Heritance Kandalama is positioned regally by the placid waters of the Kandalama tank; it surveys the rich wildlife that visits its precincts. Located amidst verdant jungle, calm waters and rocky mountains, it offers a holiday where one can wake up to bird calls, stunning vistas, profuse foliage and absolute tranquility. Heritance Kandalama is flanked by two UNESCO world heritage sites-the 1st century BC Dambulla rock temple and the 5th century AD Sigiriya rock fortress while it also has its share of unrivalled international recognition. Heritance Kandalama to date is recognized as a global case study for green architecture, sustainable construction and operation.
From its inception the Hotel has implemented sustainable operational processes, proactively across all functions and levels. Every initiative is focused on preserving the delicate eco-system it operates in. Heritance Kandalama takes extra initiative in conserving water as it is strongly believed that water is the hub of life and all existence thrives on this resource.
The Hotel is surrounded by a1700 year old reservoir built by the ancient kings to collect rain water, which provides water to cultivate over 12,000 acres of rice paddy farms. This water has been untouched and none of it is used for the use of the hotel. Instead water is obtained from deep tube wells in a sustainable manner to sustain day to day operations.
Heritance Kandalama also houses the most sophisticated water recycling system of its kind in use by a hotel anywhere in Sri Lanka. Rain water is harvested from a maze of gutters and is painstakingly recycled by a state-of-the art facility and reused resulting in reduction of fresh water use. An elaborate purification process ensures that the water coming out of the system is clean enough to use in gardening. 12 streams that feed the Kandalama reservoir flow undisturbed under the hotel as a result of the architecture used. The Hotel also uses cleaner production techniques in its operation.
The constant commitment to sustainability and the ability to make a significant impact on conserving the environment, is made tangible through the numerous accolades Heritance Kandalama has won from it's inception. The hotel had the honour of been the 1st LEED certified hotel in the world, received the ISO 140001 certification and also received the ISO 50001 certification for energy management systems. Heritance Kandalama won the Conde Nast World Saver Award, emerging victorious in the 'large resorts doing it all' category.
The vitality of water resources for the sustenance of life has been addressed through this years theme for World Tourism Day. As hotels and resorts across the world celebrate this day a spotlight shines on the impact the industry creates on conserving water. Heritance Kandalama pledges to enact initiatives to contribute to a more sustainable water future and prepare for the challenges ahead.