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Jungle Tide

1/1 Metiyagolla Uduwela, Kandy 20000 Sri Lanka
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Jungle Tide is a British-owned homestay in the Hanthana mountains of central Sri Lanka, away from the tourist spots yet still only forty minutes from Kandy city centre. Wake up to the sound of birdsong and marvelous mountain views. Stroll in the gardens, or take a longer walk in the surrounding hills and tea estates. We are close to the start of the world-renowned Pekoe Trail and can provide you with an experienced guide and naturalist. Swim in the lovely big pool; take a walking tour of the village with Martin, our housekeeper; learn the secrets of Sri Lankan cookery with Rani, our marvelous cook. Play games on the lawn. Or just relax with a book from our extensive library.. All services, bed linen and towels and Wi-Fi are included in the price on a B&B or half board basis, and Martin and Rani will look after you superbly. We recommend a minimum two night stay so you can get the best from Jungle Tide. We are always very happy to help you plan your time both at Jungle Tide and in Sri Lanka, and we know lots of hidden gems the tourist crowds don't visit. We can arrange transport whatever your needs. In short, book with us for a very special holiday.
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670suev wrote a review July 2023
Melbourne9 contributions2 helpful votes
We loved our stay at Jungle Tide. The room was very comfortable with lovely French doors opening into the verandah, which looked over the gardens and views to Kandy. It’s a fair way out of Kandy but very peaceful and cool. Rani cooked us fabulous food, I would recommend if you stay here to take half board because there are few restaurants nearby. The common lounge and dining area is lovely and there are loads of books and games to keep you busy. The gardens are lovely and we enjoyed a swim in the lovely clean pool. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The road in is very rough and some drivers are reluctant to drive there. It can be negotiated...
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Response from Jerry Smith, Owner at Jungle Tide
Responded 19 Aug 2023
Thanks so much for the lovely review, we are delighted you enjoyed our home stay... and that you enjoyed Rani's exceptional cooking! We hope you enjoyed your whole visit to this magical island and please recommend us to other travellers you meet!
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milad b wrote a review Feb 2023
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I lived with Sally and Jerry for a week , My experience is beyond the words , they coulden't be more kind to me , I had amazing meals at the table sitting together , having great talk while drikning a cup of tea or coffee. I definitely recommend you to visit this sweet guesthouse with a load of stories buried inside the home.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 6 May 2023
Thanks Milad, we very much enjoyed hosting you and loved our conversations together. We hope that we will meet again sometime!
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Liz E wrote a review Feb 2023
London, United Kingdom1 contribution2 helpful votes
I have been to Jungle Tide on several occasions: with colleagues as a break from work in Kandy, with my husband on holiday, and with a group of friends for a delicious home cooked lunch . The atmosphere is a cosy, family home but with wonderful stylish, modern bed rooms and bathrooms and great Sri Lankan or western food. Jungle Tide is in the middle of tea plantations: walk through tea bushes or just sit and relax in the garden or by the pool. The welcome from Sally and Gerry(or Rani and Martin) is warm and friendly staying at Jungle Tide is excellent value for money. I love staying here because its stylish but comfortable , friendly , good food and great value. Thank you Sally and Gerry
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 6 May 2023
Thanks so much for your review Lize, and sorry for the delay in responding, we have had a busy few months and are currently in the UK. Hopefully we will meet again sometime soon - we would love to meet up again at Jungle Tide!
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Marjaana wrote a review Jan 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3 contributions1 helpful vote
We recently stayed at Jungle Tide in Sri Lanka and had an amazing experience. The hosts, Jerry and Sally, were incredibly welcoming and went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. Communication before our trip was outstanding and they even helped us book a taxi for our travels. Our family of four, including two kids, had a wonderful time and everything went smoothly. The accommodation is stunning and the nature surrounding it is breathtaking. I highly recommend Jungle Tide to anyone visiting Sri Lanka.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Responded 30 Jan 2023
Thank you so much for the lovely review - we loved having you here at Jungle tide and sharing in the children's enjoyment of the space. We are thrilled that you had a good time and hope we may meet again sometime in the future.
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Dhilip d wrote a review Dec 2022
Habarana, Sri Lanka51 contributions14 helpful votes
I came to Jungle Tide in Hanthana mainly do my bird photography. This is an amazing place for bird lovers as it blends with both Wet zone and dry zone Aves. Yello yeared bulbul became my fav till I depart JT. Also i spoted many species including Sri Lanka White Eye (Endemic) followed by some other endemics as SL Jungle Fowl, SL Grey Hornbill, Brown Capped Babbler, black capped bulbul. This place is really unique with surrounded mountains. Also they have a track made for bird watching. Rooms are really cleaned, comfortable and spacious. Food is made to local cuisines and it is very tasty. Sally and Gerry are the owners of the place which offers you a dedicated service filled with unexplainable hospitality till you leave. Any one looking for a place to board, I recommend the Jungle Tide for you to experience.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded 6 May 2023
Our sincere apologies for the late response to this lovely review, we have been away and have only just become aware of it! It was great to have you here Dhilip and your knowledge of the birdlife was a fantastic boost for our learning! Thanks again! Sally and Jerry
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1LifeStand wrote a review Mar 2022
Colombo, Sri Lanka5089 contributions512 helpful votes
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Back exactly 2yrs after our first stay at Jungle Tide. Although Sally and Jerry were not around, Rani and Martin made us feel at home. The room and toilet were clean and well appointed. The food was awesome. Hoppers and roti is a must have! The weather was lovely and on the 2nd night it rained making it quite chilly. Loved waking up to birds chirping and warm sunlight coming through the curtains. Suki and Tofee kept us company on our excursions in the vicinity. Will be back soon! ❤
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 6 May 2023
Our profound apologies for the late response! We somehow missed this lovely review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope very much that you will return to Jungle Tide someday! Best wishes, Sally and Jerry
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Richard McCaie wrote a review Mar 2022
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Jungle Tide is a half hour tuk tuk drive from Kandy. Up in the hills the air is clean and a much more pleasant temperature than Kandy. The bungalow has several bright and airy rooms each with bathroom and veranda space. The house is surrounded by gardens with views across to the Knuckles Range. Sally and Jerry are wonderful hosts and are happy to arrange transport and suggest itineraries. The evening meals vary between western and Sri Lankan cuisine and all delicious. I fully recommend Jungle Tide as a starting point from which to explore central Sri Lanka.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 6 May 2023
So very sorry that we never responded to this lovely review! Somehow we missed it and are therefore replying shamefully late! It was a pleasure to host you and we very much hope that you will return one day In the not too far distant future!
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Gee4409 wrote a review Jan 2022
Dunedin, New Zealand86 contributions16 helpful votes
This is our third visit to Jungle Tide. We just keep coming back! It feels very homely, comfortable and relaxing. My children and I are very much at home here. Travelling Sri Lanka with an 8 and 10 year old child can have its challenges, however Jungle Tide offers a great haven for the kids; plenty of lawn space, badminton, a swimming pool, chickens with eggs to collect (ask Rani), resident wildlife (monkeys, chameleons, parrots, fireflies, eagles and much more) friendly dogs that love to go on walks, plenty of board games and children’s books for quality down time. Sally & Jerry also offer western cuisine home favourites like lasagnes and apple crumbles which can be a welcome rest bite from Sri Lankan cuisine for the children. However, if you love Sri Lankan cuisine like my husband and I, Ranis food is fabulous. Her hoppers and vegetable curries were the best I have tasted in Sri Lanka. You just need to request what you’d prefer! Jungle Tide is a Homestay 35 minutes from Kandy in the Hantana tea area. The road is now sealed all the way with the exception of the final 300m to the house. Several previous reviews mentioned access issues, but know that this has largely improved since. If taking a tuk tuk from Kandy it is 1000 rupees to get here and tuk tuks make it all the way to the Homestays front door with no trouble. As it is a Homestay, the hosts work hard to make you feel at home versus wait on you like a hotel. I suggest three days as a good length of time here. Spend your first day relaxing, take a walk amongst the tea plantations and take in the incredible scenery of the Hantana area (Jerry and Sally have walk guide cards to help), play some badminton or swim, pick a book from the exceptional library, spot wild life, take in the views from the balcony and unwind. If you want to spend all your time in Kandy city, dine in Kandy restaurants each night and be located near the city hustle and bustle, Jungle Tide isn’t going to be the ideal location. Having said this, if you want the bonus of peace, serenity, nature with the capacity to visit Kandy, Jungle Tide is the perfect compromise. It is also worth noting that Jungle Tide provide three comfortable guest rooms in the main house. Each opens on to the colonial style balcony that in turn opens on to the lawn and sweeping views. As it is located in the cooler high country, AC is not required and the ceiling fans were enough. We slept very comfortably. Note that for families, there is also a more budget option called Mulberry cottage which is great value for travelling families. It has a master with double bed and a second bedroom with bunks, it’s own bathroom, kitchen and living space and is located by the stream. I highly recommend Jungle Tide to those seeking peace, happy children, good home cooking and the option to visit the sites of Kandy or nearby areas.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 6 May 2023
Thanks so very much for this fantastic review! We have only just become aware of it, hence the lateness in our response! We very much hope that you may consider another visit sometime in the future!
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Charlotte B wrote a review Dec 2021
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We have just finished a wonderful 2 week stay at the new Mulberry Cottage at Jungle Tide. The cottage is great, comfortable and cosy with a very well stocked kitchen for preparing food and in a great spot next to an idyllic stream. Sally and Jerry, the owners are fantastic. We enjoyed lots of interesting conversations and some amazing food. Views from the main lawn over the mountains are gorgeous and we did a really nice walk called the tea pickers trail. We also enjoyed the excellent swimming pool and can't forget the adorable dogs Suki and Toffee! Thanks Sally and Jerry!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 6 May 2023
Thank you Charlotte ! and apologies for the delayed response, we did not realise these reviews were here until just now! We loved hosting you and we hope to see you at Jungle tide again someday.
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seign001 wrote a review June 2020
Doha, Qatar134 contributions24 helpful votes
We stayed at Jungle Tide in February 2020 and we are still closing our eyes and remembering the beautiful views and serenity of this lovely swap! First of all, I would like to highlight the kindness and generosity of Sally and Jerry. They are amazing hosts and will do everything to make sure you are happy with your stay. They will make sure all meals and activities you would like to do are organised and Rani (their help) cooked some delicious dishes! From Sri-Lankan typical curries, coconut pancakes, Sally's typical English Roast and tasty puddings to Jerry's lovely barbecues! Though it is about 30 mns from Kandy town, we thoroughly enjoyed our Tuk Tuk ride down the hill with the children. Jungle Tide was perfect to come out of the busy town and chill on the wrapped around terrace, reading a book, looking at birds, playing board games. On the BBQ night, we also saw some magical fireflies! Thank you Sally and Jerry!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 6 May 2023
Thank you for visiting us and we apologise for the late response! We have only just become aware of it after 3 years! Maybe you would like to visit again soon, we would be happy to see you again!
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AU$38 - AU$91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Sri LankaCentral ProvinceKandy DistrictKandy
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jungle Tide
Which popular attractions are close to Jungle Tide?
Nearby attractions include Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (6.7 km), Jayamali Batiks Studio (6.8 km), and Knuckles Mountain Range (7.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Jungle Tide?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Jungle Tide?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Jungle Tide?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Jungle Tide?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cool Corner Fried Ice Cream Parlor, Cafe Banana Chill, and Vito Wood Fired Pizza.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Jungle Tide?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Jungle Tide have airport transportation?
Yes, Jungle Tide offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Jungle Tide?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (6.7 km), Diyatilaka Mandapa (6.7 km), and Royal Assembly Hall (6.8 km).
Does Jungle Tide have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Jungle Tide accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.