Thalpe, South Coast, Sri Lanka
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
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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 Why House
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.
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 travelling 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 neighbouring 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 snorkelling 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.
Charlie Loughlin (Staff)
Five minutes away from the beach, the Why House is the perfect south cost destination for your well-deserved down time. This 8 roomed property is set in beautifully manicured gardens and is completely enclosed, so let the kids run wild while you relax by the pool. If you can be tempted to peal your-self off your sun lounger you are only 5 mins from the beautiful Wijaya beach which is great for swimming and 15 minutes from Galle a town full of shops, restaurants and fascinating colonial history.
Clare Monro (Staff)
I loved this hotel, as it feels much more like a home. I think that it is actually much better not being on the beach as there is so much more space, but you can easily head to the beach for a day. It has been decorated really tastefully and will suit couples and families - the Garden Pavilions are perfect for couples while the interconnecting rooms in the main house and the garden villa are great for those with little ones.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
Why House is located in Mihiripenna, just 10km from the historic town of Galle on the south coast of Sri Lanka.
How to get there
Fly into Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. From Colombo airport Why House is approximately 2-hours drive away.