IF Villa - Galle, Sri Lanka
IF Villa is characterized by space and is very private. Surrounding this magnificent five-bed roomed Dutch Villa in a sweeping sea of green is a two-acre tropical garden with well clipped grassy lawns, swaying palms and scented frangipani trees. Bordering the garden is a stunning strip of beach enhanced by a beautiful coral lagoon that the villa has private access to. Since it offers some of the safest year-round swimming and snorkeling on the south coast, IF Villa is good choice for families with children.
An open courtyard with lotus pond marks the entrance to this stylish colonial villa and leads into a spacious living room and all 5 beautiful bed rooms bordered on three sides by wrap-around pillared verandahs characteristic of a southern walawe or ancestral home. Sumptuously cushioned sofas within the villa and plentiful planters' chairs on the clay tiled verandah offer the ideal location for both socializing and serenity as you gaze over the swimming pool in the garden to the glittering Indian Ocean beyond.
Villa IF,is perfectly located for a satisfying beach holiday. It is perched on a beautiful beach on the Galle coast with it's privet entrance to the beautiful lagoon for safe swimming, the peace of palm trees and green grass surrounds the villa with its own magic. the historic town of Galle one of the largest 'living' forts in the world is only a few kilometers away.
Things you can do
- The Fort -
First build 1589 by the Portuguese, the Galle Fort was taken over and enlarged by the Dutch in 1640. Finally the British took possession in 1796 and held unto it until the independence of Sri Lanka.
It is very pleasant just to walk around and to enjoy the quiet, colonial atmosphere.
A dusk stroll on top of the massive walls is an experience nobody should miss.
- Diving -
A good alternative to Hikkaduwa, Galle not only offers fine diving in its own right, it's also the jumping-off point for even more spectacular dive sites to the north and south. On the edge of Unawatuna Bay - the next bay along from Galle Harbor - there's a rock and coral reef with some big boulders where divers can often see triggerfish, pufferfish and other species. This is also a good spot for beginners. Further off this coast are a couple of wrecks that have flourished into spectacular artificial reefs and are home to a number of very large resident groupers.
- Shopping -
It is worth visiting some of the many antique shops in Galle. During the centuries of trading, which reaches back to the days of King Salomon, many precious pieces found their way to shops.
Even if it is too heavy to take back home with you, the beautifully restored furniture from the Dutch- and British periods is reason enough for a visit
- The Yala National Park
- The Kottowa rainforest
- Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna or the Dodanduwa Lagoon with its millions of fruit bats
- visits to the Doovili Ella waterfall in Hiniduma and the Kaneliya Nature Reserve, close to Imaduwa about 15 miles from Galle
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