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 was built in 1885 and has been renovated to house the resort’s reception area
Ulagalla is a peaceful setting that is ideal for nature lovers and offers several adventurous activities ranging from horse riding and kayaking to birdwatching
Ulagalla’s kitchen is open 24 hours and guests are free to order their meals at any time of day
Villas 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
Order the traditional rice and curry, we preferred it to the more European fare.Emma Mark
Only two of the chalets have bathtubs - these are closest to the main swimming pool so they don't have private poolsScott Dunn team
Really good cooking experience, pick your own vegetables from the garden and make a fresh Sri Lankan curry in minutes.Scott Dunn team
The birdlife is prolific, a walk with the resident ornithologist is a must for enthusiastsScott Dunn team
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
A great active afternoon is doing a guided village cycling tour followed by horse riding around the grounds.Amber Hopkins
Try to guess the herbs and spices used in the refreshing iced tea upon arrival - it's delicious!Amber Hopkins
Enjoy complimentary Sri Lankan afternoon nibbles served daily from 4:30pm - 6:30pmAmber Hopkins
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
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
Ulagalla is a unique wallawwa which has been lovingly restored to its original stature, developed and furnished to retain its own distinctive character. 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. Explore the Cultural Triangle from this wonderful base, taking day trips to visit Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Dambulla.
Bordering two ancient reservoirs, Ulagalla comprises 20 private and serene villas inspired by historic architecture, all spread over 58 acres. Overlooking either the reservoir or working paddy fields, each villa consists of a floor area of 800 sq. feet, which includes a separate living area. The villas are furnished with elegance and comfort while combining state-of-the-art amenities and each villa offers a tranquil courtyard with its own private plunge pool.
With a strong eco-concept, guests can get around by electric car or use one of the resort's complimentary bikes. In the morning, cycle past the lush green paddies to the main wallawwa where a delicious fresh breakfast awaits. In keeping with the resort's green ethos, an a la carte menu is available throughout the day, with all dishes using fresh organic produce picked from the vegetable garden. Ulagalla's team of highly qualified chefs created delicious, authentic cuisine and guests can even learn to cook a Sri Lankan curry using traditional clay pots as part of a morning cooking lesson.
To keep busy during your stay there are not only plenty of fabulous local sites to explore, but also a myriad of facilities and activities in the resort to keep all members of the family busy. Laze by the 30m fresh water swimming pool, head to the Ayurvedic spa, enjoy horse riding, archery and kayaking to name a few. The only serious problem at Ulagalla is fitting everything in.
Ulagalla offers 20 detached villas with private plunge pools, scattered over 58 acres of Sri Lanka’s finest rural landscape. The villas are grouped in pairs, with one 2-bedroom Nikkawawa Villa which has a pool three times the size of the other plunge pools. Two of the villas have baths but no plunge pool. Villas with disabled access are also 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.
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.
Back at the resort, there is a spa with two open-air, 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.
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.