Eraeliya Villas and Gardens is situated near Weligama, on Sri Lanka’s southern tip, an up-and-coming destination adored by surfers and beach lovers. The hotel is located two hours from Colombo and 45 minutes’ drive from the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort. Lapped by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean, our sandy beach offers swimming and surfing in season, and the offshore coral reefs are excellent for snorkelling. Local highlights include whale watching cruises and visits to tea and spice plantations.
Some of the experiences that can be enjoyed in our local area include surfing, fishing, sailing and whale watching cruises, and we can arrange beach yoga, revitalising massages and cooking classes at the hotel. We also organise excursions to some of Sri Lanka’s stunning natural and cultural attractions, both in the local area as well as further afield. These may include shopping and sightseeing trips to the enigmatic Galle Fort, visits to Sinharaja or Kanneliya rainforests, a visit to a gem mine or a day trip in search of elephants and leopards in either Uda Walawe or Yala national park.
Turtle Hatchery (Galle road) nearby: Galle
Small hatchery where turtles, including injured ones are hosted; turtle eggs are preserved until they hatch, at which point small turtles are being released into the sea. Ticket cost 500 LKR.
Biologically unique, evergreen, largest rainy forest in Sri Lanka which UNESCO recognized as a world heritage. You will find a number of water falls and unique species of insects, reptiles, birds and other animals in Sinharaja rainforest.
Yala National Park
The most visited Reserve in Sri Lanka and it is famous for Leopards. Park consists of dense jungles, lagoon, fresh water lake, beaches and large rocky outcrops. The reserve is mainly a home for Asia Elephant, Sloth Bear, Spotted deer, Wild Boar, water Buffalo and many other large size animals.
Udawalawe National Park
Park is especially popular among Elephant lovers as it is the home for a great number of elephants. There are more than 400 elephants living there. During a visit it is not unusual to see big herds of adult and baby elephants feeding or bathing and playing in water. Even though elephants are the main attraction, you can spot many birds, water buffalos, deers, monkeys and other kinds of animals.
Unique blend of medieval European architecture and local culture, listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.
Stilt Fishing (Ahangama, Galle road) nearby: Koggala Lake boat Safari; Isini Handicraft shop; Galle
Watch the fishermen perched on sticks planted in the sea fishing with a rod and line. This ancient form of fishing requires great skill and is practiced only in this region.
Akuressa Tea plantation (Matara road)
Tsara Green Teas is organic tea plantation. Guests can get a tour of the plantation and its factory, and purchased the fresh produce on sight.
Madu River is surrounded by a unique estuary with 64 small islands. The bio-diversity of the Madu River is of monumental significance when considering the wide variety of aquatic and avian life as well as wetland dwelling amphibians, reptiles, mammals that inhabit this natural treasure. 25 species of mollusks, 70 species of fish, 31 types of reptiles, and 50 kinds of butterflies and specially 111 species of birds have been identified in the mangrove environment of Madu river.
Whale watching (Matara road)
Whale watching can be arranged, from single person and couples to a large groups. Prior sightings or lack thereof and weather conditions should be checked in advance, especially off season.
Handunugoda Tea plantation (Galle road)
200 acre plantation of tea, rubber, cinnamon and coconuts with a tea factory. Most machines were made in UK and are 140 years old. The factory is a living and working museum. The estate makes small quantities of the best teas, winning international recognition. Handunugoda produces the famous ‘Virgin White Tea’, a tea untouched by hand renowned all over the world.
Snake Farm (Akuressa road) nearby: Batik Factory
Private house with attached shacks holding variety of Sri Lankan non-poisonous, mild poisonous and poisonous snakes, including ornate flying snakes, cat snakes, pythons, green pit vipers, cobras and krates. Ticket cost 800 LKR. Hours of operation 8 am to 5 pm, but better to call in advance to verify owners at home particular day. Ayurvedic anti-poisons available for purchase.
Koggala Lake boat Safari (Galle road) nearby: Spice Garden; Galle
Enjoy boat trip on Koggala lake, including fish feeding and visits to Cinnamon and Temple islands.
Weligama beach (Matara road)
One of the best surfing spots in Sri Lanka. The bay has a completely sandy bottom and no rips thus a great place to learn surfing safely. It does however regularly get bigger swells up to 10 feet which can challenge even very good surfers. Ocean may be rough off season.
Hikkaduwa beach (Galle road)
One of the most popular surfing destinations in Sri Lanka. Ocean may be rough off season
Unawatuna beach (Galle road)
Nice sandy beach which stretches a good 2 miles with a lot of outdoor sunbeds and eating places, having sandy bottom. Suitable on and off season. However off season best to use right side of the beach (near Buddha statue), because left side has strong tidal waves and is deeper.
Jungle beach (Galle road)
Nice sandy beach with a rocky bottom near Japanese Pagoda off the Galle road. Not recommended off season due to rocks under water and strong waves.
Mirissa beach (Matara road)
A beautiful crescent shaped sandy bay surrounded by palm trees. Good for learning surfing.
Mulkirigala Rock Temple (near Tangalle)
Temple carved in the rock with beautiful paintings and statues. The Cave temples numbering seven consists of Reclined Buddha, Seated Buddha and Standing Buddha Images, paintings of Buddhas, Arhaths, Gods and Jataka Stories.
Kathaluwa Temple (Galle road)
Nice temple near Koggala lake (right turn before the bridge) very few people know about. It has nice frescos inside and a tall statue of Buddha inside octagonal building. Ask the key from the monk.