There is decadence in every detail of the Theva Residency , subtle hints of luxury such as slippers that feel like pillows beneath your feet and the spectacular 3D Sri Lankan paintings adorning the walls.
These sit alongside more obvious features such as the Jacuzzi centre piece of my room and the infinity pool surrounded by sun beds overlooking the hills of Kandy.
Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka and, while you only need a couple of days to complete your check list, there are many beautiful sights to see and places to explore.
It is just a three-hour drive from Colombo, or four or five hours on a train – this is one of the unusual things about Sri Lanka, trains take longer. This is because the routes wind slowly, often up through hills, with more stops that you are usually expecting.
Kandy itself is a busy city, with tuk tuks littering the road and the streets overflowing with people, but you can find solace in a beautiful hotel in the hills, or in one of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world…
If you want to see elephants in Sri Lanka then don’t go here, my visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage made me feel very uncomfortable throughout.
Before going to Sri Lanka and arriving at Kandy, where the majority of tourists are staying when they visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, we had decided against going. We both worried that it was cruel.
While we were away, however, my other half’s Sri Lankan friend encouraged us to visit and after reading this, I decided to go and check it out for myself.
We should have considered how different an experience it is visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage as tourists, rather than a local or a journalist invited by the tourist board. If you’re not in either of these categories, then this isn’t the way to see elephants in Sri Lanka.