No. 39 is located mid-way along Lighthouse Street, in historic Galle Fort, just 150 metres from the grass-topped western-facing ramparts and a further 200 metres from the town’s famous international test cricket stadium. The fort is a world heritage site and dates back over 400 years; a walk along its narrow cobbled streets reveals the fascinating hybrid architecture of three colonial eras – fretwork-fringed and pillarred Dutch abodes, British-era monuments, ochre-hued spice warehouses and interesting museums showcasing the fort’s rich history. There are many restaurants and cafes, as well as boutiques selling handicrafts, delicate lacework, glittering gems and other evocative souvenirs. Within 15 kilometres are a selection of mesmerising beaches, tranquil lagoons and historic temples.
- Galle Fort
- 0.10 km
- Yatagala Temple
- 5 km
- Unawatuna Beach
- 6 km
- Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery
- 13 km
- Weligama Beach (surf schools)
- 28 km
- Mirissa (whale and dolphin wat
- 34 km
- Lunuganga Estate
- 55 km
- Sinharaja Rainforest
- 93 km
- Colombo Airport
- 150 km
- Yala National Park
- 160 km
Things to Do
Exploring a destination with the help of locals is always a unique experience. You get to remove the touristy sheen off a place, and grow to love it for what it truly is. Most of the staff members at Villa 39 are locals and will be happy to share their recommendations and tips. We can also arrange specially-curated experiences for you such as cooking classes, village tours and more. Ask your villa manager for more details. Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse at some of the things to do in the area.
- Explore. Galle Fort is on your doorstep and a wander along her atmospheric lanes and grass-topped ramparts is very rewarding. On your hit list should be Amangalla Hotel, Maritime Museum, old spice warehouses, Law Court Square, the slender white lighthouse and Flag Rock to see kamikaze sea-jumpers in action. The western-facing ramparts ideal for sunset-watching. For historical insights, take a guided tour.
- Sign up for a village tour and cooking class aat the prevailing rate. Get a closer look at local village life and how food is prepared in a typical Sri Lankan village home. The program consists of:
- 1. An excursion to Pilana (11km from the villa), an enthralling village with paddy, coconut groves, water buffaloes, an ancient Buddhist Temple, and other interesting sights.
- 2. A guided tour of the local market by our Villa Manager, to shop for spices and fresh produce.
- 3. Learn how to make an Ayurveda-inspired meal at a local home, and then enjoy eating it for lunch.
- 4. Receive a goodie bag with a recipe booklet and spices so that you can recreate these recipes back home.