- - - Sri Villas - - -
Sri Villas is located in Induruwa just before the 69 km post on the west-coastal road from Colombo to Galle in Sri Lanka. It is beachfront property facing the Indian Ocean. Overall, Sri Villas is cheerfully classical-tropical in design with a reassuring homely feeling. The views of the sea, sky and sunset are quite stunning and very photogenic. I can go on & on about its beauty but you really have to see it for yourself.
Sri Villas is actually 3 separate villas placed around the generous central swimming pool. The villas are called Araliya, Nisala and Sagara containing 3 suites + 1 room, 2 suites and 3 suites respectively. Each villa has its own lounge, dining, and outdoor seating area as well as their own utility areas for cutlery, washing-up & refrigerators. Each are complete homes.
Every suite has king-size bed with mosquito-netting, air-conditioning, ceiling-fan and electronic safe. The bathrooms are large “designer minimalist” in style.
Each villa also has its own “house-boy” who acts as butler, waiter and steward. The shared staff for the 3 villas are the chef, security and the resort manager.
The chef will take your orders for meals in advance everyday. He only charges for the raw food cost. You may request for lobsters or whatever. Just ask! Just be aware that imported items are expensive while local items are cheap. Bring your own cereal! Local fruits freshly squeezed like oranges, pineapple & passionfruit are really good. Bring vodka!
For breakfast, you can have fresh fruit & juice, eggs & toast, pancakes, maybe with banana. Local coffee is soothingly aromatic but not strong so consider bringing/ buying something stronger.
For lunch and dinner, local favourites include carbohydrates called stringhoppers and appa (appam). If you do not specify chilli strength, the chef will give you mild curries. Sri Lankan meals comprise mostly vegetarian dishes with perhaps 5-6 curries/ sauces and maybe only one dish being fish or chicken. Some of the hearty dishes are likely to be fruit or vegetable. Guilt-free diet.
- - - Beach - - -
The beach immediately in front of Sri Villas is fairly secluded with no crowds and no commercial activities. Except for the odd angler fishing off the distant rocks, it is basically your private beach. The sea can be rough with some undercurrent so do not venture to swim any deeper than you can stand up. It's okay to play in the shallow areas but just be aware of the currents.
To the north (right) is an unobtrusive pathway to the next beach called Venus beach. In the middle of Venus beach is a large visible long rectangular rock formation which acts as a safe rockpool area for wading.
- - - About Sri Lanka - - -
Sri Lanka is paradise left behind in the 60's. There are two sets of prices: For locals and for tourists. Mostly evident is the cost of accommodation and transport. Mind you, the local version of accommodation and transport is not really up to tourist expectation hence the price difference. For short distances, it's okay to take tuk-tuk.
The best-buys in Sri Lanka are gemstones, batik and tea. As it happens, sapphires (of all colours) plus other semi-precious stones including tourmaline, chrysoberyl, alamandine & moonstone are mined in-land just east of Induruwa. Most sought after are white-sapphires because of their close approximation to diamonds.
- - - Nearby - - -
Of interest, to the south, are several turtle conservatories, plus Ambalangoda town with its nearby moonstone mine. To the north is Paradise Road's “Villa Bentota” designed by Geoffrey Bawa, a must-see for design enthusiasts. A little further north is Aluthgama town which costs LKR800 return by tuk-tuk. Very likely, the tuk-tuk driver will gravitate you to a tourist shop called Ayesha. Despite its “tourist-shop” status, Ayesha actually has good stuff at reasonable prices. Originally a gem shop, Ayesha added souvenirs and food to garner more tourist revenue.
- - - Day Trips - - -
The villa can arrange for a driver & van for a day trip to Galle. For us, a van costs LKR 8,000 for a day trip. For tourists, visiting the Galle Fort is probably the most interesting. For shops, look for Paradise Road and Mansion House. For meals, look for Galle Fort Hotel and Amangalle. Perhaps they're a little pricey but they have quality stuff.
- - - Getting to Sri Villas- - -
I booked TaxiCab.lk online and opted to pay later. I selected a van which costs LKR 11,923 and I specified using Katunayake Expressway and Southern Expressway which costs additional LKR 1,000. From Bandaranaike Intl Airport (BIA) to Sri Villas is 125km and took just over 2 hours. The route is BIA – Katunayake Expressway exit – Southern Expressway entry – Bentota Exit – Sri Villas and the timing being about 30mins, 20mins, 55mins, 25mins respectively. Bring some water!