Heritance Kandalama Hotel
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Governorphil stayed here on Oct 7, 1999 during their trip titled: Sri Lanka 1999.
Rumutung. Big red fruits a little like lychees but sweeter and bigger. If you see them anywhere try them they're delicious! We munched on about 10 of them in the car on the way to Sigiriya and on arrival were greeted by a group of gentlemen very eager to carry our bags, not knowing that we very guiltily didn't have any change at all to give them.< …
We started at 7am on 3rd July 2012.After a just four hours drive from Colombo we could reach Dambulla. The hotel is located 11km away.It's an ideal place for relaxing.
We went on one last tour whilst in Kandy, the Botanical gardens and a couple of more temples. The gardens were very beautiful, huge trees, enormous Boabs and of course wedding couples everywhere. Our tuk tuk driver had a funny thing about the rule where foreigners had to buy tickets to enter some of the temples. Despite us saying that we didn't …
Desa drove us around Kandy to the botanical gardens, where we preceded a crocodile of six year olds in the orchid house. The chattering stream of children rushed hand-in-hand around the exhibits and out again, without looking at a single one of them. We followed them out of the orchid house and headed off in the opposite direction. This time we …
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I stayed there 2 nights, Really a good experience.
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We went there for our Honemoon oin Aug 04 - Cannot believe the peace you get there. Staff were really friendly, music was wonderful and the hotel is so clean that you can see your face in the floor
I want to go there again
Quite simply this is the best hotel I have stayed in anywhere in the world. We travel extensively and stay in fantastic places but words fail me when describing the sheer magic of The Kandelama. Location, Service, Food, Cleanliness, Staff, Design. This is definately one of the places in the world you have to go before you die. It is a life experience. The only thing you need to remember is if you are touring in the area leave an extra day or two to enjoy the hotel. Go on an Elephant breakfast ride where you get up early, the hotel pack a lovely picnic breakfast and you ride on a Howdah on the back of an Elephant for a breakfast safari next to the lake in front of the hotel. The rest of your stay will only be limited by your imagination. Independant travel is safe and easy and we always have our own car and driver this is very inexpensive and usually costs about £130 for five days. These can usually be booked with the holiday through Kuoni in the UK, Sri Lankas largest tour operator.
We got married in the Kandalama in May 2002 and absolutely love this hotel so much that we vowed to return each year for our anniversary.
In total we have stayed there 3 times and the food, service, location & wildlife (especially the monkey's!) just make us want to return.
We are building a house in Sri Lanka now but the Kandalama will always be the place we want to escape to.
The staff are so helpful and friendly. The hotel does so much for the local economy by selling local crafts, employment etc
Please go there and RELAX.
You can now go up in a hot air balloon over the jungle. Sadly ours was cancelled as no wind, but you may be lucky.
Aisling & Aruna, Manchester UK
We have just spent a week at the Kandalama Hotel and could not fault a thing. The location in front of the Kandalama Tank has one of the best Hotel views that I have seen and the amount of wildlife around the Hotel was excellent. The staff were very attentive and the food was of a very high standard. Trips could be arranged by the Hotel to the Local sights as well as guided walks in the surrounding Jungle. A 1 hour trek on one of the Hotel Elephants is a must. I you are making a trip to Sri Lanka, make this Hotel part of your itinerary
A lovely hotel situated amongst the jungle in Sri Lankas lush green interior. Close to the famous Sigyria rock fortress (this can be seen from some of the rooms) with outstanding views accross the jungle and lakes.
What a find. This hotel has done pretty much everything right. Rooms are minimalist and smart, location is second to none, food is smashing and the reception area, chill out lounge and pools are fantastic. the Staff are top class and the overall feeling is simply relaxing. The Hotel is a real gem.
negative points include the gym which is in the basement and needs some TLC, plus the massage centre which you would expect to be top quality like the rest of the hotel, but which in fact is pretty dingey.
On the whole, the hotel is beautiful and a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a stay at the Kandalama.
Beyond the ivy
Beyond the hustle and bustle, beyond the dust and traffic there is a magical place that awaits tourists in Sri Lanka. Getting there is NOT easy, roadways in Sri Lanka are impossible, but oh when you do... The Kandalama's architecture is breathtaking but not evident, it lies between an ivy cover and the rocks nature provided. It is a place that leaves you in awe, a fusion between nature and construction. The rooms are well sized, the bathrooms have a 'cool' 70's feel. Clean, good food, great views...If you travel to this country, the Kandalama is without discussion a must!!!
Felt we had to leave a review on finding this website, but are also loathe because we'd also like to keep the Kandalama a secret!
We have stayed at Kandalama twice now and the place never dissapoints. Its location is heaven on earth. If you enjoy getting away from it all, dramatic surroundings, wildlife, as well as experiencing a high standard of accommodation and food, then this is the place for you. Sadly it is used mainly as a transit hotel for tourists visiting Dambulla and the surrounding area. However, we have extended our stay each time, as it is just so tranquill. If you're visiting Sri Lanka, do make a point of staying here.
This has to be one of the finest hotels anywhere in the world. After a three hour journey from the airport you finally turn up a dirt road to the Kandalama wondering what to expect. Just as you reach the front door you catch a glimpse of the lake (or Tank) that lies in front of the hotel and are ushered to the terrace for a refreshing drink by the staff. There is no front door, since the hotel is set into the rock face and a tunnel leads through to the pool area from where an endless horizon pool dops in to the lake. The hotel is partially covered by jungle creepers and you will be visited several times a day by troops of langurs that knock on the veranda doors asking for fruit. Feed them at your peril as you can be sure of their everlasting attention if you do feed them once. Don't stay here if you don't like wildlife! There are gekko's everywhere keeping the flies down and at dusk, fruit bats sweep through the main rooms catching the moths. The hotel keeps an elephant that will take you ona tour of the jungle and into the lake. You can dine under the stars on a roof terrace to the accompanyment of pipes or a sitar. The food and service are absolutely five star. Its impossible to open a door for yourself and your room will be impeccably serviced by charming and friendly staff. The best hotel I have ever stayed in anywhere and also one of the cheapest! Go there before everyone else does.