Tangaroa, The Teak House
Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Nestled on a hilltop in the midst of a lush, tropical garden and immaculately kept coconut plantation, The Teak House is one of Sri Lanka's South Coast's most romantic and serene villa hideaways. If you are seeking complete privacy or even solitude within moments of an unspoilt Indian Ocean beach, The Teak House offers luxury and privacy in equal measure.
From its elevated position overlooking Seenimodera beach, the villa's vast bedrooms and open plan living benefit from the constant breezes coming from the Indian Ocean below. Hidden from view, the villa, constructed entirely of teak - one of Sri Lanka's sustainable hardwoods - is relaxed and incredibly comfortable. Lying in one of the six foot, four poster beds, wreathed in fine white mosquito nets, you can see and hear the constant rhythm of the Indian Ocean.
Planted with an exotic collection of wonderful tropical flora, The Teak House garden has become a haven for a stunning collection of tropical birds. Woodpecker, peacocks, birds of paradise, kingfisher and the busy 'chit chat' birds luxuriate in its lush profusion. Sea eagles hover above and, as dusk falls and a dark tropical night descends, fireflies light up the sky.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||100 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo 210 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Sea view|
|General||CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Sri Lanka Southern Coast region
With nearly 1600 km of of palm fringed Coastline baked to perfection surrounding the country Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for beach bums worldwide. May it be windsurfing, kayaking, yachting, water skiing, scuba diving or jut lazing around for the perfect tan, Sri Lanka offers it all.
The two monsoon winds providing rain to the two corners of the country at various periods, makes Sri Lanka's beach holiday a year round prospect. The north east winds make the south western coast sunny and the sea calm from November to March. The South West winds make the East Coast waters quiet with the constant sun shine happily in agreement.
The best of the Southern beaches include Tangalla, Beruwala, Mirissa, Bentota and Unawatuna with varying options including chic boutique hotels, glowing coral reefs, gentle sandbars and undiscovered corners of paradise.
Important landmarks in the Southern Province include the wildlife sanctuaries of Yala National Park, the holy city of Kataragama and the ancient cities of Tissamaharama, Kirinda and Galle. While Galle holds a major yet fascinating history behind it.
Dolphin and Whale Watching at Mirissa (December to April) - Just south of Dondra, the most southerly point of Sri Lanka, you can join a boat to see pygmy blue whales and blue and sperm whales. Bryde, Fin and False Killer whales are often spotted - if you are lucky, you may see the stunning Killer Whales in December and April, due to seasonal migration between the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. Dolphins are at their most profuse in the calm seas between January and April.
Mulgirigalla Rock Temple - Situated 35 minutes north of Tangalle, Mulgirigalla is a monastic site on an isolated 210m-high rock which rises almost vertically out of the surrounding forest. The rock was the site of an important discovery - the ola-leaf scripts discovered in the 19th century. These scripts offered a key to the translation of Sri Lanka's most informative ancient text, the "Mahavamsa". At the base of the rock temple are the monk's living quarters and a fairly steep path leads to the temple. The stepped path is separated by platforms where cave temples featuring murals and Buddha images can be explored.
Turtle Watching at Rekawa and Turtle Conservation Project - Just 30 minutes east of Tangalle, Rekawa is renowned for its long, undisturbed beaches and mangrove skirted lagoons. The beach near Rekawa is one of Sri Lanka's most important marine turtle nesting sites where five of the world's seven species of marine turtle come ashore to nest throughout the year. All five species of turtles that nest in Sri Lanka are either endangered or critically endangered. Amongst them is the Leatherback turtle, the largest of all the sea turtles, which can grow up to 3 meters in length and weighs up to 600 kg. It is at Rekawa beach that the Turtle Conservation Project (TCP) has established an "in situ" nest protection and research programme, allowing the protection of nests where they are laid by the female turtle and for the hatchlings to scramble down to the ocean immediately after emergence from the nest. The project at Rekawa is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. Turtles are most likely to come ashore under the cover of darkness. Join the people at the Turtle Conservation Project during their night watch in anticipation of that magical moment when a turtle comes ashore and lays her eggs.
Bundala National Park - Located 75 minutes east of Tangalle, this area of open scrub around the coast offers great opportunities for bird-watching (with around 150 reported species) and the occasional sighting of elephants and crocodiles. The salt pans attract a vast number of migratory shore birds, making this 6,216 hectare park one of the most important wetlands in Sri Lanka. The best time to visit Bundala is between November and March when the winter migratory birds arrive. Numerous grey langur monkeys populate the larger trees and in the scrub jungle you may also come across jackals, hares and spotted deer.
Uda Walawe National Park - Situated an hour northeast of Tangalle, this is one of the island's most popular national parks totalling 30,800 hectares in size and bordering a reservoir. It is best known for its elephants (estimated to number around 400, including six tuskers) and bird-watching opportunities. It is primarily open parkland traversed by a main river and numerous streams which makes elephant sightings particularly accessible. Often the pachyderms can be seen in herds of up to 100 or more. Other animals which may be sighted here include spotted deer, langur monkeys, jackal, wild boar and water buffalo.
Yala National Park - Some two hours east of Tangalle, Yala National Park is world renowned as one of the best parks to observe and photograph leopards. Although it has one of the world's densest leopard populations, it still requires good luck to see one of the elusive creatures in its natural habitat.
Covering an area in excess of 126,000 ha, the park is divided into 5 blocks, of which only Block One is open to the general public. The area consists of scrub jungle and brackish lagoons with stunning rock monoliths scattered throughout the park. The many different habitats provide a unique experience to anyone visiting the park and support a great variety of animals. The often low-density vegetation provides ideal conditions for safaris as it allows a clear and unobstructed view of the wildlife.
Yala National Park has a substantial elephant population along with many other species like spotted deer, sambur, wild buffalo, sloth bear, mongoose and crocodiles to name a few. Also more than one hundred and thirty different species of birds can be seen, ranging from the lesser flamingos to Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles and the rare Black necked Stork.
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23 Apr 2014
"A rare piece of heaven on earth....complete with a fabulous chef!"
We recently spent 10 nights at Teak House. We were looking for a break from a very hectic and stressful lifestyle that took us back to grass roots with just the right amount of luxury. And that is exa… More
Dear Estie Family, thank you so much for your wonderful review. There is really nothing we can add but that it is incredibly gratifying to know how many people just love our little bit of paradise. We do indeed hope that you return. xx
9 Dec 2013
"Go to Sri Lanka!"
My wife and I stayed two weeks at The Teak House in October 2013. We were advised that it was second monsoon season and that we might encounter a great deal of rain, but the weather was nearly perfec… More
Troy and Lisa, what can we say? Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review. We were so thrilled by the way you embraced everything Sri Lankan and everything Teak House with such unbounded enthusiasm and love. Just one thing - The Teak House cannot be held responsible for the 'maniacal Sri Lankan driving!' Just saying...at least you were safe in the care of Sujith and Ruwan Chandana.
16 Dec 2012
My Wife and I stayed in the Teak House for 5 nights in December 2012 and we had the best time ever!!! The House is even prettier than the pictures we saw online. Clean, Spacious and very quiet. It is … More
Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write your wonderful review. We are, as ever, thrilled that you enjoyed The Teak House experience.
4 Sep 2012
We had an amazing time at The Teak House for 6 nights. The house is beautiful with everything you need - large bedrooms with comfy beds, tastefully decorated, a spacious and breezy living area, gorgeo… More
Thank you for such a generous and heartfelt review. It is always lovely to know that others appreciate our little bit of paradise. It has been a long time in the creation.
23 Jun 2012
"What a wonderful retreat"
We stayed at the Teak House in February, an ideal place to relax from the rigours of the real world. What a wonderful escape. We arrived by sea plane, which we highly recommend, and were met by RC,… More
14 Jun 2012
"Nice house, poor customer service by managers"
We stayed at the Teak House for three weeks. It is a nice house and the beach is nice too. The brothers that look after the house are really friendly. Unfortunately the memory was negatively tainted … More
It is sometimes difficult to understand why people behave in a certain manner. When these guests returned from The Teak House, they wrote the following by way of email to us:
"We had a wonderful vacation! I have travelled extensively around the World, and I have to say that the three weeks we enjoyed at The Teak House qualifies as one of the top places I have ever been to. Our expectations were surpassed in almost every way possible. The house itself is a wonderfully minimalistic creation with warmth and caring built into the walls. The attention to detail blends perfectly with the rustique charm of simple craftsmanship. The bedroom is airy and comfortable, the shower was great. The garden is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the closeness to the nature, with all kinds of flora and fauna. The beach is picture perfect with pure fine-grained sand and the sea is clear and temperate, and we had it almost exclusively to ourselves - save a few fishermen and the occasional kid. Tangalle is a charming little place. We loved the markets and bought everything we didn't recognize and had poor Roshan prepare it for us. There are plentiful experiences and excursions of exceptional experiential value - close encounters with leopards, elephants, sea turtles and blue whales. Cultural experiences at Kataragama, Hanundugoda and Galle. We fell in love with the ladies at Dickwella Lace and pretty much cleared out their stock. Roshan's cooking was superb (a good thing, since the restaurants we tried were really quite awful!), and we didn't lack anything. There is an amazing range of exotic and exciting fresh produce to explore. Ruan was a quiet, but pleasant presence and he drove us diligently to wherever we wanted to go - although I could see that he thought us odd at times (eg when we wanted to go for a ten minute ride to try out a roadside hopper place).
All in all: when I write my book - this is where I will want to be for a few months to get it done."
They also said that a small amount of damage had been done to a couple of items of clothing they had hung in the cupboard. This has never happened to our clothing or to other guests' clothing before and we took the incident very seriously indeed. We did not understand why they did not make a claim on their travel insurance however. Nonetheless, after much toing and froing, we made a payment to them as a gesture of goodwill. They never acknowledged that payment which surprised us. That was all more than three months ago.
It is always disappointing when someone decides to write a review such as this but, since it has never happened before, we shall put it down to experience.
25 Apr 2012
The teak house exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only was the house stunning and unique (not to mention comfortable), the beaches were right out of a movie set! The location is perfect- I tho… More
Dear Leslie, we have had some wonderful reviews over the years and yours speaks volumes about The Teak House experience. It is a very special place and we are so thrilled that you all enjoyed it so much.
We do like to make sure our guests have arrived and are safe. In your case, it was a particularly challenging week with Sinhala New Year and the tsunami alert.
2 Dec 2011
"A perfect Sri Lankan experience."
We spent a week at the Teak House with our two children (aged 9 & 11). Prior to our arrival we had been seduced by the website and all the promise of great food, beautiful beaches and an authentic Sri… More
Dear Lumsden Family, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of The Teak House. We are delighted that you so enjoyed our much loved home from home. So pleased too that the leopards obliged! With best wishes, Nicola
25 Oct 2010
"Great Accommodation And Location Plus Roshan"
We stayed here fro 5 nights with our children teenagers - 10,13 and 15.The accommodation is memorable and very comfortable .We loved the open living room . Roshan was superb -very helpul , good cook … More
4 Oct 2010
We (family of 4, two teenage children) stayed for four nights in September 2010. Great location, short walk to lovely deserted beach. We all loved it, peacefull and relaxing with excellent attentive s… More
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