Bethany 101

Puttalam, Sri Lanka

At a Glance

  • A Colonial mansion with access to Wilpattu

  • Furnished with original antiques

  • Family run for more than 150 years

  • Set in beautiful gardens with a delightful pool

  • Dishes tailored to individual preferences

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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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Insider's View

A visit to the salt farms and nearby Muslim community is definitely worth it as you see a different side to Sri Lanka

Relax by the lovely pool after an early game drive, the gardens are beautiful and peaceful.

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A beautifully appointed colonial mansion, Bethany 101 has been lovingly converted into a boutique hotel. Complete with original antique furniture, its location is perfect for visiting Wilpattu with its healthy population of leopards and sloth bear.

Located only 2-hours from Colombo and just 30-minutes from Wilpattu National Park, Bethany 101 offers ideal accommodation for those looking for something with a bit more character and boutique feel from which to explore Sri Lanka's diverse wildlife. The property is perfect for couples or larger families who can take out the villa on an exclusive basis. This converted mansion, which has been owned by the same family for generations, houses original antique furniture and is set in beautiful gardens.

The property consists of just 6 rooms, simple in style with air-conditioning, private bathrooms and four-poster beds. For those looking for a little more space, the Master Room is ideal. There are no televisions in the rooms themselves, however, there is a large TV room with an extensive collection of DVDs and bluerays which is great for younger guests. Parents can enjoy a glass of wine in the garden whilst their little ones watch a movie. The pool is beautiful and lined with flowering frangipani trees, creating a tranquil setting.

Dining is a personal affair with no set menu, allowing for a very relaxed atmosphere. The chef will meet you and discuss your likes and dislikes, tailoring his food around your requirements. Weather permitting, meals are served outside in the garden or on the antique dining table inside.

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There are 6 rooms in total; 5 standard and 1 master bedroom. Each room is cosy and fitted with four-poster beds and private bathrooms. The Master bedroom offers more space for those who want it.


Children are welcome at Bethany 101 but please note there are no specific facilities for them.


Bethany 101 includes a TV room with huge collection of DVD's to enjoy. There's also a lovely pool surrounded by frangipani trees. Spacious public areas including dining room and lounge furnished with original colonial pieces.


Enjoy game drives in Wilpattu National Park during your stay at Bethany 101 and go in search of leopards, sloth bears and elephants. Back at the hotel, there is also a large pool and garden, allowing plenty of space for younger guests to run around.



Rikki Poynton (Staff)

Ideally located for exploring Wilpattu National Park, Bethany 101 is a charming boutique hotel that allows guests to experience Sri Lanka's amazing wildlife without compromising on accommodation. A really lovely former mansion with a unique history and original furnisings. The staff are friendly but in no way overbearing so you can really relax and make yourself feel at home.


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Location & directions

Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Bethany 101 is located in Puttalam in North-West of Sri Lanka, just 30 minutes from Wilpattu National Park. Great option to combine with the north and east of Sri Lanka, sitting just a 1-hour 30-minute drive from the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

How to get there

Fly into Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. From there Bethany 101 is a 2-hour drive from Colombo.

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