We are rated in the top 1% of guest houses in Kandy. Our guests come from all over the world though mainly from Europe. We welcome young travellers and couples, families and older people too. Jungle Tide is very child-friendly for young and older children and especially good for big family get-togethers – grandparents, parents and children. So if you are a larger group; hiring the whole house may be a good option for you.
It’s a real ‘home from home’. Everyone eats around the large dining table and swaps travellers’ tales, experiences, suggestions for where to stay (or avoid!), opinions, ideas and jokes.
There’s lots to do whatever the weather. And let’s be honest, it can rain quite a lot in the Sri Lankan hill country. We have plenty of indoor and outdoor games for all ages and a big library of books. A living room with a TV with children’s channels amongst others. Rani is also available to give you a cookery lesson (please ask). And for the many sunny days great hiking, bird-watching, a hectare of gardens with a stream. A large swimming pool and a paddling pool for the younger ones which can be set up on the top lawn, so you can watch over them whilst enjoying a cool drink on a shady veranda.
Our guests love the mountain views, the clean air, the peace and quiet, and the wildlife. Waking up to birdsong and distant temple sounds is so much nicer than waking up in noisy, crowded, polluted Kandy to car horns and shouted voices.
Our guests go mad about the food. Rani is as good a cook of Sri Lankan rice and curry as you will find. And she can cook several western dishes as well. When we’re there (January to March) we’re pretty good at international cuisine and share the cooking with Rani. Many parents have told us that Jungle Tide is the only place in Sri Lanka where their kids have enjoyed eating. And we’re always up for special treats if it’s someone’s birthday or honeymoon. If you’re in luck and the weather’s fine we may have a BBQ. And Rani will be happy to show you how traditional Sri Lankan food is prepared.
We use eggs from our own free range hens and whenever possible fruits and vegetables from our own and neighbours’ gardens. Home-made jams and pickles. And all our bread is home-baked.
Our village, Uduwela, is a typical rural Sri Lankan community in the Hanthana moutain range. Walk around, either by yourself or guided by Martin, our housekeeper, and meet tea pluckers, look at the kovils and temple, discover the traditional wood-fired bakery and visit the school and kindergarten. If you’re lucky there may be a procession or other ceremony going on – there often is.
If you’re staying with us for several days or longer, Jungle Tide is a great base for day trips both around the Kandy area and further afield – see the Getting Around page and contact us for details.
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Just before the country went into coronavirus lockdown we visited Tamarind Gardens, near Digana on the eastern side of Kandy. It’s a place we’d heard a lot about but not been to and the opportunity arose because they were holding