Luxury hotel holiday Heritance Kandalama Sigiriya

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.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Heritance Kandalama, Sigiriya

Heritance Kandalama Hotel is an award winning, 5-star hotel which offers a unique eco-cultural experience. Guests can enjoy exquisite nature, delicious cuisine and excellent spa facilities in this idyllic, secluded retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location In the countryside, approximately seven miles from Dambulla

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 4 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

3 Restaurants, 2 Bars, 3 Outdoor swimming pools, Spa, Sauna, Steam room, 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

Land sports

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

Out and about nearby

Kandalama Tank (lake), Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, village life. Day trips to Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura & Mihintale, Minneriya National Park, hot air balloon rides. In Dambulla - markets, international cricket matches, Buddhist festivals.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,900

Holiday Code WW103

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Heritance Kandalama, Sigiriya

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 is 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 à 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.

Room descriptions

Heritance Kandalama has 152 bedrooms, all with 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.

Standard
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.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,900

Holiday Code WW103

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Heritance Kandalama, Sigiriya

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to the Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 3 hours and 45 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is usually stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide.

Additional information

Children: Children of all ages welcome. The hotel has a Kids' play area, Children's menus, High chairs for children, Babysitting service and an In-house animator. Interconnecting rooms and Triple rooms (or Double rooms with extra bed) are 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.

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

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,900

Holiday Code WW103

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Heritance Kandalama, Sigiriya

About Cultural Triangle

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle gives visitors the opportunity to experience a melting pot of heritage, culture and wildlife in the central dry, which is home to a wealth of UNESCO world heritage sites and beautiful landscapes, still rich in wildlife and natural habitats. It is essential to visit the Cultural Triangle during a holiday in Sri Lanka. Most visitors spend a day or two visiting the cultural sites as part of a touring holiday around Sri Lanka, yet we think this area is so rich in culture, local life and wildlife that it can also merit a week’s stay, discovering the culture and enjoying the natural environment. The local people here lead a largely agrarian life often centring round rice cultivation. Today’s landscape on these flat, dry, red earth plains is dotted with vast tracts of water - fields of rice paddies and water lilies and the ancient reservoirs known as ‘tanks’ - interspersed with forests and smallholdings, solitary rock mountains, temples and villages. Wild elephants are often sighted inside (and sometimes outside) the national parks, whilst monkeys, swamp hens, cormorants and mynah birds are commonly seen. This area is considered to be the cradle of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist civilisation as we know it today. It is also the epicentre of Sri Lankan Ayurveda, the science centrifugal to a healthy life – if you want to find a really authentic, traditional Ayurvedic doctor, this is the place to be. There is a great range of high-quality hotels in the Cultural Triangle - we have carefully selected hotels throughout the area which we believe to be the best at what they do. They all enjoy tranquil and beautiful rural settings and range from luxury boutique hotels such as Ulagalla Resort, to eco-friendly resorts such as Jetwing Vil Uyana. There are many highlights of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites which between them telling the fascinating story of Sri Lanka's Civilisation. As well as Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Cave Temples of Dambulla, the Mediaeval capital of Polonnaruwa and the sacred city of Anuradhapura there are numerous other places of interest which are well worth a visit.

Highlights of the Cultural Triangle

Sigiriya Rock Fortress; Dambulla Cave Temples; Polonnaruwa – ruins of the ancient capital; Anuradhapura – sacred city; Wildlife safari in Minneriya National Park (or Kaudulla National Park); Elephant rides/treks; Birdwatching on the ‘tanks’; Hot air balloon ride; Cycle ride – local village life; Ayurveda health treatments, massages, herbal steam beds and aromatic baths; Ritigala monastery ruins (walking required); Aukana Buddha; Mihintale; the story of Buddhism; the story of Ayurveda. Day trip or continue on to Kandy, visiting spice gardens, batik workshops, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy market, city centre, view from hills, workshops for woodcarving, brass and musical instruments.

Cultural highlights of the Cultural Triangle

Four of Sri Lanka's eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in what is popularly known as the Cultural Triangle. Between them they tell a fascinating story of Sri Lanka’s civilisation. The 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of Sri Lanka’s most awe-inspiring archaeological sites and its prime tourist attraction, well worth climbing to see the majestic views from the summit. Nearby are the Dambulla Cave Temples, each cave filled with murals and gilded statues depicting the life of the Buddha. The well-preserved ruins of Polonnaruwa, the 12th century capital, tell a story of Buddhism, royalty, kinship, war and power. Highlights are the Royal Palace, Council Chamber and four graceful Buddha statues of Gal Vihara. The ancient city of Anuradhapura is a vast archaeological site of palaces, monasteries, temples and dagobas, mostly in ruins, although some have been resorted. This was one of the grandest monastic cities that the world has ever seen. Other sights worth seeing are Mihintale Sanctuary, known as the ‘cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka’; Ritigala, ruins of a 9th century monastery hidden amongst dense forest; and Minneriya National Park, a park filled with wildlife including elephants, buffalo, wild boar and crocodiles.

Festivals in the Cultural Triangle

The Buddhist festivals: monthly on Poya (full moon) days, especially Vesak (May) and Poson (June). Poson marks the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda, son of Asoka of India at Mihintale in 3rd century BC. July to October – the Elephant Gathering: during this season in the evenings, hundreds of wild elephants gather along the banks of the Minneriya Tank.

Climate in the Cultural Triangle

As the climate is very hot with an average temperature of 30° C, it is best to do sightseeing and activities in the early mornings and late afternoons, with time to relax at the hotel, eat or travel in air-conditioning at the height of the day. Average humidity is 60%, with very little rainfall most of the year - most of the rain falls between November and February when the North-east monsoon prevails.

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