Homestay Kalan Villa (Galle)
Galle is a very small town, albeit with great fortifications and a beautiful cricket stadium. Since it is really small in size and population, no wonder there are limited hotels in Galle. I had been to Sri Lanka on a Solo International Trip recently and I was on my way to Galle immediately after landing in Colombo. Since it was a Solo Trip, I wanted a very basic room, just like Backpackers’ Hostels, with basic facilities, nothing over the top or luxurious, at cheap price but not horrible as well.
had plethora of hotels in Galle available, which helped me finalized my kind of place.
When I arrived here, it looked like a home-stay from the outside. On arriving inside the premises, I was greeted by one very fine gentleman (Manager) who manages the whole property. I was the only one on that day in this Villa. One German couple had just checked out, before my arrival. So, almost within no time, I was handed over my room – which was on the first floor – a very basic non-AC room. This is a HOME-STAY, consisting of not more than 3-4 rooms.
Room & Amenities at Kalan Villa
My room had a nice double bed, with clean pillows, mattresses and clean towels. It didn’t have a cupboard but one iron stand for drying clothes – as can be seen from the pictures. It was airy but since these days were prior to the monsoons, the hot & humid climate actually forced me to keep the window closed. Once you settle down after your bath etc, you shall be okay. The bathroom and the toilet (combined into one) were very clean. Great WIFI speed.
Food Menu is something to be experienced in Hotels in Galle
The Manager was very helpful and willing to offer me some tea and refreshments post my checking in. This was personally prepared by him and I say the tea he prepared was awesome. So, I had 3 cups of tea – right one after the another, inspite the hot & humid weather.
(Breakfast on my first day in Galle Hotel)
He also offered me dinner for INR 150, consisting of rice, chicken, bread and some well-prepared vegetables. The next day, I was again served breakfast, on time.
Kalan Villa is one of the cheapest hotels in Galle
With such a wonderful personalized attention, it was definitely a great value proposition really when the room charges billed were only INR 1,200/- per day + the extra cups of tea @ INR 35/- each and dinner for INR 150/- per plate.
Overall, very happy with my stay and the great hospitality shown.
Address: 167/A, Banderanayike Place, Near NIBM, Galle, Sri Lanka
Personal Verdict: 3.75/5.00
Last Visited in June 2015