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

Enjoying a rural location, Chaaya Village sits amidst 27 acres of lush vegetation bordering stunning Lake Habarana. The accommodation is to be found in cottages that nestle amongst the gardens of high-rise trees that provide fruit, medicinal properties and shade. The cottages have been inspired by the thatched roofed huts found locally and have an authentic feel. Other natural, local touches include bamboo and cloth window screens, cement floors and private open baths and showers. The open-air living allows for complete harmony with the setting, for listening to bird song and for enjoying the vista of the lake. An open lounge bar is just the place to enjoy a refreshing cocktail or fresh fruit juice throughout the day, whilst the Panthaliya coffee shop next door serves snacks and hot drinks. Dining is in the El Hena restaurant, which is spacious and open, with a view of the pool, garden and lake on one side and a view of the chefs at work in the kitchen on the other. Western and local dishes are served. Romantic dinners can be served by the lake, in a tree-hut, in the shade of a tree or in the privacy of the veranda. Your time here can be spent not just sight-seeing, but enjoying nature walks, Ayurvedic spa treatments, elephant riding and joining local fisherman.

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

About Cultural Triangle

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to the Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle gives visitors the opportunity to experience a melting pot of heritage, culture and wildlife in the central dry, which is home to a wealth of UNESCO world heritage sites and beautiful landscapes, still rich in wildlife and natural habitats. It is essential to visit the Cultural Triangle during a holiday in Sri Lanka. Most visitors spend a day or two visiting the cultural sites as part of a touring holiday around Sri Lanka, yet we think this area is so rich in culture, local life and wildlife that it can also merit a week’s stay, discovering the culture and enjoying the natural environment. The local people here lead a largely agrarian life often centring round rice cultivation. Today’s landscape on these flat, dry, red earth plains is dotted with vast tracts of water - fields of rice paddies and water lilies and the ancient reservoirs known as ‘tanks’ - interspersed with forests and smallholdings, solitary rock mountains, temples and villages. Wild elephants are often sighted inside (and sometimes outside) the national parks, whilst monkeys, swamp hens, cormorants and mynah birds are commonly seen. This area is considered to be the cradle of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist civilisation as we know it today. It is also the epicentre of Sri Lankan Ayurveda, the science centrifugal to a healthy life – if you want to find a really authentic, traditional Ayurvedic doctor, this is the place to be. There is a great range of high-quality hotels in the Cultural Triangle - we have carefully selected hotels throughout the area which we believe to be the best at what they do. They all enjoy tranquil and beautiful rural settings and range from luxury boutique hotels such as Ulagalla Resort, to eco-friendly resorts such as Jetwing Vil Uyana. There are many highlights of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites which between them telling the fascinating story of Sri Lanka's Civilisation. As well as Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Cave Temples of Dambulla, the Mediaeval capital of Polonnaruwa and the sacred city of Anuradhapura there are numerous other places of interest which are well worth a visit.

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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