Owl and The Pussycat

Thalpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka

At a Glance

  • Sophisticated seaside hotel with views overlooking the Indian Ocean

  • Situated close to the historic Galle Fort and Buddhist temples and villages waiting to be discovered

  • Boasts an authentic Sri Lanken design taking influences from around the globe

  • Plenty of beach activities and water sports to choose from

  • The restaurant serves a delicious mix of traditional Sri Lanken and Mediterranean cuisine

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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.

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While you're in the area try your hand at surfing, it's difficult to start but satisfying when you see yourself improving.

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Set on the south coast of Sri Lanka, Owl and the Pussycat is one of Sri Lanka's newest boutique hotels. Owl and the Pussycat is a luxury seaside retreat with a modern yet laid back feel offering plenty of activities and cultural experiences for all.

The Owl and the Pussycat is an lively seaside resort with a modern yet authentic Sri Lankan feel. Named after the famous children's poem The Owl and The Pussycat, it offers guests the perfect beach hideaway.

Cleverly designed by renowned architect Uday Dhar, the hotel is filled with colourful artwork handcrafted by artists from all over the world as well as local craftsmen. Here guests will feel at home in the generously sized rooms or alternatively you can choose from a range of different suites with views overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Perfect for those who love the coast, there is plenty of activities on offer in this area to keep you entertained including swimming with turtles, learning to fish with local stilt fishermen and an array of water sports. Alternatively, unwind by the pool with a book or enjoy a drink at the beach shack with its sociable and relaxed local atmosphere. Weekends at the Owl and the Pussycat are not to be missed with the hotel's own live jazz band where you can dance the night away under the stars.

Owl and the Pussycat also provides a ideal base for exploring the small neighbouring villages, Buddhist temples and taking in the lush green paddy fields. Only a short tuc tuc ride away from the historic Galle Fort, guests can mix culture and beach perfectly during their stay.

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There are 17 individually designed rooms and suites at Owl and The Pussycat.

There are three types of rooms to choose from, with each offering different features. There is also the option to choose one of the three different suites. These suites are all designed as complete apartments allowing extra space and an oversized terrace all enjoying ocean views.

The suites are designed as complete apartments allowing extra space and an oversized terrace all enjoying ocean views.

Sea View Room

Measuring 25sqm, the Sea View Room includes a balcony overlooking the ocean.

Garden View Room

Measuring 34sqm, the Garden View Room offers guests outside areas with garden views and easy access to the beach.

Large Sea View Room

Measuring 42sqm, the Large Sea View Room includes a spacious terrace over-looking the ocean.

Premium Suite

The Premium Suites measure 60sqm and have two ocean-view terraces.

Luxury Suite

The Luxury Suites measure 80sqm and offer two ocean-view terraces and kitchen.

OTP Suite

OTP Suites measure 100sqm located on the upper or garden level offering ocean-view terraces, kitchen and the possibility to interconnect to a Garden-view room.


The facilities at Owl and The Pussycat include the hotel's restaurant which offers a mix of traditional and Mediterranean cuisine where guests can sample some delicious delicacies. Elsewhere there is a bar, café and lively beach shack serving up cocktails under the coconut trees. Unwind here with a signature cocktail in hand watching the sun go down.


Owl and The Pussycat offers an array of water sports including sailing, surfing, diving and paddle-boarding. Guests also have the chance to swim with turtles and even learn how to fish from the local stilt fisherman. If a complete relaxation is what you want, there is a large swimming pool with sun beds perfect for getting stuck into your holiday read and massages and early morning yoga classes are available on request. Owl and The Pussycat is found on the southern coast of Sri Lanka in Thalpe. From here Galle is a short trip by tuc tuc where you can explore the 17th century fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow streets lined with Dutch and British colonial era buildings and a growing collection of art galleries. Travelling inland, you can also visit a number of lovely temples passing rice paddy fields and tea/cinnamon plantations along the way.


  • 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

Thalpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka

Owl and The Pussycat is located in the town of Talpe about 3-4 hours from Colombo in Sri Lanka. The hotel is a short 7km Tuc tuc ride from the historic Galle Fort.

How to get there

10-hour 45-minute direct flight to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. From there it is a 2 hr 15 min drive, 159km to Owl and The Pussycat.

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