Heritance Kandalama


Welcome to a very special Sri Lanka hotel. A hotel that doesn’t sit on the landscape but is part of it. Where monkeys climb your balcony pillars as if they were trees, swifts nest in the corners of corridors as if they were cliffs, granite crags erupt into the sinuous white walkways. Where you can float in the infinity pool while gazing across at the Sigiriya rock fortress, the eighth wonder of the world. Welcome to Heritance Kandalama, one of the premier 5 Star hotels in Sri lanka.

Heritance Kandalama is located in in the heart of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, 20 minutes from the ancient town of Dambulla and 160km from Colombo. It takes a 4-5 hours drive from Colombo and the international airport to reach our charming hotel in Sigiriya.

Heritance Kandalama is an architectural masterpiece by Geoffrey Bawa , built overlooking the eighth wonder of the world – the rock fortress of Sigiriya. The hotel sits at the heart of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, close to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The unpaved road through the jungle gives no clue to what to expect – there are no views of the hotel on the horizon. Then suddenly, as you drive up a ramp, a cave-like entrance appears. And even as you step into another world of minimalist white pillars and cool curving corridors, enormous boulders intrude and birdsong hangs in the air.

The theme continues throughout 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 focussing on highlighting its enchanting natural surroundings, our luxury resort in Sri Lanka gives priority to providing its guests with the finest comforts and service.

Our stylish bedrooms and suites offer wonderful views over Kandalama lake. As well as the delicious buffets and theme nights in our main restaurant, we offer fine dining in our Fusion Dinning Room and some more exotic, unusual options . Don’t forget to ask about our special Heritance cuisine.

And of course we offer a wide range of activities and excursions to help you find out more about the local wildlife and community as well as some of Sri Lanka’s amazing heritage.

Heritance Kandalama has won more than 70 awards & certificates for its architecture, food and service, Food Safety Management System, Energy Management System & Environment Management System. We were the first Green Globe 21 certified hotel in Asia and, most recently, in June 2011, we won the Gold Award for Built Environment in the prestigious Green Apple Awards & we are the First LEED Certified Hotel in the World.


The 152 rooms at Heritance Kandalama showcase the architectural genius of Geoffrey Bawa
Split between two wings, all rooms overlook the Kandalama tank and forest. Those in the Dambulla wing also have views of the enormous Buddha on Dambulla Rock, while rooms in the Sigiriya wing look out over the famous rock fortress. Every room is set at a different angle from its neighbours, so the view from each is unique.

Entering your room is like entering your own private world – a five-star cocoon at the centre of the 230-acre Kandalama estate. Polished wood floors and sophisticated colour palettes of black, grey and red are complemented by local fabrics and hangings.The glass-fronted bathrooms make you feel part of the natural landscape outside: you can take a refreshing shower or relax in the Jacuzzi without fear of being overlooked (except maybe by the monkeys who casually clamber up the creepers on your balcony!). Each bathroom is tastefully supplied with custom-made Kandalama toiletries.

The rooms are fully equipped with energy-efficient air conditioning, TVs with satellite and local channels, a comprehensive minibar and a digital safe.  The free bottles of Hethersett Water come from the mountain spring of our sister hotel, Heritance Tea Factory, and we also provide coffee- and tea-making equipment, to help you make the most of your stay at one of the finest Sri Lanka resorts.

All rooms are accessible to wheelchairs, and we offer driver quarters if you have your own driver. We also provide free Wi-Fi in every room, as well as laundry service (no dry cleaning), porter service and 24-hour room service.

Free cots are available for babies; we can also provide an extra bed for a child on request.

Driver’s accommodation inclusive of all three meals will be provided free of charge.


Whether you want to relax with a book by the infinity pool, work up a sweat in the gym or wind down with a relaxing massage in the spa, we have a comprehensive range of facilities to keep you occupied.

As one of the finest resorts in Sri Lanka, we can also host conferences in our Kasyapa Room.Purge the pressures of the workplace at Heritance Hotels’ inspiring new Heritance Kandalama Conference Centre, a one-of-a-kind, purpose-built venue that seats up to 350.

Whether you seek configurable meeting spaces or state-of-the-art conferencing technologies, the Heritance Kandalama Conference Centre boasts of extensive meeting facilities, delicious cuisine, and expert hospitality and service staff who understand that flexibility and adaptability is essential to successfully seeing through your meeting. With a breathtaking panorama of the Kandalama lake, it is the ideal setting for strategic planning, leadership training and team-building get-togethers as hard-working corporate or nonprofit teams come together to discover new synergies and create lasting memories.

The venue includes a 3,640 square foot conference hall and four breakout rooms that provide everything from exceptional comfort, beauty, and acoustics, to state-of-the-art technology with wireless internet, lighting, projection, and sound systems. And what better way to end a day of focused and productive planning and training than to trek through the jungle and scale Elephant Rock, go on wild elephant safari at Minneriya National Park, or, if you prefer our equally great indoors, step onto the 2,127 square foot cocktail deck that offers an unobstructed view of the Ritigala mountain range and the glamorous light of Kandalama’s famous sunsets to add tropical color to your cocktail.

Heritance Kandalama is one of Asia’s and Sri Lanka’s most awarded resorts. It is the first hotel in the world to receive LEED certification and is committed to sustainable building and green space with 30,363 square feet of LEED-certified space. To date, the 152 room resort has won Sri Lanka Tourism’s “Best 5 Star Resort” for three consecutive years and was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame.