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Marc Eeley

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
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27 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Hikkaduwa Bungalow Rental Photos and Description


'Thilina' is a well-equipped and comfortable detached bungalow located 3 km from the scenic, palm-fringed beaches of Hikkaduwa, a busy tourist metropolis on the south coast.

'Thilina' is a peaceful retreat located in a tranquil glade about 30 yards from the main house where the Sri Lankan family who will be hosting your stay live.

Cooked breakfast served daily on the verandah included.

Transport from/to Colombo International Airport:

The head of the Sri Lankan family, Udaya, who lives in the main house near to bungalow 'Thilina', operates a tour guide/transport/excursion service with his 4WD vehicle and, should you wish, he can collect you from Colombo international airport (Bandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake) on your arrival and take you straight to Hikkaduwa. At the end of your stay, he can also return you to the airport.

The distance from the airport to Hikkaduwa is about 130 kms and the journey can take up to 3 hours at peak traffic times, although the opening of the Southern Highway (the first highway in Sri Lanka) in November 2011 has reduced the time. The one-way charge for pick up at the airport is Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR) 9,000 (approx £45); the one-way charge for drop-off at the airport is Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR) 8,500 (approx £40).

Any tours of the island can also be arranged and conducted by Udaya according to your chosen itinerary and duration.

Welcome Pack:

For your arrival, tea, coffee, milk, sugar, two bottles of water and a box of biscuits are provided.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Marc Eeley (Owner)
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english

About Marc Eeley

Currently living and working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, I have become enchanted with Sri Lanka and its people.

Marc Eeley purchased this bungalow in 2005


based on 27 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.5555553 based on 27 reviews

Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week at Thilina, but as we told Loku and Udaya, the house is very comfortable but the positive experience is more due to their attention and generosity. The bungalow is spotless and generally very well-equipped, but cooking facilities are limited (no proper cooktop or hot water in the kitchen). The only real issue we had with our stay was beyond anyone's control - there were multiple and lengthy district power outages and a subsequent lack of water pressure - a mild annoyance in the shower.

We were very pleased we took advantage of Udaya's touring skills and Loku's obvious abilities in the kitchen - the suggestion that she can prepare a "rice and curry" vastly understates her culinary prowess - we marveled at the excellent meals she prepared for us and even suggested that she could offer cooking lessons. They are delightful hosts who epitomize the spirit of the Sri Lankan people - warm, giving and helpful. We also really appreciated the services of Koshala, the very attentive and friendly tuk tuk driver.

We will certainly recommend Thilina to our friends and will fondly recall afternoons on the veranda listening to the birds and watching the squirrels chase each other through the trees. It truly is a peaceful, green retreat.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. I am delighted you enjoyed your stay in Bungalow Thilina and regret that you had to endure interruptions to the power supply. I look forward to welcoming you or your friends back to enjoy another peaceful and tranquil stay.
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  • 3 of 5

If you want to stay in the most peaceful and tranquil situation then this is perfect. Trees offer you protection from the heat and sun and very effective air conditioning is available on the veranda as well as inside. At night, mosquito nets surround the seating area. Whilst the bungalow isnt particularly light , good lighting is supplied.

Whilst the accommodation is comfortable and the kitchen compact, cooking facilities are limited but there are many good restaurants a tuk tuk drive away.

. No door on the bathroom may bother some.

Udaya and Loku were the most wonderful attentive hosts. - Udaya, who met us at the airport helped us plan a 10 day trip around the island after a week at the bungalow and stayed with us until we flew home. He booked hotels, a safari and made all arrangements for us. We couldnt have managed without him. Kossala, the tuk tuk driver was an absolute dream, taking us where ever we wanted to go. He was even willing to take an unfamiliar route home after a day out, at my husband's request, even though we got lost which added at least an hour to his day. He was always smiling and happy to make suggestions as to where to visit and was always a phone call away if we needed picking up.

The old Fort area in Galle was interesting, the Maritime Museum somewhat depleted after the Tsunami destroyed most of its exhibits but still worth a visit. as was Brief house and garden , home of Geoffrey Bowa, the architect and his brother. near Hikkaduwa. After leaving Thilina, Udaya took us for tea at the most wonderful former Tea Factory, once owned by the Hethersett family situated in the hills just outside Newara Elliya. Another must was the Ridi Vihara Temple, near Matale. Quiet and almost undiscovered by tourists.

Yes, we would recommend staying at Thilina but feel that describing it as a boutique bungalow makes it sound more sophisticated than it is and as a result, some could have unrealistic expectations. We loved it!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Overpriced and dated, but still charming

  • 3 of 5

Mixed: The hosts are nice but the place is not very clean (yes I understand that's an effort in the tropics.Bed teeming with ants when we arrived at 1am. Really unpleasant. The bungalow clearly has been around for a while and needs a good scrubbing and a new coat of paint.

Don't go to the Ayurvedic clinic that Udaya suggests, and don't take his tours. He is cutting corners: poor prep, rotten jeep rental at the national park. Vastly overpriced for what you get.

Thilina is 3km to Hikkaduwa so walking isn't really an option. Kohala the tuk-tuk driver is (mostly) reliable, and charming.

If you want to stay on the beach (which may be preferable, or not - the bungalow is an a lush, quiet residential area uphill out of reach of any tsunami-type trouble), there are zillion of options, some of them very nice-looking.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Disappointed to receive these comments. All the issues will be addressed when I visit and stay in the bungalow next month.
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  • 5 of 5

We are now the second generation of our family to stay in "Thilina", my parents stayed for 6 weeks back in 2007. We stayed this visit for 5 weeks and will definitely be staying again. Situation of "Thilina" is perfect if you are not into the beachfront lifestyle which can include loud music till all hours and constant traffic. "Thilina" is situated approx 2km, about a 6 minute Tuk Tuk ride, from the Hikkaduwa beach road, the loudest thing your likely to encounter is frogs after the rain or birds in the morning. Udaya and Loku are the perfect hosts being helpful and considerate at all times without being overly intrusive. "Thilina" has all the comforts you require including a small kitchen should you wish to cook, satellite TV with a selection of English speaking channels. Air conditioning is present in both the main living area and the double bedroom. The veranda is the perfect place to sit in the mornings and watch the resident mongoose or the ever active chipmunks. If we could give it six stars we would!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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You can't ask for much more

  • 5 of 5

I don't think I can say anything more than the people before me have not. Marc, you have done an amazing job to make this a little home away from home for all of us that need some R&R. If I wanted a nice posh 5 star hotel, then that is where I would have stayed. However, Marc, Udaya, Kosala, and the family treat and make it a 5 star experience. Thank you Marc and Udaya for making my week just what I needed. Peace, rest and a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed your stay, Les. I, Udaya and the family put a lot of effort into ensuring that the stay of guests is a memorable and comfortable one and I am pleased that these efforts were recognized and that you had a relaxing time. We hope to welcome you again to Bungalow Thilina.
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Perfect for a quite and private jungle setting!

  • 5 of 5

We only had two days available to stay in Marc's bungalow but we couldn't have asked for a better place. We will definitely be back! We had such a great experience on the hospitality of all our hosts. There are far too many positive things to list here about our very short stay so it's best you find out for yourselves how good of a find this bungalow and its hosts are. We were made to not feel like tourists but part of the family. Many thanks to Marc, Udaya, Loku and family, Kosala and even the many neighbors who welcomed us into their home.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your favourable review. All of us who had a hand in making your stay a memorable one are delighted that you enjoyed the experience and we hope to welcome you again for a longer stay in the future.
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Hikkaduwa lies at the heart of the palm-fringed South coast, conveniently placed for the historic town of Galle. This small beach resort sprang to prominence as a favourite haunt in the Sixties backpacker trail. It is now showing signs of regaining its youthful, informal feel, with one of the best surfing beaches in Sri Lanka, a good scattering of decent beachside bars (particularly lively at weekends), restaurants, night clubs and great-value fish restaurants. The Kosgoda turtle hatchery and Sinharaja rain forest are among nearby attractions.

About 20km from Hikkaduwa is Galle, the most important town in the south. Its Dutch fort area, with its ramparts, encloses some wonderful examples of colonial architecture. The diving season along the south coast is November to April and Hikkaduwa has the best diving schools. International surfing championships in November are a special attraction.


Rates & Availability

Hikkaduwa Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Oct 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Apr 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Oct 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A daily cooked breakfast served on the veranda is included in the above rates.

For stays of three weeks or longer, a discount may be offered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Hikkaduwa Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Hot water from solar panel available in bathroom. Hair dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 double
  • Air-conditioning, ceiling fan and built-in wardrobes.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Split-level air-conditioning units and ceiling fans in both the living-room and bedroom. Flat-panel satellite television with 51 channels and complimentary wi-fi.

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