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Ulagalla Resort Sri Lanka

Overview of Ulagalla Resort

Nestled in a village in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura, Ulagalla Resort collides a previous era with the modern comforts of the present. Tucked away in the lush landscape by the Ulagalla Wewa, Ulagalla Resort is a historic mansion transformed into a modern haven. Combining tradition with technology, the resort embraces privacy, individuality, indulgence and satisfaction.

Experience extravagance in this inimitable hotel located in the heart of the cultural triangle. Each luxurious chalet is equipped with a private plunge pool and delectable meals are served according to your schedule. Horseback riding, kayaking, archery are some activities available at the hotel. Immerse yourself in culture, history and nature at this enchanting sanctuary.

Ulagalla Resort is an ancient mansion and of great value to Sri Lankan history. It has been the abode of many chieftains whose area of rule extended from Ulagalla in Rajarata to Padaviya in the northern province. The position of chieftain has passed from father to son through generations and these families have all influenced the mansion. The mansion has been restored to its original state, developed and furnished to retain its own distinctive character - it revives the gracious aristocratic lifestyle of the colonial era in the ancient capital. Ulagalla Resort is the first hotel to be commissioned in the post war era.

Ulagalla Resort is ideally located in the hamlet of Tirappane, 40 km north of Dambulla on the Dambulla - Anuradhapura road. Anuradhapura is just 20 km from the resort and it is extremely convenient to access the cultural triangle sites and other historic sites from Ulagalla Resort.

The property borders two ancient reservoirs and the lower level of the mansion is the reception/ lobby area; it also includes a coffee lounge and fine dining restaurant on the upper floor. Ulagalla Resort consists of 25 elegantly laid out luxury chalets scattered over an unrestricted area of 58 acres. Most of the chalets overlook the reservoir while some overlook the resort's flourishing paddy fields. These paddy fields give our valued guests an opportunity to experience the traditions of paddy cultivation in Sri Lanka first-hand. Keeping with our “Go Green” concept, 50% of the energy requirement of the resort is generated through solar power; the resort has the largest solar farm in the country with a capacity of 125 KVA.

In majority, this eco-friendly resort was made using mostly green building material, Durra, and will be going for Leed certification soon. The resort did not cut down any trees during construction and even planted over 1,000 root balled trees on the property. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables are available for guests right from our garden.

Each chalet consists of a floor area of 800 sq. feet which include a separate living area. The chalets are furnished with elegance and refinement while combining state-of-the-art amenities. Each chalet also offers a tranquil courtyard and private plunge pool. Our chalets are able to accommodate handicapped guests comfortably.

The property also a boasts a 30-metre fresh water swimming pool and electric cars to shuttle guests within the vast grounds. Our team of highly qualified chefs will create gourmet cuisine to suit the individual needs of every guest. A spa is available to rejuvenate the mind while an extensive fitness centre is available to help you stay in shape. Recreational facilities such as horse riding, archery, pool tables, kayaking and many others are available.

Accommodation of Ulagalla Resort

Take yourself on a journey of extravagance and relaxation.

Each chalet is provided with the following:Offering a panoramic view of the lush paddy fields and peaceful reservoirs that comprise Ulagalla Resort, our chalets are designed to make the most of their surroundings. Where comfort and technology have aesthetic overtones, each chalet is conveyed in elegance, good taste and state-of-the-art technology; each chalet comprises a living area, bedroom area, dressing area and private plunge pool. Immerse yourself in luxury as you slip into a bed fitted with soft sheets or a warm bath accompanied with complementary amenities. Thoughtfully decorated with impeccable taste and delicate grace, the refined elegance of each chalet will transport you to a different world.

The chalets are meticulously placed across 58 acres of natural woodland to assure ultimate privacy and solitude. A family unit is available - the Nikewewa. The accommodation at Ulagalla Resort is accessible for the disabled with ramps and wide paths.

Each chalet is equipped with the following

  • Complementary amenities such as shampoo, conditioner and bath soap
  • Remote controlled air conditioning
  • Ceiling fans
  • Electronic safe to secure important contents
  • IDD activated telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Television with satellite channels
  • Music and Film library available
  • Writing table and chair with complimentary stationary
  • Hair Dryer
  • Rain shower
  • His and her bathrobes and bath slippers
  • Comprehensive mini-bar
  • Two bicycles are available in each chalet to explore you surroundings
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour laundry service
  • Private plunge pool
  • Private terrace with lie lows and pool towels
  • Iron and board available on request
  • Cot available on request
  • Daily housekeeping

Dining of Ulagalla Resort

… an expert blend of flavours and fragrances.

Dining is an adventure at Ulagalla Resort, so allow us to take you on a gastronomic journey through the authentic aromas and flavours of the finest cuisine. The gourmet signature dishes prepared by the skilled hands of our kitchen brigade embrace international influences including Western, European and Mediterranean. Our wide range of fusion cooking will satisfy even the most discerning palate.

Upholding a reputation for exceptional cuisine, Ulagalla Resort entices you with dishes that infuse innovative flavours and regional fare. Enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan meal prepared by gammiliya's (rural women) from the nearby villages who combine fresh meats and vegetables with assorted spices to create rich, zesty dishes.

An à la carte menu with exquisite international and traditional choices is available to entice you. Order from this menu at any time; our kitchen is open to serve you day or night.

Our resort also boasts of a rich underground wine cellar offering the best of international vineyards. A wide range of premium brands of spirits, wines and cognacs are available to complement your meal.

Gourmet cuisine is prepared to your individual requirement and can be served at your preferred venue. Relish your fine dining experience in our elegant restaurant or on the observation deck as you overlook the reservoirs and bounteous paddy fields. Request for your meal to be delivered to your chalet and enjoy a meal indoors or on your private terrace. Without the inconvenience of set meal times, you can have your meals served according to your biological clock.

Dining at Ulagalla Resort is an epicurean experience of refinement.

Private Bar

Ulagalla Resort is designed to cater to your every whim; that includes where you want to relax and drink. Without a specific bar area, you can drink anywhere from the mini bar in your room to a full-fledged bar set on the observation deck. International wines and liquors are imported from around the world to create a varied and expansive collection of beverages to choose from.

Our underground wine cellar comprises one of the most comprehensive collections in all of Sri Lanka. Explore our wine cellar to select your own bottle. International wines and liquors create a varied and expansive collection of beverages to choose from.

Main Swimming Pool

The 30-metre main swimming pool is located near the main mansion. The pool is a great place to mingle with other guests, have a couple of drinks or just lounge about and enjoy your sunny holiday in Sri Lanka. Swim a couple of laps or play a game of pool - volleyball and enjoy yourself.

Fitness Centre

In our advanced fitness centre you can work off the calories from the piquant delights you have indulged in during your vacation. A friendly trainer is available to assist you with the equipment and guide you with your workout. Enjoy a vigorous workout whenever you are in the mood for one.


A spa treatment is about pampering and revitalizing your body and mind. Treatments range from body massages and facials to manicures and pedicures. Ulagalla Resort offers a wide variety of treatments and services to help you relieve stress. Each of our services are exclusively personalized and customised to your needs. Immerse yourself in total relaxation with a purifying body wrap or a body scrub session.

Laundry Service

Ulagalla Resort offers you a comprehensive laundry service from 8.00 am - 8.00 pm. From washing and drying to folding and spot removal - our services are available at any time of the day. One-day services are available as well.


A helipad is built on location for the elite traveller. Helicopter pick-up from the Colombo international airport or the Ratmalana airport can be arranged and may be a quicker and more enjoyable way of travelling to the resort.

In case of a medical emergency, a helicopter can be scheduled to transport the patient to the nearest hospital. The availability of a helicopter can vary.

Helicopter transport or tours must be booked in advance and are not available for immediate use.

Facts of Ulagalla Resort

City - Anuradhapura

Category - Hotels in the Cultural Triangle

Distance from Colombo - 206 Km (5 hour drive)

Distance from Airport - 176 Km (4.15 hour drive)

Price Guide - Rates on Request

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