Luxury for the eco-traveller not wishing to 'rough it' in a mud hut. Kandalama is perfectly positioned where the mountains descend to the dry plains, enabling the visitor to enjoy a wide variety of Sri Lanka's unspoilt nature. Vast protected forest gives way to tea and spice plantations, the nearest Wildlife Park is rich in mammals, reptiles and birdlife; and ancient rock formations and archaeological sites are all within a comfortable day's viewing.
Recently refurbished the hotel suites are magnificent. A modern aproach to the decor has been adopted whilst still using natural woods and muted colours to allow the large windows and views to dominate.
Situated just 15mints from Dambulla, Kadalama is ideal for the real archaeological enthusiast and historian but Polonnaruwa is larger and within easy access from Kandy and offers more of a general insight to the ancient ruins and Buddhas.
The hotel's design by world renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa, incorporates many features linking it with its environment. Rocks, caves and cascades of rainwater add drama to corridors, foliage brushes the windows, flowering woodland creepers curtain balconies and the roofs are terraces of wild grass (think Norway - with elephants).
Birdwatching at Kandalama is a bountiful experience with more than165 species living in the varied environment. Visiting 'twitchers' can enjoy 3 different bird watching trails.
Several World Heritage Sites are just a short drive away; the sacred pilgrimage site of Dambulla, Anuradhapura the ancient capital city of Sri Lanka, the colourful city of Kandy with its rich traditions of art and crafts,music and dance and the Sigyriya Rock Fortress.
When not sightseeing guests may try elephant back trekking, horseback riding, canoeing or just ambling through the gardens and along the forest trails. To really relax try out any of the three 'natural' swimming pools or pamper yourself in the ayurvedic centre.
Kandalama's team has received many international awards and accolades for food and service, and more particularly for their committment to the environment in energy and water conservation, waste management and sensitive purchasing.