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As I've found somewhere I really like I tend to stay there whenever I go to Kandy. But from talking to other people (locals and tourists) some other places keep being named and I'll list some recommendations here. Remember the recommendations aren't mine so don't blame me if anything's wrong!

Most top-end hotels are outside the city itself. Le Kandyan, about 7kms towards Peradeniya, is based on a traditional Kandyan palace and gets great reviews, as do Hunas Falls (in the hills about 30kms from Kandy) and Mahaweli Reach (near Katugastota). In the town, try Suisse on the south side of the lake, but it's nowhere near as good as what's on offer a few miles out.

Helga's Folly at the southeast end of the lake is unique, charming and slightly eccentric (someone once told me "If Salvador Dali designed hotels, this would be it!")

The Expediton on Saranankara Rd (south of lake) is extremely friendly and can arrange good tours (also refuses to do business with touts); also the close-by Freedom Lodge. The Olde Empire Hotel has some basic rooms - next to the Temple of the Tooth and with a very charming colonial lakeside verandah. Apparently this is very popular with backpackers.

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  • Updated Nov 13, 2003
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