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Ulagalla Resort

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  • About this holiday

    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.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for a luxury holiday to Ulagalla Resort near Anuradhapura is per person based on two people sharing a Chalet in the Ulagalla Wing
    From £1,940 for 7 nights 
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    Ulagalla Resort near Anuradhapura is a stunning new boutique hotel which is ideal for eco-friendly luxury in a rural setting.

    Hotel description

    Ulagalla Resort near Anuradhapura is a new, eco-friendly, hotel in the cultural and spiritual heart of Sri Lanka. The resort consists of a 200-year old Walauwa mansion and 25 luxury ‘chalets’ with private plunge pools, discreetly scattered around 58 acres of grounds. The Walauwa mansion, now the focal point for wining, dining and relaxing at Ulagalla Resort, has great historic significance, having been the abode of powerful Chieftains for over 150 years. Beautifully restored to retain its distinctive character and reflect a glorious past, the Walauwa houses a magnificent lounge that opens out onto the garden and a bar with a glass floor revealing the wine cellar down below. Upstairs, the open-sided restaurant is graced with 200 year old wooden chests, glass lamps and long antique dining tables, long verandahs and wonderful views over the swimming pool to the paddy fields. The newly built ‘chalets’ at Ulagalla Resort have been thoughtfully placed around the lush paddy fields and peaceful reservoirs, to offer guests privacy and seclusion as well as tranquil views. With plenty of space and the latest in state-of-the-art luxury, each chalet boasts a separate bedroom and living area and a spacious deck with plunge pool. Enjoy private dining in your own living room at Ulagalla Resort, sipping cocktails on your plunge pool terrace and gourmet cuisine on the verandah of the Walawwa, or maybe even an authentic Sri Lankan meal prepared by the gammiliya (local village women).The rice, fruit and vegetables are locally produced or grown on the estate and with no set meal times, you can have your personal butler serve whenever you please. There is an Ayurvedic spa to relax and rejuvenate the mind and body as well as an inviting 30-metre fresh water swimming pool and some wonderful outdoor activities that are rarely offered by hotels in Sri Lanka: guests can learn archery, go horse-back riding through the fields and enjoy kayaking on the lake. Above all, Ulagalla Resort is a lovely place for watching the farmers in the rice-paddies, spotting kingfishers and butterflies and generally observing the beauty of nature. Each villa has two bicycles so that you can cycle around, whilst electric cars are also available to convey guests around the resort. A unique feature of eco-friendly Ulagalla is its own solar farm, the largest in Sri Lanka, which aims to supply 50% of the energy requirement of the resort. Ulagalla Resort is ideally located for visiting the ancient city of Anuradhapura, which is around 20 kms away, Mihintale and Ritigala, and the other main heritage sites in the Cultural Triangle. 


    Thirapanne, Anuradhapura

    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 5 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    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.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Ulagalla Resort near Anuradhapura include: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.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Fitness centre, kayaking, horse riding, archery, bicycles

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Near to the Ulagalla Resort are The 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. 


    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.

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    Standard Category: Luxury - indulgence


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