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Nandawanam Guesthouse
Ranked #3 of 18 Kalkudah B&B and Inns
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“Everything you need for a great price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014 via mobile

We stayed at this wonderful guesthouse for 3 nights. The guesthouse is extremely clean, spacious, and well staffed. The room has much appreciated AC, TV with English channels, WiFi, hot water, a comfortable mattress, and a nice balcony. All the staff members are friendly, efficient and eager to help. The food at their restaurant is superb and a great value -- not to be missed. An easy 15 minutes walk to both Kalkudah and Passekudah beaches. What more can we ask for? We enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this guesthouse!!!

  • Stayed March 2014
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NiroshanB, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 13 May 2014
Dear Sir,

Thank you very much for spending your precious time to review us in TripAdvisor.
We are really happy that you had a great stay with us and also you have enjoyed the food too and hoping to see you again on your next visit to Sri Lanka,

Best Regards

Niro
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed in the Nandawanam guesthouse for 5 nights mid Sept 2013 after reading about it in our travel guide. Originally we'd only planned to stay for 3 but soon decided to stay on as we couldn't find a reason to leave! For those looking for accommodation at the cheaper end of the budget, this wonderful place will tick all the boxes for you! It's outstanding.
The service is superb, the food delicious, the rooms comfortable and clean and it's only a 5 minute walk to the beach!
The staff are all very friendly and welcoming, offering to spray our rooms each night to clear any mosquitos and were very helpful in organising tuk tuks into the local village and a taxi for a day trip further south.
We can't recommend this guest house enough and have been meaning to write a glowing review since we returned from our trip.
Thank you to all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable, and to those who plan to stay here in the future a couple of tips from us: 1) try the huge grilled prawns, freshly caught and prepared that day! 2) give the King Coconut a go! Delicious fresh coconut picked from the trees in the bountiful garden!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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nandawanam, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Thank you very much for reviewing us on TripAdvisor, we are glad to hear you had a wonderful stay at Nandawanam. I will pass all the complements to the staff who made your holidays memorable and looking forward to see you again on your next visit to Sri Lanka.

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Niro
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

We stayed here as we had planned to take the long trip between Arugam Bay and Trincomalee but wanted to split the journey. The guesthouse was clean and simple and had a large family room - easily big enough for 2 adults and 2 young children but there is nothing to do in this area other than visit the beach. We stayed 3 nights which was overkill, but the place is worth a night or two. The guesthouse food was great value for money - probably the cheapest in a month of travelling and good quality Sri Lankan dishes. The two beaches were nice but nothing any better than any other East coast area we visited. Passekudah was a gentle sea and has some 5-star resorts on the beach; Kalkudah was deserted but with a rougher sea - although they appeared to be building on this beach too. I wouldn't go back but more because of the area than the guesthouse itself.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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NiroshanB, Owner at Nandawanam Guesthouse, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Thank you we are much for taking your time to review us and we are glad that you had a wonderful stay at Nandawanam. Looking forward to your stay again on your next visit..

Thank you
Niro
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Kind Regards
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Oosterhout, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles 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..

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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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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 #3 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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