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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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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Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights OTG Signature
Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

On The Go's Signature group tours place local interaction and authenticity at the heart of your cultural travel experience. Upping the comfort stakes, this range is a clear cut above our OTG Adventure range.

Appealing to a wide age demographic from the 20s to 60+, we maximize your days with excitement and awe and then bring you home to a comfortable 4* hotel with western amenities, air-conditioning, WiFi and, where appropriate, a swimming pool. Hotels can sometimes be of 3 or 5 star standard too, ensuring you get the best value for your holiday.

Visiting all the main attractions you’ll be accompanied throughout by our highly qualified English-speaking local guides too. Group size is typically 18 with a maximum for 28, apart from festival tours, where group sizes can be larger due to the one-off nature of these events.

Accommodation on Tour

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!

Tailored To Suit You OTG Independent
Tailored To Suit You

On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

The OTG Independent range gives you all the great service aspects of our Signature range with the flexibility to create a truly unique and bespoke holiday or adventure to a variety of destinations around the world.

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