Ulagalla Resort

Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean

The hotel

A luxury hotel with a 150-year old mansion at its centre, Ulagalla Resort was once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility. A luxury hotel, it’s a wonderful place to stay, full of atmosphere and beauty, most of which is ecologically sustained. Bowing to the elements, the hotel has its own solar farm, making it cutting edge too in green terms. Accommodation is in chalets spread throughout the 58-acre estate — spacious inside, they are packed with home comforts, including flatscreen TV, WiFi and four-poster beds. Each has its own private plunge pool, ideal for cooling off in anytime of day or night, and there is 24-hour room service, ensuring you can do what you came here to do — relax! For something a little more strenuous try some of the resort activities on offer, such as kayaking and nature tours. Enjoy feasting on gastronomic delights, including home-grown fruit and vegetables, at the main restaurant or request a meal and have it delivered to your chalet — just tell the chefs what you fancy and they will oblige!


  • Bar
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Kayaking
  • Villa / private house

Where is it

In the cultural centre of Sri Lanka, with panoramic views of paddy fields and reservoirs. Attractions, such as Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temples and medieval city of Pollonaruwa, are around one-and-a-half hours away by road. Transfer time from Colombo International Airport: 4 hours.

Hotel information

20 chalets. All with air-conditioning, large flat-screen TV, telephone, WiFi, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, iPod docking station, safe, hairdryer, iron and board. Ulagalla Chalets have a private plunge pool, sun deck, panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the gardens or paddy field, a dining area, bathroom with rain shower, and a master bedroom with 1 king-size four-poster bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

Half Board option: Includes breakfast and dinner in the all-day dining restaurant.

Full Board option: Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in the all-day dining restaurant.

Nikaweva Villa has a private swimming pool, 2 bedrooms with king-size beds, a living and dining area, 2 bathrooms with bathrobes, and 180-degree windows allowing views of the gardens and paddy field, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 3 adults and 2 children.

Restaurant (Sri Lankan/Continental cuisine, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). In-room dining*. Pool bar. Infinity swimming pool. Fitness centre. Spa*. Resort activities, such as nature walks*, garden tours*, kayaking* and bicycle tours*. Bicycles. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour reception. Library. Complimentary WiFi. 24-hour room service*.

3 nights: 20 Dec–10 Jan.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: It takes approximately 4 hours to travel by road from Colombo Airport to Ulagalla Resort. 

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Jul 11, 2019 1Travellerworldwide1 Mellingen, Switzerland

Excellent service, excellent food. Great place to stay while in Sri Lanka. Especially enjoyed the wonderful and spacey rooms with provide everything you need - surrounded by the beatiful nature. Thank you for a great stay!
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Jul 9, 2019 Ashan Iranga R

This is one of the best hotels i have ever stay and the hospitality their served is superb... Very quiet, clean, beautiful hotel...all facilities are excellent. Better little improve the internet connection speed.
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Jul 3, 2019 TheTyroneReviewer Cookstown, United Kingdom

Such a beautiful hotel set in beautiful surroundings. Total peace and tranquility. Food is amazing, fresh and prepared in full view to the customers. Service is exceptional, especially our waiter, Rohan. He saw to our every need and nothing was too much trouble for him. We will be back to visit Ulagalla by Uga Escapes very soon!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good for a small family but excellent for a couple 💑

Jul 3, 2019 dinesh2222202 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Perfect getaway for a couple A very private setting, excellent food, super atmosphere. The receptionist was extremely helpful 'Madu'. Among the many activities, horses riding was the highlight for me. The cottages including private swimming pool as well. Hope to revisit next year.
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Jul 2, 2019 Vacation591140

“The welcome ritual is so beautiful. Villa, pool and everything else is just sublime. The staff is friendly and they helped us a lot when our kid got injured. Thank you Vino and the staff for making our stay perfect.