Luxury hotel holiday Chaaya Village Habarana

Chaaya Village is a comfortable hotel recommended for those seeking authentic charm and an excellent location for exploring the sights of the Cultural Triangle. Explore nearby Dambulla and Sigiriya as well as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa which are around an hour away. At the hotel guests can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surrounding area through nature walks and excursions to the lake and nearby caves. An excellent choice for a stop on one of our longer touring holidays to Sri Lanka.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chaaya Village, Habarana

Chaaya Village in a beautifully secluded rural location. The luxury amenities and beautiful lake which is visited by wild elephants afford guests a truly sublime, tropical retreat.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location A short walk to Habarana Lake, 15 minutes' walk to the Buddhist temple

Closest airport Colombo airport

Distance from airport About 5 hours' drive

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Bar, Coffee shop, Lounge, Spa, Excursions, Resident naturalist, Swimming pool, Badminton, Tennis and volleyball courts, Kids play area, Azmaara Spa, Laundry service, Room service, WiFi.

Out and about nearby

Resident naturalist, World Heritage sites of Sigiriya, Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, Nature walks, Lake Habarana, 'Experiences' including caves and caverns, Spa, Joining the local fishermen of the lake, Hiking to nearby stone temple and returning by elephant.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,530

Holiday Code EXH1173

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chaaya Village, Habarana

Room descriptions

Chaaya Village has 108 rooms, all with air-conditioning, mini-bar, cable TV, complimentary tea/coffee making, complimentary toiletries.

Superior room located in clusters of cottages in the garden area. Queen bed
Deluxe room cottage-style, lake view, King sized four poster bed. These rooms also have DVD, safety locker, open-air bathroom with an indoor cement bath, outdoor shower, bathrobes and slippers, specially ordered herbal skin and body care products.
Kingfisher Lodge situated above ground level to give lake views. Private veranda, King sized bed, DVD, safety locker, his and hers outdoor showers, bathrobes and slippers, special ordered herbal skin and body care products, sewing kit, vanity kit.
Eagle Lodge set in the middle of the garden with a view of the lake, with large sitting area. With King sized bed, DVD, safety locker, outdoor showers, garden cement jacuzzi, open air bathroom with an indoor cement bath, bathrobes and slippers, special ordered herbal skin and body care products, sewing kit, vanity kit.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,530

Holiday Code EXH1173

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chaaya Village, Habarana

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Habarana Village by Cinnamon in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is X hours’ drive from Colombo airport and is usually stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Superior room for 7 nights

From about

£1,530

Holiday Code EXH1173

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Chaaya Village, Habarana

Highlights of the Cultural Triangle

Sigiriya Rock Fortress; Dambulla Cave Temples; Polonnaruwa – ruins of the ancient capital; Anuradhapura – sacred city; Wildlife safari in Minneriya National Park (or Kaudulla National Park); Elephant rides/treks; Birdwatching on the ‘tanks’; Hot air balloon ride; Cycle ride – local village life; Ayurveda health treatments, massages, herbal steam beds and aromatic baths; Ritigala monastery ruins (walking required); Aukana Buddha; Mihintale; the story of Buddhism; the story of Ayurveda. Day trip or continue on to Kandy, visiting spice gardens, batik workshops, Temple of the Tooth, Kandy market, city centre, view from hills, workshops for woodcarving, brass and musical instruments.

Cultural highlights of the Cultural Triangle

Four of Sri Lanka's eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites are in what is popularly known as the Cultural Triangle. Between them they tell a fascinating story of Sri Lanka’s civilisation. The 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of Sri Lanka’s most awe-inspiring archaeological sites and its prime tourist attraction, well worth climbing to see the majestic views from the summit. Nearby are the Dambulla Cave Temples, each cave filled with murals and gilded statues depicting the life of the Buddha. The well-preserved ruins of Polonnaruwa, the 12th century capital, tell a story of Buddhism, royalty, kinship, war and power. Highlights are the Royal Palace, Council Chamber and four graceful Buddha statues of Gal Vihara. The ancient city of Anuradhapura is a vast archaeological site of palaces, monasteries, temples and dagobas, mostly in ruins, although some have been resorted. This was one of the grandest monastic cities that the world has ever seen. Other sights worth seeing are Mihintale Sanctuary, known as the ‘cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka’; Ritigala, ruins of a 9th century monastery hidden amongst dense forest; and Minneriya National Park, a park filled with wildlife including elephants, buffalo, wild boar and crocodiles.

Festivals in the Cultural Triangle

The Buddhist festivals: monthly on Poya (full moon) days, especially Vesak (May) and Poson (June). Poson marks the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Arahat Maha Mahinda, son of Asoka of India at Mihintale in 3rd century BC. July to October – the Elephant Gathering: during this season in the evenings, hundreds of wild elephants gather along the banks of the Minneriya Tank.

Climate in the Cultural Triangle

As the climate is very hot with an average temperature of 30° C, it is best to do sightseeing and activities in the early mornings and late afternoons, with time to relax at the hotel, eat or travel in air-conditioning at the height of the day. Average humidity is 60%, with very little rainfall most of the year - most of the rain falls between November and February when the North-east monsoon prevails.

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