Unakanda sits amongst local houses at the top of Unawatuna Kanda (hill). The property overlooks natural jungle, and the Indian Ocean. Originally a village home, it has been renovated to embrace the luscious surroundings. Contemporary design using local materials and building skills create a peaceful, relaxed environment. There are two air-conditioned bedrooms, open plan kitchen / living, and 2 large bathrooms. The house is furnished with an eclectic mix of local antiques and custom designed / locally made furniture. The kitchen / living space opens onto a covered cooking area and cantilevered, polished concrete dining pavilion that overlooks the infinity pool. Hidden below the house is a large, private galwala (‘stone hole’) filled with fish, turtles and a magnet to an array of beautiful birdlife. The garden at Unakanda is the soul of the property and the living areas have been designed to access the outdoors as much as possible. The garden features a private pool, rustic tree-house, dam and a vibrant mix of wildlife and plants. Tropical fruits grown on the property include; coconuts, bananas, papaya, passion fruit, lemons, mangoes, pineapples, jackfruit and avocado. Unakanda is a bird watchers paradise. Other wildlife include monkeys, butterflies, squirrels, and fish.
Guests are provided with keys and have full use of the property. Our discrete staff will keep an eye on things when you are not around.
Interaction with Guests
By far the most praised aspect by guests of Unakanda is our fabulous team. They are available to prepare meals, clean, provide information and help to facilitate a wonderful stay. Breakfast is included with each booking, and the guys will be happy to prepare an additional meal each day for the cost of the ingredients. Please discuss your requirements with them - they are a wealth of local knowledge and contacts and will be more than happy to assist with suggestions and arrangements for activities.
Unakanda offers peace and tranquility just minutes away from Unawatuna Beach, the restaurants and havens of Thalpe, and historic Galle Fort. It is on a ridge road at the top of Unawatuna Kanda ("kanda" = hill) amongst local village houses. Within less than 20 mins of travelling you will find many casual and fine dining options, more beaches, turtle hatchery, antiques dealers, etc. We provide guests with a list of local eateries, attractions and other useful information.
Walk down the property, through the temple, over the road and you are on the doorstep of the beach. Local tuk-tuk will be able to take you to most of the places you might like to go. There is a bus and railway station at nearby Galle. Transit from Colombo International Airport to Unakanda takes between 2-3 hours depending on traffic. Airport pick -up and drop-off can be arranged.
Other Things to Note
Morrie is our resident dog. We ask that he is not permitted into the house. If you prefer that Morrie is not onsite during your stay, he will be happy to have a sleepover at a friend's house.