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Why House

Talpe, Sri Lanka

Why House is a chic boutique hotel near to the beaches of Talpe and close to the historic Galle Fort. With a pool, tropical gardens and welcoming personal touches, this 8-room Sri Lankan hideaway sits somewhere between a villa and a boutique hotel.

At a Glance

  • The property sits a stone's throw away from the beaches of Thalpe and close to Galle Fort

  • Why House is renowned for its delicious cuisine, a mixture of local and international dishes

  • Enjoy the tropical gardens which span over two acres of lush green lawns and terraces

  • The hotel's special rum cocktail serves as a refreshing aperitif before dinner

  • The pool at Why House is great for all the family to splash about in

Culture, Beach, Family, Villa

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Even though Why House isn't located on the beach, it is still an excellent base from which to explore the south coast

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Insider's View

If you get the chance, the cooking class is a great way to get hands-on with hoppers!

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The pre-dinner cultural show is great fun for kids - up-close fire-eating, drumming and dancing, all over in 20 minutes - perfect for short attention spans!

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Free tea and coffee, plus cakes in the afternoon, go down a treat

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Go for a bike ride through the paddy fields, it's a lovely way to spend a morning with the whole family (baby seats no problem!)

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Book a massage for late evening, they have a peaceful spot in the garden that's perfect for it

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Enjoy the yoga shala or have a massage in the secluded spa treatment room in the garden

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Take a trip down to Wijaya beach for a change to spot turtles swimming in the surf


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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Why House or take a look at our itineraries to South Coast


Surrounded by rice paddies and palm trees Why House sits in 3 acres of lush gardens where ripe fruit and spices scent the air. The building’s graceful style is cool and calming, while the staff are warm and welcoming.

The property itself is typical of Sri Lanka and the south coast. Amidst the tranquil gardens, the main house, villa and two cottages sit adorned with high timber roofs and colonial style interiors. Relax on the verandah or in a hammock with a good book and watch the butterflies drifting pass. The property can be used for larger private parties of up to 18 people.

Don't miss your chance to sample some of the excellent food on offer at Why House, it really is the talk of the town. The breakfast menu ranges from fresh fruit to American style pancakes or a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast of hoppers, curry and sambals. A light lunch can be arranged by the pool followed by a soothing cup of Ceylon's finest tea. If all that isn't enough, the dinner menu boasts a wide variety of options to whet your appetite.

With the beach just a 15-minute walk away, staying here couldn't be easier. Tuk-tuks can take you to Galle and beyond, and with the beautiful pool and grounds to explore, you don't even need to leave the hotel if you're feeling lazy.


There are three different room categories to choose from at Why House, all with private terraces. Alternatively if you are traveling as a large party, the entire property can be hired to host up to 26 people.


Although there are no specific arrangements for children, families are more than welcome at Why House. Special meals for children can be prepared upon request. The pool and gardens provide lots of space for running around, whilst interconnecting rooms are available. Babysitters can also be arranged with prior notice.


Meals are served in the garden pavilion, on your own verandah, or by the pool. Facilities include a large salt water swimming pool set amidst tropical gardens; Ayurvedic and Aromatherapy massages, and yoga class if booked. On several evenings special events including traditional folk dance and music take place. Why House also has a tuk-tuk for guests wishing to explore the surrounding areaThe beaches of Thalpe are a short distance away, as well as neighboring Galle.


There is plenty to do at Why House whether its lazing by the pool, enjoying cooking lessons or exploring the local area by bicycle. Alternatively take a short tuk-tuk ride to Thalpe or Galle, around 15 minutes away. Go surfing at Weligama or snorkeling at the renowned Unawatuna beach. For wildlife lovers guests can visit a small turtle hatchery or, in the right season, take a day trip out to do some whale watching or dolphin spotting.

Location & Directions

Talpe, Sri Lanka

Why House is located in Mihiripenna, just 10km from the historic town of Galle on the south coast of Sri Lanka.

When to go

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.

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