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Must Visit Locations

Hotels in the Cultural Triangle

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura

The Cultural Triangle lies on Sri Lanka's dry central plains and houses some of its most celebrated attractions, including The Lion Rock Citadel (Sigiriya), Golden Dambulla Rock Temple and the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa with ancient colossal man-made rainwater reservoirs, renovated Stupas & ruins of places & temples. It is also blessed by some of the National Parks & Reserves of Sri Lanka with a considerable populace of elephants. The cultural triangle is also home to some of the most magnificent hotels in the country.

Sigiriya (A World Heritage Site)

Elephant Corridor, near Sigiriya

The Elephant Corridor is set in 200 acres of scrubby dry-zone countryside overlooking a reservoir (tank) with stunning views of The Lion Rock Citadel (Sigiriya). It is an up market super-luxury boutique hotel, keen to indulge the designer-lifestyle clientele: provides extremely attentive service in a luxurious, romantic and secluded atmosphere. 24 opulent suites are equipped with every conceivable luxury including individual garden, private plunge-pools & night-vision binoculars, DVD Player/s Hi Fi, Spa, gym, sauna, Ayurveda centre, archery, mini golf course, horse-riding & a helipad. The hotel is so spacious that you can even travel from your luxury suite to the gym or pool by bicycle.

Vil Uyana, Sigiriya

With a splendid view of The Lion Rock Citadel (Sigiriya). Vil Uyana is a brand new lifestyle hotel, a hybrid between traditional eco methods & sleek modern design. Situated on the flatlands immediately to the west of the Sigiriya rock, the hotel is envisaged as a natural extension to the efforts of ancient Sinhalese kings who developed and irrigated this area. Vil Uyana, spread over 24 acres of land, also includes a wetland system consisting of paddy fields, marshes, and waterways newly introduced to this area by the hotel. 25 luxury Individual dwellings - Paddy Chalets, Water Chalets, Marsh Pavillions, Forest Villas - are luxuriously appointed within, and blend seamlessly into the rural landscape. Walk down to your luxury villa or take an electric buggy or take ride by the boat along the waterways.

Sigiriya Village, Sigiriya

The hotel is located with a splendid view of the The Lion Rock Citadel (Sigiriya). Sigiriya Village is an enduring popular hotel that offers rustic mid-range cabana-style accommodation in a charming rural setting. 33 acre site with carefully landscaped gardens. & theme clusters of cottages each with its own colour schemes & accessories. 124 (80 a/c) tastefully furnished rooms with satellite TV, minibus, small terraces. Open sided restaurant, swimming pool. Organic garden supplies the hotel kitchen.

Dambulla (A World Heritage Site)

Kandalama hotel (A Geoffrey Bawa Hotel)

Magnificent views. A magnificent location on the beautiful Kandalama Lake. The mountains descend to the dry plains. Vast protected forest gives way to tea & spice plantations. A unique design by Geoffrey Bawa, built between a massive rock & a peaceful tank, the huge hotel-968m from end to end with 162 A/C rooms - is concealed under a carefully nurtured canopy of jungle growth. In spite of the modern architecture, we are close to the nature.

Amaya Lake, Dambulla (Formerly known as Culture Club)

A tranquil & and beautiful setting by the banks of Dambulla lake. The resort is a huge, breezy complex consisting of 92 stylish, comfortable split-level a/c Sri Lankan villas scattered amongst the trees of the forested grounds. All villas are with a village theme & many local touches. Village drum beat beckons you to breakfast. Flute & singing serenade at sun down. The excellent eco hotel offers luxurious calm to those seeking tranquility.

Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla

Located by the side of Kandalama reservoir. It snakes along a rocky outcrop, in a light tropical jungle, overlooked by and the Knuckles hills. Kandalama symbolizes the best in Sri Lankan ecological design. Slightly formal, richly elegant.


Habarana is a small village by the side of an ancient man-made lake, a central location for all the main sites: equividistant between Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura & Dambulla. Also close to Sigiriya Rock fortress, Ritigala Strict nature, sanctuary, Minneriya National Park and Kaudulla National Park.

Chaaya Village, Habarana

With its lakefront setting, the chalets blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings amidst tall trees and tropical foliage & offer Sri Lanka's unhurried and wholesome rural village lifestyle, the rich cultural heritage and the tropical wilderness. Luxurious chalets with terraced rooms, verandahs, good food and courteous service. Numerous species of birds, butterflies, monitor lizards and monkeys have all shared this natural habitat with the surrounding villagers for centuries.

The Lodge, Habarana

Located next to the lake. Its 50 spacious air-con comfortable chalets are set in lush gardens that running down to the lake attract a profusion of birdlife. The Lodge is one of the best hotels in cultural triangle. Deluxe chalets are equipped with bathtubs and minibar. Attractive open-air pavilion restaurant.


Giritale is a small village by the side of a man-made lake, 12km northwest of Polonnaruwa the ancient kingdom, on the Habarana road.

Deer Park Hotel, Giritale (Angsana Resorts & Spa)

Deer Park Hotel is located on the banks of Giritale Reservoir. A refreshingly contemporary hotel with accommodation in individual cottages scattered around attractive wooden grounds. All 77 large cottages are furnished with a blend of vibrant colours & Asian craft. 61 cottages bring a touch of nature with open-air garden bathrooms. The grounds are beautifully maintained. Pool, gym, squash court.

Royal Lotus Hotel, Giritale

With fine views of Giritale tank (7th Century AD). 54 well appointed bright & comfy a/c rooms with private balconies offering stirring views of the lake. The Royal Lotus Hotel offers tempting mid-market value in the heart of the cultural triangle. It shares some facilities with its top end neighbour, the Deer Park.

Anuradhapura (A World Heritage Site)

The entire town is hemmed in by three great ancient man-made lakes, Nuwara Wewa, Tissa Wewa & Basawakkulama Wewa.

Palm Garden Village Hotel, Anuradhapura

Set in 38 ha of gardens complete with a stunning swimming pool, tennis courts. And resident deer & peacocks too. Palm Garden Village has successfully updated colonial traditions for a more enlightened age. The upmarket hotel is conveniently placed for the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura. Accommodation is in 50 A/C chalets.

The Grand Tourist Holiday Resort, Anuradhapura

With fine views very close to the tank. Four reasonably-sized rooms, split over two buildings, are all decorated in warm colours and furnished in a comfortable, uncomplicated fashion.

Tissawewa Rest House, Anaradhapura

Tissawewa Rest House is beautifully situated in a 4.4 ha of secluded parkland. An envied location, standing in what was once the Royal Pleasure Gardens of the old capital of Anaradhapura. Tissawewa Rest House, a former Dutch governor's residence, was designed in an unrepentant colonial manner. A large veranda looks on gardens of Mahogany & Teak trees with monkeys all over. They have no qualms of stealing the piece of afternoon cake & cup of tea of yours in this sacred city. Enormous rooms with wooden floorboards & ceiling, some period furniture & fittings. Guests are allowed to use the swimming pool of its neighbour, Nuwarawewa Rest House overlooking the Nuwara Wewa (Nuwara rainwater reservoir).

Dunvila Cottage, Wasgomuva

For nature lovers, the Dunvila Cottage is an ideal eco retreat surrounded by lotus filled lakes, lush green paddy fields, and serene wilderness. The cottage is surrounded on three sides by the Dunvila Lake and has magnificent views of the Wasgomuva jungles and the Knuckles and Sudu Kandha Ranges. Over 150 species of birds have been recorded in the area including the rare spot-bellied eagle owl, blue-eared kingfisher and the red-winged cuckoo. Numerous elephants can also be spotted at a distance from across the lake, in the Wasgomuva National Park.

Kaladiya, Dambewatana

Located among shimmering lakes and paddy fields. Kaladiya, a traditional country house with a large Mango orchard can be wholly or part rented. Three rooms.

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Elephant Corridor, Sigiriya

Vil Uyana, Sigiriya

Sigiriya Village, Sigiriya

Kandalama Hotel, Kandalama

Amaya Lake, Dambulla

Heritance Kandalama

Chaaya Village, Habarana

The Lodge, Habarana

Deer Park Hotel, Giritale

Palm Garden Village Hotel

Tissawewa Rest House

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