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Why House


Why House is one of the real family-oriented stunners on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. It’s a colonial villa-cum-boutique hotel and has been the pick of the bunch amongst a growing crowd of imitators for many years. Siting within a beautifully landscaped three acre walled garden of tropical plants, fruit and spice trees this is the place to experience luxury with informality.

The house sits slightly inland from some of the south’s finest beaches – those with beautiful golden sand and great swimming. It boasts gorgeous gardens and a stunning swimming pool. Managed with an increasingly rare charm, the Why House is the ideal spot either for beach-time near Galle, or for perfectly quiet relaxation.

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The Rooms

Though with only eight, Why House can accommodate up to 20 people and offers a real variety of rooms, all offering private garden or pool-view terraces.

The Main House offers two superior suites; both with spacious double bedrooms with large anterooms that can comfortably fit two additional single beds if required.

The third room in the main house is a large double which also contains an additional child’s bed/day bed.

The Garden House offers three double bedrooms, two of which can be interconnecting. .

The cabanas serve as beautiful little private cottages, tucked away from the main house, overlooking paddy fields below. Styled with comfort in mind, they are completely private and have a sheltered pathway to the bathroom of equal size.

What’s to do

Why House is located in Thalpe where you’re on the doorstep of the island’s best beaches, but from here you can head easily into the old colonial Fort at Galle. Turn the other way on the coast road and you’re not far from turtles, whales, elephants and lowland tea estates.

At the villa itself you can try cooking classes or in-room spa treatments. As it’s tucked away in the jungle and paddy fields, Why is a perfect retreat for yogis, artists, writers and the like.

For the more energetic, guided bicycles tours though villages and paddy fields with a local company can be organised or, from close by, head off on river boat trips.


Away from the busier stretch of coast road, the Why House is tucked up amongst paddy fields, a couple of minutes inland from Thalpe. Weather down south is best and most reliable from January to April and then again through August through to October.

Out for the evening

If it’s action you are after, nearby Unawatuna beach has you spoilt for choice with a stretch of beach bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and the like. For a more family friendly environment head much closer to home to Dalawella Beach. This is a beautiful lagoon created by a protective reef, where you can swim safely throughout the year. No better place to enjoy the sunset than here, arguably the most Instagrammed spot on the south coast. The wood fired pizzas at Wijaya Beach restaurant have a reputation of their own and this is also the place to kick back with a couple of cold ones well into the night and stumble home after.

Food & Drink

Perfecting it over many years, Why House offers a great mix of western, Sri Lankan and wider Asian dishes – the latter rather rare on the island. All ingredients are locally sourced and dishes are beautifully presented. Everything is made in-house by the team and Why House prides itself on a “can do”approach to their hospitality.  There is a fully stocked bar serving delicious cocktails and a small, but well chosen, wine collection.


The large swimming pool sits next to the dining and entertainment pavilion and sure to be the focal point of your holiday. The extensive landscaped gardens provide tranquil views. The smell of frangipani and the shade of coconut trees are the stuff that holiday dreams are made of.


Why House is designed with families in mind. Various room arrangements makes it perfect if you want to be close to but not share a room with your children. Different parts of the property can cater all travellers from single families to those travelling in large groups. Individual rooms or the Main House and Garden House, can be booked independently, or the whole property can be booked on an exclusive basis making it ideal for intimate special events.

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