Tisara Villas is a tranquil eco retreat near Koggala on Sri Lanka's south coast offering nine mid-range villas. Individual villas, each with two bedrooms, are set within walled gardens. These eco-friendly villas with mud-coloured exterior walls, terracotta flooring, timber ceilings and clay-tiled roofs blend beautifully into landscaped gardens. Interiors are spacious and decorated with local fabrics and antiques. Rise to the sound of bird call, relax with a good book on your own private verandah, cool off in the swimming pool or have a rejuvenating massage at the Ayurveda centre while the chef prepares lunch in your villa. Tisara Villas is owned by a grandson of the late Martin Wickramasinghe, one of Sri Lanka’s best-loved authors and folk heroes who hails from the village of Koggala.
There are nine spacious villas of which one is a large family villa consisting of four bedrooms. All others consist of two a/c double bedrooms, living and dining area, extensive veranda opening out to a walled garden, and fully equipped kitchen with a mini-bar. The ensuite bathrooms are laid out with a bathtub and open air shower amidst a patch of tropical garden. The bedrooms are furnished with antique four poster beds and the dining rooms have six seater dining tables. There are plenty of planter’s chairs for lounging about in the veranda. The villas come with a butler service and house cleaning is done on a daily basis. Villa facilities also include a/c, overhead fans, solar powered hot water system, safe, and wifi internet. There is no TV or telephone.
Guests can order from the in-house menu and a chef will come and cook your meals in your own villa. Traditional Sri Lankan, western and fusion cuisine is served here prepared with fresh seafood and vegetables bought from the village. Fruit juices and a limited variety of alcoholic beverages are served here. Guests are welcome to bring their own liquor. Meals are served in clay pots in traditional style and laid out in your veranda or dining room. Relax on a sun bed by the swimming pool or go for a stroll along the garden paths. The meandering gardens here are exquisite with lotus filled ponds, giant ferns, flowering plants, and fruit trees that attract over 35 species of birds. In keeping with their eco-friendly policies, for every single tree that had to be cut down for creating this eco-retreat, 10 trees were planted in its place resulting in this beautiful green oasis. There is also a small Ayurveda centre offering relaxing massages. Upon request, personal Yoga instruction and guided meditation is arranged. Bicycles are available free-of-charge for guests to use.
Why We Like It
This gated community of independent villas works really well for young families seeking good levels of safety at a budget price.
Tisara Villas is set amidst lush tropical foliage in Koggala, just 15 minutes from Galle Fort. The beautiful south coast beaches are a few minutes away. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take about 2.5 hours or consider taking the Air Taxi and fly into Koggala.