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Sri Lanka is rightly known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean
In addition to Thalpe House’s large pool and garden, the reef protected beach outside offers a fascinating world for small children and those who wish to explore the rock pools for tropical fish, crabs and shells. A short stroll takes you to a protected swimming lagoon or a five-minute tuk-tuk ride finds you at the main Thalpe Beach offering year round swimming – perfect for children.
For those wanting to venture out to explore, there is plenty to discover. You can hire a bike and cycle through the local paddy fields and rainforest, visiting temples and tea plantations along the way. A visit to the local turtle sanctuary is a must for children and there are boat trips on Koggala Lake to visit small islands and secret coves, the ideal place to enjoy a picnic prepared by Chandika and the Thalpe House team.
For the more adventurous, there is whale watching, fishing trips, surfing and scuba diving all in close proximity.
Galle Town and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Galle Fort are a twenty minutes tuk-tuk ride away. With an expanding selection of boutiques, cafes and galleries, coupled with its stunning architecture, losing yourself in the Fort’s labyrinth of old streets is a wonderful way to spend a day.