Luxury hotel holiday Elephant Corridor Sigiriya

Expressions holidays recommends The Elephant Corridor to those seeking an all-suite boutique hotel which is only a few kilometres from Sigiriya Rock. Featured in our 'Highlights of Sri Lanka Touring holiday' this is a delightful and unique property which is an excellent base for exploring this area. With an emphasis on wildlife, this hotel offers a wealth of outdoor activities including bird watching, nature walks and elephant rides. Both the Wellness Spa and the outdoor pool are surrounded by woodland and offer a tranquil retreat after a day of sightseeing.
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 the Elephant Corridor, Sigiriya

The Elephant Corridor is an exclusive, luxurious suite hotel in a secluded natural location. The delicious dining and excellent spa facilities, coupled with the hotel's proximity to sublime nature and UNESCO World heritage sites afford guests an unforgettable experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 3 star plus

Location In the countryside, approximately 8 miles from Dambulla

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo International Airport

Distance from airport About 4 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Swimming pool with bar and loungers, Spa, Steam bath and sauna, Resident naturalist.

Land sports

Small Fitness room, Bicycles, Horse riding available, Jogging paths, Archery.

Out and about nearby

UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sigiriya Rock Fortess and Dambulla Temple, Dambulla market, Enderagala Forest Temple, National Crafts Council Handicrafts Centre. Day trips to Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Ritigala are available. Wildlife Jeep Safari in Minneriya National Park, Kaudulla National Park, Elephant back rides, bird-watching, cycling, lake fishing, Hot Air Balloon rides. Elephant gathering around Minneriya September/October.

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

From about

£1,540

Holiday Code WW102

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 the Elephant Corridor, Sigiriya

The Elephant Corridor is a unique hotel set in 200 acres of land with beautiful scenery and spectacular views of the lake and Kandalama Hills. This stunning natural setting is surrounded by jungle, teak forest and many species of wildlife. There are 21 extremely spacious suites, each with a private garden and plunge pool, and wide window views of the wilderness. Binoculars are provided in every suite. Days can be spent exploring the local area; nature walks can be enjoyed as well as horse riding and hot air balloon rides. Elephant Corridor can organise excursions including visits to Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Enderagala Forest Temple and Minneriya National Park. Many activities can also be enjoyed at the hotel. Relax by the pool in your suite or by the main swimming pool located in the jungle. Pamper yourself at the spa with an Ayurvedic treatment or massage. There are several choices for places to dine at Elephant Corridor, such as on the private garden patio of your own suite or at the glass-fronted Ambrosia restaurant, looking over the plain to Sirigiya Rock beyond. Picnics can be enjoyed on Leopard Mountain and private barbecues can also be arranged. The team of chefs create a blend of Eastern and Western à la carte cuisine at any time of day. Elephant Corridor is a luxurious hotel with a relaxing ambience.

Room descriptions

Elephant Corridor has 21 suites,

Deluxe suite Bathroom with bath and shower, Indoor and outdoor living areas, Terrace with day bed, Garden, Binoculars, TV, DVD player, Outdoor plunge pool
Super deluxe suite Bathroom with bath and shower, Indoor and outdoor living areas, Terrace with day bed, Garden, Binoculars, TV, DVD player, Outdoor plunge pool
Romantic suite Bathroom with bath and shower, Indoor and outdoor living areas, Terrace with day bed, Garden, Binoculars, TV, DVD player, Indoor plunge pool
Royal suite Bathroom with bath shower, Indoor and outdoor living areas, Terrace with day bed, Garden, Binoculars, TV, DVD player, Outdoor plunge pool
Presidential Suite 4 bedrooms, available on request

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

From about

£1,540

Holiday Code WW102

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 the Elephant Corridor, Sigiriya

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to The Elephant Corridor 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 3 hours and 45 minutes' drive from Colombo airport and is usually stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide.

Additional information

Children: Children are accepted. 50% discount will be given on the meal rate for children aged 3 to 12 years old.

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

From about

£1,540

Holiday Code WW102

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 the Elephant Corridor, Sigiriya

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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