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Heritance Kandalama

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  • About this holiday

    Expressions holidays highly recommends The Heritance Kandalama as a base for exploring Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. Featured in our Highlights of Sri Lanka Touring Holiday this hotel is a real treat at the end of a days sightseeing and is an ideal location from which to explore both Sigiriya and Dambulla. This is a striking and often spectacular property which blends into the local environs and offers a wealth of activities and eco-based wildlife experiences. Marvel at the Kandalama lake and surrounding jungle views, retreat into the excellent Six Senses Spa, partake in individual nature walks and soak in the remarkable floating infinity pool. A few nights stay at the Heritance Kandalama will truly enhance any Sri Lankan tour itinerary.

    Client Testimonials
    "Stunning location overlooking Kandalama Lake, with great vistas from the public rooms and many of the bedrooms."
    Mrs H, February 2015

    "A spectacular hotel. The view of Sirigirya reflected Bawa's idea of space between Sirigirya and the hotel. The element of mystery and surprise as you arrive through the dense forest did not disappoint. Showering and being watched by monkeys moving through the hanging vegetation was delightful."
    Mr & Mrs C, April 2016

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room
    From £1,700 for 7 nights
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Heritance Kandalama Hotel is a truly amazing eco-cultural experience, award-winning and unique. If you love nature, outdoor activities, visiting cultural sites and hot weather, we urge you to stay a while.

    Hotel description

    Designed by Sri Lanka’s renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa, Heritance Kandalama Hotel is a masterpiece of modern resort luxury that blends seamlessly with its natural environment, amidst the dramatic scenery of the Cultural Triangle. Spread along the edge of an escarpment facing Kandalama Tank (lake), with views to Sigiriya Rock, this 152- bedroomed resort hotel is built in the form of the outspread wings of a bird between two rocks and appears to be a natural extension of the mountainside. In this inspiring synergy with nature, vegetation grows along the walls, bats swoop in and out of open corridors and monkeys play on the branches outside your balcony.

    The accommodation at Heritance Kandalama embodies the architectural genius of Geoffrey Bawa. Arranged in the two ‘wings’, every room is set at a different angle to its neighbours and has its own private balcony, some affording views of the rock fortress of Sigiriya. The glass fronted bathrooms make you feel as if you are a part of the picturesque natural landscape. These 152 timber-panelled and designer decorated rooms range from Superior to the ultra luxury Royal Suite offering a choice of bathrooms fitted with luxurious rain showers, bathtubs or Jacuzzis.

    The renowned Heritance chefs combine the best traditions of international cuisine with a Sri Lankan touch, using local and organic ingredients to achieve optimal nutritional value. The large, air-conditioned Kanchana restaurant on the 6th floor serves sumptuous buffets or set menus, whilst on the 7th floor the ‘Kashyapa’ offers a la carte and the ‘Kalu Diya’ romantic fine dining, All three restaurants have beautiful panoramic views, so enjoy your meal and sip a glass of wine while feasting your eyes on Kandalama Lake, the forests and Sigiriya rock silhouetted against the distant horizon.

    At Heritance Kandalama, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Six Senses spa offers a range of spa treatments from around the world; indoors there’s a library, table tennis and games and there are three outdoor swimming pools - a favourite amongst guests is one of Bawa’s ingenious concepts, the sapphire blue infinity pool which appears to fall into the water of the Kandalama Lake. ‘Siripala’ (a traditional flutist from the village) plays his flute in the evenings on the rock just by it. In the 50 acres of grounds you can play tennis, learn about the ecosystem in the eco-park, marvel at the scenery and wildlife from atop an elephant, or on horseback, or take a guided walk along one of the nature trails.

    With two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the 2,000 year-old cave temple at Dambulla and the Sigiriya rock fortress nearby, and the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, and Minneriya National Park making excellent day excursions, Heritance Kandalama is an ideal base from which to explore Sri Lanka’s ancient heritage and its rich natural environment.

    Perhaps what is most amazing about Heritance Kandalama is its complete sense of responsibility. Right from its conception in the late 1980s, the hotel has grown up as an intrinsic part of the local community, providing livelihoods and supporting local villages. It goes to great lengths to conserve its local environment and really does put an impressive energy, waste and water conservation policy into practice. No mean feat, and possibly still unique, for a 152-bedroomed hotel. It well deserves its numerous awards – at Heritance Kandalama you really are staying somewhere special. 


    Kandalama, near Dambulla

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 4 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    All 152 bedrooms have Air-conditioning and ceiling fan, Balcony (except 2 rooms), En-suite shower room with washbasin and wc (47 rooms also have a Jacuzzi bath), Mini-bar, IDD Telephone, Tea/coffee maker, Satellite TV (12 channels), Radio, Safe, Wifi internet access, Hairdryer and Room service. Room catagories are as follows:

    Panoramic. With shower cubicle, located on the 5th or 7th floor of the Dambulla wing, specifically noted for its view.
    Luxury room. With rain shower cubicle/Bath tub and views of Sigiriya and the Kandalama Lake, located on the 2nd and 3rd floors in Sigiriya wing.
    Deluxe room. With rain shower and private Jacuzzi, located in Sigiriya wing 4th & 5th floors.
    Suite. Separate living area, 2 private balconies, views, rain shower with shower cubicle, private Jacuzzi. 
    Luxury Suite. LCD flat screen TV, rain shower cubicle, private Jacuzzi, 2 private balconies. Wifi not Available. Pillow menu.
    Royal Suite. Independent suites with king-sized four-poster beds and LCD - TVs with DVD player connect to a single living area, a dining table with seating for ten. The two Jacuzzis in the Royal Suite are built right up against a vast glass window.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Elephant Corridor include: 3 restaurants, 2 bars, 3 outdoor swimming pools, Spa, Sauna/steam/Jacuzzi, Yoga and meditation, Chess, Kids play area, Business centre with internet, Library, Shops, Live music and cultural shows, Wedding arrangements, Elephant back trekking, Horse-riding, Boat trip on the lake, Guided walks and cycle rides, Child Policy, Children of all ages welcome, Kids play area, Children’s menus, High chairs for children, Babysitting service available, In-house animator, Interconnecting rooms available, Triple rooms (or Double rooms with extra bed) available.
    Children under 2 years old are accommodated free of charge, Two Children between 2 and 12 years old sharing a double room are accommodated at 50% discount. 

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Tennis, Table tennis, Volleyball, Gym, Darts and billiards, Bicycles for hire

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to Heritance Kandalama are: Kandalama Tank (lake); Dambulla Cave Temple; Sigiriya Rock Fortress; village life.
    Day trips to Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura & Mihintale, Minneriya National Park
    Activities nearby: hot air balloon rides
    Special Events: in Dambulla – markets, international cricket matches, Buddhist festivals.

    Sports nearby


    Children of all ages welcome

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    All bedrooms are wheelchair accessible and have disabled toilets. There is one room specially equipped for people with disabilities.


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