Ulagalla Resort, located near Anuradhapura and 175 kilometres from Colombo Airport, is perfectly positioned to explore the many wonders of the Cultural Triangle. This Sri Lankan eco-boutique hotel, one of the Small Hotels of the World, is the epitome of luxury in a beautiful setting.
Once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility, it features a 150-year-old mansion at its centre. 20 spacious and luxurious chalets are scattered across 58 acres of land, offering the maximum privacy in the tranquil surroundings, with views across rice paddies or over a reservoir. Beautifully furnished to the highest standard with state-of-the-art amenities, each room features a four-poster bed, plunge pool and terrace, as well as two bicycles for guests to use. Electric cars are used to take guests around the property.
With a reputation for its exceptional cuisine, dining at Liya Wela, Ulgalla’s restaurant is a remarkable experience; gourmet dishes are influenced by Sri Lankan, Eastern and Western cooking. There are no set meal times, you simply eat when you’re hungry.
The resort can arrange tours and excursions depending on your interests. For a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s past, visit the Abhayagiri Monastery and Dagaba. The sacred Sri Mahabodhi Tree is also worth seeing. At the end of a busy day, relax and revitalise with an Ayurvedic treatment at the spa or with a cocktail by the pool. Archery and kayaking is available and a highlight is horse riding through the fields.
Ulagalla Resort Information
- Location & Getting There
Tucked away in an exotic and secluded corner of the Cultural Triangle, this luxury resort is a 3-hour drive from Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and a 30-minute drive from Anuradhapura Domestic Airport.
Ulagalla offers 19 one-bedroom villas each over 850 square feet in size with glass-walled panoramic views of the lush scenery just outside. The private deck and plunge pool are ideal for admiring the surrounding nature and hearing the call of the multiple birds in the region. Families will be very comfortable in the Nikawewa Villa, a 1200 square feet abode with two bedrooms located in the middle of rice paddies. The glass walls boasts a 180 degree view over the 20 acres of paddy fields, which can also be enjoyed in the villas private length pool.
- Infinity pool
- Pool table
- Dining: 1 restaurant, 1 wine cellar
Guests can rent kayaks for a leisurely cruise across the lake, bicycles to visit the local villages and horses to canter around the property. The Abhayagiri Monastery and Dagaba provide a glimpse of Sri Lanka's history, while attractions like the sacred Sri Mahabodhi Tree is also worth a visit. Animal lovers should also visit Wilpattu, the country's second largest wildlife sanctuary, and go dolphin or whale watching at Trincomalee.
The hotel has plenty of activities for junior adventurers, such as horseriding. Baby cots are free and babysitting can be arranged.