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Ulagalla Walawwa

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Location of Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort is located in the heart of Sri Lanka Holidays Cultural Triangle at Thirappane (off Dambulla- Anuradhapura road), 23 kilometres south of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura north-central plains of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of  Ulagalla Walawwa Resort:
The solar farm which provides125KVA, i.e. 50% of their energy requirements when the resort is in full operation. While the hotel is built on already utilized land nearly a 1000 (root balled) trees were planted in the property. The Ulagalla Resort at Anuradhapura has been awarded the LEEDv2009®-NC: SILVER (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction) Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This is the first boutique hotel in Sri Lanka to receive the LEED certification, recognizing Ulagalla Resort’s commitment to sustainable development.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Setting of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
20 luxurious chalets are built on eight rectangular man-made earth mounds (ten feet high and sloped at 45 degrees) so that panoramic views of water bodies and luxuriant woodlands are brought to the tourists over the high embankments surrounding the restored ancient irrigation reservoirs of Ulagalla and Wannanmaduwa. The chalets are accessed by an earthen ramp. The total area of the eco-friendly hotel and its garden spread 52 acres.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura

Architectural concept of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, a Sri Lanka Holidays Boutique Hotel is built with a walauwa (Sinhala: manor house) being set up as the central feature. Walauwa is the Sinhalese name given to a feudal or colonial manor house in Sri Lanka built by native headmen as well as the feudal lords of the late medieval era and the Portuguese (1505- 1658), Dutch (1658-1796) and British colonial era ( 1796-1948) of Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka). Ulagalla Walawwa manor house built in the year 1885 is restored and rehabilitated, maintaining most of its original design elements to house the resort’s reception area.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Anuradhapura. Road

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura. Road

Privacy and solitude at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
The chalets of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort are placed across 58 acres of natural woodlands in a such a way as to assure ultimate privacy and solitude assure to all the Sri Lanka Holidays tourists.

Architectural features of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla  Walawwa, Cultural Triangle

Ulagalla Walawwa, Cultural Triangle

The old mansion house
The enclosing walls of the original closed courtyards of Ulagalla Walawwa have been removed thereby merging the indoor with outdoors. In the absence of the walls, the roofs are held by steel columns camouflaged in wooden casings.

The new chalets
The roofs of chalets are made of welded steel. Once again the steel is encased in hollow wooden beams. From the floor to the ceiling are the glass walls that bring about spectacular views of reservoirs, paddy fields and luxuriant woodlands. The glass walls are protected from heat and rain by the making the eaves, that projects from the roofs, wide and low.

Ulagalla Walawwa Resort’s targeted clientele
The luxury boutique hotels targets high-end exclusive Sri Lanka Holidays tourists.

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura, Cultural Triangle

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura, Cultural Triangle

Accommodation at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
All 20 luxurious chalets at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort are set up with a living room area, a bedroom, dressing area, bathroom and individual plunge pool and private terrace The whole 800 sq. ft of chalet is elegantly furnished and state-of –the-art amenities.

Ulagalla Resort, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Ulagalla Resort, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

In-room Facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura
All Chalets at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, Anuradhapura are well furnished and equipped with all modern conveniences:
Air-conditioning, overhead fan, electronic safe, IDD, Wi-Fi, minibar, tea/coffee facility, cable TV- 42” LCD, DVD player, music and DVD library, hair dryer, his and her bathrobe and slippers, 24 hour room service, and two bicycles for each chalet to explore the estate.
Baby cots and high chairs, and babysitting service with prior notice.
The butler assigned to each chalet to ensure all the guests are serviced at all times.

Ulagalla Boutique Hotel, Anuradhapura

Ulagalla Boutique Hotel, Anuradhapura

In-house facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
Fitness center, business center, indoor games, billiards, souvenir shop, laundry service, and doctor on call
Swimming pool: 30 meter swimming pool by the old mansion house

Wellness at Ulagalla Walawwa
The spa at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort is so well hidden by the wattle walls and lush foliage, so well screened from the world outside, it brings in the feeling of being in underground. A slow flowing waterfall that cascades over the roof of the spa meet the pools below dotted with floating water lilies.
The expert spa therapist at the Ayurvedic spa of the boutique hotel is ready to avail himself for a range of treatments: from simple massage or beauty treatment to a full course of therapeutic treatments.

Ulagalla Walawaa Luxury Resort- at  Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka Holidays

Ulagalla Walawaa Luxury Resort-

Dining facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort serves traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and an international a la carte menu. No matter it is haute cuisine, spicy rice and curry or a simple salad, the kitchen of Ulagalla Walawwa Resort prepared all dishes from the vegetables and fruits from the garden and farm to the hotel. Most of the fruits and vegetables are grown in the farm garden of the hotel. The rice served is from the paddy threshed from the own fields of rice cultivation. The rest is from the surrounding farms and gardens.
While there are not fixed timings for main meals, the guest are free to have their meals any hour of the day or night: the kitchen is open round the clock.
Meals are served at in the privacy of your own chalet and on the terrace overlooking the reservoir as well as in Ulagalla’s fine dining restaurant.
Ulagalla resort welcomes children and has special children’s menus.

Ulagalla-Resort- 23km south of Anuradhapura

Ulagalla-Resort- 23km south of Anuradhapura

Recreational facilities at Ulagalla Walawwa Resort
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort has set up a range of recreational facilities:
Ulagalla Walawwa Resort has its own riding stables so that Sri Lanka Holidays tourists may enjoy horse riding in the surrounding.
Archery, kayaking, nature trails and bird watching with the in-house naturalist.

Ulagalla Walawwa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Ulagalla Walawwa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Excursions
Exploring the surroundings Ulagalla Walawwa Resort on horseback.
Go bird watching or kayaking on the Ulagalla reservoir.
Touring UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura, home to vast irrigation reservoirs, colossal stupas, Buddhist temples and restored ruins of ancient buildings
Touring Mihintale, Aukana, Tantirimale, Ritigala and Yapahuwa. All these Sri Lanka Holidays cultural attractions are located in less than one and a half hour’s drive away from Ulagalla Walawwa Resort.
Safari tour Wilpattu National Park which is home to elephants, sloth bear and leopard. Wilpattu National Park is only about one hour’s drive away.


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Tissa Wewa Rest House, Anuradhapura

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Location
Tissa Wewa Rest House is located at Anuradhapura 206km from Colomboin the north central dry plains of  Sri Lanka.

Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura

Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura

Tissawewa Rest House Dry Zone Garden

Tissawewa Rest House Dry Zone Garden

Setting
Located with grand views of the ancient renovated Tissa Wewa Rainwater Reservoir and ancient renovated Mirisavatiya Dagaba, Tissa Wewa Rest House, a two-storied, tiled-roofed building, a budget Sri Lanka Hotel stands in 11 acres of wooded parkland of north central dry plains (the ancient kingdom of reservoirs) of  Sri Lanka. The waters of the ancient rainwater reservoir fan gentle breeze into Tissa Wewa Rest House to ease the effects of hot and dry climate of Anuradhapura.

Ancient Splendor Vs. Colonial Mediocrity
Tissa Wewa Rest House or The Grand Hotel, as it was known in the British Colonial era at once brings in a bewildering contradiction and contrast: the building is simply another remnant of the British Colonial administration in Ceylon; yet it is located in the ancient Sinhalese Royal Pleasure Gardens of the Anuradhapura, the greatest monastic city (438 BC – 845 AD) of the ancient world.
The British rediscovered the lost city; renovated some of the cultural monuments; rebuilt the some of the ancient rainwater reservoir; and then thrust the mediocre colonial architecture into midst of the stupendous ancient edifices of the ancient city.


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