We are situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka, 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. 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 the great ‘Coconuts’ surf break directly in front of the hotel.
We are situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka, 2km from Welligama Town on the A2 heading in the Galle direction. There is a left turn into the village. Heading from the Galle direction we are 1 km after Midigama on the A2 and it’s a right turn into the village – look out for the Lion’s Rest sign. Airport transfers to and from Colombo Airport can be booked with us when you make your online reservation. Just add them as an extra on our booking system. Transfer time from Colombo Airport is approximately 2.5 hours via the newly opened Southern Expressway. The cost is $110 USD each way (tolls included) for an a/c minibus. Surfboards up to 10ft can be carried. Please inform us if you will have surfboards with you. The train from Colombo City is a 3 hour journey to Midigama or Weligama. It’s the cheapest option but the taxi ride from the airport to Colombo train station can take one hour depending on traffic.