Fifty minutes northeast of Kandy the fertile landscape becomes a mass of lush vegetation reverberating with unfamiliar birdsong. Samadhi weaves its magic on you from the moment you enter through the massive Kandyan doorway set into stone inside the entrance hall at Samadhi you are watched over by a silk tapestry depicting seven Buddhist monks each holding a lotus blossom in their hand.
Kandy Samadhi in Pictures
The thirteen pavilions, which lean out of the hillside, are veritable temples of tranquility. They are designed to make you feel you are the only person staying here. Privacy is everything. Yet there are no unnecessary walls.
This results in a truly serene environment surrounded by urns, art and treasures dating back to a time Kandy was a Royal realm. Here everything is king-sized. The Indonesian teak bed in a double room is spacious enough to sleep three people comfortably. But even the smallest suite provides a four-poster bed to dream in.
The spacious verandahs of each suite of rooms give onto paddy fields, nearby mountains and bench terraces filled with herb gardens or pineapples. Bamboos reach out with their four-fingered leaves to fan a breeze at you.
Breakfast is taken in the dining pavilion which is open on four sides to the forest and the river sounds is sumptuous by any standard, all the food prepared at Samadhi is organic and freshly picked before each meal. It is vegetarian cookery at its best. The rice you eat is home grown and water you drink is sourced directly from an unpolluted mountain spring on Samadhi land. The Kukul Oya River meets the Hulu Ganga River, conveniently creating several spots for river bathing amongst the rocks and baby rapids.