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.
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.