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10 of the Best Villas in Gampaha, North West Coast

Gampaha town lies to the north of Colombo in a district of the same name that stretches from the golden, tourist-friendly beaches of Negombo to the lower reaches of the island’s rugged Hill Country. Separated from Colombo by the Kelaniya River, the region is famed for its almost ageless rural scene; plantations brimming with swaying coconut palms, prickly pineapples, aromatic spices and vast stretches of tranquil paddy land in between. Primarily forest land until 1826, Gampaha was discovered during the British colonial period when the Main Line railway between Colombo and Kandy was being constructed. It was the site of Asia’s first successful rubber tree plantation, and some of these trees can still be found in the city’s tranquil Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens today. Just as villages are sheathed in quiet simplicity, urban town centres are oppositely abuzz with activity as market traders come and go. Local eateries are numerous but most are basic and cater mainly to the local crowds. Conveniently located around an hour’s drive from the airport, this rural region is a favourite with travellers looking for peace and quiet that’s not too far off the beaten track.



Sri Lanka  »  North West Coast  »  Gampaha

We simply adored Hideaway, which does exactly what it says on the tin. If you want to hide away and really escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, then this is the place for you. An hour from the airport, it’s the perfect place to recuperate from a long-haul flight and a much better option than staying in Colombo. Not only was the environment blissfully relaxing, but the staff had a similar effect on us as they were clearly well-versed in pampering. Continually reminding us to treat the property as our own, they prepared the most excellent meals, and our dinner under the stars was made even more incredible by the fact that it was completely illuminated by candles. Being wined and dined so well (five unpretentious courses), yet miles from anywhere, was a real highlight for us. Whilst the property would be excellent for groups of friends or for families (big garden and shallow area in the pool for paddlers), the private open-air jacuzzis, the isolation and the staff’s discreet service urge us to highly recommend this modest house as a romantic hideaway as well.  Although the F&B arrangements are restaurant-style – with the choice of either reasonably priced set meals or à la carte options – and we were discouraged from using the kitchen, there is little that we didn’t like about Hideaway. However this villa is not the place for those looking for nightlife, or who want to be close to beaches and a good selection of restaurants or shops.
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