Hotel: Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
  • Cinnamon Citadel Kandy

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The scent of Cinnamon put Sri Lanka on the map centuries ago, in the glory days of the Spice Route. Cinnamon is a timeless classic: a versatile, well-loved spice with the power to heal, rejuvenate, inspire, and stimulate the senses. What the spice did for our history books, the Cinnamon brand strives to do today .

Launched in 2005, the chain currently houses 14 properties, including 3 City Properties in Colombo, 8 Resorts around Sri Lanka and 3 Island Resorts in the Maldives. Each property comes with its own personality, presence and experience, but they all drive the same point home .

Three and a half hours away from the airport and just 15 minutes away from the Kandy town, our hotel is located in the very heart of serenity. It’s a constantly recurring theme that embraces you at the reception, waits with you in the lobby, walks you through the hallways and stays with you in your room until you check out.


  • Inroom Dining
  • Panaroma
  • Cafe C
  • Lounge Bar
  • Destination Dining

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With its quaint old-world charm and picturesque views, Cinnamon Citadel Kandy is a breathtaking venue for a business trip, and also the ideal place to unwind once the work is done. The peace and quiet of the hill country is the perfect setting for a sophisticated corporate gathering. Guests can choose between the Main Conference Hall (for groups of more than 40) and the Mini Conference Hall (for a closed setting). Audio-visual aids such as multimedia computers, flip charts, magi boards and overheard projectors can be arranged upon request. Please note that a range of events can be held in these rooms, including exhibitions, so please feel free to have a chat with our staff to find out more about organizing your event with us. Swimming Pool Office facilities Gym Wheelchair Access Indoor Sports Activities

Ancient Trails

Numerous rock temples and shrines, intricate craftsmanship and unique murals bear evidence to the rich legacy of Kandyan royalty in by-gone eras. A morning excursion to three key landmarks of the 14th century begins the experience: First to Gadaladeniya - the temple built almost exclusively of stone; then a visit to the Lankathilake Temple also known as the 'crown of Lanka' and finally a stop at the Ambekke shrine with its intricately carved wooden pillars that are an ancient wonder. Lunch will be served at the restaurant of a tea factory, located amid a sprawling tea estate offering scenic views of mountains and valleys. A local flautist will offer soothing lunchtime melodies. A lesson in the art of plucking the legendary 'two leaves and a bud' is next where visitors join in the fun in a tea plucking competition. It is not as simple as it looks! In the afternoon, the experience continues with a visit to the local community that has preserved and practices the ancient art of brass-work. Here, visitors are invited to lend a hand. The day ends with high-tea, in Kandyan style, back at the hotel.

Package Includes: Transport in a Minivan, The services of a knowledgeable Guide, Entrance fees (ancient sites), Lunch at a tea estate restaurant, Tea plucking demonstration and competition, Visit to brass-work district in Kandy, 'High tea' at the hotel.

Scenic Trek

The Knuckles range of mountains, 3,800 feet above sea level, gets its name from its strong resemblance to the knuckles on the clenched fist of a human hand. After an early breakfast, a two-hour scenic drive from Chaaya Citadel begins the Scenic Trek Experience Package for the adventurous traveler. The view from the Knuckles range offers dramatic panorama of hills and plains covered in rainforest and grasslands, punctuated by streams and waterfalls. Visitors have the opportunity to experience an exhilarating hike and exploration of the mystery of these hills and the tropical forest. This will be followed by lunch in the open air on a clearing, ideal for enjoying a scrumptious meal. To make the journey to this scenic trek even more fun, visitors can even dice into a natural rock pool to wrap up the day in the outdoors. Back at the hotel look forward to sipping "Kandyan Kocktails" and biting into devilled snacks on the Mahaweli Terrace by the river at dusk.

Package Includes: Transport in Minivan, Services of a knowledgeable Guide, Bottled water, Lunch in the hills, Beer (2 per person), "Kandyan Kocktails" and snacks at the hotel, Entry fees.

Kandyan Bride

The elegance and charm of a Kandyan bride is surely a vision of incomparable beauty. Dressed in a golden Sari draped in the unique Kandyan style, adorned in traditional bead and pearl jewellery and with flowers in her hair, she looks exquisite. Accompanied by an entourage of elegant Kandyan dancers, the bride is carried like royalty on a palanquin to be received by her groom in waiting, who is also outfitted in regal Kandyan attire. The wedding ceremony takes place on a Poruwa (decorated podium) to the enchanting sound of conch-shells and the rhythm of the Kandyan drums. Exchange vows in Kandyan style at Chaaya Citadel, Sri Lanka, can an exotic experience indeed. The Kandyan Bride Experience Package is the perfect ceremony for all starry-eyed couples and their family and friend. It will be a celebration extraordinaire with more magic added to the romance in the days that follow.

Package Includes: Wedding ceremony and honeymoon, Traditional attire and jewellery rental for couple, Hair and make-up for bride, Palanquin and poruwa for ceremony with decorations, Lotus bouquet and floral headgear for Bride, Traditional singing of blessings, Dance troupe and drummers to perform at ceremony, Services of a traditional 'elder' to perform the ceremony, 30 photographs in an album including negatives, Going away - on an elephant, Sparkling wine on ice for couple upon return to room, Breakfast in bed the day after, Mahaweli River cruise in the evening and dining on the river by lamp light, Reception by the pool deck - Kandyan theme dinner, Spread of Sri Lankan food items, sweets and Kandyan specialties, Welcome drink "Kandyan Kocktails" for every guest, Seasonal fruits and fruit juices, Entertainment by Kandyan dancers and fire-breathers.

Golfers Day In The Sun

The Victoria Golf Course offers enthusiasts a unique golfing experience in a picturesque and breathtaking setting. A leisurely morning round of golf comes with charming perks - fresh air and a spectacular view of the surrounding hills and the white waters of the Victoria Dam. Guests can look forward to a delicious picnic breakfast. Depending on how the game goes, at mid-morning visitors can take a short break to enjoy a chilled beer and to snack on delicious chili-fried breadfruit chips (a local favorite) on the lawns of a bungalow by the 12th hole. Upon arrival back at the hotel a soothing herbal body massage awaits the adventurous golfers!

Package Includes: A picnic breakfast, A morning round of golf, Beer and snacks, A Herbal body massage, Transport in Minivan to and from the golf course (Optional).

Culturally Yours

Kandyan culture is a rich tapestry of the arts, customs and institutions of a great people. Its beauty unfurls in the splendid ceremonies, sights and sounds of everyday Kandyan life. Visitors marvel in the presence of Kandyan ritual and ceremony. The cultural experience begins after a leisurely morning breakfast. An invigorating two-hour lesson in the unique art of Kandyan dancing, scripted and preserved for centuries, awaits the bold and the nimble footed. A visit to the Ceylon Tea museum follows. It is a journey into the 19th century British rule and the evolution of the world's best-loved 'Ceylon Tea'. Lunch will be served up at the deluxe restaurant of the museum offering panoramic views of surrounding hills, tea estates and the city. In the afternoon, guests will be whisked away to the Kandyan drum-making district to witness this intricate ancient art. The Kandyan drum has over 26 varieties and has been used for musical ensembles the world over. Back at the hotel, the cultural experience continues with a delicious Kandyan Theme Dinner by the poolside with a generous spread of local cuisines and entertainment by a Kandyan dance troupe and fire breathers. Guests are encouraged to demonstrate their morning's dance lessons!

Package includes: Transport in Minivan, A lesson in Kandyan dancing, The services of a knowledgeable Guide throughout the tour, Lunch at the Tea Museum, A visit to the drum-making district, A Kandyan theme dinner by the poolside.

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