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We are situated on the southern tip of Sri Lanka,just 2km from Welligama Town. We’re 5km from the lively resort of Mirissa and a 40min tuk-tuk ride from the heritage city of Galle and its old colonial Dutch fort with its charming collection of cafes and craft shops.

Whether surf, yoga or cultural experiences are on your agenda Lion’s Rest is the perfect place to base yourself overlooking Coconut's Surf Break. Day trips can be arranged from the hotel to tea plantations, whale watching and elephant safaris, to name but a few activities.

Our village, Gurubebila, is home to 60 local families, mainly fishermen who can be seen on our unspoilt beach, either sitting on traditional fishing-stilts or casting off the reef.

Lion’s Rest overlooks the village green which rolls gently down to the ocean. The village green, with its scattering of cows and coconut trees, acts as a gathering place for local fishermen comparing their daily catch, or perhaps a sunset cricket match. It’s a wonderful place to immerse yourself in the local culture and meet the friendly villagers. And of course we have a surf break directly in front of us called Coconuts in front of 3 high coconut palms, we have other breaks in a short walking distance one a right hander called Plantations

  • Can You Arrange A Transfer?
    Yes, a transfer from Colombo Airport can be booked as an extra at the time of booking, at a cost of $110 USD one way. The service can collect 24 hours a day and we use a reputable company. The journey time is 2.5 hours from Colombo Airport to Lion’s Rest. The vehicle can take up to 7 persons and carry surfboards up to 9ft long ( Please inform us if you are carrying surfboard) And please supply us with your flight number, arrival date and time, and we will arrange for a driver to meet you with a name-card upon arrival.
  • How do I pay for my stay?
    At the time of booking with us a 20% deposit is taken and the balance is payable 30 days before arrival.
  • What is the local currency, are there banks and ATM’s nearby?"
    Sri Lankan Rupees is the national currency. Check http://www.xe.com/ucc/ for current conversion rates. Weligama Town has many banks with ATM’s. Avoid changing money at the airport as the rate is usually poor.
  • What Is The Weather/surf like?
    Sri Lanka has a tropical climate and is therefore hot all year long. Daytime air temperature ranges from 28º-36º dropping to around 22º-26º overnight. May through to October is the monsoon season with more rain but interspersed with sunshine. The winds are mainly onshore during this period. The peak tourist season in our area is December, January and February which is the driest period, with the most consistent winds. The pre and post-monsoon months, March, April & October/November have been the best periods for surfing during recent years with bigger swells and waves, averaging head-high or more in places. The weather during this period is usually good with any storms usually during the night-time. Water temperatures are pretty consistent at 27º-29º so you can surf in board shorts the whole season long. The water quality is usually good except during storms when the river waters wash out into the ocean and can become murky close to the river mouths. This doesn't affect the breaks close to Lion’s Rest.
  • What are the Medical Facilities Like?
    There are 2 International Hospitals in the nearby cities of Galle and Matara, both approximately 30 minutes drive. For minor issues there is a good clinic with a English speaking doctor in nearby Weligama where we can take you should the need arise. We also can arrange for the local doctor to visit the hotel should you wish.
  • Is there a problem with Mosquitoes?
    Generally in Sri Lanka, there are mosquitos, but malaria has all but been eradicated from the country. Mosquitoes in the inland areas can be a nuisance, but we are lucky as we are right on the coast and they don’t bother us, as they avoid the salty air.
  • Will There Be WiFi?
    Lion's Rest has newly installed Fiber Optic unlimited super fast broadband free to cover all your remote working needs and streaming needs.
  • What Plugs/Voltage Do You Use?
    Electricity is at 220v in Sri Lanka. Our sockets are a mix of 3 pin round sockets and 3 pin square, UK-type, sockets.
  • Mobile Phones, Local Sim Cards?"
    Local Sim and Micro Sim cards to be used in android phones and iPads etc. can be bought at the airport and locally very cheaply. Data and airtime is super cheap - just make sure your devices are not locked to your overseas networks. Dialog seems to have the best coverage of those networks provided here.
  • Do I Need A Tourist Visa?
    Almost all citizens visiting Sri Lanka for less than a month can get a Visa On Arrival. This can be pre-arranged and you can check prices by visiting this website: /www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa.
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