Thalpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Perfect for a small group of friends or a family
Guests can use facilities at the sister property, Why House, a villa hotel nearby
Direct beach access and about 130m beach frontage
The long rectangular pool sits in between the pavilion and house and is built so that it is flush with the garden and sea
Built in Dutch colonial style with towering pillars, deep verandas, high archways and soaring timber ceilings that characteristically highlight the build
Best time to Visit
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. 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. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.
To start planning your vacation to Tanamera Estate
Tanamera is an exquisite three-bedroom beach villa with a wide beach frontage and luxurious facilities, set on a two-acre estate with mesmerizing views of the Indian Ocean in the fishing village of Thalpe, just 15-minutes from the historic city of Galle.
Tanamera Estate is designed along the lines of a Dutch period bungalow with high roofs, arched doorways, columns and verandas. The cooling ocean breeze and the tropical sun seeps through the slatted timber doorways that surround the villa making it light and airy within.
The interiors are a quirky blend of American, European and Asian art and furniture. Spacious bedrooms, stylish living spaces, sun-filled verandas, and sumptuous fusion cuisine make this an inviting beach villa on the Galle coast.
The entire villa is taken on an exclusive basis with a private chef to cook meals, as well as four other members of staff including a housekeeper and security guards. The owners of Tanamera Estate also own the nearby Why House, a villa hotel where Tanamera Estate guests can use the facilities or perhaps dine.
The two spacious master bedrooms are air-conditioned and are decorated with an impressive Asian and European art collection and furnished with king-sized four-poster beds dressed in fine white linen. The en suite bathrooms have twin vanities and showers with hot water. One of the bedrooms also has a small interconnecting bedroom with its own loo and exterior door, suitable for children or a single adult.
There is a study room with TV/DVD, some movies and WiFi internet facility.
The huge living room has a cascading chandelier, eclectic artwork and opens out to a spacious terrace overlooking the gardens. The swimming pool is located at one end of the garden next to a dining pavilion (or 'ambalama') which is also ideal for sunset cocktails.
There are set menus for lunch and dinner, offering Sri Lankan, western and fusion cuisine. Guests are welcome to do their own cooking for dinner assisted by the staff, in the air-conditioned kitchen.
There are several good beach restaurants nearby including Why Beach, Wijeya Beach, and Koggala. Fine-dining restaurants within the Galle Fort include Amangalla, Galle Fort Hotel, and the Fort Printers.
During the season from October to April, swimming and surfing is possible just a few minutes' stroll down the beach, however it is worth being aware that swimming directly from the beach in front of the villa is not recommended.
For those interested in water sports, the beaches of Unawatuna and Mirissa are ideal. Activities on offer include sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkeling, whale watching and boating. Boating in nearby Koggala Lake, with its many tiny islands inhabited with several species of birds, is another wonderful experience.
Guests can also organize cycling trips or visit the nearby turtle hatchery. We recommend a visit to the historic 17th century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow streets lined with Dutch and British colonial era buildings which are still in use, sturdy ramparts looking out to sea, the lighthouse, and a growing collection of art galleries and several boutique hotels.
The rooms are decorated with quirky artwork and furnished with king-sized four-poster beds. The en suite bathrooms have twin vanities and showers with hot water. Each master suite also has an outdoor shower.
There is a small interconnecting bedroom off one of the master suites with its own loo and door leading out to the corridor. This room does not have any external windows and due to its size it would only be suitable for children or a single adult.
The master bedrooms are spacious and so cots and extra beds can be provided.
Children are welcome at Tanamera Estate but there are no specific facilities for them.
There is a team of four staff to look after guests, including security and housekeeper, as well as the chefs.
Tanamera Estate is available on a villa-only basis. Guests pay locally for food and the private chef goes to the local market or supermarket. Guests are encouraged to discuss their food preferences with the chef and lunch and dinner come as set menus.
Guests can also dine at Tanamera Estate's nearby sister property, Why House, which is a villa hotel situated inland. Alternatively, there is a number of restaurants nearby such as on the beaches, or in the Galle Fort.
A small amount of beers and wines are kept in the fridge for the arrival day, after which further supplies can be provided as and when they are needed. Guests will be charged for this on departure along with additional food and services.
There are plenty of activities on offer nearby, including surfing, sailing, fishing, coastal cruises, river trips, sea kayaking, snorkeling and boating.
It is also easy to visit the historic 17th century Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow streets lined with Dutch and British colonial era buildings which are still in use. Enjoy an ice-cream as you stroll along the ramparts, or explore some of the local galleries and boutiques.
Lucy Black (Staff)
23 Palm is a lovely property that I think works really well for both couples and families. The master bedrooms and the living room are enormous and the quirky decor and artwork dotted around the property gives it more of a home-style feel versus the formality of a hotel. This is a fantastic place to relax at the end of a busy itinerary, but there are also plenty of activities available nearby for those looking for more adventure!
Clare Monro (Staff)
23 Palms is very simple in layout with two enormous bedrooms, a spacious sitting and dining area and a good kitchen. I loved the plunge pools in the bedrooms and there are also outdoor showers. The garden is also really spacious and has a really nice dining pavilion.
Susie Reynolds (Staff)
As stunning new villa on the Thalpe coast with huge bedrooms and a lovely central living room as well as heaps of outdoor living space. The kitchen is lovely and while the villa comes with a Sri Lankan chef, you may also be tempted to use it yourself, especially if you’d like a lesson in how to cook Sri Lankan curries. You can’t confuse the villa stay with the facilities and service you will receive from a hotel, but for a luxurious, home from home feel, 23 Palms really has it.
A Southern Blend - Visit a Tea Plantation
It is not just Sri Lanka's Hill Country that is home to tea plantations; not far from Koggala Lake is the South Coast's very own tea plantation. See the ladies plucking tea leaves and visit the tea factory and learn about Sri Lanka's most famous export.
Explore Galle Fort
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul
During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.
Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host
Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.
Hopper Cooking Class at Why House
The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.
Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion
Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.
Visit a Cinnamon Plantation
Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.
Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing
Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.
Enjoy a session of whale and dolphin watching just a few miles offshore. Large pods of dolphins and, in the migration season, blue whales can be seen.
Location & directions
Thalpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
23 Palm is set on a two-acre of prime Galle beachfront with mesmerizing views of the Indian Ocean, in the fishing village of Thalpe, just 15-minutes from the historic city of Galle.
How to get there
10-hour 45-minute direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. It takes about 3 hours to drive from the airport to 23 Palm.