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Kandy, the last kingdom and the second largest city of Sri Lanka, is visited by almost every foreign tourist to this country for her rich history, culture and beauty, and by large numbers of domestic tourists as pilgrims to the Temple of The Tooth (of The Buddha).
Nestled between mountains, 450 meters above sea level, the climate is relatively mild. Rain-fall is mostly from November to mid January (North-East monsoon) and to a lesser degree, from May to August (South-West monsoon).
In recent times, Kandy and her surroundings have become more popular amongst foreign tourists for the rich flora and fauna. Mountains, ever-green jungles, water-falls, rivers, rice-fields and tea-plantations are common sites just outside the city. Together with a local community whose lives are strongly influenced by the Buddhist way of life, where hospitality to strangers comes naturally to them, the Kandyan area has become a must-stay place for all those who love nature and culture.
The first of the Polwaththa Home-stays called “Polwaththa (Superior) Home-stays” - so called for it’s spacious new rooms with large verandas offering more comfort, is located 16 Km East of Kandy from where villages replace towns and water-buffaloes replace tractors, stretching right up to the East coast of Sri Lanka where the best beaches are. To offer a fine blend of nature and culture, this Home-stay is built in a small village, surrounded by trees and mountains and hosted by a typical village family who will enthusiastically show you how they live. For activities based on nature and adventure, guests can participate in all the treks offered by Polwaththa Eco-lodges (www.polwaththa-ecolodges.com) situated just 400 meters from the Home-stay. The two guest rooms are detached from the home – far enough to provide privacy when required (to both the guests and the host) and close enough to provide a real experience in village life in Sri lanka.