Historic Homes in a Sri Lankan Seaside City

A Dutch touch to Galle.  
Amangalla Dutch Hotel Galle Sri Lanka
The Amangalla is the former residence of the Dutch Governor. Photo courtesy Amangalla

Amangalla

Located in the 17th-century Galle Fort, Amangalla offers luxury, history, and a striking love story. The former residence of the Dutch Governor, this 200-year-old building assures indulgent high teas, an old library, strolls in the gardens, and the bustling narrow lanes of the fort outside. What trumps the experience is its haunted hook—the erstwhile owner’s ghost uses her discretion to unnerve “good looking” young men who stay in a particular room. Many take up the challenge to validate their vanity!

Church Street; +94-91-223 3388; amanresorts.com; doubles from ₹56,000.

Villa Templeberg

Villa Templeberg Hotel Galle

Lazy rattan chairs, lovingly restored antique furniture, and a suntrap garden that lures visitors into languorous afternoon naps at the Villa Templeberg. Photo: Supriya Sehgal

Built over 150 years ago, this Dutch colonial manor house is surrounded by a coconut plantation and is frequented by travellers and the winner of the hotel’s annual writing residency programme. It is a wonder that any work or sightseeing gets done when surrounded by the temptations of a massage room and rooftop Jacuzzi, lazy rattan chairs, lovingly restored antique furniture, and a suntrap garden that lures visitors into languorous afternoon naps.

Kaduruduwa; +94-77-710 8477; www.templeberg.com; doubles from $130/₹8,095.

Weltevreden

One of the oldest Dutch homes located in Galle Fort, Weltevreden is a delightful guesthouse perfect for those who enjoy a dash of history with their holiday. The family-run property offers an intimate experience: Spend an evening in the courtyard listening to owner Mr. Piyasena’s stories of Galle, and get a personalised tour of the house. The economically priced guesthouse has rooms with and without bathrooms, so be specific while making your booking.

Pedlar Street; +94-91-222 2650; piyasena88@yahoo.com; from $25/₹3,110.

Appeared in the March 2015 issue as “A Dutch Touch to Galle”.

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    Supriya Sehgal keeps her travel spirit alive by sipping hot tea with strangers, swapping anecdotes from locals and peeping down from hot-air balloons.

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