A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kandy is one of the biggest tourist draws of Sri Lanka. Buddhist practitioners travel here on pilgrimage to visit the temples and landmarks dedicated to their beliefs, the most significant being the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which houses a tooth relic of Gautama Buddha. It’s also in Kandy that visitors can see how nature has been controlled by the locals, as evidenced by the Royal Botanical Garden, which dates back to 1371, and Kandy Lake, the massive man-made lake located at the center of the city. However, the hospitality institutions nonetheless seem to have a healthy respect for the environment, which is why more and more “green” establishments are cropping up in Kandy. If you want to be a socially responsible traveler, book one of these eco hotels in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Jasmine Hill House was carefully designed by the top architects of Sri Lanka with environmental friendliness in mind, and it shows. Guests will truly feel close to nature because the hotel seems to be nestled in the middle of a jungle, with fantastic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Despite its seemingly isolated location, this establishment is actually just within walking distance from the top attractions of the city, including but not limited to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake.
Known previously as Le Kendayan Hotel, Amaya Hills lies at a rocky outcrop that gives guests overlooking views from their room’s balcony of the mountains and the surrounding areas. This eco-friendly hotel in Sri Lanka manages to seamlessly weave its environmental themes with the distinct culture of Kandy. If the beautiful surroundings aren’t enough to satisfy your desire to be close to nature, you can take a short walk to the Royal Botanical Gardens and marvel at the greenery there. Bird watching, trekking, and night safari tours can be arranged right at the hotel.
Other types of eco properties
Gadadessa Resort is an eco-resort. Instead of co-opting the environment, the management instead worked with it! Guests who stay here will find themselves marveling at how this establishment is nestled within the ecosystem of Kadugannawa. Gadadessa Resort not just does its part to help protect and conserve its surroundings, including generating renewable energy, it also brings in guests through its promotion of ecotourism. It offers a tree canopy experience, hiking tours, and bird watching activities. Toiletries provided to guests are biodegradable. Any waste materials, including sewage, are disposed of properly.
Address: Gadadessa,Kadugannawa Gampola road,Pahalathambavita,Kandy
16.22 km (10.1 mi) from Sri Dalada Maligawa
Travelers who are looking to spend a quiet retreat in Sri Lanka may want to consider staying in Kandy Cabana. Situated by the Mahaweli River, this eco-friendly resort will make guests truly feel one with nature. They will wake up to the sound of birds chirping and feast their eyes on the beauty of the greenery surrounding them.
Who says comfort can’t go hand in hand with environmental sustainability? This resort proves that the two can go together hand in hand. While it comes with all the creature comforts that you can expect from a conventional hotel, it sets up measures for sustainability. What’s more, it also offers ecotourism activities, including but not limited to trekking, bird watching, and a jeep tour to the mountains.
Address: No.7, Badhuwaththa lane, Lewella.
1.15 km (0.8 mi) from Sri Dalada Maligawa
The Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, a converted plantation, is an ideal choice for those who want to go glamping in Kandy. While guests do stay in tents, the resort does have its own infinity pool where you can float around to your heart’s content. As part of the lodge’s sustainability measures, it supports the local communities, particularly projects that are intended for the tea pickers and workers. It also has its own initiatives to protect the surrounding area and generates solar energy for its uses. What’s more, it strictly follows a “no chemical spraying” rule within the plantation.
Be a socially responsible traveler
Given its number of socio-cultural activities and attractions, it’s not surprising why Kandy is one of the cities in Sri Lanka that sees a large influx of tourists every year. If you’re one of them, do take steps to help ensure the preservation of the beauty of the area. One way you can do this is to stay at an eco-friendly hotel so that more people in the coming years will have a sweet holiday in Kandy.
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