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  • About this holiday

    On the banks of one of the most beautiful lakes in the south, Why House is a boutique villa perfect for secluded stays on the south coast of Sri Lanka. Away from the hustle and bustle of the seaside resorts, Why House is the perfect option for those looking for some serenity and a real insight into authentic Sri Lanka. Excellent cuisine, traditional dance performances, elephant rides, and haunting temples await.

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    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room.
    From £1,540 for 7 nights.
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

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    Our opinion

    A peaceful, authentic alternative to beachside resorts, tucked away amidst paddy fields and waterways.

    Hotel description

    Why House is a luxury boutique villa that benefits from the picturesque diversity of Sri Lanka’s tropical climate and landscape, with rice fields and colourful trees all around, and the golden beaches of the south coast just a few minutes away. Arrive at Why House and make your way up to the front door through the maze of tropical gardens, the leaves of which arch over the pathways and form a wall of privacy around the idyllic poolside. At night, lights illuminate the pool from beneath the trees and from under the water’s surface. The ambalama, modelled after the traditional Sri Lankan meeting places, provides shelter in the day and cosy seating in the evenings. Enjoy a drink beneath the stars as you take in your beautiful scenery. Huge vases mark the corners of the pool, and cobbled paths lead to the Main House and the Garden House, and further on to the cabanas. Spread across 2 cottages, the primary en-suite rooms are decorated with delicate and subtle patterns, from the embroidered sheets to the traditional dark wood furniture. There is, at all times, a breezy feel to the flowing fabrics and light colours that complements the rich hues outside the window. In the lower gardens, 2 cabanas provide intimate, romantic getaway spots for couples. During the day, guests can relax beside the large pool or on the veranda, before dining on dishes crafted by a personal kitchen team that are renowned in the south. In the evenings, the true Sri Lankan experience is brought to Why House, with snake charmers, authentic massages, and traditional dance demonstrations. Guests of Why House are recommended to use this opportunity to embark on some self-guided exploration of the temples and fields that surround them. Stay for a few nights at Why House to enjoy a taste of the internationally renowned Sri Lankan hospitality in one of the island’s most loved regions.



    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    Distance from airport

    97 miles

    Closest airport

    Bandaranaike International Airport

    Room types

    8 rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite, satellite television, wifi, and mini-fridge.
    Main House Room – 2 suites with anteroom(with a possibility for 2 single beds) when booked together; one is wheelchair friendly
    Garden House Room – 3 suites; one sleeps 4 people, one sleeps 3, and one sleeps 4 with a mezzanine
    Cabana – 2 cabanas set in the gardens, each with two interconnecting buildings; one for bedroom, one for bathroom

    Hotel facilities and services

    In-house kitchen, lounge, spa therapists, swimming pool, veranda, and gardens.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Volleyball, badminton, and traditional dancing.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The staff at Why House would be happy to assist you in organising visits to the local tea estates, Elephant rides, cookery demonstrations, and boat rides on Koggala Lake.

    Sports nearby

    Surfing, snorkelling, diving, whale- and dolphin-watching, deep sea fishing, sailing, cycling, and walking tours.


    The rooms in the two cottages can accommodate children.

    Minimum stays

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