Palagama Beach is a small village in itself that spreads across acres of secluded private land in the fishing village of Alankuda in Sri Lanka's north-west with wild beaches, sand dunes and coconut palms. Individual beach houses and colourful cabanas provide complete privacy and lead straight to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. A large swimming pool and dining area is set close to the beach. Relax by the poolside, spend a quiet morning in your own veranda with a good book, or venture off on an adventurous dolphin spotting excursions. Palagama Beach is ideal for even families travelling with children.
Accommodation options here include wooden cabanas or in one of two separate houses - Begonia and Araliya. All rooms are named after local flowers, decorated with vibrant colours and have ensuite bathrooms with h/w showers. Overhead fans help to keep the rooms cool.
Wooden Cabanas: Designed similarly to the village huts found in Kalpitiya, cabanas are timber with thatched roofs and have a private veranda which opens out to a small enclosed garden. There is one beach cabana located close to the sea and swimming pool, ideal for a romantic honeymoon. Three more cabanas – Rosa, Nelun and Jasmine -- are set further back. Each has a bedroom with a double bed and as well as a day bed that can sleep an additional guest.
Araliya House: 50 metres from the pool, the house has two bedrooms - one double and a twin – living/dining area and kitchen. One bathroom with h/w shower is shared by both rooms. Double room is furnished with a brass antique bed. Suitable for a couple or small family, this can accommodate up to four guests.
Begonia House: Set closer to the swimming pool, this consists of two ensuite double rooms and dining area. Each room has a private sit-out within enclosed gardens. Can accommodate up to four guests.
Wallawwa Villa: Similar to Araliya and Begonia, Wallawwa has two tastefully decorated bedrooms complete with queen-sized beds and spacious bathrooms. Relax in the privacy of your own garden or read a book in the shade of your veranda.
All three villas are air-conditioned.
The large swimming pool extends up to the beach, where safe swimming is possible between December and April. The restaurant serves fresh seafood dishes and a range of western cuisine. For traditional Sri Lankan meals, guests are welcome to dine at the neigbouring resort – Alankuda Beach. Dolphin- and whale-watching excursions, scuba-diving and snorkelling are all possible here.
Why We Like It
This tropical beach resort on an escapist north-west coast with rustic cabanas and a chilled-out vibe is one of our favourites
Palagama Beach is in the fishing village of Alankuda on the north-west coast. Just south of Kalpitiya, the journey from Colombo’s international airport will take 3 hours.