Wendy is a Belgian and came to Sri Lanka a few years ago on holiday with a tour group. After climbing the sacred mountain of Adam’s Peak, Wendy hurt her knees. The local guide Neranjan Bandara carried her all the way down the mountain and that was the start of something beautiful.

Wendy then moved to Sri Lanka where she and Neranjan built the homestay close to Neranjan’s parents. Their happiness is now sealed with their three beautiful daughters: Siyara, Sayuni and Shaniya.

Neranjan has grown up in the valley and has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the local fauna and flora and the history of his country. When he is not busy taking our guests on tours you will find him in the kitchen. He loves to cook and knows everything about the local food and its ingredients.

Wendy enjoys welcoming guests to the homestay while taking care of the children and the rest of the household.

Wendy, Neranjan and their children, Neranjan’s parents and Roxy the German Shepherd welcome you to Sandalwood Valley.

Why choose us?

We love to share the unique Sri Lankan culture and traditions with our guests who will take home lasting memories of their stay with us.

The sweeping view from our verandah over the green valley to Adam’s Peak in the distance are spectacular. The breeze is , and the sounds of the forest are both exciting and relaxing. There is always something new to see along the walking tracks and paths or hear from the local wildlife. At night the valley sparkles with lights and music from local homes and fireflies dart about. Sometimes there is even an uninterrupted sky show of lightning far in the distance.

Our family is a blend of the best of Belgian and a Sri Lankan cultures. We have an excellent knowledge of Sri Lankan and Western culture and customs. In our home we speak Dutch, English and Sinhala.

We look forward to hosting you in our homestay soon and help you organise your trip.