Villas in South Coast, Sri Lanka

Stretching between Galle and Hambantota, the south coast is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka. Characterised by historically significant fortified towns, numerous picture-perfect palm-fringed beaches, a sultry turquoise sea, swathes of iridescent green paddy fields fringed by lush green jungle, ancient Buddhist temples, expansive waterways, nature-filled rainforests and tea-carpeted hills it offers enough variety to be a destination in itself; fabulous for families, groups and couples alike.

Galle is one of the region’s most significant attractions for its sixteenth century Dutch fort filled with an evocatively rich collection of buildings, boutiques, museums and luxury digs that hug a peninsular to the south of town. Galle’s popular beaches are better-facilitated, more developed and safer for swimming than those in and around Tangalle, but the further you travel east the more expansive, deserted and nature-filled they become.

Surfing, snorkelling, diving, whale watching, sailing, fishing and kayaking can all be done along this magnificent stretch of coastline as well as cycling, walking and trying your hand at Sri Lankan cookery. Inland, the scene varies as the westerly wet zone’s lush jungle interior gives way to the arid dry zone plains a little beyond Tangalle. Taking off by bicycle is often the best way to explore the hills, plains, sanctuaries and jungle whilst a boat is a must to navigate the scenic lakes and rivers that wind in between.

Some of Sri Lanka’s most popular national parks – Uda Walawe for elephants and Yala for leopards and bears – as well as a trio of its most accessible rainforests – Sinharaja, Kottawa and Kanneliya - are easily visited on a day or overnight trip from anywhere along the south coast.

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No. 39 Galle Fort
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
No. 39 Galle Fort
Bedrooms : 2       Sleeps : 4
Rate starts at $425

No 39 Galle Fort is a three-bedroom heritage house located right in the heart of Galle's 17th century Dutch-built fort, close to major landmarks, restaurants and shops. Grand and spacious, yet equipped with every home comfort, this atmospheric heritage home is staffed, and ideal for groups of friends and families.

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No. 39 Galle Fort
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
No. 39 Galle Fort
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at $425

No 39 Galle Fort is a three-bedroom heritage house located right in the heart of Galle's 17th century Dutch-built fort, close to major landmarks, restaurants and shops. Grand and spacious, yet equipped with every home comfort, this atmospheric heritage home is staffed, and ideal for groups of friends and families.

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79 Leyn Baan Street
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
79 Leyn Baan Street
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at $500 ++

This 2-bedroom (plus kids’ bunk room), self-catering, historic colonial house in Galle Fort, staffed by a daytime maid, is just 30 metres from a swimming beach and the fort’s slender white British-built lighthouse.  An upper-floor master bedroom attached to an ocean-view roof terrace makes the house particularly attractive for couples.

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Ambalama
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Ambalama
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

Fabulous Balinese-inspired beach villa in an excellent location on the Galle coast close to shops, bars, attractions and restaurants.  With 4 bedrooms, Ambalama is ideal for families, groups and couples alike. This fully-serviced tropical villa comes with an infinity swimming pool, large grassy garden, cosy lounging areas and superb chef.

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Ambassador's House
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Ambassador's House
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at $505

The expansive living and dining areas of this evocative 5-bedroom family-friendly villa in the heart of Galle Fort offer plenty of potential for entertaining. Spread between two expansive buildings fringed by courtyard gardens, this fully staffed villa features a lap pool, expansive roof terrace and plenty of kids’ facilities.

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Ambassador's House
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Ambassador's House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at $720

The expansive living and dining areas of this evocative 5-bedroom family-friendly villa in the heart of Galle Fort offer plenty of potential for entertaining. Spread between two expansive buildings fringed by courtyard gardens, this fully staffed villa features a lap pool, expansive roof terrace and plenty of kids’ facilities.

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Auraliya
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Auraliya
Bedrooms : 6       Sleeps : 10-13*
Rate starts at TBA

A superb 6-bedroomed beach villa with extensive lawned gardens, magical fibre-optic-lit swimming pool and spectacular sea views. Perfect for families and group get-togethers, Auraliya features sociable living and dining pavilions, a sunset bar and lounge, a full staff team and direct access onto one of the region’s best swimming beaches.

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The Beach House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Beach House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

Beautiful Bawa-enhanced former artist-owned beach house set in a tropical garden near to Tangalle, ideal for families, couples or groups. With 5 intimate rooms, a large swimming pool and direct ocean views this chic beach retreat is pleasantly secluded although conveniently enough located to visit Tangalle’s main attractions.

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Blue Heights
Dickwella, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Blue Heights
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at $650 ++

Relaxed, family friendly, tropical home with an expansive garden, ocean views and a lovely pool and jacuzzi on a sunny lawn.  Managed by a husband-and-wife team, Blue Heights offers 4-bedrooms and unfussy interiors that open widely to the views; the location is tranquil and the beach is five minutes’ walk away.

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Mirissa Hills - The Bungalow
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Mirissa Hills - The Bungalow
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at TBA

Peaceful, comfortable and secluded, this charming early twentieth century, fully restored bungalow is set in wooded gardens on the edge of a cinnamon plantation close to the scenic bays of Mirissa and Weligama. The 3-bedroom Bungalow at Mirissa Hills is fully serviced and ideal for families, writers and long stays.

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Claughton House
Dickwella, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Claughton House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at $1,200 ++

One-of-a-kind Geoffrey Bawa-designed 5-bedroom hillside house, dating back to 1984 and set in eight landscaped acres near Dickwella with fantastic panoramas over Kudawella Bay. Each bedroom has a sea view and there are two swimming pools, a dedicated staff team and direct access to a lengthy palm-fringed beach.

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Coconut Grove
Ahangama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Coconut Grove
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at $550 ++

This beautifully renovated cottage set amidst leafy tropical gardens in a tranquil village near Ahangama, is just five minutes’ walk from the beach. With 4 bedrooms, plus living and dining areas, the property is spacious, airy and light and enhanced by a deep blue swimming pool beside an elevated ambalama.

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The Dutch House
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Dutch House
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

A striking eighteenth century Dutch colonial mansion that stands in glorious landscaped gardens overlooking, but hidden from, the town of Galle. Offering quiet seclusion close to all major attractions including Galle Fort and the beaches, it features 4 luxurious suites, exquisite art and antiques and a wonderful ‘treetop’ swimming pool.

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Footprints Villa
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Footprints Villa
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

Dalawella’s famous swimming beach is just a 100m stroll from this contemporary 4-bedroom seaside villa, eight kilometres from Galle. Ample living space spreads across two floors and the villa also features a TV room, two dining areas and a six-metre swimming pool. Footprints is staffed and completely air-conditioned.

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The Petals
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Petals
Bedrooms : 2       Sleeps : 4
Rate starts at TBA

An elevated 2-bedroom house overlooking a lush tropical garden boasting uninterrupted views across tranquil paddy fields. Only five minutes from the beach, The Petalsis a perfectly peaceful base for couples or a small family looking to explore the Galle region; best of all, it comes with an excellent cook.

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IF Villa
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
IF Villa
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

Sited on the most desirable section of beach in Talpe, IF is a gorgeous Dutch-colonial-style villa with verdant garden, spacious sundeck, panoramic ocean views, private swimming pool and spacious dining pavilion. The property comes staffed with a cook and is perfectly set up for families and groups of friends.

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Illuketia
Inland Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Illuketia
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

Surrounded by paddy fields amidst a rural village just 10 minutes from Galle and south coast beaches, fully staffed Illuketia is a magnificent, tranquil 4-bedroom colonial plantation villa with a large garden featuring exotic plants and trees, shaded pathways, a pond house, an organic garden and a beautiful swimming pool.

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Indisch
Ahangama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Indisch
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 8-10*
Rate starts at TBA

Oceanfront Indisch is superbly located on a picturesque curve of sandy coastline south east of Galle and features a large swimming pool and an expansive lawned garden with kid’s playground. Ideal for families and groups, this hugely spacious villa comes with an exceptional staff team, and is very private and secure.

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Ivory House
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Ivory House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at $575 ++

An elegant country villa overlooking a lowland valley of paddy fields, with 4 bedrooms, generous living spaces, a modern open-plan kitchen and a helpful team of staff.  Enveloped by a lush palm-spiked tropical garden, Ivory House also has a gorgeous lap pool that takes full advantage of the rural vistas.

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Kadju House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Kadju House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

Kadju House is a contemporary 4-bedroom villa enhanced by tropical scenery, abundant wildlife and a fabulous location minutes away from beautiful, deserted beaches. With a minimalist design that frames the spectacular sea views, this fully-serviced beach pad with pool and spa offers blissful serenity for couples, groups and nature lovers.

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Kikili Beach
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Kikili Beach
Bedrooms : 1       Sleeps : 2
Rate starts at TBA

This fabulous 1-bedroom beach house bursts with colour, energy and soul. It’s perfect for couples who will love its privacy, intimacy and blissful comfort. Enhanced by the services of a housekeeper who’s also an excellent cook, Kikili Beach has a great location within sight of Unawatuna and close to Galle.

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Villa Kumara
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Villa Kumara
Bedrooms : 2       Sleeps : 4-6*
Rate starts at $600 ++

Close to Weligama’s famed surf breaks and Mirissa’s pretty bay, Kumara Villa is home to 3 luxurious bedroom suites with private walled gardens, a spacious living/dining pavilion and a sun-dappled terrace and infinity pool set in acres of tropical landscaping. The villa’s friendly staff team includes a manager and a cook.

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Kurulla Villa
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Kurulla Villa
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 7-8*
Rate starts at TBA

A 4-bedroomed family house just five minutes from Unawatuna Beach and ten from Galle. Featuring high timber ceilings, polished cement floors, antiques and warm furnishings, Kurulla Villa is a spacious fully-staffed property enveloped by large gardens with grassy lawns, palms and fruit trees, and enhanced by a fabulous swimming pool.

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Kurumba House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Kurumba House
Bedrooms : 1       Sleeps : 2
Rate starts at TBA

Comprising just two bedrooms, a living–dining area and kitchen (complete with great cook); this idyllic beach pad near Tangalle is without pretensions. Revelling in its sensational seaside situation, contemporary Kurumba’s emerald lawn is scattered with comfortable recliners, a hammock and a deeply cushioned ambalama just footsteps from the beach.

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Kurumba House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Kurumba House
Bedrooms : 2       Sleeps : 4
Rate starts at TBA

Comprising just two bedrooms, a living–dining area and kitchen (complete with great cook); this idyllic beach pad near Tangalle is without pretensions. Revelling in its sensational seaside situation, contemporary Kurumba’s emerald lawn is scattered with comfortable recliners, a hammock and a deeply cushioned ambalama just footsteps from the beach.

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Lansiya
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Lansiya
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8-12*
Rate starts at $1,050 ++

Breathtaking sea views, 4 stylish bedrooms, tantalising cuisine and incredible privacy – Lansiya has it all. Staffed by an excellent team of four, this piece of paradise near Tangalle features plentiful living space, a stunning infinity swimming pool and glorious garden overlooking a wide sandy bay; it’s the ultimate escape.

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Malgedara
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Malgedara
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 9
Rate starts at TBA

Charming 4-bedroom colonial villa with pool near Koggala Lake and not far from the beach; highlighted by a spacious tropical garden abundant in plants, trees and wildlife. A nature lover’s paradise and a great family home, Malgedara is serenity in an authentic village setting, ideally located to explore the Galle region.

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Mandalay Lake Villa
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Mandalay Lake Villa
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at $500 ++

Sited on the verdant banks of the picturesque Koggala Lake, just five minutes from the beach, Mandalay is a gorgeous 3-bedroomed staffed property that’s fabulous for families but equally terrific for two. Its large swimming pool is a treat and its glorious lakeside situation is tranquil and sure to inspire.

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Maya
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Maya
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

This contemporary-styled but century-old manor house inland from Tangalle is the perfect tonic for anyone needing R&R. With 5 bedrooms, a 20m pool, an excellent chef and a two-acre garden that spills onto the facing rice fields, fully staffed Maya is a serene and beautiful place to relax and unwind.

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32 Middle Street
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
32 Middle Street
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at TBA

One of the oldest homes in historic Galle Fort, 32 Middle Street is a highly secluded house where careful renovations have exposed original timber ceilings and provided for three spacious bedrooms, a contemporary open plan living/dining area filled with art and antiques and a pretty courtyard garden with swimming pool.

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Mihiri Beach House
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Mihiri Beach House
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

This vibrant 4-bedroom beach house is just around the corner from Dalawella’s tranquil beach and restaurants, near historic Galle. Expansive living areas spill onto a convivial pool terrace and tropical garden, a staff of four includes a chef, and 10% of Mihiri House rental rates go to a local charity.

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Mirissa Hills - Mount Cinnamon
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Mirissa Hills - Mount Cinnamon
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

Set on a 50-acre cinnamon plantation, this spectacular 4-bedroom villa offers a breathtaking 360-degree panorama over the ocean and hills. Fully staffed and immaculately presented, this art-filled property with its spacious rooms, cooling verandas, swimming pool and fabulous ocean-facing lawn, is ideal for weddings, groups of friends and intimate celebrations.

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Ocean’s Edge
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Ocean’s Edge
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8-9*
Rate starts at $660

This grand 4-bedroom fully staffed villa sits in extensive gardens and offers true escapism beside a blissfully isolated beach visited by turtles.  Ideal for families, groups and nature lovers, the house is spacious and has a big, fenced T-shaped pool.  There are plenty of exciting national parks to visit nearby.

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Olanda Beach House
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Olanda Beach House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

Lush palm-shaded lawns topped with loungers soaking up the serenity of sun and sea stretch generously in front of this five-bedroom beach pad that feels spacious even when full. There’s a swimming pool and loads of living space whilst Olanda’s staff of four graciously tend to your needs.

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The Old Lady at the Sea
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Old Lady at the Sea
Bedrooms : 8       Sleeps : 16
Rate starts at TBA

The Old Lady at the Sea is a great value, fully staffed property set in lawned gardens, and is ideal for extended families and big groups. Nine ensuite bedrooms, equipped with TVs and DVD players, sit either side of the sea-view swimming pool at this renovated 300-year-old Dutch house.

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Old Palm House
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Old Palm House
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 7
Rate starts at TBA

Pitched on a leafy hill in tranquil Heenatigala, this fully staffed 4-bedroom villa with secluded swimming pool and private chef is within an easy drive of Talpe’s picturesque south coast beaches and Galle. Prettily wrapped by a lush garden with superb valley views, this recently renovated house is particularly family-friendly.

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Wetakeiya House
Dickwella, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Wetakeiya House
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at $500 ++

From the long front veranda of this charming 3-bedroom hillside house near Dickwella, views unfold across a tumbling garden, home to a swimming pool and sunset pavilion, towards the Indian Ocean beyond. Ideal for groups, Wetakeiya is staffed and well-endowed with lounges, including a TV snug.

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Lassana Kanda
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Lassana Kanda
Bedrooms : 7       Sleeps : 14
Rate starts at TBA

An exceptionally spacious 7-bedroom hillside villa, a short drive from Galle’s beaches.  Rooms are spread across three buildings amidst meticulously landscaped tropical gardens, and standout features include a gorgeous 18-metre infinity pool with valley views, a gym, an entertainment room and full complement of staff including an excellent chef.

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Siri Wedamedura
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Siri Wedamedura
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

A chicly renovated historic manor house set in five acres of grounds a few minutes’ walk from Mirissa harbour (for seasonal whale- and dolphin-watching cruises) and a popular palm-fringed beach. Fully staffed, 4-bedroomed Siri Wedamadura has a fabulous swimming pool, alfresco living and dining areas and a well-equipped kitchen.

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Pointe Sud
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Pointe Sud
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at $700 ++

This exclusive, elegant and exceptionally located cliff-top villa boasts the most panoramic ocean vistas of any in Sri Lanka. Fully-staffed, 5-bedroomed Pointe Sud bursts with character whilst the tropical 5-acre garden, set above a deserted stretch of beach, features a stunning infinity pool, sunset-view pavilions, lookouts and manicured lawns.

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Pointe Sud
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Pointe Sud
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at $1,000 ++

This exclusive, elegant and exceptionally located cliff-top villa boasts the most panoramic ocean vistas of any in Sri Lanka. Fully-staffed, 5-bedroomed Pointe Sud bursts with character whilst the tropical 5-acre garden, set above a deserted stretch of beach, features a stunning infinity pool, sunset-view pavilions, lookouts and manicured lawns.

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Pointe Sud
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Pointe Sud
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at $1,500 ++

This exclusive, elegant and exceptionally located cliff-top villa boasts the most panoramic ocean vistas of any in Sri Lanka. Fully-staffed, 5-bedroomed Pointe Sud bursts with character whilst the tropical 5-acre garden, set above a deserted stretch of beach, features a stunning infinity pool, sunset-view pavilions, lookouts and manicured lawns.

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Galle Henna Estate
Inland Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Galle Henna Estate
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 7-9*
Rate starts at TBA

 Ideal for family holidays, Galle Henna Estate is a beautifully renovated 5-bedroomed manor house set within spacious grounds overlooking acres of vivid green paddy fields, five minutes from the beach. There’s a swimming pool in the wildlife-filled garden and the elegant interior design of the house makes it feel like home.

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Villa Pooja Kanda
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Villa Pooja Kanda
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at $420

This 5-bedroomed colonial-style hilltop villa near Koggala is enveloped by an expansive tropical garden and is a paradise for exotic wildlife and birds. The villa, which has a blissful 10m swimming pool, is fully staffed and incredibly private, and beaches are only a ten-minute drive away.

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Villa Pooja Kanda
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Villa Pooja Kanda
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at $595

This 5-bedroomed colonial-style hilltop villa near Koggala is enveloped by an expansive tropical garden and is a paradise for exotic wildlife and birds. The villa, which has a blissful 10m swimming pool, is fully staffed and incredibly private, and beaches are only a ten-minute drive away.

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Villa Saldana
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Villa Saldana
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at $550 ++

Set on the fringe of Habaraduwa facing a sultry stretch of sand, Saldana is a tropical, 3-bedroomed, staffed villa with swimming pool that’s perfect for a family or a small group of friends. There’s a spacious central living room with TV lounge and a great kitchen that’s well-equipped for cooks.

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Satin Doll
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Satin Doll
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

An elegant 4-bedroom beach villa, with a near-symmetrical design, which works well for two families holidaying together. The ocean views are shared from every room, living and dining space abounds – both inside the house and out in the garden – and there’s a pool, TV snug and enthusiastic staff team.

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Satori
Inland Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Satori
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8
Rate starts at TBA

Beautifully serene hillside manor house with spectacular jungle views just a five minute drive inland from Unawatuna. With 4 bedrooms, glorious swimming pool, massage and yoga pavilions, a luxe of living space and terraced rambling gardens Satori is a heavenly escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

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Sisindu C
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Sisindu C
Bedrooms : 2       Sleeps : 4
Rate starts at TBA

This idyllic 2-bedroom beach pad near Galle sits before an impressively wide strip of south coast sand. Featuring a huge ground floor living space bedecked with loungers, which spills onto a deep dining veranda and beyond, to an azure pool, there’s also a west-facing pavilion topping the lush green lawn.

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Skye House
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Skye House
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at $1,100 ++

Standing on an idyllic sandy swathe of beachfront near Galle, the fabulous 4-bedroom Skye House is blessed with a lovely pool, tropical gardens and a full complement of staff.  An additional kids’ bunk room (sleeping 6), plus a dedicated playground and plentiful toys make this house exceptional for families.

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South Point Villa
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
South Point Villa
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6-8*
Rate starts at TBA

Elegant, fully staffed 3-bedroom seaside villa on small private headland in Kathaluwa, footsteps from a gorgeous reef-protected swimming beach. With a selection of living and dining areas both inside and out, plus swimming pool amidst a grassy garden, South Point Villa works well for families and groups as well as couples.

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Talaramba Reef Villas - Villa Sulanga
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Talaramba Reef Villas - Villa Sulanga
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8-12*
Rate starts at TBA

Villa Sulanga is one of two Talaramba Reef Villas on the beachfront near sultry Mirissa Bay. The 4 bedrooms are equally sized and sea-view verandas are furnished for living and dining. The villa is fully staffed and has a huge pool, spacious living room and enormous (but shared) garden.

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Villa Suriyawatta
Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Villa Suriyawatta
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 6-10*
Rate starts at $1,100 ++

Set on a pretty stretch of coastline near Weligama, Villa Suriyawatta is a convivial 5-bedroom oasis with graceful living areas, sweeping sea views and a gorgeous garden and pool.   It’s well equipped for kids, has a Sonos sound system wired to the pool area and an excellent staff team. 

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Taprobane Island
Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Taprobane Island
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

An enchanting private island escape set just 150m off the coast of Weligama, 30 minutes from Galle. Hopelessly romantic and wonderfully private, this five bedroom 1920s mansion is set amidst two and a half acres of lush tropical gardens with infinity pool and breathtaking spots to appreciate the panoramic views.

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The Teak House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
The Teak House
Bedrooms : 2       Sleeps : 4
Rate starts at TBA

A charming 2-bedroom wooden house set on a hillside overlooking the ocean, only two minutes’ walk from the beach.  With a 12m swimming pool and a large palm grove garden full of tropical flowers and birds, Teak House is an enchanting retreat for families, couples, artists and nature lovers.

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Talaramba Reef Villas - Villa Vatura
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Talaramba Reef Villas - Villa Vatura
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 8-12*
Rate starts at TBA

Villa Vatura is one of two Talaramba Reef Villas on the beachfront near sultry Mirissa Bay. The 4 bedrooms are equally sized and sea-view verandas are furnished for living and dining. The villa is fully staffed and has a huge private pool, spacious living room and an enormous (but shared) garden.

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Victoria
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Victoria
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at $850 ++

Gorgeous 5-bedroom private beach villa with spacious palm-shaded garden, inviting swimming pool and sweeping sea views that’s only eight kilometres from Galle. Victoria’s restful character, experienced staff team and useful location close to many attractions and facilities make it an excellent holiday home for families, groups and couples alike.

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Walatta House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Walatta House
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6-8*
Rate starts at $600 ++

The 3-bedroomed Walatta House is a fabulous choice for groups.  Perched on a palm-studded hillside with 180-degree sea views, this engaging eco-chic property has an air-con TV snug, an open-plan living/dining area, an inviting 20-metre lap pool and extensive gardens that tumble down the hillside to a secluded beach.

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Why House
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Why House
Bedrooms : 8       Sleeps : 16
Rate starts at TBA

If you’re looking for a big house for an extended family getaway or group occasion then eight-bedroom Why House is perfect. Set in two acres of tropical gardens with a stunning swimming pool, Why boasts a full staff team and a beautifully tranquil inland location just five minutes from Galle’s beaches.

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Amangalla
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 10 Church St, Galle Fort.    Tel No. : +94 91 2233388
European dishes and an excellent curry service are on the menu here served up in exquisite colonial surroundings. High tea on the veranda is perfect for people-watching.

Amanwella
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Mawatha, Godellawela, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 2241333
Choose from their main dining room overlooking the swimming pool and beach where a delicious though pricey variety of dishes are served; or, during daytime hours, lunch in the informal Beach Club right beside the sandy surf. Bookings are essential.

Amanwella Spa
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Amanwella, Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Mawatha, Godellawela, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 2241333
Enjoy a selective spa menu listing facials, massages and body treatments including soaks in baths. Treatments use organic Aman products and take place in the spa suite or in selected garden locations. Bookings are essential.

Barefoot
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 41 Pedlar St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 91 226299
Very popular shop selling hand-woven fabrics by the metre, cushions, brightly coloured sarongs and clothing, children’s soft toys, artwork, souvenirs and a good selection of books plus flip flops and bikinis from Arugam Bay Beachwear.

Bawana Spa
Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Weligama Bay Resort, Weligama   Tel No. : +94 41 2253920
The spa at this Czech-run hotel in Weligama offers a range of massage and beauty treatments in peaceful surroundings.

Boardwise
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna
This little shop run by young local surfers sells some surfing equipment including wax and clothing. They also rent out boards and offer tuition and tours.

Buckingham Place
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Rekawa, Netolpitiya, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 3489447
Situated a few kilometres from the location of the nightly turtle watch (TCP), this handily-situated open-air boutique hotel restaurant serves a menu of international fusion cuisine.

Bundala National Park
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Bundala
A little more than an hour from Tangalle is Bundala National Park, an important Ramsar wetlands, significant for the crocodiles, monkeys and migratory birdlife (including greater flamingos) attracted to the salty lewayas and mud flats found here.

Cargils
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Main St, Tangalle
Tangalle’s best-stocked one-stop-shop for grocery items. There’s also a pharmacy here and a small selection of liquor, beer and wine.

Coastal Cruises / Snorkelling Safaris / Weligama Bay Cruises
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mirissa Water Sports, Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa   Tel No. : +94 773597731
(November - April) Cruise along this unspoilt stretch of Mirissa and / or Weligama coastline stopping off in places for snorkelling, swimming, picnics and sightseeing. Minimum hire time is 2 hours. Weligama Bay Cruises use traditional Maldivian sailing dhonis.

Deep Sea Fishing
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mirissa Water Sports, Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa   Tel No. : +94 773597731
(November – April) The continental shelf drops off lies less than 8 miles off the coast of Mirissa, and here big game fish can be found. The 54ft converted Indonesian fishing trawler used for fishing trips is equipped with modern satellite navigation, fish finding equipment, rods and a toilet.

Dickwella Beach
Dickwella, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Dickwella
This beach is wide and long, with a section of it quite near the main road. The best stretch of sand is close to the Dickwella Resort headland, and the water to the west of this headland is best for swimming.

Dickwella Beach Resort
Dickwella, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Dickwella   Tel No. : +94 41 2255271
This sprawling hotel has a great location set on a promontory that protrudes from Dickwella Bay. The restaurant (and open-air bar) sits atop this rocky headland and boasts fab views; the menu lists mainly fish, seafood and pasta.

Dickwella Lace Centre
Dickwella, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 198 Galle Rd, Batheegama, Dickwella (west).    Tel No. : +94 41 2255896
This little lace centre employs a large number of local women who are trained to revive the dying craft of beeralu (bobbin) lace. This centre houses a museum, gives lace making demonstrations and also has a shop where the local women can sell their work.

Dutch Wall Arcade
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 55 Rampart St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 91 2227046
This little shop set in an old Dutch warehouse opposite the ramparts houses a collection of colonial era-antiques ranging from crockery to cigarette cases, typewriters and ashtrays.

ERA Beach
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 834 Galle Rd, Talpe   Tel No. : +94 91 2282302
This smart boutique hotel's Mediterranean-inspired cuisine serves up particularly good steaks and seafood just footsteps from the rolling surf. There’s a smart, though somewhat quiet, bar here too

Exotic Roots
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 32 Church St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 91 246815
Artwork by French owner Catherine is on sale here, along with other art-related items including acrylic on cotton paintings, hand-crafted ceramics, painted trays and decorative tiles plus bold jewellery and cotton clothing.

Fishing
Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Weligama Beach
Charter a boat from Weligama Beach to go out fishing. Approach one of the fishermen yourself, or ask your villa staff to make arrangements on your behalf (recommended).

Fishing Boat Charter
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Unawatuna Beach, Unawatuna
Charter a fishing boat to take you to secluded Jungle Beach. Ask the fishermen on the beach yourselves or enlist the staff in your villa to organise a trip for you.

Flower Garden
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 91 2225286
Come here for reasonably priced steaks. All main meals – including fish, seafood, pasta and poultry - come with a starter and pud.

Foot Rub
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Unawatuna Beach Resort, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 91 4384545
A branch of the island-wide Foot Rub in this Unawatuna hotel has a range of reasonably priced reflexology and massage treatments as well as beauty treatments such as manicures and pedicures.

Galle fish, fruit and vegetable markets 2
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Galle Main Street
Visit the vibrant fruit, vegetable and fish markets in town to savour the selection of produce and purchase for cooking back at the villa; open daily from early morning to evening (except full moon poya holidays).

Galle Fort Hotel
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 28 Church St, Galle Fort.    Tel No. : +94 91 2232870
Delicious Chinese Straits cuisine served in atmospheric surroundings. Three-course gourmet dinners must be booked in advance.

Galle Fort Walk
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Serendipity Arts Café, Leyn Baan St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 779525602
Choose from a number of different focuses (architecture, the people, the wildlife, the Dutch in Ceylon etc) and be accompanied by a local on this two hour Galle Fort tour. Otherwise, head off around the fort yourselves.

Ginigalla Temple
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Koggala
This Buddhist temple beside the lake is a peaceful spot. Have a wander around the temple grounds and inside the buildings where you’ll see a Buddha statue and some murals.

Hiriketiya Beach
Dickwella, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Situated 5km east of Dickwella.
This tiny beach just 5km from Dickwella is perfect for snorkelling as this enclosed bay has calm water and is very picturesque.

Hoomaniya Blowhole
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Nilwella, Tangalle
The spray of this blowhole can reach 25m when the seas are at their most tumultuous (typically from May to July). The 1km pathway leading to the blowhole is lined with little refreshments stalls.

Il Camino
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Suriya Gardens, Nakulugamuwa, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 2242286
Although this restaurant has erratic opening times (best to call before coming) and is closed over northern summer months, the Italian owner serves up some great homemade Italian cuisine in a simple, rustic setting.

Indika Art Gallery
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Medilla, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 777903253
This diminutive art gallery to the east of Tangalle showcases the paintings of Indika Pathmananda, an award-winning artist whose work covers wildlife, landscapes, portrait, line drawings, modern art and abstract styles. He undertakes commissions and runs short courses in painting and art work on request.

Indisch
Ahangama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 248 Ahangama Kanda, Matara Rd, Ahangama   Tel No. : +94 91 2283541
This five-bedroom classically-styled colonial seaside mansion is an intimate place for daytime dining. The chef creates an innovative menu of Sri Lankan and western fusion cuisine. Best to book in advance.

Japanese Peace Pagoda
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Rumassala Road, Unawatuna
Situated above the sea on the Rumassala headland enroute to Jungle Beach, this tranquil Buddhist dagoba features beautiful gold statues and stunning views towards Galle – it’s a great sunset spot.

Jetwing Lighthouse
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Dadella, Galle.    Tel No. : +94 91 2223744
This Geoffrey-Bawa designed hotel has two restaurants; the fine dining Cinnamon Room and the informal Cardamom Café with adjoining drinks lounge. The Saturday night buffets in the Cardamom Café featuring barbecued meats, seafood and fish are legendary.

Jungle Beach
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Rumassala Road, Unawatuna
The pair of bays that make up secluded Jungle Beach can be reached on foot over the Rumassala Headland, by tuk tuk (plus a short walk) or via fishing boat. The sand here is best from November to April and although lots of dead coral is being washed ashore, there is some snorkelling to be done here.

Kalametiya
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Kalametiya
This wetland bird sanctuary to the east of Tangalle features a vast mangrove swamp. Between November and March you can witness an incredible variety of visiting migratory and resident birdlife.

Keells
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Galle Rd, Galle
The best supermarket in town with fish and meat counters, fresh fruits and vegetables, a great bakery, a selection of cheeses, and a number of imported chocolates. Galle’s one-stop-shop for self-caterers.

Kingfisher
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 773408405
Seafood, pasta and wraps are served in a rustic restaurant with family-friendly lounge whilst a bar blends chilled tunes with cool drinks under the stars. Delivery / take-away to local villas possible

KK
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 36 Church St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 91 7212391
A fabulous collection of fabrics, clothing, gifts and interior design pieces as well as towels, linen, toiletries and fabrics by the metre; perfect for feather nesting any home.

Koggala Beach
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Habaraduwa / Koggala
The beach running from Habaraduwa to Koggala is wide and perfect for long strolls as it is a rare length of sand that extends for a few kilometres uninterrupted. The sea is a bit rough here, though in places – such as in front of the Fortress Hotel where there are a few stilt fishermen – you can swim with care.

Koggala Lake
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Koggala. Various launch points
Board a boat to visit the spice gardens and bird-filled islands during the early morning or late afternoon as you meander this waterway and soak in the unique lakeside lifestyle. Ask your villa staff to arrange a charter for you.

Laksala
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Galle Rd, Galle   Tel No. : +94 91 2222783
Government handicrafts emporium opposite the post office. Sells a huge range of tourist souvenirs including wood carvings, painted masks, fabrics, artwork and spices.

Laksana
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 30 Hospital St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 777900170
Gem shop where you can design your own pieces of jewellery and select from a number of precious and semi-precious stones. Also sells silver items, coins and watches.

Lollapalooza
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Pedlar St Galle Fort
Mainly children’s toys are found here, but you can also buy handmade gift cards, decorative pieces and browse a petit selection of Mimimango beachwear.

Lucky Tuna
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 91 4380346
Seafood, fish, fried rice and devilled dishes right on the beach in Unawatuna. Big screens sometimes show premier league footie or international cricket games.

Mamas Rooftop Cafe
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 76 Leyn Baan St, Galle Fort.    Tel No. : +94 91 2226415
From the plant pot-dotted rooftop of this restored colonial house in the fort, dine on Sri Lankan and western food plus tea and snacks whilst drinking in the fort views.

Mandara Resort
Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Matara Rd, Weligama   Tel No. : +94 41 2253993
The nicely situated restaurant at this hotel serves up a range of international dishes within sight and sound of the sea, or, atop the sand if you wish to admire the night lights of Weligama Bay.

Mangrove Garden
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Kapuhenwella, Marakolliya, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 777906018
If you’re heading out turtle watching, stop here enroute for dinner where there’s a reasonably priced menu set in rustic surrounds. It’s an equally delightful setting in the daytime as the restaurant’s set beside a lengthy beach perfect for long strolls.

Marakolliya Beach
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Situated approximately 4km east of Tangalle
With wide endless shell-scattered sands, this stretch of beach is one of Tangalle’s widest and finest. There are a couple of basic restaurants situated along here and it is perfect for strolls. The sea is a bit too rough for swimming in through.

Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Koggala, Habaraduwa   Tel No. : +94 91 2283427
This historic house set in spacious gardens was the ancestral home of celebrated Sri Lankan author Martin Wickramasinghe; the museum showcases a fascinating collection of local artefacts and agricultural tools from days gone by.

Maya House
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Old House, Aranwella, Beliatta, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 47 5679025 / 6
The best food in Tangalle, although it’s tucked in 8km inland. Lunch and dinner are typically three-course affairs making best use of whatever fish and seafood is fresh that day. Bookings are essential.

Midigama Beach
Ahangama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 2km to the east of Weligama
Midigama Beach offers some of Sri Lanka’s best surfing although the village itself is tiny and very laid back. There are a few guesthouses beside the beach here where surfing equipment and instruction are both provided. Otherwise, ask in Unawatuna.

Mimimango
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 40 Leyn Baan St, Galle Fort
Glamorous ladies beachwear, cocktail dresses and kaftans from Bali, India and Sri Lanka including a selection of jewellery and belts. Men’s beach shirts are also for sale here.

Mirissa Beach
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mirissa
This gorgeous curve of sand shaded by hundreds of leaning palms is one of the south coast’s most picturesque and unspoilt stretches of sand. It is also peaceful and not overly developed. Rustic restaurants scatter the beach here and there are places to rent surf equipment. The sea is rough to the west of the bay, but to the east (near Pigeon Island) the sea is calmer and snorkelling is possible.

Mulkirigala Temple
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mulkirigala, Tangalle
This awesome rock temple stands more than 200m above the surrounding scenery like a little Sigirya. There are four chambers on the way up with ancient murals and Buddha statues, and from the top you can enjoy stunning 360 degree panoramas.

Nautilus Restaurant
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 779110090
Amazing rice and curry (though it’s best to order a little in advance), as well as seafood, pizzas and pasta served up in a neat little roadside restaurant.

Nico’s Bistro and Bar
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 1042 Matara Rd, Talpe   Tel No. : +94 728920027
Asian-infused cuisine influenced by the Med is what you'll find at this gorgeous Balinese-style beachside restaurant with pool. It’s a particularly pretty spot for sunset cocktails

Olanda Antiques
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Leyn Baan St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 91 234398
Huge warehouse of colonial-era furnishings and fittings ranging from the portable - door handles, lamps and baskets – to the less bag-worthy four-poster beds, wardrobes and chairs; great for a look.

One Stop
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Galle Rd, Unawatuna
Handy minimart in Unawatuna that sells essentials such as milk, rice, spices, dhal, eggs, packet bread, ice cubes, frozen bacon, ham and sausages plus confectionery and a few imported cheeses.

Paradise Beach Club
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mirissa   Tel No. : +94 773476288
Mirissa’s plushest dining venue is not the most imaginative in terms of cuisine – they tend to have lots of uninspiring buffets - but has a lovely location right beside the beach. Try to order a la carte, if you can.

Pedlar’s Inn Café
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 92 Pedlar St, Galle Fort.
The perfect coffee stop where you can people watch and feast on delicious chocolate brownies from a street side Dutch-style veranda. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but doesn’t serve alcohol

Rainforest Rescue International
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 169 Matara Rd, Galle   Tel No. : +94 91 2232585
Explore Sri Lanka’s rainforests with scheduled trips to Kottawa, Kanneliya and Hiyare (where you can head off by boat to explore the reservoir), and bespoke explorations into Sinharaja Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary (night watch)
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Rekawa, Netolpitiya, Tangalle   Tel No. : +94 777810508
(peak nesting season is February to July) Rekawa is Sri Lanka’s only marine turtle national park as five endangered species of marine turtle come to lay their eggs here. Nightly turtle watches conducted by the Turtle Conservation Project start at 8pm at the TCP Beach Hut on Rekawa Beach; take a picnic and wait for them to emerge.

River and Mangrove Trips
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mirissa Water Sports, Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa   Tel No. : +94 773597731
Head up the Polwatta Ganga river famed for its wildlife and unspoilt mangrove swamps. Look out for sea eagles, leaf monkeys, monitor lizards and crocodiles. Dawn and dusk are the best times to go.

Saffron Robes
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna
Find in here brightly coloured paintings of monks, ships, elephants and other Sri Lankan scenes all crafted by local artists.

Sea Fair
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Matara Road, Devata.
Situated between Unawatuna and Galle, this supermarket is handy for self-caterers situated to the east of Galle. Fresh produce – including a variety of salad leaves and fresh herbs – comes in the form of fruit, veg, poultry and beef (no fish or pork) plus imported items such as cheese, olive oil and cereals.

Sea Kayaking
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mirissa Water Sports, Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa   Tel No. : +94 773597732
(November – April) Mirissa Water Sports hire out sea kayaks so you can explore the coastline at your own pace.

Seenimodera / Mawella Beaches
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Situated 6km to the west of Tangalle
This pair of adjoining beaches is very picturesque and the gentle waves here are popular for body boarders. The sea is best from November to April, though outside of these months swimming can be done in places with care. The beaches stretch for a couple of kilometres and are lined with fishing boats

Serendipity Arts Café
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Leyn Baan St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 779525602
Dishes range from Sri Lankan curries to western soups, salads and sandwiches, served either indoors or outside in a street-side garden. They arrange fort walking tours from here too.

South Ceylon
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 776986492
Veggies should head to this teensy top floor eatery in Unawatuna for its strictly vegetarian menu that includes Indian dosas, Mexican tacos and simple pasta meals. Grab a veranda table for people-peeking.

Sri Lankan Cooking Course
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Nautilus Restaurant, Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 779110090
Enrol in a half-day Sri Lankan cooking course where you learn a little about local flavours and make a selection of curries and sambols, which can then be enjoyed for lunch.

Submarine Diving School
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Wella Devale Rd, Unawatuna (near the temple headland).    Tel No. : +94 777196753
Shirley, the proprietor, is Unawatuna’s only qualified PADI Dive Master. Dive sites include wrecks, rocks and caves, and you can also do a course; specialities include deep diver, night diver, underwater navigation, wreck diver, underwater photographer and master scuba diver.

TALPE
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Eastern end of Talpe, close to IF and Auraylia villas
The beach here is very pretty since offshore rocks make the sea here like a lagoon where swimming is possible year-round. When the sand narrows, rocks appear, though you can head a little to the west (in front of Nico’s Restaurant) where there’s another good stretch of sand.

The Baths at Amangalla
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 10 Church St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 91 2233388
Stunning spa which specialises in authentic ayurveda treatments and also offers body and beauty treatments, yoga and meditation. There are also saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy pools for use.

The Dream House
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 91 4381541.
Authentic Italian cuisine cooked by Sicilian owners in intimate setting. Best to book a table in advance as this tiny garden restaurant often gets busy

The Fort Printers
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 39 Pedlar St, Galle Fort   Tel No. : +94 91 2247977
Set beside an intimate walled garden within a beautifully converted colonial mansion, here you can dine on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of tapas, salads, fish and seafood.

The Fortress Boutique
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : The Fortress Hotel, Matara Rd, Koggala   Tel No. : +94 91 4389400
Small though pricey selection of Sri Lankan handicrafts, clothing and artwork are on sale here along with postcards and essential toiletries.

The Fortress Hotel
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Matara Rd, Koggala    Tel No. : +94 91 4389400
The Fortress Hotel has a handful of restaurants where you can enjoy great food but at much higher prices than elsewhere. There’s an extensive wine selection though and the setting’s stunning.

The International Cricket Stadium
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Galle
The stadium hosts infrequent test matches in the shadow of the fort; the atmosphere is typically vibrant and tickets are inexpensive. At other times, club and village matches may be taking place.

The Lighthouse Hotel Spa
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Dadella, Galle   Tel No. : +94 91 2223744
Set within sight and sound of the sea, this seductive little spa offers a range of divine treatments to soothe body and mind.

The Sanctuary Spa
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 7773078583
Very reasonably priced massage treatments in gorgeous garden sanctuary close to the beach in Unawatuna. There’s a steam bath here too.

The Sun House
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 18 Upper Dickson Rd, Galle   Tel No. : +94 91 4380275
The intimate garden veranda of this iconic boutique hotel is a romantic setting for three-course set dinners (bookings essential). British-style bites are served from the fully-stocked lounge-style ‘Dick’s Bar’.

Tone Spa
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Matara Rd, Koggala   Tel No. : +94 91 4389400
Soothing massage, relaxing facial or ayurvedic consultations can all be enjoyed at this five-star spa. There is also a jacuzzi, a steam room and a sauna available for spa guests’ use.

Turtle Hatchery
Habaraduwa-Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Matara Rd, Habaraduwa   Tel No. : +94 777836115
See five different species of marine turtle in tanks including newly hatched babies. For a little extra, you can release hatchlings into the sea.

Uda Walawe National Park
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Uda Walawe
This national park is also a couple of hours drive from Tangalle but can easily be visited during the day for either early morning or late afternoon safaris. This park is famed for the great numbers of elephants found here, and there’s also an Elephant Transit Centre where you can see babies being fed.

Unawatuna Beach
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Off Yaddehimulla / Wella Devale Rd
Unawatuna’s narrow swathe of sand lines a pretty bay marked by a temple-topped headland to the west that you can climb up – great at sunset. The beach has lots of rustic restaurants and bars along it, as well as a couple of dive operators. It’s a fairly lively place, the sea is safe for swimming year-round and you can also snorkel along the offshore rocks.

Unawatuna Diving School
Unawatuna, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Matara Rd, Peellagoda, Unawatuna   Tel No. : +94 91 2244693
Situated on Unawatuna’s silky sands, this dive centre offers a range of PADI courses and fun dives along with snorkelling trips; all equipment is provided. The dive season runs from November until April.

WB
Talpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Uyana Bandarawatta, Matara Rd, Talpe   Tel No. : +94 776980000
Italian-owned restaurant whose intimate homely setting comes with a dining room and sun terrace with loungers right beside the sea. Enjoy proper Italian coffee, delicious homemade dishes, and pick from a selection of predominantly Italian wines.

Weligama Bay Resort
Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Matara Rd, Pelena, Weligama   Tel No. : +94 41 2253920
The Cutty Sark Restaurant at this Czech-run hotel offers dining outside on the terrace or inside in air-conditioned comfort. The international menu includes Sri Lankan cuisine.

Weligama Beach
Weligama, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Weligama
This beach is calm to the west (great for swimming) and to the east the gentle waves are popular for surfing. There are a few guesthouses here that rent out board equipment and offer surfing tuition. The middle of the bay is lined with fishing catamarans and is a little close to the road.

Whale and Dolphin Watching
Mirissa, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mirissa Water Sports, Mirissa Harbour, Mirissa   Tel No. : +94 773597733
(November – April) Head out either at 7am or 2pm for approximately four hours in search of whales; operating between November and April, you can see blue whales, sperm whales and lots of spinner dolphins.

Yala National Park
Tangalle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Yala.
Although this national park is a couple of hours drive from Tangalle, it is possible to visit during the day for either an early morning or a late afternoon safari. This is Sri Lanka’s most popular park where leopards, elephants, bears, deer, wild boar, crocodiles and a great variety of birdlife can be spotted.

Attractions and things to do
Ahangama

Midigama Beach Midigama Beach offers some of Sri Lanka’s best surfing although the village itself is tiny and very laid back. There are a few guesthouses beside the beach here where surfing equipment and instruction are both provided. Otherwise, ask in Unawatuna.

Stilt Fishermen Sri Lanka’s famed stilt fishermen can be seen in various places along the beaches to either side of town. Perched impossibly atop stilts, the fishermen fish in the shallows of the sea; catch them early morning and again at sunset. Your villa staff can assist.

Dickwella

Dickwella Beach This beach is wide and long, with a section of it quite near the main road. The best stretch of sand is close to the Dickwella Resort headland, and the water to the west of this headland is best for swimming.

Dickwella Lace Centre This little lace centre employs a large number of local women who are trained to revive the dying craft of beeralu (bobbin) lace. This centre houses a museum, gives lace making demonstrations and also has a shop where the local women can sell their work.

Hiriketiya Beach This tiny beach just 5km from Dickwella is perfect for snorkelling as this enclosed bay has calm water and is very picturesque.

Galle

Galle Fort Walk Choose from a number of different focuses (architecture, the people, the wildlife, the Dutch in Ceylon etc) and be accompanied by a local on this two hour Galle Fort tour. Otherwise, head off around the fort yourselves.

Maritime Museum Showcasing a number of fishing tools and apparatus from days gone by, stuffed sea creatures and birds plus marine memorabilia including the wheel of Sri Lanka’s first warship.

Rainforest Rescue International Explore Sri Lanka’s rainforests with scheduled trips to Kottawa, Kanneliya and Hiyare (where you can head off by boat to explore the reservoir), and bespoke explorations into Sinharaja Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Baths at Amangalla Stunning spa which specialises in authentic ayurveda treatments and also offers body and beauty treatments, yoga and meditation. There are also saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy pools for use.

The International Cricket Stadium The stadium hosts infrequent test matches in the shadow of the fort; the atmosphere is typically vibrant and tickets are inexpensive. At other times, club and village matches may be taking place.

The Lighthouse Hotel Spa Set within sight and sound of the sea, this seductive little spa offers a range of divine treatments to soothe body and mind.

Habaraduwa-Koggala

Ginigalla Temple This Buddhist temple beside the lake is a peaceful spot. Have a wander around the temple grounds and inside the buildings where you’ll see a Buddha statue and some murals.

Handunugoda Tea Factory Take a tour of the tea factory and a guided wander of the plantations to watch experienced pluckers at work. This factory produces white tea – a rare and expensive variety – and all tours include a tea tasting session and lots of delicious cake!

Koggala Beach The beach running from Habaraduwa to Koggala is wide and perfect for long strolls as it is a rare length of sand that extends for a few kilometres uninterrupted. The sea is a bit rough here, though in places – such as in front of the Fortress Hotel where there are a few stilt fishermen – you can swim with care.

Koggala Lake Board a boat to visit the spice gardens and bird-filled islands during the early morning or late afternoon as you meander this waterway and soak in the unique lakeside lifestyle. Ask your villa staff to arrange a charter for you.

Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum This historic house set in spacious gardens was the ancestral home of celebrated Sri Lankan author Martin Wickramasinghe; the museum showcases a fascinating collection of local artefacts and agricultural tools from days gone by.

Tone Spa Soothing massage, relaxing facial or ayurvedic consultations can all be enjoyed at this five-star spa. There is also a jacuzzi, a steam room and a sauna available for spa guests’ use.

Turtle Hatchery See five different species of marine turtle in tanks including newly hatched babies. For a little extra, you can release hatchlings into the sea.

Mirissa

Coastal Cruises / Snorkelling Safaris / Weligama Bay Cruises (November - April) Cruise along this unspoilt stretch of Mirissa and / or Weligama coastline stopping off in places for snorkelling, swimming, picnics and sightseeing. Minimum hire time is 2 hours. Weligama Bay Cruises use traditional Maldivian sailing dhonis.

Deep Sea Fishing (November – April) The continental shelf drops off lies less than 8 miles off the coast of Mirissa, and here big game fish can be found. The 54ft converted Indonesian fishing trawler used for fishing trips is equipped with modern satellite navigation, fish finding equipment, rods and a toilet.

Mirissa Beach This gorgeous curve of sand shaded by hundreds of leaning palms is one of the south coast’s most picturesque and unspoilt stretches of sand. It is also peaceful and not overly developed. Rustic restaurants scatter the beach here and there are places to rent surf equipment. The sea is rough to the west of the bay, but to the east (near Pigeon Island) the sea is calmer and snorkelling is possible.

River and Mangrove Trips Head up the Polwatta Ganga river famed for its wildlife and unspoilt mangrove swamps. Look out for sea eagles, leaf monkeys, monitor lizards and crocodiles. Dawn and dusk are the best times to go.

Sea Kayaking (November – April) Mirissa Water Sports hire out sea kayaks so you can explore the coastline at your own pace.

Whale and Dolphin Watching (November – April) Head out either at 7am or 2pm for approximately four hours in search of whales; operating between November and April, you can see blue whales, sperm whales and lots of spinner dolphins.

Talpe

TALPE The beach here is very pretty since offshore rocks make the sea here like a lagoon where swimming is possible year-round. When the sand narrows, rocks appear, though you can head a little to the west (in front of Nico’s Restaurant) where there’s another good stretch of sand.

Tangalle

Amanwella Spa Enjoy a selective spa menu listing facials, massages and body treatments including soaks in baths. Treatments use organic Aman products and take place in the spa suite or in selected garden locations. Bookings are essential.

Angulgama Brass Making Village This little village enroute to Mulkirigala is home to a clan of brass craftsmen who have been practising their trade here since ancient times. Come here to watch them at work, and buy from their display shop.

Bundala National Park A little more than an hour from Tangalle is Bundala National Park, an important Ramsar wetlands, significant for the crocodiles, monkeys and migratory birdlife (including greater flamingos) attracted to the salty lewayas and mud flats found here.

Hoomaniya Blowhole The spray of this blowhole can reach 25m when the seas are at their most tumultuous (typically from May to July). The 1km pathway leading to the blowhole is lined with little refreshments stalls.

Kalametiya This wetland bird sanctuary to the east of Tangalle features a vast mangrove swamp. Between November and March you can witness an incredible variety of visiting migratory and resident birdlife.

Marakolliya Beach With wide endless shell-scattered sands, this stretch of beach is one of Tangalle’s widest and finest. There are a couple of basic restaurants situated along here and it is perfect for strolls. The sea is a bit too rough for swimming in through.

Mulkirigala Temple This awesome rock temple stands more than 200m above the surrounding scenery like a little Sigirya. There are four chambers on the way up with ancient murals and Buddha statues, and from the top you can enjoy stunning 360 degree panoramas.

Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary (night watch) (peak nesting season is February to July) Rekawa is Sri Lanka’s only marine turtle national park as five endangered species of marine turtle come to lay their eggs here. Nightly turtle watches conducted by the Turtle Conservation Project start at 8pm at the TCP Beach Hut on Rekawa Beach; take a picnic and wait for them to emerge.

Seenimodera / Mawella Beaches This pair of adjoining beaches is very picturesque and the gentle waves here are popular for body boarders. The sea is best from November to April, though outside of these months swimming can be done in places with care. The beaches stretch for a couple of kilometres and are lined with fishing boats

Uda Walawe National Park This national park is also a couple of hours drive from Tangalle but can easily be visited during the day for either early morning or late afternoon safaris. This park is famed for the great numbers of elephants found here, and there’s also an Elephant Transit Centre where you can see babies being fed.

Yala National Park Although this national park is a couple of hours drive from Tangalle, it is possible to visit during the day for either an early morning or a late afternoon safari. This is Sri Lanka’s most popular park where leopards, elephants, bears, deer, wild boar, crocodiles and a great variety of birdlife can be spotted.

Unawatuna

Fishing Boat Charter Charter a fishing boat to take you to secluded Jungle Beach. Ask the fishermen on the beach yourselves or enlist the staff in your villa to organise a trip for you.

Foot Rub A branch of the island-wide Foot Rub in this Unawatuna hotel has a range of reasonably priced reflexology and massage treatments as well as beauty treatments such as manicures and pedicures.

Japanese Peace Pagoda Situated above the sea on the Rumassala headland enroute to Jungle Beach, this tranquil Buddhist dagoba features beautiful gold statues and stunning views towards Galle – it’s a great sunset spot.

Jungle Beach The pair of bays that make up secluded Jungle Beach can be reached on foot over the Rumassala Headland, by tuk tuk (plus a short walk) or via fishing boat. The sand here is best from November to April and although lots of dead coral is being washed ashore, there is some snorkelling to be done here.

Sri Lankan Cooking Course Enrol in a half-day Sri Lankan cooking course where you learn a little about local flavours and make a selection of curries and sambols, which can then be enjoyed for lunch.

Submarine Diving School Shirley, the proprietor, is Unawatuna’s only qualified PADI Dive Master. Dive sites include wrecks, rocks and caves, and you can also do a course; specialities include deep diver, night diver, underwater navigation, wreck diver, underwater photographer and master scuba diver.

The Sanctuary Spa Very reasonably priced massage treatments in gorgeous garden sanctuary close to the beach in Unawatuna. There’s a steam bath here too.

Unawatuna Beach Unawatuna’s narrow swathe of sand lines a pretty bay marked by a temple-topped headland to the west that you can climb up – great at sunset. The beach has lots of rustic restaurants and bars along it, as well as a couple of dive operators. It’s a fairly lively place, the sea is safe for swimming year-round and you can also snorkel along the offshore rocks.

Unawatuna Diving School Situated on Unawatuna’s silky sands, this dive centre offers a range of PADI courses and fun dives along with snorkelling trips; all equipment is provided. The dive season runs from November until April.

Yatagala Temple This 300-year-old temple, peacefully located amidst paddy fields, receives an avalanche of white-clothed devotees on full moon days when they come to pray; a must visit.

Weligama

Bawana Spa The spa at this Czech-run hotel in Weligama offers a range of massage and beauty treatments in peaceful surroundings.

Diving and snorkelling This German-run dive outfitter runs dive trips and courses with trained PADI instructors from November to April when the seas are calm. They also offer underwater photography, snorkelling trips, boat rides and a few other activities.

Fishing Charter a boat from Weligama Beach to go out fishing. Approach one of the fishermen yourself, or ask your villa staff to make arrangements on your behalf (recommended).

Weligama Beach This beach is calm to the west (great for swimming) and to the east the gentle waves are popular for surfing. There are a few guesthouses here that rent out board equipment and offer surfing tuition. The middle of the bay is lined with fishing catamarans and is a little close to the road.

Restaurant
Ahangama

Indisch This five-bedroom classically-styled colonial seaside mansion is an intimate place for daytime dining. The chef creates an innovative menu of Sri Lankan and western fusion cuisine. Best to book in advance.

Dickwella

Dickwella Beach Resort This sprawling hotel has a great location set on a promontory that protrudes from Dickwella Bay. The restaurant (and open-air bar) sits atop this rocky headland and boasts fab views; the menu lists mainly fish, seafood and pasta.

Galle

Amangalla European dishes and an excellent curry service are on the menu here served up in exquisite colonial surroundings. High tea on the veranda is perfect for people-watching.

Galle Fort Hotel Delicious Chinese Straits cuisine served in atmospheric surroundings. Three-course gourmet dinners must be booked in advance.

Jetwing Lighthouse This Geoffrey-Bawa designed hotel has two restaurants; the fine dining Cinnamon Room and the informal Cardamom Café with adjoining drinks lounge. The Saturday night buffets in the Cardamom Café featuring barbecued meats, seafood and fish are legendary.

Mamas Rooftop Cafe From the plant pot-dotted rooftop of this restored colonial house in the fort, dine on Sri Lankan and western food plus tea and snacks whilst drinking in the fort views.

Pedlar’s Inn Café The perfect coffee stop where you can people watch and feast on delicious chocolate brownies from a street side Dutch-style veranda. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but doesn’t serve alcohol

Serendipity Arts Café Dishes range from Sri Lankan curries to western soups, salads and sandwiches, served either indoors or outside in a street-side garden. They arrange fort walking tours from here too.

The Fort Printers Set beside an intimate walled garden within a beautifully converted colonial mansion, here you can dine on a Mediterranean-inspired menu of tapas, salads, fish and seafood.

The Sun House The intimate garden veranda of this iconic boutique hotel is a romantic setting for three-course set dinners (bookings essential). British-style bites are served from the fully-stocked lounge-style ‘Dick’s Bar’.

Habaraduwa-Koggala

The Fortress Hotel The Fortress Hotel has a handful of restaurants where you can enjoy great food but at much higher prices than elsewhere. There’s an extensive wine selection though and the setting’s stunning.

Mirissa

Mirissa Hills Within a small Cinnamon Museum, you can dine in the evenings; the setting is relaxed and rustic though bookings are essential. Another option is to request lunch in Mount Cinnamon (if no guests are staying), a hilltop villa with magnificent views. Food is very good here though best to book the day before

Paradise Beach Club Mirissa’s plushest dining venue is not the most imaginative in terms of cuisine – they tend to have lots of uninspiring buffets - but has a lovely location right beside the beach. Try to order a la carte, if you can.

Talpe

Cantaloupe Aqua Thai-inspired fusion cuisine set in a minimal boutique hotel right beside the surf. There’s also a bar here and they hold twice-monthly club nights; Envy

ERA Beach This smart boutique hotel's Mediterranean-inspired cuisine serves up particularly good steaks and seafood just footsteps from the rolling surf. There’s a smart, though somewhat quiet, bar here too

Nico’s Bistro and Bar Asian-infused cuisine influenced by the Med is what you'll find at this gorgeous Balinese-style beachside restaurant with pool. It’s a particularly pretty spot for sunset cocktails

WB Italian-owned restaurant whose intimate homely setting comes with a dining room and sun terrace with loungers right beside the sea. Enjoy proper Italian coffee, delicious homemade dishes, and pick from a selection of predominantly Italian wines.

Tangalle

Amanwella Choose from their main dining room overlooking the swimming pool and beach where a delicious though pricey variety of dishes are served; or, during daytime hours, lunch in the informal Beach Club right beside the sandy surf. Bookings are essential.

Buckingham Place Situated a few kilometres from the location of the nightly turtle watch (TCP), this handily-situated open-air boutique hotel restaurant serves a menu of international fusion cuisine.

Il Camino Although this restaurant has erratic opening times (best to call before coming) and is closed over northern summer months, the Italian owner serves up some great homemade Italian cuisine in a simple, rustic setting.

Last House If no guests are in residence this idyllically situated seaside property is perfect for private dining; the chef cooks up excellent cuisine; crab curry is a speciality. Bookings are essential, and best made 24 hours in advance.

Mangrove Garden If you’re heading out turtle watching, stop here enroute for dinner where there’s a reasonably priced menu set in rustic surrounds. It’s an equally delightful setting in the daytime as the restaurant’s set beside a lengthy beach perfect for long strolls.

Maya House The best food in Tangalle, although it’s tucked in 8km inland. Lunch and dinner are typically three-course affairs making best use of whatever fish and seafood is fresh that day. Bookings are essential.

Unawatuna

Flower Garden Come here for reasonably priced steaks. All main meals – including fish, seafood, pasta and poultry - come with a starter and pud.

Kingfisher Seafood, pasta and wraps are served in a rustic restaurant with family-friendly lounge whilst a bar blends chilled tunes with cool drinks under the stars. Delivery / take-away to local villas possible

Lucky Tuna Seafood, fish, fried rice and devilled dishes right on the beach in Unawatuna. Big screens sometimes show premier league footie or international cricket games.

Nautilus Restaurant Amazing rice and curry (though it’s best to order a little in advance), as well as seafood, pizzas and pasta served up in a neat little roadside restaurant.

South Ceylon Veggies should head to this teensy top floor eatery in Unawatuna for its strictly vegetarian menu that includes Indian dosas, Mexican tacos and simple pasta meals. Grab a veranda table for people-peeking.

The Dream House Authentic Italian cuisine cooked by Sicilian owners in intimate setting. Best to book a table in advance as this tiny garden restaurant often gets busy

Weligama

Mandara Resort The nicely situated restaurant at this hotel serves up a range of international dishes within sight and sound of the sea, or, atop the sand if you wish to admire the night lights of Weligama Bay.

Weligama Bay Resort The Cutty Sark Restaurant at this Czech-run hotel offers dining outside on the terrace or inside in air-conditioned comfort. The international menu includes Sri Lankan cuisine.

Shopping
Galle

Barefoot Very popular shop selling hand-woven fabrics by the metre, cushions, brightly coloured sarongs and clothing, children’s soft toys, artwork, souvenirs and a good selection of books plus flip flops and bikinis from Arugam Bay Beachwear.

Dutch Wall Arcade This little shop set in an old Dutch warehouse opposite the ramparts houses a collection of colonial era-antiques ranging from crockery to cigarette cases, typewriters and ashtrays.

Exotic Roots Artwork by French owner Catherine is on sale here, along with other art-related items including acrylic on cotton paintings, hand-crafted ceramics, painted trays and decorative tiles plus bold jewellery and cotton clothing.

Galle fish, fruit and vegetable markets 1 Visit the vibrant fruit, vegetable and fish markets in town to savour the selection of produce and purchase for cooking back at the villa; open daily from early morning to evening (except full moon poya holidays).

Galle fish, fruit and vegetable markets 2 Visit the vibrant fruit, vegetable and fish markets in town to savour the selection of produce and purchase for cooking back at the villa; open daily from early morning to evening (except full moon poya holidays).

Keells The best supermarket in town with fish and meat counters, fresh fruits and vegetables, a great bakery, a selection of cheeses, and a number of imported chocolates. Galle’s one-stop-shop for self-caterers.

KK A fabulous collection of fabrics, clothing, gifts and interior design pieces as well as towels, linen, toiletries and fabrics by the metre; perfect for feather nesting any home.

Laksala Government handicrafts emporium opposite the post office. Sells a huge range of tourist souvenirs including wood carvings, painted masks, fabrics, artwork and spices.

Laksana Gem shop where you can design your own pieces of jewellery and select from a number of precious and semi-precious stones. Also sells silver items, coins and watches.

Lollapalooza Mainly children’s toys are found here, but you can also buy handmade gift cards, decorative pieces and browse a petit selection of Mimimango beachwear.

Mimimango Glamorous ladies beachwear, cocktail dresses and kaftans from Bali, India and Sri Lanka including a selection of jewellery and belts. Men’s beach shirts are also for sale here.

Olanda Antiques Huge warehouse of colonial-era furnishings and fittings ranging from the portable - door handles, lamps and baskets – to the less bag-worthy four-poster beds, wardrobes and chairs; great for a look.

Sea Fair Situated between Unawatuna and Galle, this supermarket is handy for self-caterers situated to the east of Galle. Fresh produce – including a variety of salad leaves and fresh herbs – comes in the form of fruit, veg, poultry and beef (no fish or pork) plus imported items such as cheese, olive oil and cereals.

Suthuvili Here you can find a selection of eclectic local handicrafts, batiks, paintings and antiques including simple displays of elaborate and beautiful masks.

Habaraduwa-Koggala

The Fortress Boutique Small though pricey selection of Sri Lankan handicrafts, clothing and artwork are on sale here along with postcards and essential toiletries.

Tangalle

Cargils Tangalle’s best-stocked one-stop-shop for grocery items. There’s also a pharmacy here and a small selection of liquor, beer and wine.

Indika Art Gallery This diminutive art gallery to the east of Tangalle showcases the paintings of Indika Pathmananda, an award-winning artist whose work covers wildlife, landscapes, portrait, line drawings, modern art and abstract styles. He undertakes commissions and runs short courses in painting and art work on request.

Unawatuna

Boardwise This little shop run by young local surfers sells some surfing equipment including wax and clothing. They also rent out boards and offer tuition and tours.

One Stop Handy minimart in Unawatuna that sells essentials such as milk, rice, spices, dhal, eggs, packet bread, ice cubes, frozen bacon, ham and sausages plus confectionery and a few imported cheeses.

Saffron Robes Find in here brightly coloured paintings of monks, ships, elephants and other Sri Lankan scenes all crafted by local artists.

Souvenir shops From the main road to the beach, this street is lined with little tourist souvenir shops selling anything from sarongs and clothing, to wood carvings, jewellery and leather goods.

Weligama

Lace shops Weligama was once a place of lace and there are still a few tiny stalls along the Matara Road where lace is made and sold.

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