Uga Ulagalla, Anuradhapura

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A sanctuary surrounded by natural beauty and some of Sri Lanka’s world heritage sites.

the Low Down

A boutique hotel with a touch of traditional elegance and aristocracy, this place offers a unique experience of luxury amidst a natural, remote, and uninhabited environment. Ulagalla is nestled in a sprawling 58-acre lush green garden with a 150-year-old mansion at its centre, rich with cultural heritage and historical significance. Interposed within this natural habitat are 25 villas with private pools, cautiously designed and built to maintain the ecological balance of the surroundings.

If you cherish adventure tourism or value visiting majestic archaeological sites, Ulagalla is the place to visit. This is after all the land where great Kings once reigned. It is a 30-minute drive to the archaeological sites in Anuradhapura and an hour away from the great rock fortress of Sigiriya, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

the Peaks Promise

complimentary experience

Each booking will receive one complimentary activity during stay to choose from either Archery, Kayaking or a Village Bicycle Tour.

the Peaks Purse

60 USD to spend at the resort on whatever you wish!

The Best Room For You

  • Ulagalla has been created within a 150 year old village chieftains mansion with rich history and cultural significance
  • The hotel is the only one in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle where each villa has its own private pool
  • There are 25 large 1850 sq ft villas each with their own private pool and separate living areas spread across 58 acres of land ensuring privacy and seclusion
  • The team offer authentic experiences such as village cycle tours, tuk tuk tours, horseback riding, archery, kayaking in the local lake and kite making.
  • Accommodation:
    The collection of villas come with a king-sized bed, cosy sofas, wooden floors, and spacious terraces to create an atmosphere of pure luxury and extravagance. You have a choice of 20 Pool Villas, each with views of the green paddy fields, the neighbouring jungle which teems with life, or a tranquil lake. There are both one-bedroom villas for couples and friends, as well as two bedroom villas for families and groups.
  • Location:
    Ulagalla; situated in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura, is right in the centre of the Cultural Triangle, the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Hidden away in the quiet village of Thirappane, this luxurious resort features a sprawling 58-acre estate nestled among two sparkling reservoirs, lush green paddy fields, and ponds sprinkled with lilies.
  • Getting there:
    The hamlet of Thirappane is on the main Dambulla-Anuradhapura route (A9) approximately 40km north of Dambulla. Ulagalla is a further 2km inland from the turn off at Thirappane junction. The resort is approximately 160km from the Bandaranaike International Airport and 176 km from Sri Lanka’s commercial capital Colombo and can be reached through Dambulla or through Puttlam via Anuradhapura town.
  • What to pack:
    Swimwear and suitable clothing for exploring!
  • Restaurants:
    The hotel offers one restaurant plus an array of private dining experiences. The resort’s restaurant offers Sri Lankan, Eastern and Western cuisine as well as fusion fare. The restaurant’s upper deck provides a captivating view of the lush green vegetation that surrounds the resort.
  • Spa:
    Veiled to the world and its cares, the spa is built to resemble an underground cavern of perfect equanimity and is not only unique in appearance but also offers an experience that is inimitable. From a simple soothing massage to signature treatments to rejuvenate you from your crown to your toes; the expert spa therapists are recognised as some of the best in Sri Lanka with international expertise and training.
  • Signature Activities:
    Book in for an authentic Sri Lankan Village dining experience, go horseback riding or try a village cycle tour.
  • All rates are subject to 29.8% government tax and service charges
  • The hotel can accommodate a maximum of 2 children up to 3 years old when sharing the adult’s room. Accommodation is complimentary when sharing with parents or another adult – meals and transfers and other services are chargeable.

Rates include:

  • Daily breakfast

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Visa Cost

Tourist visas can be applied for prior to arrival and cost $25. For more information click here.

Top Tip

Ride the cute train around Ella through the most bewitching of landscapes – tea estates, forests, waterfalls, hills, bridges – is something you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives.

Local Currency

The local currency is the Sri Lankan Rupee


Peak period is December to April as it's cooler. Off-peak period is May to November yet Sri Lanka is an all year destination.


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