Luxury hotel holiday Ulagalla Resort Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Resort near Anuradhapura is highly recommended as a luxurious and beautiful property from which to explore the Cultural Triangle. Occupying an idyllic position amongst the unspoilt paddy fields and jungle this property offers very spacious villas, wonderful amenities and a plethora of activities. Ulagalla Resort is a very special place to be and a property which is deserving of an extra night or two in order to unwind and to fully appreciate the natural environs of this part of 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 Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Resort near Anuradhapura is a stunning luxury boutique hotel in a breath-taking natural location. Luxurious accommodation offers guests panoramic views of the lush gardens and magnificent countryside, while delicious dining and superb spa facilities provide the utmost in indulgence.

Facts in brief

Official star rating Luxury boutique

Location In the countryside, approximately 110 miles from the city of Negombo

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 5 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Veranda restaurant with a view, bar, Wine cellar, Pool table and board games, Swimming pool, Fitness centre, Spa, Kayaking, Horse riding, Archery, Bicycles, Music and film library, Wireless internet, Wedding planning.

Land sports

Fitness centre, Kayaking, Horse riding, Archery, Bicycles.

Out and about nearby

UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura, Mihintale, local Buddhist temples and villages, Ulagalla Reservoir, Wanamaduwa reservoir, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya Rock Fortess and Dambulla Temple, Ritigala monastery (ruins), Aukana Buddha, Minneriya National Park, Kaudulla National Park.

Sports nearby

Nature walks, Horse riding, Kayaking on Ulagalla or Wanamaduwa Reservoir, Archery. Cycling around the ruined ancient city of Anuradhapura. 

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Chalet in the Ulagalla wing for 7 nights

From about

£2,140

Holiday Code EXH713

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 Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura

Room descriptions

Ulagalla Resort has 25 chalets all with air conditioning and ceiling fans, private plunge pool, private terrace, living area, bedroom, dressing area, 24-hour room service, private butler, electronic safe, mini-bar, IDD telephone, satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, bathroom with rain shower, two bicycles available at each chalet.

Chalet Ulagalla Wing
Chalet Wannamaduwa Wing These chalets are similar in size to the Ulagalla Wing chalets but have a better view
Nikawewa Villa This villa has two detached bedrooms, a large plunge pool and a spectacular view of the resort's 20 acre paddy field and tranquil surroundings

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Chalet in the Ulagalla wing for 7 nights

From about

£2,140

Holiday Code EXH713

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 Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Ulagalla Resort 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 4 hours' 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 under 2 years old are accommodated free of charge. Children aged 2 to 12 years receive a discounted rate on accommodation when sharing their parents room.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Chalet in the Ulagalla wing for 7 nights

From about

£2,140

Holiday Code EXH713

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 Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura

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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