The SpaceRangala House is a converted tea-planter’s bungalow. Inside, the bungalow has been carefully restored, using a mix of local materials including coconut wood and mahogany.
All rooms in the main house can be configured as a double or twin room, and have ensuite bathrooms.
The First Bedroom has large bay windows looking out across the mountain view and French windows leading on to the verandah.
The Second Bedroom (‘The Garden Room’) has its own small terrace and shady garden. It is set slightly away from the main verandah.
The Third Bedroom has access directly to the verandah.
We also offer a larger studio suite in an adjacent building. The Studio is slightly separated from the main bungalow, with its own private balcony and spectacular mountain views. There is sleeping accommodation for up to four people, with a four-poster double bed and an additional double bed (or two singles) on a raised gallery, accessible via a loft ladder.
You can also book the entire Rangala House. Please contact us directly to discuss a whole of house booking. Children of all ages are welcome for whole villa bookings. For all other bookings, we can only accept children aged twelve years and over. Guest AccessAll guests have access to our large lounge and dining room, kitchen and our favourite place – the 50 ft veranda.
Make yourself at home, pop on some classical or jazz music, select a classic from our well stocked bookshelves, or make some music of your own on the Roland electric piano.
Or venture into the kitchen and learn some new cooking tips from our resident chef Sebastian.
Broadband wifi is available in all rooms. Interaction with GuestsRangala House is owned and managed by Anthony and Sam, a British-Sri-Lankan duo. Anthony, a former UK teacher, who has lived in Sri Lanka for over 15 years. Sam, a Kandyan born and bred with intimate knowledge of the area and its people.
Their permanent residence is located on the property near the main house.
The property is also fully staffed by Amila (our manager), gardeners (Vinson and Rooben) and chef (Sebastian).
Sebastian, our chef, cooks fantastic Sri Lankan food including traditional rice & curry cooked in clay pots on an open fire, and a wide range of Western food including fresh salads, quiches, casseroles, cakes and soufflés for dessert! The NeighborhoodRangala House is located in the foothills of the Knuckles Forest Region. The Knuckles range lies 25km north-east of Kandy and is so named because the five main peaks resemble a clenched fist. In Sinhalese, they are the Dumbara, or "misty" mountains.
The Knuckles Mountain Range is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Conservation Area. It consists of at least 35 peaks rising above 900m, with rare dwarf cloud forests, and flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
There are lots of things to do right on our doorstep:
•Take a tour of the nearby working Duckwari tea factory. The factory was built in 1899 and still operates in the original building. The only visitors to this factory are from Rangala House, so expect a personalised tour of the inner workings of the factory.
•We’ve developed a number of local self-guided walks to suit all fitness levels, ranging from one to four hours in length. Explore the tea estate, tropical vegetation and waterfalls, or discover beautiful views over Lake Victoria. All walks start and finish at the front gate!
•Visit our local village Bobebila. You can see a small handloom fabric factory or just drop in and have tea with one of the villagers. Our local Buddhist temple, a typical village temple, is also worth a visit. The temple is the spiritual and communal hub of Bobebila.
•Go birdwatching. The Knuckles region is famous for the richness of its bird life. Rangala House is regularly visited by crested serpent eagles, black eagles, Ceylon hornbills and a whole host of other bird life. A telescope and tripod are available for use on the verandah.
•Play a round of golf at Victoria Golf Club, just 45 minutes away. The course is beautiful, with palm-dotted fairways next to Victoria Lake, and a backdrop of mountains behind.
•Explore our newly developed market garden, meet our gardeners and see how we are growing brinjal, carrots, cabbages, lettuces, peppercorns and lots more. Getting AroundPublic transport in Sri Lanka is cheap and in many ways very efficient – but it is slow and often inconvenient when it comes to connections, booking ahead and so on. There are a few bus services which come here direct from Kandy but usually it is necessary to change at Teldeniya.
At Rangala House we have excellent connections with the best taxi and minibus drivers in Kandy. We are well-placed, therefore, to organise all your transport needs, whether it’s a transfer from the airport, a pick-up from the railway station in Kandy or a transfer to your next destination.
Please contact us for a quotation.
By road, the journey from Katunayake Airport takes 3½ - 4 hours. The journey to/from Kandy is about an hour. Other Things to NoteBreakfast is included in the room rate and consists of fresh fruits, eggs cooked to your preference, baked breads, butter jam and marmalade, yogurt & honey, tea and coffee, or a full Sri Lankan breakfast if you would prefer. For example hoppers, string hoppers, potato curry, seeni sambol and fruit.
Rangala House also serves a 2 course lunch ($14 USD per person) and a 3 course dinner ($20 USD per person).