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The Area

If you can tear yourself away from the comfort and peace of the villa, there are plenty of places sites to visit, nearby.

Galle Town

The southern coastal city of Galle boasts a huge fort whose entire area is an UNESCO World heritage site. Built by the Portuguese, enlarged by the Dutch, and finally taken over by British invaders the fort is a preserved honeycomb of living history. Some of the professionals and merchants that reside here have family histories spanning 300 years. Galle was trading centre for the lucrative spice trade of the East Indies and the huge warehouses for storing cinnamon are just as they were. So are the spectacular fort ramparts where families and lovers take their evening walk to enjoy the sea breezes. Cricket lovers can enjoy test matches and an array of first-class matches at Galle International Stadium, just outside the ramparts. Every house and civic building has a story to tell in Galle and we offer our guests a free historic tour of the town to introduce them.

Galle Town

Koggala Lake

Tranquillity is guaranteed at the 43-acre Koggala Lake, which is a protected site, for its bird life in particular. You will see fishermen rowing out to catch fresh prawns and other delights, including kestrels, kites and fruit bats which festoon the sky at sunset. From the house you can take a boat or swim out to some of its small islands such as Cinnamon Island, where a family still harvests the bark of this plant and is happy to demonstrate and brew up a refreshing cup of cinnamon tea, the Buddhist temple on another of the islands, or Ananda Spice Garden.

Koggala Lake