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“Outstanding East Coast Venue”

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Nandawanam Guesthouse
Ranked #4 of 18 Kalkudah B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Outstanding East Coast Venue”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

We stayed at Nandawanam Guest House on the East Coast of Sri Lanka for 3 nights after a long trip through the North & East in May 2013. At the end of a long tour, some of which was in less than ideal accommodation, Nandawanam was simply outstanding. It is located in a quiet tranquil garden setting away from the increasing hustle and bustle of Passekudah beach. The rooms and bathrooms were literally spotless, well furnished and extremely comfortable. The wifi and tv were excellent. We ate from the Sri Lankan menu which was very tasty but didn't try any of the more Western offerings - when in Sri Lanka why would you want to? Above all the staff are the most obliging and helpful team that you could wish for. Very dedicated and concerned to ensure that we had a great stay - we did! The price is very competitive for the high quality delivered.

The location was good - a short (5 minute drive) to Passekudah beach for a great dip in the Ocean and a reasonable 45 minute drive into Batticaloa. Attractions there included the old Dutch Fort, St Mary's Cathedral, the Market, numerous Hindu temples, the lighthouse & EcoPark at Palameenmadu and boat tours of the lagoons. If you want an interesting spot for lunch with great lagoon views, try the Sri Kishna Café for an authentic and tasty vegetarian buffet.

The final words on Nandawanam - very highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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nandawanam, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 24 October 2013
Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for reviewing us in TripAdvisor, and we are really glad that you had a wonderful time at Nandawanam, and thanks for all the comments, I will definitely pass them to my team.
Hope to see you again on your next visit to Sri Lanka.

Best Regards

Niroshan
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Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

This was our second visit to the Nandawanam Guesthouse and again we had a fantastic time! The rooms are spacious, well appointed and immaculate. We had a lovely balcony too. The food is excellent. We had asked in advance for crab mulligatawny and it was absolutely delicious. It was the first time they had produced it but they hoped to add it to the menu. If you see it I thoroughly recommend it! Niroshan the owner is so friendly and helpful and his prices are unbelievably reasonable.
Both beaches, Kalkudah, our favourite and Pasekudah are within 15 minutes walking, or a 5 minute trip by 3 wheeler which can be ordered for you.
We enjoyed an early morning boat trip which was very interesting. Niroshan organised it for us.
I can't recommend this little hidden gem highly enough! Why pay hundreds of pounds for a big tourist hotel when you could be equally comfortable here and feel much more at home too?

Room Tip: All rooms seem excellent but I would recommend being upstairs. We particularly like room 2 upstairs...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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nandawanam, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Dear Madam,

Thank you very much for reviewing us on TripAdvisor, and we are really glad that you had a wonderful time again. Definitely we will include crab mulligatawny in our New Menu which we will be introducing for the next Season. Thank you very much for all the compliments and hope to see you again on your next Trip to Sri Lanka.

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Niroshan
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Oosterhout, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Nandawanam has perfect rooms for the price. We stayed here for three nights and found it ideal.
The beach of Kalkudah is about 15 minutes walk, the (more occupied, but with less rough waves) beach in Passekudah a little bit more.

The rooms were spacious, spotless and with good A/C and (english!) television. We also had a very nice balcony, where it was comfortable even during the hot afternoon (+37 C!)
As Kalkudah is not that touristy yet (which is a good thing, in general) there are no real options to go out for dinner.
This was the only major drawback of our stay at Nandawanam. Although food is not expensive (especially not compare to Kandy and Negombo, where we came from), the quality is not the best either. It is probably best to stick to more 'traditional' Sri Lankan meals, because more 'western' meals like pasta were not really what we expected for pasta. Also we once got very salt-tasting lime juice.
Besides this, the staff is very friendly and it we could highly recommend this place. It has got everything travellers could need. So go there, before Kalkudah gets spoiled with tourists..

Room Tip: Choose one of the rooms upstairs with a balcony. Especially the corner ones (without direct neighbou...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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nandawanam, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Dear Madam,

Thank you for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor and your comment is Important to us.
We are glad that you had a good stay with us apart from some issues with the food. Our Sincere apologies regarding that, but unfortunately these issues were not brought up to the staff or no complains made where we could have made another fresh dish or a drink for you. Any ways we will look into this matter and hopefully we will make your next stay at Nandawanam even better.

Thanks Again
Niroshan
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N.Ireland
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Nandawanam is amazing for the price! The beaches of Kalkudah and Pasikudah are about 15 minutes walk, which is no problem as the alternative would be the resort hotels. It is small, charming and friendly, with some of the best staff we encountered in Sri Lanka. Wifi,AC,TV,balcony, everything travellers need for a ridiculously low price!

The curry was one of the best we had in Sri Lanka! It is a small guesthouse, and everything is cooked fresh, so they ask people to pre-order for dinner to accommodate all guests. This meant that every night we came down at 7.30pm and food was on the table within 15 minutes! Honestly, the service here is some of the best in Sri Lanka!

Best Choice in the area.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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nandawanam, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for reviewing us on TripAdvisor, and we are glad that you had a wonderful time at Nandawanam. Hope to see you again on your next visit to Sri Lanka

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Niroshan
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

The rooms are perfectly adequate for the price. The issue was the food. We waited over two hours for dinner. It was particularly frustrating because people arriving after us were served before us. It turns out the restaurant wants 45 minutes to prepare food, and others had pre-ordered, so it took literally more than two hours from the time our orders were taken until the food arrived. We arrived in the afternoon, and could have pre-ordered as well, if anyone had told us. When the food arrived, it was distinctly average. It certainly did not justify a two hour wait.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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nandawanam, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor and your feedback is important to us.
We are happy that your stay was up to satisfaction apart from the issues regarding the food services.
Our sincere apologies for that. As far as Nandawanam is Concerned, we maintain a good quality of Food with a good taste which is always highly appreciated by our Guests and also we prepare every thing fresh , which will normally take time specially for Rice & Curry so we encourage our guests to pre-order. Since it was the high season, we were running at full capacity. So we have strictly instructed our staff to get the Food orders earlier (Before the guests leave to beach in the evening) in order to avoid delays( which was mentioned by our guests in their reviews). As far as we understand this was neglected on your part, since one one of our staff has checked with you, and the food was served on the table about quarter passed an hour, and unfortunately this issue was not brought up to the management. Anyways our apologies again and hope to serve you better on your next visit.

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Niroshan
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We stayed here for 1 night on our way to Trinco and found the place to be ideal for our needs. The guesthouse is reasonably close to the beach although it's probably a 25 min walk. The rooms were good, nothing too fancy but quite spacious and the bed was comfortable. The main plus points were the dinner and the value for money. We had a kingfish to share between 2 of us and it was one of our favourite meals in Sri Lanka. The fish was big enough to feed 3 or 4 people and the chips and veg that came with it were quite nice too. The overall cost for dinner, drinks, accom, breakfast, and our drivers accom and meals was only Rs 5,000.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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nandawanam, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Thank you very much for taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor and we are glad that you had a wonderful stay at Nandawanam. Hope you will visit us again on your next Trip to Sri Lanka.

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Niroshan
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

I endorse the views of many who have stayed here. Very spacious rooms and clean. The proprietor extremely helpful. We chose to have our meals at the hotels at the Bay though, which was a personal choice.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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nandawanam, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 26 September 2013
Dear Madam,

Thank you taking your time to review us on TripAdvisor and we are glad that your stay was up to satisfactory even it was short. Hope you will join us for meals in your next visit.

Thanks Again

Niroshan
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Property: Nandawanam Guesthouse
Address: Pasikudah Road, Kalkudah 30410, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Eastern Province > Kalkudah
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Kalkudah
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located Five Minutes away from the Famous Passikudah Beach, Nandawanam Guest House provides Comfortable Luxury Rooms in the East Coast of Sri Lanka. ‘Nandawanam’, an Ancient Tamil vocabulary meaning ‘Garden in Heaven’, also the Guest House is Surrounded by a Nice Garden and Huge amount of Greenery which provides a Calm & Peaceful atmosphere & makes it an Ideal place for Relaxation.Nandawanam consist of 12 Rooms, 4 Family Rooms and 8 Double Rooms, Fully Furnished Air conditioned, attached Bathroom, Satellite TV connection and Intercom Facilities which are Maintained with High Standards of Cleanliness. Six Rooms are with Private Balconies and a Nice View of the Garden which makes you to leave everything behind and Chill with the Breeze.The Restaurant Serves Both Local & International dishes, fresh Juices and King Coconut and Kurumba Just Fresh from the Tree. Rice & Curry and Crab Curry, prepared according to Typical Authentic Recipe which is Very well known among the Guests gives an Unforgettable Experience of the Real Batticaloa Cuisine. ... more   less 
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