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“2nd visit just as good as the 1st!”
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Uga Ulagalla
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thirappane
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110 reviews
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“2nd visit just as good as the 1st!”
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Our second visit to Ulagalla in 12 months, due to the fact that the accommodation, location and staff were so good. This area is great for Elephant safari and this trip did not disappoint once again, but as many others mention there is so much to do around the hotel such as cycling around the tank that you quickly lose 4 days and can’t believe it is time to leave! The locals are also very friendly and you are greeted with huge smiles everywhere you go and this is a credit to Lalil and the team for ensuring both hotel and local community live in harmony together. Our second stay lived up to expectations and we had a great time, I would highly recommend Ulagalla if you like to escape and wildlife while having creature comforts!
If I were to be critical I would agree that the food here does not match the high standards of the hotel generally and other establishments of a similar level in Sri Lanka and after 16 days of touring SL we did try many once again. Also the furnishings are showing signs of general wear and tear, and the management need to ensure standards are maintained through replacement / refurbishment. Lalil and the team are one of the main assets and I will be sorry to see Lalil retire in March but wish him every happiness in his next chapter in life!

We look forward to returning again!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

I want to start this review with a big Woow…. No Words to explain the Experience we had at this resort. What a wonderful experience.
First of all I would like to Thank Mr Anuradha, Mr Ossen and the entire staff for giving us the best of the best service and treatment. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to stay in this Resort and the nature and the surrounding is breath taking and the food is very tasty and fresh. The vegetable garden is so nice and I love the Paddy fields. Night atmosphere was so breath taking. I love the idea of Solar farm. So environmental friendly. While building the resort there was NO or very minimum damage to the environment. Personal Pools that every Chalet has is so nice to relax.
I recommend any one visiting Sri Lanka not to miss this Resort in Anuradhapura. Make it a point to stay at least two days to experience the best of it. Call Mr Anuradha at 077-400-1055 for all your reservations. His professional service is excellent and he knows in and out about this resort.
Don’t forget to do the Resort trading of lighting the Oil lamp and rigging the bell.

Also With Mr Anuradha's recommendation we were able to experience another wonderful Resort in the same chain which is Jungle Beach Resort in Trincomalee. Which was another great experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

It was a great surprise to find out we had a living room and bedroom. It is very luxurious and well thought out. We had the normal deluxe room not the large ones.
The breakfast platter is a must and if you still not full you can have eggs etc etc.
we arrived on Xmas eve and had the Gala Dinner, I have never seen such a spread. Everyone was taking photos of the food before tucking in.
Everyone was very welcoming and lovely at the resort!!
Will we return, of course yes. Will recommend it YES!

Room Tip: Not sure they have bad chalets. Have the breakfast platter even if you have room service.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

This hotel is absolutely amazing, I've never stayed anywhere better. The service is outstanding, and makes you feel special. When we checked in, they said meal times were entirely dependent on whenever we felt like it, and it was true! E.g. When we stayed at the bar a little longer than anticipated, they took us in a golf buggy with our food and drinks to our room. Then when we had to leave very early the following day, takeaway breakfast was ready for us. The little touches are nice too, like having bicycles available at every room.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

We stayed three nights at ulagalla during our honeymoon. Lovely welcome after a long drive. What a beautiful place with amazing rooms and such fun to ride about on bikes provided with each chalet. Service was a little patchy and for sure they should invest in sorting out the road to the property as it was torture coming and going but the uniqueness of the stunning property makes up for this. Food was good, not great. Overall we had a fantastic time in our very romantic room and exploring the grounds but due to the distance from the airport we wouldn't return on future visits to Sri Lanka.

Room Tip: All our the same and absolutely stunning, just dotted around the large estate. Personally I would ch...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

I will/would highly recommend this resort and facilities for anyone seeking top class services and five stars dining. I love the fact that the guests have their own chalets with a private swimming pool. The grounds are well manicured and home to an array of birds.

It is definitely a jewel in Sri Lanka.

Room Tip: All of the staff and services rendered at the resort were lovely. I did not have an opportunity to...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

I've been working in the travel industry for many years and have stayed in literally hundreds of hotels. I'm struggling to think of one that is nicer than this. The chalets are nestled in leafy jungle and the beds are absolutely perfect. Soft without giving you a sore back! Huge space too. Staff are brilliant and a special thanks to Lalin, the GM for his warm hospitality. This is a 'must do'.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Uga Ulagalla
Address: | Anuradhapura, Thirappane 50072, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Thirappane
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Thirappane
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Uga Ulagalla 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury boutique hotel and spa located in Anuradhapura, North Central of Sri Lanka. Built on 58 lush acres bordering two ancient reservoirs, surrounded by unspoilt nature and tucked away in complete privacy, the resort offers 20 spacious and luxurious chalets, 19 stand alone chalets and one suite, each with its own private plunge pool with all modern amenities. Ulagalla Resort is the perfect base for travelers with a thirst for adventure and a passion for wildlife. But we understand that great adventures are also about elegant simplicity – to return to a cool dip in the pool, rejuvenate in the spa or sip a sundowner on a private deck.Located at the center of the Cultural Triangle and close to national parks, Ulagalla is the perfect base for travelers with a thirst for adventure and passion for wildlife. The resort offers many excursions and guided tours: A cycling tour can be taken to explore the ancient capital of Anuradhapura in a novel way. Exciting wildlife safaris to the plains of Minneriya National Park to watch the elephants or further West to Wilpattu National Park – the realm of leopards - are organized with all the necessary permits.Witness the wonder of Kalawewa – a giant reservoir and a proud feat of engineering of an ancient kingdom, or visit the ancient ruins of Ritigala. Explore the marvels of Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and other sites of archaeological and historical significance on a day trip. ... more   less 
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Uga Ulagalla Sri Lanka/Thirappane

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