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Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka

Set in the north of the Cultural Triangle, Ulagalla lets you escape to another era, and immerse yourself in culture, history and nature at this enchanting sanctuary where new villas have been combined with a beautifully restored wallawwa.

At a Glance

  • Set amidst 58 acres of lush woodland, paddy fields and the Ulagalla reservoir in Anuradhapura

  • The original walawwa (ancestral mansion), which was built in 1885, still remains and has been renovated to house the resort’s reception area

  • Ulagalla Resort is a peaceful setting that is ideal for nature lovers and offers several adventurous activities ranging from horse riding and kayaking to birdwatching

  • Ulagalla Resort follows strict eco friendly policies and runs a solar energy farm, which supplies over 50% of the resort’s energy requirements

  • Ulagalla’s kitchen is open 24 hours and guests are free to order their meals at any time of day

  • Chalets are dotted around the estate and there is a 2-bedroom option ideal for families

  • Bicycles are provided for guests to get around the property

Adventure, Family, Wildlife

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Try your hand at archery during your stay

Emma Mark

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Order the traditional rice and curry, we preferred it to the more European fare.

Emma Mark

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Only two of the chalets have bathtubs - these are closest to the main swimming pool so they don't have private pools

Scott Dunn team

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If you're looking for a more unique chalet, #7 has a treehouse

Scott Dunn team

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Really good cooking experience, pick your own vegetables from the garden and make a fresh Sri Lankan curry in minutes.

Scott Dunn team

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The birdlife is prolific, a walk with the resident ornithologist is a must for enthusiasts

Scott Dunn team

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Enjoy cycling around the scenic grounds, remembering to take the torch from your chalet if cycling to and from dinner in the dark so as to make sure you don't cycle over any little critters such as tortoises!

Amber Hopkins

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A great active afternoon is doing a guided village cycling tour followed by horse riding around the grounds.

Amber Hopkins

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Try to guess the herbs and spices used in the refreshing iced tea upon arrival - it's delicious!

Amber Hopkins

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Enjoy complimentary Sri Lankan afternoon nibbles served daily from 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Amber Hopkins

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Enjoy a cooking demonstration where the chef will take you to the vegetable garden to choose your own vegetables to cook a traditional Sri Lankan curry in the garden.

Scarlett Richard

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Take a bike ride around the grounds when you have a chance, there's so much to see and do and it’s a relatively flat cycle!

Jack Mace

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Ulagalla or take a look at our itineraries to Ancient Cities


Historically this beautiful property has been the home of many a chieftain whose area of rule extended from Ulagalla in Rajarata to Padaviya in the northern province. This unique wallawwa has been lovingly restored to its original stature, developed and furnished to retain its own distinctive character to relive the gracious lifestyle of the colonial era of the ancient capital.

Bordering two ancient reservoirs, the property comprises 25 private and serene villas inspired by historic architecture, over 58 acres (electric cars are available to shuttle guests within the area), overlooking either the reservoir or working paddy fields. Each chalet consists of a floor area of 800 sq. feet, which includes a separate living area. The chalets are furnished with elegance and comfort while combining state-of-the-art amenities and each chalet offers a tranquil courtyard with its own private plunge pool.

With a strong eco concept 50% of the energy requirement here is generated through solar power, which makes this resort the largest solar farm in the country! The majority of the resort has been constructed using Durra, a green building material and during its creation not one tree was removed, in fact they even planted 1000 root balled trees on the property during the project.

When it comes to dining, in keeping with the resorts green ethos, fine dining is available including fresh organic fruits and vegetables. The resort's team of highly qualified chefs are on hand to create gourmet cuisine to suit individual needs of each and every guest.

To keep busy during your stay there are not only plenty of fabulous local sites to explore, on site there are all myriad of facilities and activities to keep all members of the family busy, such as a 30 meter fresh water swimming pool, an Ayurvedic spa, extensive fitness center, horse riding, archery, billiards, canoe rides and many more.

The only serious problem here is fitting everything in.


Ulagalla offers 20 detached chalets with private plunge pools, scattered over 58 acres of Sri Lanka’s finest rural landscape. Chalets are grouped in pairs, and there is one 2-bedroom chalet (the Nikkawawe Suite) which has a pool three times the size of the other plunge pools. Rooms provide complimentary amenities such as shampoo, conditioner and bath soap, air-conditioning, an electronic safe, IDD activated telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, TV with satellite channels, writing table, minibar, in-room wifi and 24 hour room service. Two of the chalets have baths but no plunge pools. Chalets with disabled access are available.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Ulagalla and there are plenty of activities for older children.


Facilities at Ulagalla include a fully equipped gym, pool, sauna, archery stations, canoeing, kayaking and horseback riding.

Dining at Ulagalla is a fabulous experience. What makes it special is that you can completely tailor make it to your preferences, from where you want to eat to what you want to eat. Fresh ingredients are used to create delicious dishes. The majority of the vegetables, herbs and fruits are grown in the hotel's own garden giving the cuisine plenty of flavor.

Private dining options are on offer, and tables can be set up on the helipad, the viewing platform which overlooks the reservoir, or on the threshing floor (amidst a little copse of trees).

There is a spa with two open-air (but very private) therapy rooms, offering Balinese or Thai massages, as well as traditional Sri Lankan Ayurvedic treatments. There is also a gym and a large outdoor central swimming pool.


Complimentary activities at the hotel include use of the pool table, board games, carrom and playing cards. Activities at an additional cost include kayaking, horse riding, bicycling, nature trails, flora and fauna tours with a naturalist and archery.

Location & Directions

Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka

Ulagalla Resort is ideally located in the hamlet of Tirappane, 40 km north of the Dambulla- Anuradhapura road. Anuradhapura is 20 km from the property and it is extremely convenient to access a wide range of historic sites from Ulagalla.

When to go

The Maha monsoon blows from October to January, bringing rain to the North and East, while the dry season is from May to September. The North and East are comparatively dry, with around 1000mm of rain annually. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Out-of-season travel has its advantages – not only do the crowds go away but many airfares and accommodation prices drop right down. Nor does it rain all the time during the low season.

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