Ulagalla Resort is set amidst 58 acres of lush woodland, paddy fields and the Ulagalla reservoir in Anuradhapura. Opened in 2010, it is a resort consisting of individual chalets scattered across woodlands and overlooking paddy. The Ulagalla estate has a long history and was once the abode of a village chieftain. The original walawwa (ancestral mansion), which was built in 1885, still remains and has been renovated to house the resort’s reception area. Ulagalla follows strict eco friendly policies

There is a 125 KVA solar photovoltaic array that supplies over 50% of the resort’s electricity requirements when it is at full operation. If the hotel is not at full capacity, they they can return any excess electricity to the national grid. This cost 120 million Sri Lankan Rupees and is currently the largest solar array in Sri Lanka. In terms of passive design, the eaves of the chalet are unusually long and use a traditional design of reducing the pitch towards the eaves. This maximizes daylight and views while minimizing solar gain. LED bulbs and other energy efficiency measures have helped to reduce the carbon footprint of the resort by 80%

The chalet walls are made from Durra boards: compressed paddy straw boards that have good thermal insulation qualities to retain coolness, low material footprint and a local product. They are also light, minimizing the load bearing requirements of the stilted chalets. The wall proportions were designed to fit the dimensions of the Durra boards, to minimize trimming and wastage of the boards.

Not a single tree was cut down during construction: all buildings were on previously utilized land to avoid impact on greenfield sites. Futhermore, the chalets are built on stilts that project out from the hillside, allowing plants to grow underneath and increasing the biodiversity on site. Almost 1000 (root balled) trees were planted in the property, including an orchard.

There is a rainwater harvesting system, water purification systems are being fitted and all waste water is recycled for the rice paddys and the fruit and vegetable gardens on the property.

There is a target to be self-sufficient with their homegrown vegetables and fruits; any shortfall they intend to buy from the local area. The entire waste matter of the Resort will be collected to make compost manure for their vegetable and fruit garden.


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