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recommended guesthouses in the cultural triangle

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Can anyone recommend good guesthouses in Polonaruwa and Annuradhapura? we plan on staying there 2-3 nights

Is it better to stay in one place and travel eachday or sleep each night at the specific place?



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1. Re: recommended guesthouses in the cultural triangle

Hi Liat,

Both Giritale (west of P'ruwa) and Sigiriya are excellent bases to cover all of the Cultural Triangle. The main towns are max. 1 hours' drive from there, so no need to choose GH's in the specific towns.

Can't help with advices as we usually stay 1 category higher at least, in middle class hotels like Royal Lotus Giritale (excellent price/value ratio). Sandya & family however once stayed in P'Ruwa in a GH which immediately came on the GH-from-hell list: Sudu Araliya. Just in case anyone from TA dares to recommend it ;-)

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: recommended guesthouses in the cultural triangle


Erik, I did once walk into one and straight out agian after a quick inspection. Name sounds familiar.

There are a couple I can recommend.


The Grand Tourist Holiday resort,

4B2, Stage 1, Lake Road,

Harischandra Mawatha,

Anuradhapura.....Tel; +94-(0)-25-2235173

This one is a colonial bungalow style building, set in nice , quiet grounds with views out across the bush to the mountains in the distance.

Good rooms, fod etc. and convenient for Anuradhapura sites. There's a big hotel five minutes stroll away around the corner where you can use the swimming pool, etc for a small fee.


Hotel The Village,

Opposite Giritale Lake,

Giritale...Tel; +94-(0)-27-2247275

This place isn't so personal but it's good.

It has a restaurant fronting the road and many people from nearby guest houses and hotels come to eat here.

The rooms are almost motel style places , just four of them with a huge communal verandah, set in the garden at the rear.

It's used as a pick up point for safari trips into the nearby parks so easy to arrange that from there. Also easy to get into Polonorua.

Regarding staying in one place, I'd stay in Anuradhapura for the sites there and also Mihintale.

Then visit Ritigala , Aukana and Habarana on the way to the Hotel the Village and stay there for seeing Polonorua.


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