family, and they are incredibly nice and available at all times. The whole temple road is amazing and quite in the forest, though only around 5 minutes from the beach. The entire weekend was fantastic; we loved it there so much that we even spent a whole day without going to the beach.

    August 2015

    Julian

    UK

  • Cendrine, August 10, 2015

    “Un PARADIS Sur Terre” Sur les hauteurs de Unawatuna, c’est une très jolie maison, pleine de charme dans la jungle Sri-Lankaise. Un intérieur, très agréable, chic, de style colonial avec tout le modernisme dont on a besoin, et personnellement prendre une douche dans la nature sans craindre d’être vue, j’adore !!! Vous pourrez apprécier une vue extraordinaire sur la mer, encore plus dans la piscine à débordement, un havre de paix en pleine nature, entre fleurs, et arbres fruitiers. J’oubliais, il y a une cabane dans un arbre, enjoy, … Les hôtes sont des personnes pleines de délicatesses, nous sommes fan ! Nous avons fait la connaissance de manoj, un cuisinier hors pair, on s’est régalé, il est d’une gentillesse incroyable, ne sachant pas quoi faire pour nous faire plaisir. Sans parler de Sujeewa, jardinier et gardien. Une personne toujours souriante, pleine d’attentions. Vous l’aurez compris, nous sommes tombé sous le charme de l’endroit et de ces personnes, n’hésitez pas ! Cendrine, Gaël, Hugo & Sarah

    Cendrine

    UAE

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