Balapitya Beach – Sri Lanka Without the Crowds

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Balapitya Beach is a peaceful stretch of shoreline punctuated with feature boulders forming sheltered rock pools on Sri Lanka’s west coast. Balapitya Beach is immediately to the north of Ambalangoda Beach and is south of Kalutara, north of Galle. We paid a little more than budget, for a luxurious stay at a secluded and relaxed family villa in a less-touristed part of Sri-Lanka’s west coast and enjoyed our stay in this area, just footsteps from Balapitya Beach itself..  Here we found something we’ve never seen before in Sri Lanka, beaches totally devoid of tourists, no beach bars, no gift shops, just Sri Lanka, unmodified and natural

Balapitya Beach

This post is not sponsored nor is it promotional, we found this villa by chance and fell in love. It’s affordable ( cheap) close to the airport by Sri Lankan standards and over the road from a small cove devoid of tourists.

The Balapitya Beach Family Villa and Gardens

This was a beautiful place to stay. For our money we had 2 bedrooms, 2 huge double beds with mosquito nets, a basic kitchen, rain shower, living room with TV, an outdoor area for relaxed dining and an immaculately maintained tropical garden to explore.

Family Villa, west coast Sri Lanka

This villa gave us the best internet connection we’ve ever had in Sri Lanka, thanks to a portable hot-spot.

We particularly loved the wildlife around the villa, a huge monitor lizard, stunning blue kingfishers, egrets and little three striped squirrels were all regular visitors.

The Beach, Between Main Balapitya Beach and Ambalangoda

Secluded beach Ambalangoda Balapitya sri Lanka

The beach is just steps away from the villa. There is a road to cross, but once on the beach you are away from everything. You won’t see another tourist.

Sometimes local boys hang out down there, they were keen to teach us to jump from the rocks when the waves are highest, but otherwise, deserted. A walk south along the beach delivers more unspoilt coastline, tourism is very low-key in this part of Sri Lanka.

There is a small natural pool on the beach, refreshed by the waves and filled with small fish. It is perfect for very small children to play safely. Sri Lanka has some powerful waves, unless your kids are good swimmers and you’re a good lifeguard, I’d be very cautious.

Food at the Balapitya Beach Villa

Breakfast for 4 was included in the price of the villa and came served to the patio at a time of your choice. Guests can choose Sri Lankan or Western, or a mix of the two. We selected Sri Lankan ( one of our favourite breakfasts in the world) and mentioned that the kids loved anything involving jam.

What we received was superb, one of the best dal dishes I’ve ever tasted with fresh coconut sambol and string hoppers. We’d watched the gardeners picking the coconuts the day before and got one to eat/drink, delicious!

There were hard-boiled eggs, bread, butter and jam to please the kids. All this came with a fine china pot of Sri Lankan tea.

Breakfast in Sri Lanka. Family Villa, West Coast.
Breakfast in Sri Lanka. At Balapitya Beach, a Family Villa, West Coast.

An excellent way to start the day.

The villa owners will also provide evening meals or lunch if asked. It would be lovely to enjoy a quiet family dinner here, watching the wildlife in the garden, but after such a delicious breakfast we were happy to eat light.

The only other food we ordered at the villa was a late breakfast/snack after an early arrival. The cheese and tomato toasties, tea, omelettes and sausages were very good indeed and came in at around $2.50/head

There are no restaurants in easy (kids’ ) walking distance, we took a bus or tuk tuk into Ambalangoda or Balapitya to buy hoppers, samosas, roti, beer , bread, fruit, etc. 4 egg hoppers will set you back under a pound in Ambalangoda, tuk tuk fare 1-2 pounds. You could easily take a tuk tuk to a restaurant, the owners will help you.

Getting to the Balapitya Beach Villa

tuk tuk sri lanka

We took the train from Colombo (take a taxi from Bandaranaike Airport to the station) to Ambalangoda station (£1.50 adult, 75p child approx 2 hours). From there we took a tuk tuk the 5 minutes to the villa (£1-2). You could also take the bus along the coastal road or a tourist taxi from the fixed-price airport taxi desk.

Things to Do in the Area

Ambalangoda has long been famous for mask making, it’s THE place to visit museums or see craftsmen at work.

There is a large turtle hatchery in the area( link to a cute child’s blog) as well as a few smaller ones.

We found the area around the river at Ambalangoda/Balapitya to be absolutely fascinating and unspoilt.

There is snorkeling and diving nearby.

It would be simple to take the local bus to Hikkaduwa, Galle, anywhere nearby.

Sri Lanka is a relatively small country, anywhere on the island makes a great base for your local explorations or to launch into the big 2-3 day excursions to Kandy and beyond. The Villa Balapitya is no exception, tours and day trips are easy to arranged locally.

What This Villa Cost

villa balapitya
The front of the villa, the shaded patio/dining space runs the full width of the back.

We paid £75/night for 4 including breakfast. Booking via Agoda, you can find the Villa Balapitya on their website. We think we were upgraded, the villa normally costs more than this, we actually booked a 2 bedroom apartment at the same property.

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We hope you stay with us to follow our 1 month journey around Sri Lanka, we’ll be covering some new destinations and a real mix of family accommodation styles. Our next stop is giving us a full-service private villa with staff, chefs, a beach-side location and swimming pool. Sound like heaven? It is. We’ll also go budget at times. at others, stay in some top-mid range half board hotels. This trip, we think, is our most interesting yet.We chose this villa at Balapitya Beach and paid for it ourselves, all views are our own.

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

3 thoughts on “Balapitya Beach – Sri Lanka Without the Crowds”

  1. Thank you very much for interduce villas and beaches in ambalangoda area .
    I am also operate villa in amballangoda its located at frotage of madampe lake

  2. Looks really good – just love Sri Lanka. We are curently in Willigama – I have send you a PM.
    Have a fantastic day
    All the Best

  3. Hi WTF, Thank you so much for this post and for your blog in general. It has been so useful. My family of partner Paul and our twin four year old girls are moving from Sydney to Sri Lanka for a year next Thursday. Paul will coach rugby and I will work remotely as a technical writer of herbal monographs. We are so excited for our big adventure and looking forward to following in some of your footsteps! This place looks like the business. We’re staying in Mt. Lavinia for the first four days to recover from the journey but then we have a few weeks to get our bearings so will be travelling around and may even bump into you!


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