Talpe Beach Restaurant

LOCATION

 

THALPE, SRI LANKA

Woolamai Beach House is located in Thalpe (also known as Talpe), one of Southern Sri Lanka's most secluded, stunning and sought after areas. 

Thalpe is home to a handful of lovely beachside restaurants, offering some of the best dining and most beautiful beaches in the region. It is only fifteen minutes from the UNESCO world heritage listed Galle Fort and a two hour drive from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport.

 

THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA

Dining

There are a number of brilliant dining options literally moments from the villa for an afternoon or evening out. Please see DINING for a list of our favourite places to dine locally.

Galle Fort

A historic walled city built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Fortified walls enclose a town of narrow streets, historic churches and Dutch colonial buildings, many of which have been thoughtfully restored and house magnificent hotels and guesthouses and a brilliant selection of res­taurants, cafés, galleries and boutiques. Galle Fort can be easily reached by tuk tuk or we can arrange an air conditioned van.

Outside the fort, experience daily Sri Lankan life at the bustling food and fish markets or check out the international cricket stadium

Unawatuna

Only five minutes down the road, Unawatuna is a crescent shaped swimming beach - popular with backpackers and budget travellers - dotted with seafood restaurants and offering excellent swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling amongst coral reefs, shipwrecks and a great variety of fish and turtles.

Surfing

For experienced surfers, there is a playful surf break directly in front of the villa with some other breaks walking distance along the beach. The most consistent surf on the south west coast is 20 minutes away at Welligama, or venture a further 30 minutes to the world famous right hander at Plantations. There are also consistent beach breaks close to Galle and some softer reef breaks near Unawatuna. There are a number of gentle surf breaks and surf schools close to Galle for beginners.

The beach directly in front of the house is not always suitable for swimming due to strong currents; however there are a number of calm swimming beaches and beach lagoons very close by: please always ask the staff for advice on the best place to swim as this may change daily.

Cycling tours

Explore the Sri Lankan countryside, villages and local way of life by cycling tour.

Shopping

Browse local antique shops for remonants from demolished centuries old Colonial properties alongside ancient sri lankan furniture and handicrafts. Or peruse the beautiful boutiques of Galle Fort and the range of beautiful homewares, eclectic glamour, elegant fabrics, art and gems on offer.

Tea estates

Head fifteen minutes inland to experience lush expanses of paddy fields, sinhalese villages and tea estates. Explore by guided bicycle ride, or lunch on the verandah of a restored colonial plantation house, surrounded by dense tropical jungle, monkeys swinging overhead.

Turtle hatchery

Visit the sea turtle farm & hatchery at Habaraduwa, around thirty minutes away, a not-for-profit organization hatching and releasing turtles carefully into the ocean and treating sick turtles injured by fishing nets. http://www.seaturtlefarm.org/

Massage & Yoga

Visit the yoga studio near Wijaya Beach or arrange private yoga lesson or massage – ask the staff for more details.

Whale watching

From November to March blue whales and sperm whales can be viewed just off the coast of Mirissa – a forty minute drive away. A day trip including whale watching in the morning, relaxing on the beach and return transfers is $100.

Deep sea fishing

Deep Sea fishing trips for wahoo, tuna, dorado (dolphinfish), giant travelly (GT), barracuda, king mackerel and the occasional marlin can be arranged from Hikkaduwa, a forty minute drive away.