Annuradhapura – Ulagalla

A 150-year old mansion and former residence of a local chieftain, Ulagalla in Anuradhapura offers its guests the highest standards in eco-luxury set upon 58 lush acres of greenery. Perfectly positioned to visit the ruins of Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa, this lavish property also offers plenty of attractions that will keep you on the premises. Go on an early morning ramble around the scenic estate to discover some 100 plus species of bird, inspect a 2,000 year old irrigation system on horseback or kayak the Wannemaduwa tank at sunset.

Accommodation at Ulagalla comprises of 20 lavish, oversized villas, including an enormous family suite, featuring private plunge pools and furnished sundecks. Bicycles are supplied for self-guided explorations of the local area, there are plenty of in-room luxuries including rain showers and four-poster beds. Meals can be enjoyed in your dining room or at the main restaurant, which features cool breezes and captivating views of nature.       

For a revitalising massage or indulgent beauty treatment, head to Ulagalla’s tranquil day spa, shaded by greenery and surrounded by reflective lily ponds. A yoga instructor can also be arranged, while the Olympic-sized shared swimming pool is ideal for warm afternoons. Other recreational facilities at the property include an archery range and an organic kitchen garden. Staff can also teach you how to make a traditional kite – an activity popular with visitors of all ages.

Location

How to get to Ulagalla, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla is located about 4 hours (180km) northwest of Colombo’s international airport, and is about 30 minutes outside the famous ruins of Anuradhapura.

Ulagalla, Anuradhapura Activities

  • Nature walks
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Kite making
  • Cultural Triangle tours

*Some activities are at extra cost

Ulagalla, Annuradhapura Highlights

  • A tranquil, character-filled retreat close to the ruins of Anuradhapura
  • Accommodation in lavish eco-villas featuring private plunge pools
  • Enormous central swimming pool and atmospheric main restaurant
  • Array of onsite activities from kite making to cycling and archery
  • Ideal location for exploration of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle

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Sri Lanka Overview

Why Sri Lanka: This remarkable island off the south eastern coast of India might be small but it is jam packed with spectacular landscapes, a rich cultural heritage and ancient historical sites including 7 World Heritage Sites! Sri Lanka is also still relatively unspoilt by tourism, although there are many unique and wonderful hotels throughout the country.

When to Go: Dec – Mar is considered the best time to visit, being the driest season on the west and south coasts, in the ‘Cultural Triangle’ and up in hill country. The east coast is best from May – Sep when many of the beaches along the west and south coasts are experiencing the monsoon. During the monsoon, it is possible to travel as the rain is not constant – you’ll also enjoy lower prices and less crowds. The temperatures are high throughout the year, averaging around 27°C.

Combine With: Neighbouring India, Bhutan or Nepal.

Getting There: Fly into the international airport north of Colombo, the capital.

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