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Why we like it
- A unique eco-friendly boutique hotel in Anuradhapura
- A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World
- Twenty luxurious chalets all with a private plunge pool
- Activities available include Hiking, nature walks, bird watching, kayaking, horseriding, cyclying and archery
- Open with professional chefs ready to create a tempting feast or snack at any time of day
- Facilities include a 30 metre swimming pool, a gym, an Ayurvedic spa and a 24 hour personal butler service
- Recommended for the perfect balance of activities, sightseeing and relaxation suitable for families and couples alike
Exclusive to A&K clients
- Spa credit of $60 per villa per stay
- Late check out until 16.00hrs, subject to availability
*Terms and conditions apply, speak to a travel consultant for more information
We had an outstanding guide, Mr Upali Guneratne. His expert knowledge about the temples and ancient sites we visited, Sri Lankan history and customs, and the Island’s flora and wildlife made it a memorable experience for us both.
- AM, Hampshire
Ulagalla is nestled on 58 lush acres bordering two ancient reservoirs - Ullagalla and Wannamaduwa. The cultivated paddy fields form the heartland of this breathtakingly beautiful resort. When the resort was created not one tree was taken down and 1000 trees were planted after the resort was created. But the eco ethos does not detract from the guest experience. Take time to sit and relax in the the main area - an original mansion - and you'll feel the grand colonial atmosphere of old Sri Lanka.
The luxurious spacious chalets have private plunge pools and wonderful views onto the reserve. The accommodation is elegant and offers all the modern amenities expected. The main area of the hotel boasts a large swimming pool to enjoy in the heat of the day, and there's a spa for indulgent relaxation. Ulagalla has an excellent location for exploring the mighty Sigiriya Rock and Royal Gardens, Dambulla Cave Temple, the ancient ruined capital of Polonnaruwa, and the elephants in Minneriya National Park.
Best time to be there
During our winter months, when the humidity is lower and the temperature more comfortable for sightseeing and exploration. However, the monsoon season of May to September should not be discounted for travel as the whole of Sri Lanka is bursting into lush greenery due to the rainfall showing you a side of this island not everyone sees.
Colombo (Sri Lankan Airlines daily)
10 hours non-stop
GMT +6 hours
Required for British Nationals from 1st January 2012.
Yellow fever if arriving from endemic area
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Suggested itineraries in Sri Lanka
Uncovering the secrets of Sri Lanka
Nights: 17 | from £4,995pp
This indepth journey of Sri Lanka takes in the all the key attractions including the Cultural Triangle, visit historic Kandy before heading to the tea plantations. Camp on the edge of Yala National Park before heading to the beach at Tangalle. Last stop is the charming port town of Galle.
Family Sri Lanka
Nights: 14 | from £2,995pp
A magical 14 night family trip to Sri Lanka where you’ll enjoy the beaches of Sri Lanka's southwest coast and visit Polonnaruwa by bike.
Nights: 2 | from £410pp
The capital of Colombo has so much to offer the visitor and is more than just a transit stop. With our local team on the ground we can arrange a variety of activities to immerse you into the city.
Classic Sri Lanka
Nights: 13 | from £2,475pp
The tear-drop isle is ideal for a two-week trip – that’s enough time to pack in ancient forts and temples, world-class wild-life, hill walks, historic cities and some relaxation by the sea.
Highlights of Sri Lanka
Nights: 8 | from £1,995pp
This journey takes in the key sites of Sri Lanka, combining history and culture. This short itinerary can be extended to include wildlife or time on the beach.
Explore Sinharaja Rainforest
Nights: 2 | from £420pp
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A Hosted Journey - Gourmet Traveller Sri Lanka with Helen Anderson
Nights: 13 | from £4,535pp
Enjoy exclusive culinary experiences, with market visits, cooking demonstrations and tastings. You will also see the elephants of Minneriya National Park on a jeep safari and rail journey through the scenic highlands.
Uncover Yala National Park
Nights: 2 | from £695pp
This itinerary can be added into any tour of Sri Lanka and will take you into one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful national parks. Home to leopard, elephant and sloth bear, the park also borders the coast.