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Villa Pooja Kanda

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A holiday here includes

Fully staffed
Private chef
24/7 concierge
Insider info
Private pool
Free Wifi

This majestic five-bedroom villa stands proudly on a verdant hillside just inland from Sri Lanka’s beautiful southern coast.  Exceptionally spacious, private and tranquil, Villa Pooja Kanda is wrapped by a two-acre tropical garden with an extensive lawn at the front. Borders overflow with flowering shrubs and exotic foliage, and this tamed wonderland makes a paradise for wildlife and birds.

Designed in the Dutch colonial style, Villa Pooja Kanda blends the new with the old. Imposing pillared verandas furnished with rattan loungers spill onto an emerald lawn and lead into airy living and dining areas through elegantly arched doors. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor while the remaining three offer garden views from the upper floor.

The villa’s jungle swimming pool is blissfully inviting, as are the cabinets of well-thumbed books and the air-conditioned TV room sporting an oversized cushioned daybed. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff team; whether you need a tuk-tuk to explore the local sights, a sumptuous seafood barbecue or a special birthday surprise, they will make it happen.

Groups of friends and families will love the spaciousness of Villa Pooja Kanda, which comes with plenty of children’s facilities including a pool safety fence, two extra beds, a cot, a variety of games and other essential baby equipment. Even if you come as a big family group, the villa’s roominess allows each generation ample space to relax and unwind.

Villa Pooja Kanda is located in a rural village a few kilometres inland from Habaraduwa, with many attractions close by. The villa makes a blissful base for enjoying the region’s golden beaches, the serenity of Koggala Lake and the southern tea plantations, while the striking UNESCO-listed Galle Fort is only a 20-minute drive away. Activities include cycling Galle’s hinterland, scuba diving and seasonal whale watching.

    Luscious garden alive with wildlife
    Verandas make the most of the views
    Private hilltop location
    Delightful ‘jungle’ swimming pool
    Local village vibe
Need more info on this villa? Floor plans, services, images and reviews. Click here to view the owner's comprehensive website www.villapoojakanda.com
07-Apr-2018 - 14-Apr-2018

"To all the team at Pooja Kanda, what a wonderful week we have had. The villa is absolutely beautiful, in its stunning surroundings – we’ve loved keeping our eyes out for the beautiful wildlife we can spot. But the week has been made even more special by how we have been looked after by the villa staff. A special and a huge thank you to Rob and Loku who went above and beyond by taking us to the Doctor in Galle twice and staying with us the whole time. Loku you are a wonderful woman. Thank you again."

Lizzie and Dan C, Singapore

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Rates

Discounts
  • Early bird enjoys up to 10% discount when booking 150 days in advance.*
  • Last minute bookings enjoy 10% discount when checking in before 31-Aug-2018.
Period Price per night (USD) 7+ nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
01-Jul-2018 to 31-Aug-2018 595 536 3 nights inclusions
01-Sep-2018 to 30-Nov-2018 490 441 2 nights inclusions
01-Dec-2018 to 20-Dec-2018 595 536 3 nights inclusions
21-Dec-2018 to 12-Jan-2019 750 713 5 nights inclusions
Period Price per night (USD) 7+ nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
13-Jan-2019 to 31-Jan-2019 595 536 3 nights inclusions
01-Feb-2019 to 10-Feb-2019 750 713 5 nights inclusions
11-Feb-2019 to 11-Apr-2019 595 536 3 nights inclusions
12-Apr-2019 to 21-Apr-2019 750 713 5 nights inclusions
22-Apr-2019 to 30-Apr-2019 595 536 3 nights inclusions
01-May-2019 to 30-Jun-2019 490 441 2 nights inclusions
01-Jul-2019 to 31-Aug-2019 595 536 3 nights inclusions
01-Sep-2019 to 30-Nov-2019 490 441 2 nights inclusions
01-Dec-2019 to 19-Dec-2019 595 536 3 nights inclusions
20-Dec-2019 to 11-Jan-2020 750 713 5 nights inclusions
Period Price per night (USD) 7+ nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
12-Jan-2020 to 19-Jan-2020 595 536 3 nights inclusions
20-Jan-2020 to 31-Jan-2020 750 713 5 nights inclusions
01-Feb-2020 to 02-Apr-2020 595 536 3 nights inclusions
03-Apr-2020 to 12-Apr-2020 750 713 5 nights inclusions
13-Apr-2020 to 30-Apr-2020 595 536 3 nights inclusions
01-May-2020 to 30-Jun-2020 490 441 2 nights inclusions
Period Price per night (USD) 7+ nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
01-Jul-2018 to 31-Aug-2018 417 375 3 nights inclusions
01-Sep-2018 to 30-Nov-2018 343 309 2 nights inclusions
01-Dec-2018 to 20-Dec-2018 417 375 3 nights inclusions
21-Dec-2018 to 12-Jan-2019 750 713 5 nights inclusions
Period Price per night (USD) 7+ nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
13-Jan-2019 to 31-Jan-2019 417 375 3 nights inclusions
01-Feb-2019 to 10-Feb-2019 750 713 5 nights inclusions
11-Feb-2019 to 11-Apr-2019 417 375 3 nights inclusions
12-Apr-2019 to 21-Apr-2019 750 713 5 nights inclusions
22-Apr-2019 to 30-Apr-2019 417 375 3 nights inclusions
01-May-2019 to 30-Jun-2019 343 309 2 nights inclusions
01-Jul-2019 to 31-Aug-2019 417 375 3 nights inclusions
01-Sep-2019 to 30-Nov-2019 343 309 2 nights inclusions
01-Dec-2019 to 19-Dec-2019 417 375 3 nights inclusions
20-Dec-2019 to 11-Jan-2020 750 713 5 nights inclusions
Period Price per night (USD) 7+ nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
12-Jan-2020 to 19-Jan-2020 417 375 3 nights inclusions
20-Jan-2020 to 31-Jan-2020 750 713 5 nights inclusions
01-Feb-2020 to 02-Apr-2020 417 375 3 nights inclusions
03-Apr-2020 to 12-Apr-2020 750 713 5 nights inclusions
13-Apr-2020 to 30-Apr-2020 417 375 3 nights inclusions
01-May-2020 to 30-Jun-2020 343 309 2 nights inclusions

Villa facilities

Features and amenities

Location
Koggala, South Coast, Sri Lanka.
Capacity
10 people (4 king-bedded rooms; 1 queen bedroom). Additional 3 single mattresses available on request (for children; no charge).
Living Areas
Spacious fully-furnished sitting room and verandas; indoor dining for 10; outdoor dining for 6; air-conditioned TV lounge.
Pool
8.1 x 7.5 x 1.5m.
Staff
Villa supervisor; chef; service staff; gardeners; service staff; 24-hour security (masseuse and babysitter on request at additional charge).
Dining
A selection of Western and Sri Lankan dishes. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
Communication
WiFi internet; telephone for local calls.
Entertainment
42-inch flat-screen TV with satellite connection; iPod docking station; books; games.
Spa
Villa staff will arrange for a trained masseuse to come to the property at a prearranged time at your request.
For families
Pooja Kanda is exceptionally well equipped for families.  Facilities include a high chair; baby cot; car seat; books; games; pool fencing; stair gates, playpen, baby monitor and changing mat.
Transport
On request, and for an additional charge, your villa supervisor can arrange for a car and driver.  Please give 24 hours prior notice.
Additional facilities
Barbecue; First Aid Box.
Property Area
664 sqm (villa); 8,000 sqm (land).
Managed by
Madeleine Lanka (Private) Limited.
Marketed by
 
 

The layout

Indoor Living

  • Living room with multiple sets of elegant arched doorways spilling onto the front veranda, furnished with sofa, day beds and table with four chairs
  • Fan-cooled dining room with wooden dinning table for eight
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Air conditioned TV room with built in sofas and 42-inch Satellite TV

Outdoor Living

  • Swimming pool (10 x 7m) fringed by lush foliage, veranda and deck chairs
  • Al fresco, glass-topped dining table for six on back veranda<
  • Billowing gardens filled with frolicking monkeys and birdsong
  • Small outdoor dining table in verdant jungle setting
  • Stone steps leading to a high rocky outcrop with built-in seat
  • Wide, pillared verandas encircling both floors of the villa

The rooms

Master Bedroom

  • Located on ground floor
  • This room is interconnected to Bedroom 2, making these rooms an ideal family suite
  • Super king-size bed draped in mosquito netting
  • Lush garden views
  • Furnished with wardrobe and sofa
  • Ensuite with hot water shower and bathtub
  • Air conditioned

Bedroom Two

  • Located on ground floor adjacent to master bedroom
  • Kind-size four-poster bed draped in mosquito netting
  • Lush garden views
  • Air conditioned
  • Ensuite bathroom with hot water shower

First Floor Bedrooms

  • Three air conditioned bedrooms are located on the first floor
  • Four-poster beds
  • Encircled by shady balcony
  • Light and airy with arched doors framing serene garden views
  • Air conditioned
  • With twin sinks and hot water showers

Location

Pooja Kanda sits on the top of a hill near Koggala and the south-coast market town of Habaraduwa, ten minutes' inland from the beach.  Famous for accommodating the celebrated Sri Lankan author, Martin Wickramasinghe (who has an interesting museum dedicated to him in town), Koggala has a fine stretch of beach and is renowned for its enchanting lagoon.  Here, rich jungle spills onto a meandering expense of water traversed by fishermen leaving nothing but soft ripples in their wake.  A boat ride to spice gardens, bird-filled islands and Buddhist temples is the best way to familiarise yourself with these sensational surroundings and be absorbed by local life around the lake. Galle’s seventeenth-century Dutch fort – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a 20-minute drive away.  The fort’s narrow cobbled streets are home to splendid colonial buildings, tiny cafes, churches, boutiques and museums whilst its mighty grass-tufted ramparts are the place to be for superb seaside sunsets.

Things to do

Your villa supervisor has a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Do also ask the staff about the local area. Many of them live nearby and will be able to give an interesting insight into some of the fascinating aspects of Sri Lankan life.

In the meantime, here’s a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of Villa Pooja Kanda
  • Head to Koggala or Habaraduwa beach for a long walk along seemingly endless golden sands.
  • Take a late afternoon boat trip atop the glorious Koggala Lagoon to look for birds, visit spice gardens, watch fishermen and experience the sun setting over the water whilst meandering this peaceful waterway.
  • The late Martin Wickramasinghe, a famous Sri Lankan author, was once a resident of Koggala. You can now visit his old home in town, which has been made into an interesting folk museum.
  • In nearby Habaraduwa is a turtle hatchery that the kids will love.  For a small fee you can admire the resident turtles and even watch as the hatchlings are released into the sea.
  • Head to the beach.  There are many idyllic beaches within a 30-minute drive of the villa, and it’s hard to resist the irresistible draw of the warm turquoise sea.
  • Experience the living museum that is Galle Fort by taking a relaxing guided wander around the charming backstreets of this UNESCO listed fortress; stop and chat with locals, admire the fort’s many heritage buildings, visit the growing collection of boutiques and finish off by watching life playing out on top of the ramparts at sunset.
  • Take a trip into Galle town to experience the multi-sensorial spectacle of the fish, fruit and vegetable markets and browse the colourful roadside wares of peddlers on its buzzing Main Street.
  • Embark on a scenic bicycle ride through the emerald green paddy fields of Galle’s hinterland with Idle Tours. Enjoy the ride at your own pace and gain a unique perspective of village life.  End up at the beach with a glorious cool down swim.
  • Yatagala Temple, just inland from Unawatuna, is an ancient Buddhist temple that’s best visited on a full moon holiday when white clothed devotees flock here clutching prayer flags and bunches of flowers. Another notable local temple is at Kathaluwa.
  • Around 10 minutes’ drive from Villa Pooja Kanda is a tea factory, whose tea leaves are the closest of any in Sri Lanka to the sea.  Handunugoda Tea Factory is not only famous for its black tea but also for its white tea, which retails as some of the world’s most expensive tea. Tours of the factory include a tea tasting session and cake.
  • Go whale watching!  Just a half hour drive from Villa Pooja Kanda is Mirissa where boats depart every morning during the season (November until April) for whale and dolphin spotting tours.  It’s thought to be the best place in the world to sight blue whales.  Enroute, stop at Ahangama to photograph Sri Lanka’s famous stilt fishermen.
  • Eat out! Excellent local restaurants include the luxurious Fortress Hotel, the homely Italian-owned WB and Cantaloupe Aqua’s top Thai menu. Wijeya Beach Restaurant, near Unawatuna, is a popular spot with expats whose rooftop bar is the place for spectacular sundowners over the sea.
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