Cadjan Sacred is a simple and welcoming holiday home with a prized location within walking distance from the ruins of Anuradhapura. The ancient Jethavanaramaya temple with its gigantic dome-shaped stupa, is just by the gates of Cadjan Sacred. The property has been caringly refurbished by its Sri Lankan owners maintaining its original architectural features and adding a few modern touches that provide for a comfortable stay. The gentle chanting from nearby temples; the sight of pilgrims quietly passing by in their pristine white clothing in veneration of Lord Buddha; and the amazing history that surrounds dating back to the 4C B.C. where the kings of Sri Lanka created one of the greatest monastic cities of the ancient world is an awe-inspiring experience. Cadjan Sacred can be booked by the room or as a whole property and can accommodate up to six guests. Cadjan Sacred is one of three properties owned by Cadjan Resorts. The other two properties – Cadjan Earth in Aanamaduwa on the North West and Cadjan Wild in the south bordering Yala National Park, are characterful eco-retreats that are immersed in nature.
There are two a/c bedrooms furnished with antique four-poster beds fitted with mosquito netting. An additional bed can be provided in each room to make into a triple. Attached bathrooms have w/c, wash basin and h/w showers.
The living room opens out to a front verandah overlooking the gardens. The dining room is furnished with an eight-seater dining table. Traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, fresh juices, tea and coffee is served. Meals are prepared with vegetables and fresh fruit from their own gardens as well as other produce that is locally purchased. Other facilities include a fully equipped kitchen; small plunge pool and satellite TV. There is an in-house cook and housekeeper, also well versed in the history of Anuradhapura and happy to go on a guided walk to the nearby temples. The ruins of Anuradhapura can also be explored on bicycles that can be hired from the sacred area.
Why we like it
The parakeets in a disorderly garden full of trees, animals and birds.
Cadjan Sacred is right on the fringes of the Sacred Area in Anuradhapura, one of Sri Lanka’s ancient kingdoms. The ancient heritage sites of Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Sigiriya can all be accessed from here. Wilpattu National Park is about 45 minutes away. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take about 3.5 hours.