We have spent one of our most enjoyable family holidays at Villa Lula. The house is secluded, spacious and stylish and is superbly sited with a great outlook over the garden, pool and lake.
We were constantly entertained by the most exotic wildlife, waking to the sight and sound of dazzling golden oriels, red backed woodpeckers, sun birds, bee eaters and many other species that populated the garden and surrounding trees. Vivid turquoise kingfishers took daily dips in the pool while the more illusive huge heron billed kingfishers perched in the treetops. We were able to track daily progress as a pair of impressive brahiminy kites nested in a palm tree on bird island less than a hundred metres away. The lake provided a rich hunting ground for the kites and teamed with marine life. Crabs, seahorses, mudskippers, puffer fish and shoals of colourful juvenile fish swam around the jetty. Monitor lizards would occassionally lumber or swim along the lake edge while troops of monkeys made their daily acrobatic way across the garden making death defying leaps from tree to tree.
We were well looked after by Jagath and his wife who cooked superb Sri Lankan dishes including local crab and prawns caught fresh from the lake. Jagath was the most discriminating shopper insisting on only the very best fruit, vegetables and seafood. Our breakfast spreads were fit for a king and included the ripest prepared fruits and huge earthenware bowls of buffalo curd served with palm syrup. Jagath and his son Niluka were on hand to take us by tuk tuk to anywhere nearby including trips to Galle. We often finished the day with a walk to the local beach where we invariably bought ourselves a coconut brimming with milk and more often than not had the beach to ourselves.
This really is a little bit of paradise, you will not be disappointed.
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