A few ideas and day tours available within reach of Villa Five. The team can book these for you on arrival, or if short on time please feel free to book prior to arrival. All prices are in Sri Lankan Rupees and payable at the Villa.
The sandy bottom break that makes it safe for you when surfing the first time. They believe learning to surf encompasses much more than just yelled at to “Stand up”. That is why their expert surf coaching that is taking you through progressive levels teaching the fundamentals of Surfing. Another big difference between them and other Surf School is Our Friendly staff. Believe me, their smile can make your day. They will turn your every moment into your memories. They also have a great little juice and coffee bar, playing cool tunes on the beach, and sunbeds to relax after a surf or watching the kids take lessons. This is one of Villa Five’s favourite spots to spend the morning. (Our staff will help you with a tuk tuk – the boys at Ahikava know us at Villa Five).
Highly recommended by owners!
Lagoon & Village Cycling Tour
Daily departure times of 8.30 am or 2.30 pm at Chameera’s house, you will be provided with welcome and tour information, bottled water, helmets and city bike or mountain bike for your size.
The Lagoon and Village Cycling Tour goes at your own pace – we get off the beaten track with an easy 12 km (7.5 miles) ride from approx. 2.5 to 3 hours (or more) depending on how comfortable you are and how fast you wish to cycle. The tour stays primarily on dirt and gravel tracks and shows you local industries, Lagoon and mangroves, fauna, flora and also meets the local people. You can also witness the process of catching crabs, visit an old Buddhist temple (built in BC 1794). If you wish to stay away from the touristy areas and experience the lifestyle of the locals while cycling, this is a perfect tour for you!
(This is just one of Chameera’s tours, which I have done personally. The staff at Villa Five can assist with booking the tour on arrival).
A major eco-tourism destination in Sri Lanka, located approximately 3 hours drive from Villa Five.
Enjoy a 6-hour safari tour of Uduawalawe NP. It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants– feeding or bathing and playing in the water. In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders that this protected reserve has to offer and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.
The price includes entry fee, jeep charges, and Ath Athuru Sewana entry fee.
KOGGALA LAKE TOUR
Enjoy a tour through Koggala river and visit Madol Duwa, Temple island Cinnamon Island, and other islands located in Koggala river and have a fish massage.Koggala Lake is one of the biggest natural lakes in Sri Lanka. The lake is rich in birdlife and mangroves and a major attraction for tourists. (just under 30 mins away from Villa Five)
BLUE WHALES – the largest creatures on Earth – as well as fin whales, sei whales, sperm whales, orcas (killer whales), dolphins, flying fish, turtles, manta rays and whale sharks can all be seen a few miles off the South Coast of Sri Lanka.
Raja & the Whales, a local family business, runs whale watching trips aboard their boat “Queen of Blue Whales” to see the whales year-round. Raja & the Whales is the original whale watching tour operator and was the first local company which started whale watching in Mirissa – more than seven years ago.
Raja & the Whales adheres to international whale watching regulations and the team provides valuable research data to various international marine wildlife research and conservation organisations.
A scenic 2 1/2 hour drive from Villa Five is the UNESCO listed Sinharaja Rain Forest. It is the country’s last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.