Just outside the Dutch colonial city of Galle, set in a landscape of white beaches, tea plantations, paddy fields and tropical jungle sits Maliga Kanda offering the very best of Sri Lanka. Maliga Kanda translates to Mountain Palace, and that’s just what this seven bedroom villa, perched on a hill next to a serene Buddhist temple, is.
One of the grandest and spacious villas imaginable, the rooms open onto a shady terrace at the ground level and onto a veranda on the first floor. Interiors are composed of marble floors and colonial-style furniture, such as heavy Dutch cabinets and low wooden coffee tables. Decorative accessories include a stone hippo, an antique gramophone and a 17th-century European soldier statue, adding a quirky, homey touch. The main living area holds pale sofas and daybeds which are enlivened with saffron-colored cushions for some spice and flare. The sweeping staircase leads up to the villa’s four bedrooms, furnished with romantic canopy beds and carefully chosen artifacts. You won’t have to fight over who gets the best room as they all offer beautiful views, with fan and breeze-cooled verandas boasting wicker lounge chairs, perfect for sunning yourself.
Within the property grounds, there is a separate garden cottage which houses the other two luxurious bedrooms. Here you will also find a magnificent infinity pool and an open-sided dining pavilion with comfortable seating. Set aside in a separate living quarter are the friendly staff who are available to cook, clean, iron and do laundry as required.
Surrounded by lush tropical forest, with views over the misty rice fields below, it’s easy to imagine yourself living here longer than a week. Cooled by mountain breezes from the lovely Wijaya Beach, Maliga Kanda makes for an excellent base for spending relaxing days from the comforts of your villa to exploring Galle’s nearby tea plantations, or for packing a picnic and heading to the beach.