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.
Stunning property, exceptional catering service, beautiful country and people.
Maliga Kanda is like a home-from-home in the perfect location. We've already stayed 6 times and Jack, Shaluka and the whole team are amazing; very friendly and helpful! The in-house catering was wonderful and the chef made amazing meals. This is our favourite Hideaways Club property. There are plenty of flights and it's very easy to get there.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with very nice scenery and we really enjoyed the train ride from Colombo to Galle. Lovely weather!
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.