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The Locale

In and around Kosgoda, there’s plenty to do culturally, historically and recreationally. A ten-minute walk from Saffron & Blue brings you to a turtle hatchery – a must-see experience, particularly on a moonlit night. Eco boat rides through the mangroves, water skiing, antique hunting and temple explorations are some of the best-loved local offerings. While the historic town of Galle – with its charmingly restored boutique hotels, cobbled streets and glorious ramparts – is just an hour’s car journey away. And then there’s the beach, just a few footsteps from the villa.

Distances

Beach
0.20 km
Sea Turtle Conservation Centre
0.50 km
Lunuganga (Geoffrey Bawa estat
10 km
Ariyapala Mask Museum
11 km
Bentota Beach water sports cen
12 km
Ambalangoda Antique shops
13 km
Brief (Bevis Bawa garden)
18.40 km
Hikkaduwa
25 km
Galle Fort
35 km
Bandaranaike International Air
120 km

Things to Do

Turtle Time
With a beach in reach, the Turtle Hatchery is just a 10-minute walk from the Villa. This fascinating sanctuary will give you a first-hand glimpse of mother turtles as they come ashore to lay their eggs. You can even release baby turtles to the ocean at sunset – a life-changing experience.
Lunuganga for the Day
Lunuganga is the country home of renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; one of Asia’s most prolific and influential architects. This amazing estate with its never-ending enchanting gardens was his first muse, and is a great way to immerse oneself in the whole ‘Bawa’ experience.
The Beauty of Brief
Brief Garden is a beautiful bolthole accessible via wild paddy fields and narrow country lanes. Created by legendary landscape artist, Bevis Bawa, Brief is a place that can’t be experienced briefly. Right in the centre of its myriad gardens lies a serene house surrounded by birdsong and the rustle of the wind. This tropical eden is open to visitors virtually every day.
Galle Fort
A quaint little town with great character, Galle weaves tales of old romance and adventure. Built by the Dutch in the 18th century, the Fort boasts striking bastions, grass-covered ramparts, a soaring lighthouse, and cobbled streets lined with buildings from a time gone by. It’s best experienced through a leisurely amble, to take in the colours and textures, the cosy restaurants, exotic art and all kinds of interesting curios, local fashion wear,    and    charming    boutiques. A signature purchase from the area is silver jewellery, set with local semi-precious gems. Ibrahim Jewellers on Church Street is one of our favourite haunts! Also, don’t leave Galle without checking-out the surrounding beaches and the hair-raising ‘cliff jumpers’.
Bentota Water Sports
Freshwater or seawater, Bentota is ripe with adventure for the adrenaline-seeker. At the gentler end, there are banana boat and tube rides, river canoe safaris, and wind-surfing. Alternatively, there’s the rush of jet-skiing, water-skiing, and even parasailing. A variety of thrills – all just a short drive away from Saffron & Blue.
Hikkaduwa
This riveting little coastal town with its ‘70s vibe, packs quite a trip. Hikka (as the locals call it) has a fun mix of chilled-out bars and restaurants. The roti shops are the most popular street food of Hikka. The main street also houses a variety of stores with its own unique style of fashion inspired from the flower power era. The weekend beach parties attract all the young ravers. For the more nautically-inclined there are glass-bottom boat rides, snorkeling and scuba-diving tours, to explore the famed underwater coral reef.
Kande Vihare
Escape the modern world as you know it, and step into an ancient arena of worship and archaeological design. Built in 1734, on the crest of a hill (hence its name), Kande Vihare is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the South of Sri Lanka. The site houses many historical artefacts – including a towering seated Buddha.
Ambalangoda
12Km kilometres from Saffron & Blue is yet another town with its own unique charm. Ambalangoda is the capital of Sri Lankan mask-making, and has its very own workshop, mini cultural centre & museum – as well as a library that holds important literature on this traditional craft. Not to be left out are the area’s many antique and artefact shops, which turn out beautiful reproductions in wood, stone and metal. In fact, one such outlet – Southern Antiques– produced many of the signature pieces that adorn Saffron & Blue.
Madu Ganga
10Km from Saffron & Blue is a serene river, Madu Ganga, a spellbinding sight for the soul. Experience a tour of the natural beauty of the mangroves. From deep, mysterious caves, to breathtaking stretches of turquoise water, Madu Ganga will pique your senses in the best possible way. Observe elusive fauna, including crocodiles and water snakes, and witness traditional fishing methods along the shallow end of the river.

Guest Reviews

  • December 16th, 2018 - December 18th, 2018

    What happens at Saffron & Blue doesn’t stay at Saffron & Blue. Going to the market by bus to buy crabs with Rajeewa is an experience I will treasure for as long as I live. It’s also a good story to tell friends back home. A jog in the neighborhood inspired me to adopt a classroom in the nearby village school. I go there with people who are close to me. We enjoy unwinding, catching up on the goss and bonding over games of cards and scrabble. That’s the beauty of this villa. It allows you to do whatever takes your fancy. If you want to sit under a tree and write a poem, you’re sure to be inspired. If you want to empty your mind of the hassles of work, you’ll find yourself doing just that. If it’s alone time or family time that you seek, it’s the perfect location. When you walk-in, you feel completely relaxed and feel you are already on holiday. The art, the furniture and the crockery… plus every other little detail is perfect. It’s a great reflection of taste and style. After 7 days, I found a new self. Time at Saffron & Blue is very special. It must be spent with someone special because you will feel the special you inside of you. Rajeewa and the team know to care for you, to anticipate your every need and to pamper you. The meals are unsurpassed. The memories will fill my stomach during the coming year. Everything at Saffron & Blue reflects great taste. It is the little details which makes Saffron & Blue truly special.

    Prerana M, Indonesia
  • November 16th, 2018 - November 18th, 2018

    Such as incredible experience with the most amazing service, we will definitely be back. Thank you Kumudu and staff for making my bachelorette weekend so special. I will never forget the memories. Love love love Comodo and the staff, the chef is amazing. Will surely be back and thank you so much Saffron & Blue. Top hospitality and attention to detail, bless you all.

    Ranil D, Singapore
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