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Peaceful and secluded, Kotugoda offers a tranquil escape with the benefit of all the city attractions and beaches nearby.
Situated only 20 minutes from Colombo airport, you’ll be whisked away to the Wallawwa, an antique colonial manor house nestled amongst acres of beautifully sculpted gardens. Wallawwa means ‘colonial house’, and this 18th century manor was once home to the head chieftain of Galle.
In 1939, the Wallawwa was a base Lord Mountbatten and the Royal Air Force during the second world war, and today there is a 2-bedroom suite named after him. There are a further 17 other stunningly furnished rooms and suites, with Balinese inspired decor.
The centuries old gardens are a delight to explore, particularly during pineapple season. They are full of tropical jungle and plants year round, including the brilliant cannonball flower.
You can ask one of the friendly groundsmen to give you a tour around the herb, fruit and vegetable fields, and learn about Sri Lankan cuisine at a cooking demonstration.
There are cricket bats and croquet mallets to enjoy a game in the grass, or you can make use of the gorgeous spa which offers signature massages, scrubs, wraps, and a range of other health and beauty services, including traditional Ayurvedic treatments.
There’s a glimmering pool, a stocked library and office, and an ethical boutique shop offering a range of arts and crafts, gifts and clothing, where all proceeds are donated to charity.
The food is a wonderful highlight, with the open-air verandah restaurant offering an a la carte menu, with a range of local classic, international favourites and delicious desserts.
They use many organic ingredients from the gardens and also have a children’s menu and room-service.
Although you’ll be tucked away in this quiet estate, you’ll be close enough to the action to spend a few days exploring the city of Colombo or the coastal town of Negombo. Visit Colombo’s museums, temples or do some shopping, then roam the sandy, sun-kissed beaches and gorgeous colonial architecture of Negombo.
Kotugoda is the perfect start or finish to any luxury trip to Sri Lanka, and the chance to indulge at the wonderful Wallawwa estate.
Kotugoda can be visited any time of the year with average temperatures of 27 degrees celsius. January to March is the most sunny period, with the highest numbers of visitors. April to October is the monsoon season, with June to September being the wettest months, however you’ll still get plenty of sunny days. This is also the low season, with less crowds.
November to December brings hot, humid weather with plenty of sunshine. November is a great time to visit as you can witness the Diwali celebrations held during this month. If you visit in January, you’ll have the chance to see the Duruthu Perahera Festival in Colombo, one of the most important festivals in the country which marks the beginning of Sri Lanka’s Buddhist calendar.
Kotugoda features as a one night stay in most of our luxury trips to Sri Lanka, although you may want to and indulge a little longer. The family friendly Wallawwa hotel is a highlight of the Sri Lanka Family Tour. The luxurious facilities at the Wallawwa make it the perfect addition to A Luxury Tour of Sri Lanka, while its close proximity to Colombo and Negombo make it an ideal feature of the Classic Sri Lanka Adventure.
In Kotugoda, we work with the the Wallawwa, a 200-year old colonial manor house beautifully restored into a luxury boutique hotel. Set on five acres of lush tropical garden, the Wallawwa is a private hideaway located only 20 minutes from Colombo airport. With 17 spacious rooms and suites, all of which have a private veranda with views of the immaculate gardens, the Wallawwa is the perfect start or end to your luxury Sri Lanka holiday.