Oceans Edge - Chairs on the beach in front of the villa

The Locale

Ocean’s Edge sits in serene seclusion on the fringe of Kahandamodera village, near Rekawa, 16km east of Tangalle.  The access road to the villa winds past paddy fields and small lotus-strewn lakes home to numerous shore birds.  The beach to the front of Ocean’s Edge is often visited by marine turtles and extends to the east across a rocky outcrop towards Kalametiya wetlands and the barren red earth of Ussangoda.  To the west it snakes back towards Tangalle, the closest town, where restaurants, banks, pharmacies and supermarkets can all be found.

Distances

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
3 km
Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary
12 km
Tangalle
16 km
Mulkirigala Rock Temple
27 km
Matara
54 km
Mattala Airport
55 km
Mirissa
67 km
Yala National Park
75 km
Galle
98 km
Colombo
214 km
Bandaranaike Airport
244 km

Things to do

Villa Oceans Edge - Saffron and Blue  Baby turtle

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.

Villa Oceans Edge - Saffron and Blue Kande Vihare

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.

Oceans Edge - Relax in your secluded paradise

Guest Reviews

  • February 6th, 2019 - February 10th, 2019

    Hard to know what to say to give justice to this beautiful house and garden and lovely helpful and discreet staff!! Thank you so much too for the most delicious meals. It is very hard to leave Ocean’s Edge but hoping will return one day. Where to start. We arrived with 4 kids under 3 (one only 11 weeks old) and settled in for an incredible two weeks here. Staff couldn’t have done more to accommodate our many different requests. Food delicious throughout and the house, garden and beach were just superb. Couldn’t recommend highly enough.

    Kate L, Australia
  • February 2nd, 2019 - February 6th, 2019

    We spent four days here. Although short, but impressive. Here we spend the Chinese New Year. Here we feel the charming scenery, here we eat authentic food of Sri Lanka, here we feel warm and hospitable of the staff. We are a family of eight, everyone of us is happy. I hope to come back again.

    LI Y, China
  • December 29th, 2018 - January 3rd, 2019

    A wonderful place to see in the New Year! We have all enjoyed a great family time making full use of the pool, the garden & the beach. The staff have been outstanding – always polite, helpful and informative. The food was a real delight – when we get home we are all on strict diets! We enjoyed the cooking lessons and the tour of the garden. Excellent! Thanks to the staff at Ocean’s Edge for making our stay so special.

    Angela S, France
  • April 7th, 2016 - April 12th, 2016

    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
  • December 28th, 2012 - January 11th, 2013

    Villa was really lovely and in a fabulous setting looking out onto the beach which was idyllic. Staff very friendly and helpful they organised all our trips for us very efficiently. The cook did a wonderful job feeding us all. For a nice relaxing holiday would highly recommend the villa

    Mary Hamilton, United Kingdom
  • August 4th, 2012 - August 18th, 2012

    Close to the beach, very private and extended with nobody.Pool sheltered from the wind. Possible to buy lobsters and fish directly to the fishers (less than 500 meters from the villa). Very attentive staff. Excellent follow up of our requests from VillaNovo.

    CC
  • February 11th, 2012 - February 25th, 2012

    We really enjoyed our stay at the Villa, and had 14 wonderful days there. The garden, beach and the ocean was like in a dream. We spent the days there in the sun, taking long walks on the beach and swimming (playing) in the ocean waves. The staff was really helpful and the food delicious. We can definitely recommend this place if you want a relaxing and peaceful vacation. And we will for sure return to the villa some other time.

    Per Anders Lindell, Sweden
  • October 30th, 2011 - November 4th, 2011

    This villa is magnificent. It is situated on a paradisiac and deserted beach). The staff is very attentive to our demands(requests), very discreet but always available. All the meals were delicious.

    corinne michard, France
  • July 27th, 2011 - August 6th, 2011

    The villa is all that it promises. It is wonderfully built, set in an enormous garden right at the beach. The garden, full of coconut trees is a place to wander around safely. Our children,15 and 11, enjoyed the visits of the very shy monkeys and the big lizards around. We even had regular visitors from 6 little bunnies that came out of their hiding during the day. The large pool is cleaned three time s a day and allows for a relaxed afternoon with sandwiches and fresh coconut juice. To the front the gate opens to a sand beach of several kilometers. It is an empty beach, paradise.....a beach you might see on a postcard and wonder "where do those beaches actually exist?" The beaches are empty , and we mean empty. Very few fishermen and virtually not one tourist. Fantastic....if this is what you are looking for. The service at the house requires a special mention and praise. The entire staff is friendly, certainly has received excellent training in what western visitors expect from a stay at a luxury villa and are eager to help at any time. The bed linen is changed daily, the house kept clean at all times. Snacks during the day for the kids are prepared and presented wonderfully. For dinner the cook is as versatile as a 3 star chef. Our culinary journey through Sri Lankan food was amazing. Thank you again. Having said this, the staff is also quite capable to produce excellent western food. IN summary the place is what it promises. the drive from Dickwella airport is about 20 min. If you are looking for this romantic, secluded hideaway for you and your family or some good friends, where you can read a book, listen to the sound of the waves and enjoy long walks on beautiful long sand beaches.....look no further. If you are looking for a more social holiday with many attractions in close proximity and a beach full of tourists, music and snack bars......move on. The ONLY downside perhaps is that the sea is a bit rough, especially if you have children that want to swim in the sea. Although we entered the water there are clear challenges for children. Having said this, many beaches in Sri Lanka have this issue and you do have a great clean pool as an alternative. WE recommend the place fully and hopefully will be back some day.

    Marc Sinclair, United Arab Emirates
  • December 27th, 2010 - January 2nd, 2011

    The villa is an absolute dream, the staff treated us like royalty and we revelled in the long sandy beaches for walks with the knowledge that there would be a cold beer or a gin and tonic waiting for us to cool us down upon our return. Well worth the drive from the airport. Good location for turtle watching in Rekawa and Whale Watching in Marissa and if you need to see anymore animals then Yala national Park is a short drive away for the leopards and Elephants. Absolute bliss.

    Louise York, Singapore
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