Article by HolidayHorizon.net
Heritance Kandalama Hotel, previously known as Kandalama hotel, is no doubt one of the finest hotels that Sri Lanka proudly presents to the world traveler. Built with incredibly environmental sensitive architecture of Jeffry Bawa, the hotel nestles against the rocky plains, molding itself to the picturesque environment than tarnishing it with a typical concrete structure. Built with a concern for environment, the hotel is among the most recognized of eco-friendly tourist destinations in the entire Asian region. It is also the first hotel in Asian to be certified as a Green Globe 21 hotel. From the breath taking view surrounding the hotel to the amazing architecture, the pampering staff and the legendary Kandalama cuisine, the experience that awaits a discerning traveler is a one of delightful surprise.
The Hotel and its Surroundings
Kandalama hotel is located in Dambulla, approximately 160km from the capital city of Colombo and is in the cultural triangle of the country. The area is home to the famous world heritage site, Sigiriya rock fortress, built by ancient king Kashyapa in 477 CE. With a stunning panoramic view of the Sirgiriya citadel and the Kandalama tank the hotel create a sense of adventure and affinity with the wild. The surrounding forestry and the structure of the hotel merges with each other, with lush foliage, green roof top lawns, and swaying indigenous trees and plants which are individually tagged for informative knowledge of the visitors. The serenity of the landscape mingles with the occasional howl of the monkeys, sights of the shy wart hogs and the majestic march of the wild elephant herd. The visitors are often enthralled by the chance of a life time to sight wild life and birds in their own sanctuaries from the vantage points of their own room balconies.
What to Enjoy at Heritance Kandalama
When you are at Heritance Kandalama, it is not just the scenery that will sweep you off your feet. Be ready to enjoy the Sri Lankan hospitality at its most rustic and charming form from the time you are greeted at the lobby with a pink or purple water lily of a lotus flower to the time your bags are packed back to the car boot with sincere smiles and wishes of safe journey. Kandalama hotel is legendary for the mouth watering spread it lays out for the buffet meals that are fit for royalty. With a wide variety of cuisines represented, the theme nights for buffets offer Chinese, continental, Thai, Indian and Mongolian dishes along with Sri Lankan food that appeals to many of the foreigners’ palate. Each of the 152 rooms are uniquely designed and decorated, and equipped with all the amenities of 5 star luxury. From sunken baths to rocking chairs, the visitors are cajoled in to relax and unwind from the hubbub and stresses of city life. With fresh fruits in the rooms to hand crafted chocolate baskets that delight the clients, Heritance Kandalama is certainly aiming to please.
Activities to Take Part in
At Heritance Kandalama, visitors have the chance to engage in a host of exciting activities including bird watching, wild life or cultural site expeditions, hot air balloon rides to glide over the picaresque forest below or simply unwind and rejuvenate at the world class Six Sense Spa. You can travel back in time, when you take an elephant ride, imagining how the kings traveled on these majestic animals in their royal glory. The misty natural rock pools are a mix of ecological preservation and tranquil serenity, eliciting romance in the air. An excursion not to miss would be the visit to Seegiriya itself, a citadel of bygone glory of the ancient kingdom of King Kashyapa.
Overall, the hotel is excellent at delivering the promise of a heavenly vacation to its visitors. While it is one of the top end hotels of Sri Lanka, the price you pay will certainly be worth every cent, as the entire Kandalama experience would be an indelible memory of a life time.