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Our house ('Situniwasa') is lovely and has been designed to be child-friendly (as we have 2 small chidren). The garden has a large lawn with a fantastic variety of flowers and fruit trees (we don't know what they are all called). There is also a small vegetable garden with herbs, spices and seasonal local vegetables. The garden is also home to loads of wildlife. We have seen monitor lizards, mongooses, squirrels, kingfishers, woodpeckers, golden orioles, coucals, parakeets, fruit bats, fire flies and much more.
The town of Hikkaduwa is close by (10 minutes by car) and has beautiful beaches and coral reefs. You can snorkel with tropical fish and there are sea turtles that can be hand-fed while you are still on the beach. The beaches to the south of of the town are famous for surfing. Hikkaduwa also has a large number of restaurants, as well as supermarkets and shops selling souvenirs (and some of them are really quite good).
Galle, in our opinion, is the coolest city in Sri Lanka and it is also the nearest city from our house (about 20 minutes by car). It is famous for its beautiful old fort with boutique hotels and odd little shops. It is the third largest city in Sri Lanka and not as pretty (for temples) as Kandy (the second largest) or as big as Colombo (the largest) but it has something special about it. Next to the fort is one of Sri Lanka's test cricket grounds - well worth a visit as the local crowds are completely nuts and totally non-partisan.
Whale and dolphin watching trips are also run from Galle, although more operate out of Mirissa which is a little further along the coast and take people to the deep water off Dondra Head, the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka. We haven't done this ourselves yet but we plan to on our next trip.
Our house is perfect if you just want to get away from it all or can be used as a base for trips around the island. The trains run efficiently and are cheap (buses are also possible but although cheap can be terrifying) or you can hire a car with a driver to visit national parks, wildlife parks or the cultural triangle of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura (this is what you are expected to do but nobody will enforce this).
If you decide to book we will contact you with lots of other useful (and some less necessary) information. Really, loads of information, but you still might want a guide book.
Si vous annulez jusqu'à 7 jours avant le voyage, vous recevez un remboursement à hauteur de 50 % et les frais de service vous sont remboursés intégralement.
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We live in Hong Kong and bought a holiday home in Sri Lanka that we can't visit as often as we would like to. It's beautiful and we hope that you will enjoy your stay there.