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Villa Araliya, near Galle, Sri Lanka

Do you really want to spend all of your holiday on just another beach or would you like to spend some time in the bio-diverse paradise that is the real Sri Lanka, with birdsong throughout the day, monkeys crashing through the trees above you, merchants calling out and vending their wares and iguanas meandering through your garden? When you tire of this the beach is still only 10 minutes away....

Villa Araliya is a secret hideaway close to the beaches between Unawatuna and Habaraduwa and a 15 minute drive to Galle with its historic Dutch fort. Surrounded by lush vegetation and tropical trees, the setting preserves the villa's privacy and you will experience the sights and sounds of the real Sri Lanka.

The colonial period house consists of 6 double bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms. All the beds are superkingsize (2 metres square) and three of them are Dutch colonial reproductions.There is plenty of space to stay comfortably with a big family or group of friends. The house has a laid back set up with a large living area and outside dining pavilion.

Five out of six bedrooms overlook the swimming pool that is situated in the inner court yard. The master bedroom overlooks the garden at the front of the house.

The huge 2 acre garden teems with wildlife, especially birds, monkeys, iguana and squirrels. The swimming pool at the centre of the property is quite big (8M x 5M) There are 4 loungers and 2 sets of tables and chairs. For the athletic-minded there is a Concept 2 rower, free weights and 2 bicycles and petanque. Our caretaker will erect a badminton net for you on request. There's also an inflatable boat with 3hp outboard if you want to explore Koggala Lake.


  • Secure walled compound
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite TV and DVD
  • Wireless internet via supplied dongle
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Telephone
  • Private safe in every bedroom
  • Overhead fans and mosquito nets in every bedroom
  • 1 bedroom with a/c


  • Resident caretaker / watchman
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook

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Villa rental rates

Exclusive entire villa rates on self-catering basis daily / weekly:

Low season $270 / $1350
High season $360 / $1800

The villa is also available on a non-exclusive B&B basis for couples and smaller parties and can be booked within the month prior to your intended stay. If you're very lucky you could end up with exclusive use and the facilities of a private villa for the price of a room.

Room rates (B&B)

Low season $60 /day
High season $80 /day

High season is August, December, January

For advance self-catering bookings a deposit of one third is required on booking with the balance payable within one month of arrival. Payment can be made by bank transfer in Sterling.

For B&B bookings payment may be made in cash on arrival.

Talpe Junction is at 125.9km on the Galle-Matara Road. Turn left here, through the village, over the railway and past the school and temple. After 1.7km the road drops down to paddy level and you will ascend a hill. At the top there is a house on the left with an improbable number of red roofs. Villa Araliya is 100m further on the left. Turn down the temple road and the entrance gates are on the right.

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