Maliga Kanda

Maliga Kanda means Mountain Palace, an apt name for this seven-bedroom villa, perched on a hill next to a serene Buddhist temple. Cooled by mountain breezes and 6km from lovely Wijaya Beach, it enjoys one of the best locations in southern Sri Lanka.

The villa is built in colonial style, with spacious rooms opening onto a shady terrace at ground level and onto a veranda on the first floor. Surrounded by lush tropical forest, with views over the misty rice fields below, it's easy to imagine that this is your own Sri Lankan plantation.

The grounds' appointments include a magnificent infinity pool and an open-sided dining pavilion with a comfortable seating area. Here you will also find a garden cottage housing two of the villa's bedrooms.

Interiors are cool and spacious, with marble floors and colonial-style furniture, such as the heavy Dutch cabinets and low wooden coffee tables. Decorative accessories in this luxury home in galle, including a stone hippo, an antique gramophone, and the statuette of a 17th-century European soldier, add a quirky, homely touch. Pale sofas and daybeds are enlivened with saffron-coloured cushions.

From the main reception room, a sweeping staircase leads up to the villa's four bedrooms, furnished with romantic canopy beds and carefully chosen artefacts. All have sweeping views, their fan- and breeze-cooled verandas boasting planter-style wicker sun loungers.

Maliga Kanda makes an excellent base for exploring Galle. Alternatively, take a trip to one of the tea plantations nearby or pack a picnic and head for the beach.

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Maliga Kanda sits on a hilltop, just outside the Dutch colonial city of Galle. Set in a landscape of white beaches, tea plantations, paddy fields and tropical jungle, this home in Galle offers easy access to the very best of Sri Lanka, with lots to do and see in the immediate vicinity.
  • Classic Collection
  • Leased property
  • 7 Bedrooms / Sleeps 14
  • Transfer: By Sea Plane - 75 minutes
    From Colombo Bandaranaike Airport - 180 minutes
  • Great For: Adventure / Beach / Diving


  • Four bedrooms in the main house and an extra three bedrooms of guest accommodation in the grounds if required
  • Sleeps up to 16 people (ideally due to bed sizes up to 8 adults and 8 children or 14 adults max.)
  • Games area, fitness room and spa room
  • Paperback library, and a selection of toys and games for young children
  • Live-in staff (in separate staff quarters) who are available to cook, clean, iron and do laundry as required
  • Private infinity pool
  • Air conditioning throughout
  • iPad, printer and Wi-Fi access
  • Top-class audio-visual equipment, including Flat screen TV, DVD player, iPod music system and Nintendo Wii game console
  • Kitchen essentials
  • High quality bed linen
  • Luxury towels, pool towels and bathrobes
  • A selection of luxury toiletries



Few destinations offer such a remarkable combination of beautiful landscapes, pristine beaches, cultural heritage and unique experiences as Sri Lanka. Its most beautiful city is, without a doubt, Galle, on the southwestern tip. At once exotic and elegant, Galle owes much of its charm to 18th-century Dutch colonialists, though its Portuguese, British and Muslim inhabitants have all left their mark.

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