A herd of elephants at a nature reserve near Giritale

Giritale Tours and Travels

About Giritale

Giritale is a small town in central Sri Lanka. In the 7th century, a large water tank (reservoir) was built here for irrigation and it remains in position today. Giritale tank is surrounded by forest area, with Minneria National Park and Kaudulla National Park being the closest reserves. Both Minneria and Kaudulla are home to a vast array of wildlife including sambar deer, sloth bears, leopard and elephants and both can be explored by travellers to this region. Giritale is also a good base for exploring Dambulla and Polonnaruwa.

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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 among the most sacred monuments in Sri Lanka. There are also palace ruins, great bas-reliefs and friezes.

Giritale Tours

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Giritale Hotels

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:

Deer Park Giritale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Deer Park Hotel is a luxurious collection of cottages in a gorgeous setting. All rooms are traditionally furnished with comfortable beds and also feature air conditioning, a mini bar and beautiful en-suite facilities. Some rooms even come with a splendid open air bathroom. The hotel's restaurant offers a range of typical Sri Lankan dishes as well as fresh fruit and refreshing drinks. Deer Park Hotel enjoys a lush tropical jungle setting bordering Minneriya-Giritale National Park.

The Royal Lotus Giritale

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Fully refurbished in 2005, the Royal Lotus hotel expertly combines modern comfort and facilities with hints of the bygone eras for which the location is famous. The cosy rooms all boast private balconies and stunning views across the lake. A visit to the hotel's Ayurvedic spa is highly recommended and a great way to start or finish the day. The accommodation is perfectly located on the banks of the Giritale River and in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle.

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.

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