Heritance Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla, Sri Lanka


Heritance Kandalama Dambulla Sri Lanka

The first hotel in Asia to get Green Globe certification, the Heritage Kandalama is probably the hotel that has won the most number of international awards over the years. 160 km from Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, and just a few minutes away from the nearest town, the Heritance Kandalama is an oasis of luxury and relaxation.

Overlooking an ancient reservoir, where on misty mornings elephants gather to quench their thirst, with a UNESCO World Heritage Site as its backdrop, the Heritance Kandalama is itself a masterpiece of design.

Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the 2000-year-old cave temple at Dambulla and Sigiriya’s rock fortress are just minutes away from the Hotel. Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the ancient cities that form the Cultural Triangle, as well as the Minneriya wildlife sanctuary are also situated close by, making the Heritance Kandalama an ideal base to explore both Sri Lanka’s ancient heritage and its rich bio-diversity.

‘Heritance Kandalama’ simply, HAS to be experienced. Every aspect of it is a seamless, endless entity where a blend of unspoilt nature and civilization at its most luxurious, co-exist in amazing amity ~ nurtured by a family of committed human beings ~ who are warm and caring to man and beast alike. Mere words could never do complete justice to this magical palace in the forest. The contrasts; the texture; the magnificence has to be experienced, to be believed.


The Heritance Kandalama has over 150 luxurious rooms, built on two separate wings, which blend perfectly with the natural environment. Each room has a breathtaking view. The Dambulla Wing has vistas of the surrounding mountains, the forest and Kandalama reservoir; whilst the Sigiriya Wing captures picturesque views of Sigiriya Rock.

The spacious and elegantly furnished rooms have en suite bathrooms with rain showers and hot and cold water. These glass-fronted bathrooms provide guests with constant views of the landscape, and occasionally the monkeys a view of you! The rooms boast luxurious simplicity, with solid timber flooring and timber interiors, and hand woven tapestries throw spots of colour into the cool crevices.


The Heritance Kandalama has [3] three restaurants offering a multitude of succulent delicacies, to satisfy both the Eastern and Western palette. The Al a Carte and fine dining restaurants along with the Kanchana Café have won many awards including the SAGA Good Food Award for ten [10] consecutive years.

There is also the ‘Kanchana Lounge’ for post or pre dinner cocktails which hosts a variety of nightly entertainment including cultural shows and other musical performances.

Heritance Kandalama Dambulla Sri Lanka - Activity


Whether you are an avid bird watcher, a biking enthusiast or an elephant lover, the Heritance Kandalama offers both spirited and relaxed leisure activities – from table tennis and billiards, to beach volleyball, elephant rides and excursions.

Set amongst the jungle and a man-made reservoir, nature is close at hand at the Heritance Kandalama. There is bird watching and boating and bicycles for hire, giving everyone the option to explore the countryside, alone or with friends. And if you are really in the mood to unwind, Six Senses Spa, one of the world’s most renowned spa facilities, will take you to a state beyond bliss!

Six Senses Spa

The Six Senses Spa is one of a chain of 24 award-winning, world renowned spa properties. Its main philosophy revolves around balancing a pyramid of the five senses. Sight, Sound and Touch make up the base of the pyramid; Taste and Smell form the central layer, with the apex symbolizing the unique sensory experience of a Six Senses Spa, with therapy packages to totally rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.

The spa uses indigenous herbs, drawn in from ancient Asian traditions as well as tropical fruits and exotic oils combined with steam, sauna, massage, scrubs, baths and wraps by highly skilled therapists.

Swedish, Asian and aromatherapy massages are available alongside Ayurvedic traditional massage. Also on offer are beauty care treatments like facials, manicures and pedicures.

Nature Trails

In Sri Lanka, a visitor discovers the richest biodiversity in the whole of Asia per sq. km of available land area. With its very high endemicity, a visitor will encounter more than 3,360 species of flowering plants, 1,920 fungi, 242 species of butterflies, 78 species of fresh water fish, 322 non-migrant birds and 250 amphibians.

A hike to the historic Aligala (Elephant Rock) cave in the jungle, which is located to the east of the hotel, will take just 40 minutes.


Cycle through typical Sri Lankan villages and farmland. The cycling route of 28 km around the hotel is virtually traffic-free and you will come across many places of scenic beauty.


The 8,889 hectare Minneriya National Park includes the catchment area of a main water reservoir 249 square km in extent built by King Mahasen about 15 centuries ago. One hour’s drive from the Hotel, this park is easily reached along the main road to Polonnaruwa. During August to October, over 300 elephants gather on the shores of the Minneriya Tank. This gathering of elephants is the highlight of the National Park and is one of the largest gatherings of elephants in the wild anywhere in the world.

PhotoCredit – Vishkid – Flickr

Elephant Back Trekking

Elephant (Maximus Ceylonicus) is an intelligent and friendly animal if treated properly. Sri Lankan royalty always went about on elephant back on civic visits as well as to war. Enjoy and feel the majestic experience of riding one of them yourself.

Horse Riding

Those who like riding have a choice of thoroughbreds, crossbreds and even ponies. You can ride along nature trails so varied, that there is never a dull moment. Locations around the lake offer superb setting to enjoy nature.

Boat Rides

Experience a unique ride in an “Angula” the Sinhala name for a high floating raft. Visit the bird island in the centre of the lake where Egrest, Herons and Storks root for the night and fly away in the morning. Enjoy the sunset with the birds settling down on tree tops for the night.

Products & Services: 162 Rooms, Room service, Botanical studies, 3 Swimming pools, Indoor games,Tennis, Billiards, Horse riding, Jungle tracking.

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

Address: Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Airport: Colombo International – 150km


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One comment on “Heritance Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
  1. E.K. Dilum Duminda says:

    I am Dilum Duminda, Head Quarters Commissioner, Scout Association, Sri Lanka. The Association has arranged to conduct International Scout Jamboree in April 2012 at Dambulla. More thyan 25 countries will partcipate at this event. in this regard I need to discuss some matters with Kandalama Hotel Chairman or any other responsible officer. Awaiting a mail.
    E.K. Dilum Duminda

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