Heritance Kandalama 

Immerse yourself in the forest

An eco-friendly hotel which has been incorporated into its natural setting.

Built to blend with its surroundings, Heritance Kandalama is one of the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa’s most eco-friendly designs. Integrating the rock face it nestles against, all of the beautifully designed rooms, suites and public areas look out over the forest – which is alive with monkeys and birds – the lake, and Sigiriya Rock in the distance. This is an eco-tourist’s paradise.

Why we love Heritance Kandalama

  • It’s in a wonderfully scenic lakeside setting in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, within easy reach of five World Heritage Sites

  • The hotel offers lots of enriching adventures such as bird watching with the resident naturalists or a jungle trek to an ancient village

  • It’s a masterpiece of environmentally sensitive design from one of Sri Lanka’s most famous architects   

  • When you want to relax, there are three beautiful swimming pools, one of which seems to flow into the lake, and a spa

5 stars
Nov - Mar
Sri Lanka
Colombo 10½ hours
Approx. 4 hours by road from Colombo airport
Wellness, Sustainability

This resort has earned internationally recognised certification that conform to standards set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council.



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With the main restaurant featuring themed buffets every evening, a fine-dining venue, an all-day café and a bar, plus several private dining experiences, there’s enough variety to keep guests happy.

The main restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with à la carte options, a generous buffet and live cooking stations providing a wide choice of international and local dishes.

The hotel’s fine-dining evening-only venue has a global menu that incorporates anything from Persian specialities to Spanish tapas.

Kanchana Lounge & Bar
The laidback bar is the place to come for a cup of tea, a refreshing cold drink or an evening cocktail with live entertainment.

There are several ‘exclusive dining options’, all equally appealing, including a village-style lunch in a paddy field, a lavish afternoon tea, and a gourmet dinner for two in a candlelit cave.

What's included

Breakfast at Kanchana Restaurant.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner or breakfast and lunch at Kanchana Restaurant
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Kanchana Restaurant.

The Coco Spa has a steam room, a sauna and a tempting list of massage, ayurveda and massage rituals. Opt for the 90-minute signature Coco Spa massage which combines shiatsu, Balinese and acupressure techniques to serenity-inducing effect.

There’s a small 24-hour gym equipped with treadmills, cycling machines, a step machine, a rowing machine and free weights. Outside, there’s a jogging track, tennis courts and bicycles to rent.

Group and private yoga sessions can be arranged via the spa.

At the hotel’s Eco Park, there’s a paper recycling facility, a sewage treatment plant, a plant nursery, a herb garden and beehives. The extensive grounds include a 193-acre section of protected forest where bio-diversity is promoted. Purchasing is as environmentally friendly as possible, with local suppliers and biodegradable or recyclable packaging favourekd. To support the local community, more than half of the staff come from within 20km.

Families will appreciate the option of interconnecting rooms and facilities including babysitting, the children’s menu and the under-12s playground.

Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.

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