Tour: Royal Kandy When: June - July 2022 (8 nights) Hotel:Queen's Hotel - TBC Per Person: Twin TBC / Single TBC Deposit: £50 or A$100 (Refundable) Visit:Sri Lanka Tourism Book: Click Here Or Bottom Of The Page
Cricket in Kandy
After 6years we get to enjoy another Australia Test Cricket Tour Of Sri Lanka in Kandy, the ancient capital of the Kandyan Kingdom. Actually, we are enjoying the Australia Sri Lanka Test Match in Pallekele 10km away but that's another point!
If you're flying in for the Test in Sri Lanka's glorious hill country, our iconic hotel will meet you at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport. No matter what time you arrive, it is a 2.5hrs drive to this ancient city in the hills and our ancient hotel on Kandy Lake. You can't swim in the lake so thankfully Queen's Hotel Kandy has a swimming pool. Kandy's congestion may make you wonder 'where' a pool is possible but the building has been there since the early 1800s when land was not so hard to come by.
Built as a house for King Sri Vickrama Rajasinha (c1798), after the British defeated the Kandyans in 1815 it became the Governor of Ceylon's residence. Through the years it served a variety of services and purposes until it became Queen's Hotel in 1869, and they have been trying to make the beer cold since!
We love Queen's Hotel for convenience. On our doorstep, we have banks, bars, supermarkets, cafes, railway stations, attractions, pharmacies, and more. Better hotels are dotted in the hillsides far & away, but they are just that; far away. Once you pay a lot more to luxuriate in the 5-star forest (nothing wrong with that if that's your preference) you then must pay excessive taxi fares to get places.
So, with a spare day before the Test, consider visiting the Peradeniya Botanic Gardens or ever-popular Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage. Our favourite is the3 Temple loop. A 7km walk of solitude, peace, & harmony linking Embekke, Lankathilake and Gadaladeniya Temples. If kicking about town, opposite our hotel is 'Temple of the Tooth'.
Every day thousands of pilgrims & people undergo heavier security screening than at airports to see a shiny gold box holding Buddha's Tooth, a shiny gold box holding a replica of Buddha's Tooth or an empty shiny gold box. No one has ever seen the tooth, but thousands are happy to pay Rs500 for a processional glance at the box they believe it is in.
If not 'the tooth', take a long walk around Kandy Lake and then up to Vihara Buddha Temple for nice views over the city. A stroll through Kandy must include the old Test Cricket venue, Asgirya College Ground. We loved cricket there, but when you see it you'll know why Pallekele Cricket Stadium was built. With one grandstand built into the side of a hill and the rest swathes of lush grass, Pallekele is a pleasant ground to enjoy any game of cricket.
On the night before the Test Match, we have dinner by the pool to welcome everyone, distribute match tickets and Bent Banani Shirts. Match-day transfers are included but if you need to make your own way, we will let you know how to reach Pallekele.
We will be back each day by 6pm for hopefully 'cool beer' before dinner which is included every night as is the Sri Lankan Mariachi band if still strumming their trade across the room. These tireless crooners famously sang in 2011, "It's been a hard day's night, and I've been working like a log! It's been a hard day's night, I should be sleeping like a dog!"John Lennon would be rolling!
On Day 5 we will have low-key dinner by the pool as the next day, though a spare day, we could be up early for a train into the tea-country. Adding this 3-night trip from Kandy makes sense, but we need to know if we are playing here first. On the other hand, going north through Dambulla to Jaffna for our 4-night trip also makes sense as we are so much closer than starting from Colombo.
If you take this as a spare day then you may like to travel the 90mins each way to visit Dambulla Cave Temples and Sigirya Rock. We may organise this as a group trip, along with a train to Ella through the plantations should the game end early.
If you are leaving us after Kandy, a train journey to Colombo is included. It may be more convenient however to book a car directly to the airport as you bypass Colombo on the roll down to the coast after what we trust was a splendid week in Royal Kandy.