Spend your holiday in Sri Lanka at the exclusive Villa Atulya located in the Southern coastal village of Mirissa, famous departure point for whale watching and deep sea diving expeditions. Ideal for a family holiday or a get together for a group of young adults to experience the hospitality of Sri Lankan culture and food, away from the standard fare on offer at the hotels.
The friendly staff will always be at hand to make sure that you enjoy your stay and feel at home. They will be happy to buy provisions from the fresh ingredients on offer in the surrounding areas such as local fruits, vegetables, coconuts, red rice, rich curd made of buffalo milk served with treacle and of course, an endless varieties of fresh fish from nearby fishing villages.
If you are seeking a peaceful and tranquil experience, Villa Atulya offers you incredible views of the Indian Ocean from the comfort of your room or from the spacious and well appointed terraces and balconies. You will appreciate a sense of spaciousness away from other guests in case you simply want to relax with a book.
Villa Atulya is furnished with an exclusive collection of antique furniture set in a space created by the famous Sri Lankan Architect, C. Anjalendran, a protege of the master, Geoffrey Bawa. The unique style of the architect is evident in the building and the serene atmosphere that he has created at Villa Atulya. The surrounding area invites you to indulge in long walks along the beautiful beech or explore village life and ancient Buddhist Temples nearby. At these Temples, You will discover a treasure trove of ancient architectural gems, colourful murals of Buddhist legend and friendly monks ever willing to talk to the visitors. If you are into photography, you will find many opportunities to use your skills in a celebration of colour and contrasts.
Villa Atulya Mirissa isspacious and offer fabulous views of the ocean. All rooms have access to the garden or a private patio area where you can relax on an antique lounge chair with colourful cushions made of hand woven cotton fabrics made in Sri Lanka. You will be able to watch both the sunrise and the sunset from the patio of the Villa. The surrounding beach offers a natural habitat rich with many varieties of marine life including sea turtle, crabs, lobsters and colourful fish. There are stilt fishermen that you can observe for hours on end or colourful fishing boats that go out to sea in the evening and return with the catch of the day in the morning. At night you can observe the lights of these fishing boats. The horizon offers a view of the many ships that pass by the busy shipping lanes south of Sri Lanka.
If you decide to venture out of the peace and serenity of Villa Atulya, the city of Galle is less than an hour away by road. Matara, which is a much smaller town is only 5 miles away. There are many tourist attractions in the south of Sri Lanka within easy access of Villa Atulya including the famous Thalaramba Reef and Mirissa Hill cinnamon plantation. In case you wish to go on a Whale watching expedition, the Sri Lankan Navy offers organised tours on a large vessel departing from Galle Harbour. Smaller boat tours are also available from Mirrissa fisheries harbour.
A traditional Sri Lankan meal would consist of rice accompanied by a variety of meat or fish dishes and vegetables prepared using locally grown spices including cinnamon with plenty of fresh coconut milk or grated coconut. The distinct flavour of Sri Lankan fare is attributable to the mix of mild freshly ground spices which is different from other Asian Cuisine. The staff at Villa Atulya will be willing to share the secrets of food preparation with you in case you are interested. Sri Lankan breakfasts on offer can be delicious rice cooked in coconut milk (Kiribath) served with traditional Southern style fish curry (ambul thiyal), fried onions (seeni sambol) and onion sambol with dried fish or string hoppers (steamed rice noodles) accompanied by potatoes cooked in coconut milk , coconut sambol with chillies and fish or meat curry. Other options include hoppers (pancakes made of rice flour with crispy edges and a soft bread like centre) or pittu (steamed mixture of rice flour and grated coconut) or traditional pol rotti (flat bread made of wheat flour and grated coconut). All items will be accompanied by traditional curries and fresh fruit. Sri Lankan lunches will be rice (red or white) with many vegetables and meat or fish curries followed by fresh fruit or buffalo curd served with treacle, a rich sweetener prepared from the sap of coconut flowers. Sri Lankan dinner would normally be string hoppers, hoppers or pittu.
Alternatively, you are welcome to buy fresh fish, vegetables or fruit from the village market and the staff will be happy to prepare them according to your preferences. The Sri Lankan dishes on offer are excellent and prepared according to the traditions of the south. Please remember to specify if you prefer mild or medium spice taste in your food as most Sri Lankan curries can be very spicy. Breakfast is included in the room rates and can be western or Sri Lankan fare. Please indicate your preferences. The meals can be served at the dining table or by the pool in an informal atmosphere. At your request, staff will be happy to wake you in the morning to offer "bed tea" according to the famous traditions of the colonial past.