Tri Lanka

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Tri Lanka is a luxury eco-friendly wellness resort on the banks of Kogalla Lake, surrounded by south Sri Lankan countryside covered in cinnamon plantations, yet within easy reach of the city of Galle. The hotel has a commitment to the environment and grows many of the ingredients used in its superb gourmet food. Stays are focused around wellness and yoga.
Perfect forIncredibly peaceful eco-escape ideal for people looking for a haven of tranquility and contemporary luxury, with inventive cuisine and inspirational yoga classes.
In the knowTri Lanka has a beautiful location on the banks of Kogalla Lake, which is a birding and wildlife paradise. It is just 15 minutes from the beach and is also close to Mirissa, which offers the best whale watching experience in Sri Lanka.

Recommended for...

  • Spa & Wellness
  • Setting & Views
  • Eco-tourism
  • Peace & Quiet

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

On the banks of the serene Kogalla Lake and surrounded by cinnamon plantations, Tri Lanka has a truly stunning location and is inspired by the lushness and greenery of its surrounding scenery. Despite seeming to be in a world of its own, the city of Galle is just 20 minutes’ drive away and you're a short 15-minute drive to the beach or a half-hour drive to whale watching hotspot Mirissa.

Rooms at Tri Lanka

The villas blend into their surroundings with greenery-covered roofs, and floor-to-ceiling windows which look out over the lake. Exteriors are hewn from wood and wood-coloured stone, with cinnamon shutters.

Some rooms are situated in the visually stunning Water Tower - the Tri Villa is the biggest, with two balconies and a plunge pool. Lake Villas also have balconies, and one has its own plunge pool. Décor in all the rooms is bright, airy and tasteful, with lots of wooden furnishings and stone floors.

Food & drink

In keeping with the hotel’s eco-friendly ethos, food at Tri Lanka displays a commitment to the use of fresh, high-quality ingredients. The menu is largely based around an ever-changing selection of reinterpretation of classic Sri Lankan dishes, with a modern, gourmet twist.

Health and wellbeing are a major focus of the hotel, and this is reflected in the food on offer, with a range of Ayurvedic and detox options available. Many ingredients come from Tri’s own gardens, and extensive use is made of the cinnamon which comes from the surrounding plantations.

Facilities

Each guest is provided with a personalised wellness programme, made up of yoga classes and spa treatments. There’s a beautiful wood-hewn shala where yoga classes are held led by the yogi Lara Baumann, one of the hotel’s owners. Ayurvedic massage treatments are also on offer, with an extensive menu of therapies and products to choose from.

There are also exercise bikes if you’ve a yen to work up a sweat, and there’s even a parkour circuit around the lake.

Activities at Tri Lanka

Kogalla Lake is Sri Lanka’s largest and finest, and teems with birdlife flitting between its islands, including hawks, herons and egrets: the glass-walled library is equipped with handbooks to help with identification but you'll need to bring binoculars. Borrowing a kayak from the hotel is a great way to explore the lake; one of the islands has a Buddhist temple, and another a cinnamon plantation. For a more relaxing experience of the lake, take a motor boat tour which stops off at a small island village.

There’s also a tea estate nearby, renowned for its 'Virgin White Tea', which is worth exploring, and the popular surfers’ spot Kabalana Beach allows for swimming and water sports in the Indian Ocean.

The historic Dutch colonial town of Galle is just 20 minutes’ drive away and it's only a little further to Mirissa beach, from where whale watching trips set off in search of blue whales and dolphins.

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Hotel location

Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport is around 2.5 hours’ drive north up the coast from the hotel.

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