Why House

Welcome to the Why House

The Why House is one of the real stunners on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. It’s a colonial villa-cum-boutique hotel and has been the pick of the bunch amongst a growing crowd of imitators for many years.

The house sits slightly inland from some of the south’s finest beaches – those with beautiful golden sand and great swimming. It boasts gorgeous gardens and a stunning swimming pool.

Managed with an increasingly rare charm, the Why House is the ideal spot either for beach-time near Galle, or for perfectly quiet relaxation.

Colonial charm

Though with only eight, the Why House offers a real variety of rooms, all offering private garden or pool-view terraces. You can choose from rooms in the old main house, the Garden House, or one of the two Cabanas that sit lower in the garden, overlooking paddy fields below.

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Enviable cuisine

Perfecting it over many years, the Why House offers a great mix, of western, Sri Lankan and wider Asian dishes – the latter rather rare on the island. All ingredients are locally sourced and dishes beautifully served.

Here’s what our guests say

“What to say which hasn’t been said before?! Henrietta has put together an extraordinarily attentive team of happy faces. The food is exquisite. The welcome/at home feeling levels are through the roof. The food is so so yummy. The facilities so fabulously luxurious. The overall attention to detail so very impressive.”

Chaleblanc, UK - TripAdvidsor

“This is my fifth visit to the utterly sublime Why House. It just gets everything so fabulously right. Having just returned home I miss everyone so much (especially Jelly!) The team are friends now, and the friendliest most charming bunch you could wish for.”

Alpal, Wiltshire - TripAdvisor

“I was able to spend two days at Why House and I was utterly charmed by the place. Henrietta, made sure we were well looked after and kept us entertained with her humerous anecdotes and tales which we loved to hear. The food was exceptionally nice and you could clearly see that the staff at Why House took great pride in their work. Smiles all around which was so nice to see.”

Tina G, Colombo


Away from the busier stretch of coast road, the Why House is tucked up amongst paddy fields, a couple of minutes inland from Thalpe. Weather down south is best and most reliable from January to April and then again through August through to October.
4 km Distance to Galle
2 hrs Time to Colombo Airport
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Tonic Lanka will very happily arrange transfers to or from the Why House or, indeed, between any other Collection properties.