Stroll along the sandy swathe of beach to the front of the villa, collecting shells as you soak in the serenity of this secluded palm-fringed location.
Explore the villa’s generous 23-acre garden; a parkland oasis of coconut palms and coastal foliage adored by parrots, kingfishers and peacocks.
Make for the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary and enjoy a sunset punt on the lagoon with one of the local fishermen as the sky slowly turns a rich red.
Head to the mysterious Ussangoda whose red barren earth is believed to be the result of a meteorite hitting this area years ago. The cliff top vistas out to sea from the coast that flanks this parkland are spectacular.
The neighbouring village of Rekawa is home to the island’s only marine turtle sanctuary. Out of the five species of endangered marine turtle present in Sri Lanka, four are regular visitors who make their way onto the beach at night to lay their eggs in the sand; a sensational moonlit spectacle. Come here for nightly turtle watches where you might also see baby turtles hatching and making their perilous journey to the sea.
Visit two giant Buddha statues at Weherahena and Wewurukannala; the former offers you the chance to actually climb up and into the Buddha’s head to get a bird’s eye view of the temple complex.
The reverent rock temple at Mulkirigala must not be missed. Come here for murals, cavernous chambers and incredible 360-degree views from its summit.
On the way to Mulkirigala we recommend you stop en route at the brass making village of Angulmaduwa where you can witness the craftsmen in action and buy yourself a unique souvenir to take home.
Visit the Maduwanwalla Palace, made up of a number of formerly opulent buildings that now lay in relative ruin.
Whale and dolphin watching trips embark from Mirissa Harbour and will delight the whole family (trips operate between November and April); combine your trip with a visit to Dondra lighthouse, Matara’s forts and Mirissa Beach where you can also go sailing.
Go on safari! Bundala – a park famous for its crocs and birdlife – is located within easy reach. Safaris to Uda Walawe (famed for its elephants) and Yala – renowned for a wider slice of wildlife, particularly leopards and bears – can be done as morning or afternoon trips from the villa.
Worth the drive is the Handunugoda Tea Factory in Ahangama, whose tea bushes are the closest of any in Sri Lanka to the sea. Famous not only for its unique black tea but also for its white tea, the world’s most expensive variety. Tours of the factory include a tea tasting session and a slice of cake.
What a magical place! We have loved every moment - by the beach, in the pool, eating fantastic curry in the house, seeing a turtle lay her eggs on the beach and visit rock temples. Pure bliss. Laura D, Sri Lanka
February 6th, 2016 - February 13th, 2016
We had a fabulous stay in this beautiful villa. It has been a very peaceful stay even with three young sons (8,6 & 6) who have loved the wildlife here, the food, the pool and especially playing cricket with "the Uncles." We went walking around the garden and saw peacocks, cranes, various other birds and and the adorable puppies from next door. Thamal and his team have all been amazing and chefs food is delicious, especially the pineapple curry, fish curry & Sri Lankan breakfasts. Thank you for a delightful stay and as we say in Hong "Kung Hai Fat Choi." - all the best for you all in the year of the monkey. Ann S, Hong Kong
January 28th, 2016 - January 31st, 2016
We were here to celebrate our dear friends birthday. Moving from Galle Fort to Ocean's Edge was such a treat, from the hustle and bustle of Galle Fort to the magnificent Indian Ocean where beautiful coconut trees and beautiful beaches with the pounding of waves made this a surreal experience. Thanks to Thamal and his team. Loved Sri Lanka food particularly the poppadoms. Our holiday was made by the champagne which we manage to get on the way here for our sunset drinks. A most unspoiled and gorgeous place. Thank you. Janet N, Australia
January 15th, 2016 - January 21st, 2016
We had the luxurious pleasure to stay at Ocean's Edge for almost a week. Watching whales in the sunrise, enjoying the awesome wildlife in the area as well as the local hospitality has made this stay an almost dreamy, film life experience. We will surely miss everything this place has to offer, the food, the beach, the staff, the pool, the monkeys, the extraordinary beautiful view, the sound of the waves and of course the incredibly charming house. It has been a peerless and delightful stay which we will never forget. We hope to come back. Anne-Marie Lynge Esbensen E, Denmark
December 27th, 2015 - January 3rd, 2016
We've been enjoying life at Ocean's Edge for a few days now. We have to leave tomorrow :( All the staff have been wonderful and accommodating. Our cooking lesson was fun. For the foolish two that decided to go on a romantic stroll up the beach instead of learning a couple of local recipes and techniques - we will hold the secret ingredients back. Just kidding. We will share with them. Obviously one can't complain about the wonderful beach out front. The villa is also large enough that we could all enjoy privacy. We could have melted with the pool!! Shockingly warm weather. We brought in the new year on the beach with a fire. Great fun. There might have been a couple of fireworks too. All possible mess cleaned up, so it will remain only a rumour. To guests have fun and enjoy the secluded area. Do have the eggplant curry!! John H, Australia
December 20th, 2015 - December 27th, 2015
We had a great stay. Thamel and the team could NOT have been more lovely - attentive, kind, made the children feel totally welcome. The food was delicious, and it was a fantastic place to spend Christmas! The beach is gorgeous and the pool was lovely. We spent hours in them both. A huge thanks to the staff. They made our stay so wonderful! We are so grateful for their kindness and attention! The BBQ was fantastic. The bird life was extraordinary and loved walking and seeing the beach and birds. Eric S, Singapore
April 10th, 2015 - April 14th, 2015
Our stay at Oceans Edge was a truly amazing experience. The villa is exquisite and the staff exceptional in attending to our needs. Whilst the location is a little remote it was great to walk along a very long stretch of beach and hardly see anyone. As we had a driver we could still visit different villages, beaches along the coast and go turtle watching. It also allowed us to truly relax after travelling around Sri Lanka for the previous 10 days. Jennie Raphael, Australia
December 24th, 2014 - January 3rd, 2015
Absolutely perfect and staff was a pure miracle. We had the best 10 days of the year. If a bad point had to be said it is the 4 to 5 hours car transfer from Colombo airport... very long. I recommend Helicopter (but they don't fly after 5PM). Pablo D, Belgium
Villa Ocean's Edge – Tangalle 4 bedroom beachfront villa, Sri LankaElite Havens
Private, peaceful and set in picturesque grounds, Ocean’s Edge is a spectacular four-bedroom villa which, as its name suggests, sits within a whisper of the Indian Ocean on Sri Lanka’s dramatic southern coastline near Tangalle. Our villa is well located for exploring the region’s natural attractions; the rugged beaches are famed for nesting marine turtles whilst Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, and wildlife-rich Bundala, Yala and Uda Walawe national parks, are all within reach.
Ocean’s Edge was built in 2004, however its elegant architecture and antique furnishings gracefully recount the past. Soaring ceilings, gentle archways and deep verandas wrapping around the villa on two levels mimic the iconic designs of the Dutch colonialists in Ceylon. Gentle breezes infiltrate and cool the plentiful living and dining areas, which are beautifully positioned for admiring the views.
Home to four spacious air-conditioned bedrooms, each enjoying a spectacular view of either the garden or sea, Ocean’s Edge is also equipped with a fully serviced kitchen, an air-conditioned TV Room and a T-shaped swimming pool for escaping the heat of the day. And to look after your every whim is our dedicated staff team, including a cook, houseboys, gardeners and security.
Dancing parrots, waltzing butterflies and skydiving kingfishers animate our 23-acre garden. This idyllic seclusion is a paradise for escapists, nature lovers, groups of friends and families in search of complete rest and relaxation. With neighbouring homes few and far between in this corner of the island, the villa is entirely private and even a walk along the shell-scattered, wave-sloshed beach at sunset is unlikely to result in anybody intruding on your peace.