Palagama Beach

Welcome to Palagama

If keen to escape the more trodden beach routes south of Colombo, then Palagama offers the perfect alternative. It’s wonderfully removed, in every sense, from the more manicured offerings of Galle and the like, boasting a very different kind of soft yet wild charm.

It sits on the Kalpitiya spit, north of Colombo on Sri Lanka’s western coast and reflects a traditional village – cabanas and cottages nestled at the end of sandy paths, shaded by vast palms.

Barefoot beach boutique

Palagama has three room styles, all reflecting a local aesthetic.

Villas, all two-roomed, give a nod to a Dutch and Portuguese influnece but are lit up with contemporary colour and furnishing.

One-bedroomed ‘cottages’ sit back from the sea in a lovely tropical garden. Wood-panelled with thatched roofs, they match the village cottages you’ll see up and down this coastal stretch.

Beach Cabanas overlook the ocean and show off a genuine barefoot style.

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Food and drink

The restaurant, of course, leans towards fish and seafood – battered calamari and seafood salads for lunch, spicy crab curries and seafood platters on the evening menu.

More familiar western dishes are also available, and Sri Lankan offerings aren’t exclusively fish or seafood based.

A restaurant that looks one way to the sea and the other to an open kitchen makes for an entertaining dining experience.

Here’s what the guests say

Palagama Paradise Sri Lanka - We loved every minute of our stay. The place itself is beautiful with a sea view and a tranquil infinity pool. The accommodation in palm huts is delightful! Everything is in harmony with the environment...We cannot praise Palagama Beach too highly. I keep dreaming about it!! Heartfelt thanks go to the lovely staff for making the end of our trip so memorable.

Laraine J, London - TripAdvisor, May 2017

“Best place for a get away weekend !!” One of the best place so far. Try out the "Fish and chips" you will love it ! Friendly staff. This is my 3rd visit to the place, and it worn't be the last. Cabana's, bungalow's, villa's... your choice ! Room Tip: If your looking for sand & sea get the Beach Cabana... or garden? get the Garden Cabana.

Que Neo, TripAdvisor, April 2017

“Quiet. Private. Relaxing. Friendly.” You enter this gem of a resort walking down a quiet pathway shaded with palms and the breeze of the ocean. The hotel feels quiet and relaxing, and the warm friendliness of the staff enable it to immediately shake off any pretentious notions...

Gabriel E, Tripadvisor, April 2017


Palagama isn’t a vast distance north of Colombo, but a drive from the airport will take around 2.5-3 hours. The seasons of the west coast match pretty much those of down south. The early months of the year offer the calmest seas (and best opportunity to see whales) but temperatures are warm right throughout. Sea-swimming is difficult in May and June.
3 hrs International Airport to Palagama
3 hrs Palagama to Kandy
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We’re very happy to organise transfers to and from the airport, or to and from other hotels around the island. Please do contact us to arrange.