Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura


Ulagalla Resort opened in 2010 and consists of luxurious individual chalets scattered across woodlands and overlooking paddy fields and two reservoirs. Each chalet with its own plunge pool provides complete privacy and has scenic views. The Ulagalla estate has a long history and was once the abode of a village chieftain. The original walawwa (ancestral mansion), which was built in 1885, still remains and has been renovated to house the resort’s reception area. Ulagalla follows strict eco-friendly policies and also produces much of its own rice and vegetables on the estate. Ulagalla Resort is a peaceful setting that is ideal for nature lovers and offers several adventurous activities ranging from horse riding and kayaking to bird watching.


Each of the chalets consists of a living area, bedroom, dressing area, private terrace and plunge pool. The Nikewawa, which is more spacious, is ideal for a group or family. Chalets are tastefully furnished and equipped with all modern conveniences including a/c, overhead fan, electronic safe, IDD, minibar, tea/coffee facility, cable TV, DVD player, music and DVD library, hair dryer, his and her bathrobe and slippers, 24 hour room service, and two bicycles for each chalet to explore the estate. There is also a butler assigned to each chalet.

Traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and a mix of international cuisine is served here prepared with fresh village vegetables and condiments. Ulagalla’s kitchen is open 24 hours and guests are free to order their meals at any time of day. You can choose to have your meals at Ulagalla’s fine dining restaurant, on the terrace overlooking the reservoir or in the privacy of your own chalet. Ulagalla boasts of an underground wine cellar. The in-house spa specialises in rejuvenating massages and treatments. Other resort facilities include a 30 metre swimming pool by the main walawwa, fitness centre, business centre, indoor games, billiards, souveniour shop, laundry service, and doctor on call. Ulagalla resort welcomes children and has special children’s menus, baby cots and high chairs, and baby-sitting service with prior notice. Recreational facilities include horse riding (the resort has its own riding stables), kayaking, nature trails and birdwatching with the in-house naturalist. Ulagalla Resort has wheelchair access.

Ulagalla Resort follows strict eco-friendly policies and runs a solar energy farm, which supplies over 50% of the resort’s energy requirements. This solar energy farm is claimed to be the largest in the country. Other activities include recycling of waste water, harvesting of rain water, use of compost for the home gardens, use of LED bulbs in the chalets to reduce the carbon footprint of the resort by 80%, and the use of recycled timber mixed with paddy straw to retain coolness in the chalets.

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