Water Garden Sigiriya
Sigiriya, Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Just 8km from Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Water Garden is superbly located
Designed by renowned architect Channa Daswatte
Enjoy the pristine waterways and large main pool where you can relax with a book
Outstanding views over Sigiriya and the surrounding countryside
Each villa is spacious and offers privacy in a beautiful surrounding
Best time to Visit
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Water Garden Sigiriya
Water Garden Sigiriya is an oasis of natural beauty in the heart of The Cultural Triangle, inspired by the ancient water gardens of Sigiriya. Expect luxury in a very open and natural setting with the mountainous Sigiriya Rock Fortress as your backdrop.
With Sigiriya Rock Fortress as its backdrop, Water Garden Sigiriya hotel is a modern take on the 2,000 year old water garden found at the ancient ruins. Designed by renowned architect Channa Daswatte, this luxury hotel is as much about the views as it is the interiors.
Spread across 35 acres, each villa has been carefully styled in keeping with its setting. There are 30 villas in total divided into three categories. The superior Deluxe Room and the Duplex Villas in particular are a perfect choice as they feature a private plunge pool. The Duplex Villa is ideal for larger groups or families.
There are two dining options - the main restaurant and twin level bar, found either side of the main pool with views towards Sigiriya Rock. The twin level bar is a great way to begin an evening, sit out on the upper floor terrace and take in the views whilst sipping on a cocktail. Below, the main restaurant is very chic and serves a mixture of Sri Lankan dishes and international cuisine. Alternatively enjoy a private dining in an outdoor setting under the stars. Here you can enjoy a romantic dinner by candlelight.
There are a total of 30 villas at Water Garden Sigiriya, each combining space, style and privacy. Ask your Travel Consultant for more details.
The Deluxe Villa is a chic one bedroom villa complete with a King size bed and large bathroom complete with a bathtub. The Deluxe Villas overlook the water garden below giving the impression you are floating on water; a romantic space perfect for couples.
|Duplex Twin Villa with Plunge Pool||
The Duplex Twin Villa features a private plunge pool with Jacuzzi and sundeck which is a great spot for observing the wildlife which roam the gardens. There are two bedrooms, one master bedroom upstairs complete with a King sized bed and a second room downstairs with two twin beds, perfect for children.
|Superior Deluxe Villas with Plunge Pool||
The Superior Deluxe Villa offers a chic yet rustic space to enjoy the surrounding gardens and local wildlife.Enjoy your own private plunge pool and accompanying sundeck. This villa has one bedroom with a King sized bed along with a spacious bathroom with a large bathtub to unwind in after a day exploring The Cultural Triangle.
Children are welcome at Water Garden Sigiriya and there's also a kid’s pool for younger guests to splash about in.
The main restaurant at Water Garden offers a variety of local favourites as well as an array of international dishes. All ingredients are locally sourced and the fully stocked bar provides an extensive menu of drinks and refreshing cocktails. The twin level bar is also a great spot for sundowners.
Water Garden Sigiriya's location makes it a perfect base for visiting Sigiriya Rock Fortress and other highlights of the Cultural Triangle including the ancient kingdom of Dambulla. There are also many National Parks nearby that make up Elephant's corridor. Back at the hotel, there's a plethora of activities available including billiards, cycling and archery. You'll find a large outdoor swimming pool in close proximity to the many waterways that wind around the property. For gym goers, there's a well-equipped fitness centre whilst others can enjoy a pampering at the spa which uses a combination of organic products to truly revive your mind, body and soul. There's even a helipad, perfect for helicopter tours over Sigiriya Rock and beyond.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
The property has a really lovely spacious feel and the rooms are enormous! Staying here makes you feel extremely spoilt and provides a great base from which to explore the surrounding area of the Cultural Triangle. We had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant with a great choice of western and Sri Lankan dishes, all of which was delicious and very refined.
Jack Mace (Staff)
Water Garden definitely has the wow-factor from the off as you are greeted with unparalleled views of the mighty Sigiriya. Unlike other resorts it contemporary in style but still manages to blend into its surroundings. Pathways divide lakes and paddy fields with the resorts villas and facilities dotted spaciously around. The villas themselves are the best in the area, luxurious and characterful and you'll feel right at home. If you are going during the hotter months I'd recommend a Superior Deluxe Villa as it has a little plunge pool which is perfect to cool down in. The main pool area is also great, with views directly onto Sigiriya it's a great little spot for an afternoon dip. I'd also say that Water Garden is perfect for families, especially in the Duplex Villas which are amazing!
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
The Water Garden at Sigiriya is a welcome new addition to the cultural triangle in Sri Lanka, but comes with the most magical view of the Lions Rock, which sets it apart from other hotels in the vicinity. With its fantastic Sri Lankan village feel, combined with its modern style of villas, it is a wonderful option to de-camp for a couple of nights. The Duplex Twin Villas are absolutely perfect for families, and even come with your own private plunge pool perfect for the children to take a dip in after a day of activities. The food is tasty, and offers a wide choice of both Sri Lankan style dishes and more international cuisine, and the service is attentive but not over bearing. All in all, it is a fantastic choice and I am confident that you will be extremely well looked after.
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.
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.
A Week in Sri Lanka
Sigiriya, Kandy, Dickoya
from £2500 pp inc flights & transfers for 7 nights
- Explore the Cultural Triangle including a visit to the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Enjoy some of the best of Sri Lanka in this short, but unique itinerary taking in Sri Lanka's incredible ancient cities, the green hills of the tea country and the city of Kandy
- You will have your own private driver/ guide to show you around, making your trip easy and relaxing
Best of Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Hatton, Yala National Park, Tangalle & Galle
from £4000 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- This itinerary covers it all, the culture of the ancient cities, the wildlife in Yala National Park and the southern coast, providing a hugely rewarding itineary
- Many rural and hidden settings which are great for getting you off the beaten track
- You will have your own private driver/guide to show you around the country - seeing the sights are your own pace
Classic Sri Lanka
Kotugoda, Sigiriya, Kandy, Dickoya, Yala & Habaraduwa
from £4000 pp inc flights & transfers for 14 nights
- Explore the Cultural Triangle including a visit to the mighty Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- This itinerary covers all the highlights of Sri Lanka allowing you experience everything that makes this island so special, wildlife, culture, history and stunning coastlines
- You will have your own private driver/ guide to show you around
Sri Lanka Safari
Kotuguda, Wilpattu, Sigiriya, Gal Oya National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Yala National Park & Galle
from £4800 pp inc flights & transfers for 15 nights
- Get off-the-beaten track with this 15-night itinerary
- This trip takes in three of Sri Lanka's National Parks where you will have the opportunity to see some incredible wildlife
- With expert guiding throughout, this is a perfect trip for nature lovers
Location & directions
Sigiriya, Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
Water Garden Sigiriya is located approximately 8km from the majestic Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the heart of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka.
How to get there
Fly into Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital city. From there Water Garden Sigiriya is a 4 hour 30-minute drive away.
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