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.
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
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.
When to visit
Try your hand at archery during your stay
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.
10-hour 45-minute direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. It takes 4-hours to drive from Colombo and the international airport to Ulagalla.
Anuradhapura Ancient City
Anuradhapura dates from the sixth century BC and is one of Buddhism's holiest sites, containing the 2,200 year old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment.
Anuradhapura Cycling Tour
This bicycle tour of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brings you to the stupas of Ruwanweliseya, Abayagirl, Jethavana and Samadhi Buddha statue.
Dambulla Buddhist Caves
Dambulla is an ancient historical site set on a large granite outcrop. The caves at Dambulla are famous for their temples and have been repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries with secular and Buddhist scenes.
Dambulla Cave Temples
Visit the Dambulla Cave Temples, conveniently located between Sigiriya and Kandy making them easy to reach and explore.
Hot Air Balloon at Sunrise
Take a spectacular hot air ballon ride at sunrise, with beautiful views of Sigiriya Rock and surrounding countryside.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Kandy Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species
and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
Minneriya National Park
The amazing Minneriya National Park is renowned for its elephant populations and beautiful scenery. Enjoy a safari drive in search of the Asian elephant, a highlight for many during their tour through this fascinating teardrop isle.
Polonnaruwa - Meet the Monkeys
Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the monkeys that occupy the area. These impressive ruins have been carefully preserved and have attracted groups of three diurnal primates. Get up close with these cheeky animals and learn about their behaviour.
Polonnaruwa Ancient City
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa dates from the 10th century AD. Originally planned as an expression and statement of imperial power, the city was eventually abandoned in 1288. Many of the remains are still in excellent condition.
Polonnaruwa Half-Day tour
Visit Polonnaruwa, part of the ancient cities of Sri Lanka.
Safari in Wilpattu National Park
Head into Wilpattu National Park for a morning or evening safari to marvel at the range of wildlife.
Safari Jeep to Minneriya National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Minneriya Nataional Park , famous for its wild elephants.
The Sigiriya rock rises majestically from the jungle floor. It is famous for its ‘mirror wall’, so called because of its highly polished surface. Half-way up there are galleries with frescoes in brilliant tempera. Sigirya dates from the 5th century AD.
Temple of the Tooth
This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.
Tour of Trincomalee
A visit to Trincomalee, also known as Trinco, will generally include a visit to Koneswaram Temple and Fort Frederick for a historical overview. This tour will also take in some of the lovely beaches in the area, including Uppuveli and Nilaveli.
Ulagalla - Horse Riding
Ulagalla is home to two beautiful horses. During your stay at this fabulous resort, why not spend some time getting to know them and go riding around the estate and the surrounding area.
Ulagalla - Organic Garden Tour & Cookery Demonstration
Enjoy a guided tour of the organic herb and vegetable garden during your stay at Ulagalla. Here you can pick ingredients for lunch, and then help prepare a traditional Sri Lankan lunch using this fresh produce and an array of spices.
Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the most famous heritage site in Sri Lanka.