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Ratnakara makes for an ideal place to base yourself for a South Coast trip. Local attractions include Dondra lighthouse, the blow holes at Tangalle, shopping at Galle, whale watching , fishing trips, tea plantation visits and temple visits. Further afield but still very doable in a day are the national parks of Sinharaja, Uda Walawe and Yalla.
Sinharaja National Park
About 2 hours drive from the house, this is a real Jungle experience. Dense forest keeps the sun off the ground, however the high humidity means you need to be reasonably fit for a guided trek that will take you up river to some waterfalls. A remarkable day out. Expect to meet Sir David Attenborough on route!
Uda Walawe National Park
About 2 hours drive from the house, leave early in the morning to be up there for 6 or 7 o’clock. You will be driven into the park by your guide in an open top 4x4 for a 2-3 hour trip. Getting close up to elephants is almost guaranteed. You will also see crocodiles, an array of different birds, and if you are lucky, leopards. The climate here is totally different to the coast. Don’t be fooled by the cooler temperature and low humidity, the sun is still hot so make sure you take a sun hat, sun screen and a bottle of water each.
Yalla National Park
A couple of hours to the East of Dondra, Yalla is another of Sri Lanka’s amazing National Parks that is well worth a visit…
However due to the ammount of water (pool & lilly pond), couples with balconies on the first floor, the villa is not ideal for 1-5 year olds...moreless
The house is large and has a large ground floor bedroom where the doors wide however its best to ask if you have specific needs ...moreless
Non Smoking Only:
Except outside, however please use the ash trays provided and dont throw stubs into the garden...moreless
I dont suppose peopel will brign thier pets, however we do have a few dogs that live at the villa. They are great natured dogs but Obviosly they will not intefere with your stay if you dont want them to ....moreless
Above prices assume rental of a group using all 5 rooms
Retaining exclusive use of the property, for smaller parties we offer the following daily rates :-
Use of 3 rooms with a party of 6 = 250 UKP
Use of 2 rooms with a party of 4 = 175 UKP
Use of 1 room with a party of 2 = 100 UKP
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Situated on Sri Lanka's South Coast, Ratnakara is an ideally located private and exclusive villa from where to relax or to explore the delights for the South. Matara is the nearest main town and is a 10 min tuk tuk ride away.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: We live in Abu Dhabi in the UAE but fell in love with Sri Lanka whilst on holiday in 2010.
Why the Owner Chose Tangalle: We wanted to build somthing that made you go 'wow' as you walked through the door, this was specifically in the design brief. Results so far have been breathtaking !
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: Because we are sited at +20m above the sea and only about 100m from the waters edge, you can still hear the sea very much in the background.