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The Wallawwa

Kotugoda, Sri Lanka

Just minutes from Sri Lanka's airport, the beaches of Negombo and the city of Colombo is The Wallawwa. An airport hotel with a difference. This boutique gem is a destination in itself with stylish rooms, mouth watering food and an exquisite atmosphere.

At a Glance

  • Only 20 minutes from the airport yet a million miles away from an airport hotel

  • While the average stay is one night, most guests wished they had more time here

  • Fabulous spa onsite - ideal for getting over a long flight

  • Beautiful gardens housing sofas, ideal for sipping a pre-dinner G&T

  • Top notch service - the staff have been trained in some the best hotels in the country and come together to merge the best bits

Adventure, Honeymoon

Insider's View

Ask your consultant to book you a massage on arrival - after a 12-hour flight you'll never appreciate a pair of hands more!

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Almost everyone regrets spending just one night here - make sure you stay at least two!

Scott Dunn team

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Try the amazing cooking demonstration in the gardens of The Wallawwa.

Scott Dunn team

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Ask Nimal to give you a tour of his beautiful vegetable garden. It has been his pride and joy for the last 16 months and you will be incredibly impressed.

Jessica Campbell

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Don’t miss the daily high-tea served in the veranda overlooking the lovely gardens. The biscuits and Ceylon Tea are incredible.

Scarlett Richard

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Take a swim in The Wallawwa's pool and you will be forgiven for thinking you are immersed in the jungle rather than so close to Colombo

Scott Dunn team

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Wander up from the swimming pool, to The Wallawwa's very own fruit & vegetable garden - amazing!

Victoria Hogg

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Try the egg hoppers, seeni sambal and chicken curry for breakfast. It's tasty and has a kick, a great way to start the day!

Jack Mace

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Don’t miss out on your last minute gifts from the shop where all proceeds go to a local charity

Charlie Loughlin

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Consider an extra night to take advantage of the facilities without any other guests

Charlie Loughlin

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The Wallawwa or take a look at our itineraries to Colombo


Nestled amongst acres of beautifully manicured gardens, this antique colonial manor house, or Wallawwa, is now the home of Sri Lanka’s most exciting boutique hotel. This old and new concept provides guests with unrivalled setting and style just 20-minutes from the airport and the hustle and bustle of Colombo. Strategically located close to the Dambulla, Kandy & Galle highways, the Wallawwa remains entirely secluded. The Wallawwa is the perfect start, middle or end to any visit to this enchanting island; a luxury private hideaway.

Rooms and suites comprise terrazzo lined walk in wet rooms boasting rain showers and double basins, bedrooms furnished with Balinese four poster beds, exceptionally comfortable bedding and all the mod cons you'd expect from a world class, yet boutique hotel.

Just because you are ‘overnighting’ after or before your flight does not mean you need to compromise on standards, especially when it comes to food. Here, the chefs blend the best of Sri Lanka and South Asia along with good old home cooked recipes. Sample real Sri Lankan cooking, traditional curries or more adventurous local cuisine as well as the best of the West, recipes developed from our favorite homemade dishes from around the world.

Not forgetting your tired body, The Wallawwa also boasts its very own Spa with treatments, specifically designed with real people in mind to relax, unwind and help you enjoy the tranquil setting.

With the facilities of an office and library to keep in touch and entertained, as your first or last stop in Sri Lanka, The Wallawwa leaves you wanting for nothing - except perhaps one more night...


The Wallawwa offers 17 rooms and suites including ten Garden Suites, two Wallawwa Bedrooms and two Family Suites; each compromises of a garden suite and a wallawwa bedroom that can be sold as separate rooms. There is also one two-bedroom Mountbatten suite. Suites are air-conditioned and feature king size Balinese four poster beds, a Terrazzo lined en-suite wet room with rainshower, basin & WC and private verandah with comfortable seating area. Amenities include WiFi internet access, a widescreen satellite TV, safety deposit box and tea and coffee making facilities.


Children are welcome to come and stay at The Wallawwa. There is a children's menu available at the restaurant and the family suite is an ideal choice of accommodation if you are traveling with young ones.


Facilities at the hotel include a spa offering signature massages, scrubs and wraps using traditional Ayurvedic techniques, and a selection of other health and beauty alternatives, office, library, pool, gardens, WiFi and a restaurant serving sumptuous Asian fusion cuisine. There are vegetarian and kid's menus available should they be required.


The hotel offers complimentary use of the swimming pool. The hotel will be happy to arrange excursions to the beaches and fish markets of Negombo, just 30 minutes away, or into Colombo city center for shopping, dining and visiting cultural sites and museums. The Wallawwa is also just 2 hrs 45 mins from Kandy & Dambulla for a chance to visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the sights of Kandy or Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples in a day.

Location & Directions

Kotugoda, Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa is near the town of Kotugoda, 10km east of Colombo airport, and about 60 minutes' drive northeast of Colombo city center. The beaches of Negombo are 30 minutes away.

When to go

From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to The Wallawwa or take a look at our itineraries to Colombo

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