Giritale is a small town in central Sri Lanka. In ancient times, a large water tank (reservoir) was built for irrigation and it is still here today. Giritale tank is surrounded by forest area, with Minneria National Park and Kaudulla National Park being the closest. Both Minneria and Kaudulla are home to a vast array of wildlife including sambar deer, sloth bears, leopard and elephants. Giritale is also a good base for exploring Dambulla and Polonnaruwa.
Dambulla Rock Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves includes over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. The caves contain over 150 images, depicting some of Buddha’s epic struggles against evil. The largest image of Buddha is a behemoth rock carving spanning a whopping 14 metres.
Polonnaruwa is an 11th century city and World Heritage Site. Polonnaruwa features 12th-century stone sculptures, an old irrigation system with huge tanks, and the Gal Vihara – comprising of three enormous Buddha figures - one reclining (it’s 44 ft/13 m long), one standing and one sitting. The statues, located in a cluster along a dirt road, are revered as being amongst the most sacred monuments in Sri Lanka. There are also palace ruins, great bas-reliefs and friezes.
If you are planning a Giritale holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Giritale Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Giritale.