Chaaya Citadel Hotel | Kandy | Sri Lanka



Why the King of Kandy kept coming back here.

Chaaya Citadel Kandy is constructed in the place of the former Dunuvila Wallauwa (The ancestral home of the Dunivila family). Dunuvila, one of the King’s Ministers, lived here with his extended family.

And, as the legend goes the King of Kandy would make it a point to break journey at this very location whenever he passed by in his boat. It is said that he did not simply stop to rest, but to bathe in the river and spend some time at the Wallauwa.

An old family photograph of the original Wallauwa still hangs at the entrance to the hotel.

The legend doesn’t tell us what attracted the King to this very spot again and again. We can only imagine. But the fact that the Sovereign kept coming back is possibly the same reason why guests keep coming back to Chaaya Citadel. For rest and rejuvenation. For romance and adventure. For nature and inspiration.

On the historic road that leads from Colombo to Kandy, 160 Km from Colombo, just before the bustling Kandy town stands the perfect destination for naturalists, culturists and romantics – Chaaya Citadel Kandy. It is a tribute to the natural citadel that was Senkadagala.

Sweeping green hills, the longest river in the country, misty mornings and the fresh outdoors, are just a few things that naturally come together here to make the perfect holiday. Just 2 1/2 hours from the Sri Lanka’s Capital City Colombo, Chaaya Citadel Kandy has reinvented itself taking into account the needs of holidaymakers around the world. Replete with a sense of history, serenity and majesty, the hotel offers guests the opportunity to experience the amazing Kandyan history, the culture and the arts that play a big role in the lives of the Sri Lankans. Five Experience Packages are designed to shower guests with a wealth of experience. The Chaaya chain of hotels, setting high standards, has a reputation for operating impressive hotels and resorts in the region and has been singled out for its efforts.

Chaaya Citadel Kandy, nestled in the hills of Sri Lanka, has received three ISO certifications – ISO 22000; 2005 for Food Safety Management, ISO 14001 for its environment and OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety. ‘Chaaya’ means ‘Reflection’ and it is time to reflect on a holiday experience here!


Deluxe Room / Suites: 24 spacious air-conditioned luxury rooms, overlooking the river, feature elements and themes inspired by Kandy’s rich cultural heritage adding an ethnic and luxuriant feeling from the moment guests enter the rooms. The doors are painted on both sides with exquisite Kandyan motifs while above the ultra comfortable queen size beds hang a pleasant surprise – hand-woven fabric drapes that adorn the interiors. Each room features a sitting area with a built-in couch and coffee table.

  • Features include a balcony with outdoor-style seating
  • A well stocked mini bar
  • Cable TV
  • A DVD player
  • A large bath
  • Glass shower cubical
  • Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities
  • Bathrobes and bathroom slippers
  • Complimentary toiletries, which include a moisturizer, a shaving kit, toothpaste and toothbrush and shower gel

Superior Rooms: All 97 air-conditioned rooms overlook the river and are elegantly furnished and complete with all four star luxuries. Above the beds hang hand-woven fabric wall hangings, featuring Kandyan motifs.

Features include a balcony with outdoor-style seating

  • A well stocked mini bar
  • Cable TV
  • A glass shower cubical
  • Complimentary tea and coffee making facilities
  • A hair drier and complimentary toiletries


Vel Eliya Restaurant: A spacious restaurant on the first floor of the main wing of the hotel offering guests an unobstructed view of the graceful Mahweli River that flows below. Vel Eliya offers a wide choice of buffet style dining choices at mealtime. Vibrant painted Kandyan-style designs adorn the ceiling and the pillars of the restaurant adding colour to the length and breath to this generously spacious and comfortable restaurant.

Giri Sikara Lounge and Bar: An open lounge bar overlooking the Pool and the Mahaweli River where guests are served up signature cocktails and mock tails any time of day. Beverages of every description, local and imported spirits and liqueurs are available on request. The non-traditional “Kandyan Kocktails” available here have become a hot choice with the guests while the exotic tropical fruit juices are all-time favourites. Traditional Kandyan designs on cloth beautify the entire ceiling area while large cement vases filled with water and freshly picked jasmines add a pleasant fragrance to the air. The lounge opens out to the Pool area inviting guests to indulge in a romantic stroll under the stars while soothing music fills the air. At night, after the Sun sets and the stars come out, Giri Sikara features live entertainment ‘ a band, in a casual yet exotic atmosphere making it the ideal spot to treat yourself to a drink or perhaps engage in some social dancing.

Uda Rata Bojun: (Meaning: A feast from the hill country) Fine Dining Restaurant at Chaaya Citadel The Uda Rata Bojun fine dining restaurant offers the finest authentic Kandyan cuisine in the hill capital. It serves up tried and tested and most loved recipes from the days gone by. The restaurant is famous for offering delightful choices from its ? La Carte menu, a choice fit for royalty! This tastefully decorated restaurant with its cozy interior offers split-level seating and includes a bar at the top-level. Its fabulous location next to the river means early diners can catch a picturesque view of the landscaped garden and the river beyond at dusk.

Pool Bar: With the turquoise swimming pool on one side and the flowing waters of the Mahaweli River on the other, the Pool Bar is a fabulous place to sit, sip a drink and watch village life literally go by. Rustic riverside scenes provide a calming backdrop of rare sites and sounds -boatmen guiding their boats along the river at dawn, children playing on the opposite river bank as the womenfolk bathe in its cool waters in the afternoon and exotic birds providing music whilst perched atop lush tree tops throughout the day. The Pool Bar is a favourite location when planning special theme dinners for small groups of guests who prefer a setting out of the ordinary, out in the open.

Products and Services: 24 Luxury Suites and 97 A/C Standard Rooms, Conference facilities, Room service, Swimming pool, Indoor games, Boating, Billiards, Snooker, Table tennis, River boat rides.

Check-in/Check-out Time Normal Check-in Time is 12.00 noon and Check-Out time is 11.00 a.m. Earlier Check-in Time or later Check-out time could be requested on a case by case basis and the hotel may agree depending on availability.

Address: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Airport: Colombo International


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