Balapitya, Sri Lanka's West Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Just 2 hours 30 minutes from Colombo's International Airport
Located right on the beach, complete with a 23m infinity pool
Just 10 rooms and suites make for a intimate stay along Sri Lanka's south west coast
The food is delicious and comprises a mix of both western and Sri Lankan cuisine
Perfect way to end a tour through Sri Lanka, relax and unwind here
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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 Kumu Beach
Kumu Beach is a chic, modern boutique hotel close to Balapitiya Beach on Sri Lanka's south west coast. A short distance from Galle and close to Bentota and Hikkaduwa, there are just ten rooms and suites here, making for a relaxing and stylish stay.
Kumu Beach stands elevated overlooking the rugged Balapitiya beach, just two and a half hours from the airport. Here enjoy some beach time either at the start or end of a tour through this glistening teardrop isle.
Laze by the pool overlooking the sandy shores of blissful Balapitiya, one of Sri Lanka's quieter coastal towns. A small fishing village, the area is flanked by beautiful golden beaches. Kumu Beach sits on a lovely stretch looking out to the Indian Ocean. Although the beach is not swimmable, you are just a short distance from Ambalangoda, a great spot for surfing and swimming.
Dining at Kumu Beach is very relaxed and comprises a fusion of both local and western dishes. The hotel's seaside location means fresh seafood is always in abundance, so make sure you sample the catch of the day on the sea view dining deck.
Other facilities at the hotel include a 23m infinity pool and a large lawn with plenty of places to sit and unwind with a cocktail. When not lazing by the pool, we can also arrange excursions into Galle, Bentota or further afield.
There are 10 different rooms and suites at Kumu Beach, all sea facing and with plenty of space to unwind. The suites and double bedrooms all benefit from balconies or terraces.
Children are welcome at Kumu Beach and an extra bed can also easily be accommodated in an Oceanview Suite. Please note however there are no interconnecting rooms at the hotel.
Dining is an informal affair. Enjoy seafood barbecues, a fusion of international and Sri Lankan cuisine prepared by the expert chef. As the sister property of The Wallawwa and The Fort Bazaar, you can expect great food here.
During your stay at Kumu Beach, relax by the pool, take a stroll along the beach or head to nearby Ambalangoda where you can visit the mask museum or enjoy swimming on the beach. Further afield, Galle is an hour's drive away. Wander around the Fort and get lost in the history of this fascinating place.
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Driving down a little side street, you would never expect to find such a little relaxing retreat. This ten room property has brought a new modern twist to the boutique market. With spacious modern rooms with views of the sea this resort is perfect for that relaxing beach. Stay a little longer and explore the local area from Water Sports at Bentota beach to Mask Making tours there is plenty to keep you busy.
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.
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.
Walking Tour of Galle Fort
Go on a walking tour of Galle with a local resident / guide.
Whale and Dolphin Cruise from Mirissa
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Mirissa in the months of December to March.
Epic Sri Lanka
Colombo, Kandy, Gal Oya National Park, Hatton, Galle & Balapitya
from £3100 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Sri Lanka is an endless treasure trove of offerings and this trip ensures you explore the very best in style
- The cuisine in Sri Lanka is exceptional and with each area you visit you can enjoy an array of amazing dishes to tantalise the taste buds
- Featuring the best of Sri Lanka's boutique hotels, you will enjoy stays at sister properties The Fort Bazaar and Kumu Beach
Honeymoon to Sri Lanka
Koggala, Yala National Park, Nuwara Eliya & Bentota
from £3600 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- A lovely honeymoon itinerary with relaxing beach stops sandwiching stays with a little more action and adventure in Yala National Park and the Hill Country
- Take the slow lane along Sri Lanka's southern coast with a dash of wildlife in Yala National Park
- Enjoy a private driver/guide throughout as well as expert naturalists in Yala National Park
Location & directions
Balapitya, Sri Lanka's West Coast, Sri Lanka
Kumu Beach is located in Balapitiya which sits between Bentota and Hikkaduwa. Balapitiya is on Sri Lanka's south west coast, an hour from Galle and two hours thirty minutes from Colombo.
How to get there
Fly into Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport. From there Kumu Beach is a two hour thirty minute drive. Alternatively, Cinnamon Air run flights to nearby Bentota, just 18km away.
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