Ulagalla’s is conveniently located in the district of Anuradhapura which widely acknowledged as the first capital of Sri Lanka. Steeped in culture and history Anuradhapura is a treasure trove of untold wonders, as it contains one of the best-preserved examples of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilisations, which seamlessly blends into the unspoiled north western terrain. The iconic city houses the ancient ruins of temples and palaces dating back to the 10th century BC, which has earned it the honourable badge of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also home to some of the largest ancient stupas in the world, third in size only to the two largest pyramids at Giza in Egypt. Visit all these Anuradhapura attractions during your stay at Ulagalla.
En route to Anuradhapura, do not forget to discover the architectural wonder of the 5th century BC, the rock fortress of Sigirya, the impressive citadel built by the rebel king Kashyapa. The city boasts gardens, bathing pools, rock carvings, and palaces perched on a majestic mountaintop and the colourful frescos gracing the rock walls is the highlight of this historical site.
Trek through the tropical splendours of the Minneriya National Park, which is famous for hosting its annual gathering of 300 elephants, the world’s largest recorded convocation of animals in the wild. In addition, try and see if you can spot some colourful local denizens such as the Sri Lankan Greater Hourglass Tree Frog, the Ruddy Turnstone and the Spotted Deer.
Translating to “Land of Lakes” (Willa-Pattu), Wilapattu National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest nature reserves brimming with fresh vigour and scenic beauty. The most unique feature of this park is that it is home to an extraordinary numbers of “Willus” or sand-rimmed basins that fill up with rainwater. The park boasts almost 60 natural lakes and tanks across its vast expanse. Wilapattu is also famed for being one of the top international locations that houses an impressive Leopard population.