Koggala Lake, South Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Recently renovated this villa has a wonderfully modern and elegant feel to it
The villa's sister property Kahanda Kanda is only 15 minutes away and based on a tea plantation, which you are able to visit
Situated in a large garden with wide beach frontage giving it stunning panoramic views of the coastline
Designed with many stand alone buildings which gives it the an open and airy feel
There is a large airy living room and games room complete with a football table to keep everyone amused
Habaraduwa House does not accept children under 12, therefore it is only suitable for families with older children
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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 holiday to Habaraduwa House
Habaraduwa House is a beautiful 4-bedroom villa with panoramic sea views in the small village of Habaraduwa, close to Koggala. Perfect for families and friends, the stylish villa comes fully staffed with its very own chef. HH is the perfect Galle getaway.
Set in a coconut grove leading onto the beach, Habaraduwa House, or HH, is a stylish villa managed by interior designer George Cooper. Fully staffed with a manager, chef, two housekeeping staff and a gardener/pool boy, rest assured that everyone will be well looked after here.
Originally built in 2001, the villa was completely re-designed and renovated in 2011 by George Cooper himself, owner of much-acclaimed Kahanda Kanda. Located on a beach near Weligama not far from Galle, this impeccably decorated property has four en-suite bedrooms with sea views and two with outdoor showers.
The living room at HH is the hub of the villa, making up the central area complete with beautiful French windows over looking the pool and garden area. This large and airy living space boasts comfortable sofas for that afternoon siesta and a games room with table football to keep everyone entertained. The villa is a fantastic place for older families, totally self contained with huge amounts of space.
The staff are incredibly friendly and the rooms have all the modern amenities needed for a comfortable stay. The dining pavilion is a covered area with open walls, linked to the living room by a terrace. Here enjoy long candlelight dinners all together, a wonderfully airy place to relax after a day exploring the Sri Lankan coastline.
Habaraduwa House consists of four double rooms all with en suite bathrooms. Three of the rooms are on the ocean side and have fabulous views of the sea, all with king sized beds. The fourth room has twin beds, which can be pushed together to make a double.
Habaraduwa House has one dining area, a beautiful pool in the garden with sun loungers, and access to the beach. The villa comes fully staffed with a modern kitchen and games room for the kids.
The villa has bikes and the staff are willing to escort you on a bike ride around the area. You can also enjoy a boat ride on Koggala Lake, which includes a trip to see the temple and a picnic on request. Galle Fort UNESCO heritage site is just a short 15-minute drive away. There is also whale watching and water sports to enjoy on this coastline which can be organised for you.
Jessica Cator (Staff)
one of the more modern and well polished Villa's on the South coast. The building has been recently renovated and as such has all the modern amenities necessary to have a very comfortable time. I loved the way the villa was divided between separate stand alone buildings and thought the dining area was stunning.
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.
Cycling Tour outside Galle
Spend half a day cycling through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside outside Galle.
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.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
Kanneliya Rainforest Trek
One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.
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 colourful 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.
Walking Tour of Galle Fort
Go on a walking tour of Galle with a local resident / guide.
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.
Whale and Dolphin Cruise from Mirissa
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Mirissa in the months of December to March.
Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran
On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.
Whale Watching by Private Speedboat
Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.
Location & directions
Koggala Lake, South Coast, Sri Lanka
Habaraduwa House can be found in the small coastal village of Habaraduwa near to Koggala Beach and the nearby Koggala Lake. Galle is close by, just a short 15-minutes drive away.
How to get there
Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is the sole international airport in Sri Lanka and is located about 30km north of the city. The journey time to Habaraduwa House is 4-hours from Colombo. You may also take the seaplane, which lands on Koggala Lake, cutting the journey time to 45-minutes from Colombo.
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