Driving through the jungle on a dirt track through the trees which seems to go on forever, at night this is quite a magical drive. As the car turns the bend, the hotel emerges from the trees. This is one of Geoffrey Bawa's architectural feats and an iconic hotel for Sri Lanka.
The hotel is situated on a hillside overlooking Kandalama Tank and the national park. There are plenty of monkeys, birds and other wildlife including a resident elephant who is close by most mornings.
Rooms are large and luxurious with great beds and wonderful bathrooms. Large windows give plenty of light but the creepers growing over the facade of the hotel doesn't allow for many views.
The hotel offers 2 pools which give you panoramic views of the surrounding area and the main restaurant also has great views.
If you can afford a Luxury Room it is definitely worth the upgrade.
Staff are friendly and polite and happy to assist with any request. Very hospitable and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heritance Kandalama is shaped like the outspread wings of a bird, following the line of the cliff from which it seems to emerge. The hotel is a staggering 1km from end to end, and rises up seven floors, yet appears to be a perfectly natural extension of the mountainside. The flat roof and timber pillars support a screen of vegetation that attracts local wildlife. The abundance of real-life animals around the hotel is complemented by wonderful large-scale sculptures within it. A metal owl is suspended outside the main restaurant; wooden elephants inhabit the lounge; a stone cobra uncoils along the terrace overlooking the infinity pool. However, while focusing on highlighting its enchanting natural surroundings, our luxury resort in Sri Lanka gives priority to providing its guests with the finest comforts and service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kandalama Hotel Sri Lanka
- Hotel Heritance Kandalama
- Heritance Kandalama Dambulla
- Kandalama Hotel Dambulla