Location: Cultural Triangle & Eastern Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

At the opulent and eco-friendly Ulagalla you’ll be treated like the nobility who used to live here. A magnificent 150-year-old mansion house sits as the centrepiece for the signature villas, which are dotted around its 58 acres of lush greenery. Here, white flowering trees match the elegant wooden sun loungers that surround the oversized swimming pool.
Perfect forAn eco-escape of indulgent luxury to base yourself during your exploration of the Cultural Triangle.
In the knowFamed for its unique welcome ceremony, your entry to the hotel will incorporate oil lamps, ringing bells and a complimentary photo to take home with you.

Recommended for...

  • Setting & Views
  • Hideaway
  • Eco-tourism
  • Peace & Quiet

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Ulagalla is set on 53 acres of lush grounds in Anuradhapura, the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.

Rooms at Ulagalla

The eco villas all have private plunge pools and terraces, and the floor-to-ceiling windows enjoy panoramic views of the lush paddy fields, the dense forests or the expansive lake. For larger groups, we recommend indulging in the Nikawewa Villa: a two-bedroom haven amidst the rice paddies, with a private pool, an expansive sun deck and a 24-hour butler to tend to your every need.

Food & drink

Ulagalla offers a truly bespoke dining experience. The main restaurant serves local and western-inspired dishes, but what you eat, when you eat and where you eat it, is totally up to you - even if that means getting it delivered to the tranquillity of the secret spa.


Hidden amongst the foliage, the spa is designed to resemble an underground cavern; with a range of treatments, it’s an idyllic setting to relax to the sound of the trickling waterfalls.

Activities at Ulagalla

Ulagalla is perfectly located to explore Anuradhapura. Widely acknowledged as the first capital of Sri Lanka, it houses some of the country’s best preserved ruins – not to mention its own status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Back at Ulagalla, you can explore 58 acres of natural beauty on foot, bicycle or even horseback, with Ulagalla’s equine residents - take the resident naturalist with you as an expert guide.

Best time to go

Best time to travel

Good time to travel (but some limitations)

Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

Travel is not recommended

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
Best time to go

Hotel location

Ulagalla is a 4 hour and 15-minute drive from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport or a 35-minute flight to Anuradhapura Airport and a 30-minute road transfer.

Stay at Ulagalla on these trips

More places to stay in Cultural Triangle & Eastern Sri Lanka


call us on 020 7337 9010 to start planning your perfect trip

Make an enquiry

© 2022 Exsus Travel. Experts in luxury tailor-made holidays.

Exsus Travel Limited t/a Exsus Travel. Registered in England and Wales at this address: 1 Burwood Place, London, W2 2UT. Company No. 3385363. VAT No. 719-221840.

Book with confidence.
All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk
We are a member of ABTA (ABTA No. Y6561) which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. For package holidays that do not include flights we provide financial protection for you money by way of a bond held by ABTA. We provide financial protection for your money.

International Passenger Protection (IPP)

All passengers booking with Exsus Travel Ltd are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies received by us, including repatriation costs and arrangements, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your single service travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Exsus Travel Ltd

Exsus Travel Ltd has taken out an insurance provided by International Passenger Protection Ltd (IPP) with Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE (LMIE) trading as Liberty Specialty Markets, a member of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. LMIE's registered office: 5-7 rue Leon Laval, L-3372, Leudelange, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Registered Number B232280 (Registre de Commerce et des Sociétés). LMIE is a European public limited liability company and is supervised by the Commissariat aux Assurances and licensed by the Luxembourg Minister of Finance as an insurance and reinsurance company. This insurance is only valid for passengers who book and pay directly with/to Exsus Travel Ltd

In the event of our insolvency please make contact as soon as practically possible giving full details of what has happened quoting the name of your Travel Operator:

IPP Claims at Sedgwick
Telephone: +44 (0)345 266 1872
or online at http://www.ipplondon.co.uk/claims.asp