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Kabalana Surf Hotel - Kathuluwa, Ahangama.


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Kabalana Hotel has 12 single story boutique hotel rooms spread out across 100 perches of garden. All rooms are spacious and are fitting with all the comforts such as air conditioning, thick mattresses, linen, cable tv, tea/coffee making facilities, ensuite bathrooms with hot water and toiletries. We aim to provide our guests an upmarket accommodation experience whilst on a mid budget surf holiday. 


The hotel is fully staffed with a front desk, F &B, kitchen, housekeeping, gardening and security maintenance teams. They work in synergy to ensure that all our guests are well looked after during their stay. 


When not catching great waves at the Kabalana Rock surf break or South Point surf break guests can tan by the side of the pool thanks to our sun decks. Yoga can also be arranged in advanced or if you’d you can sneak into the kitchen and see how they prepare your favourite Sri Lankan dishes. For the more active there are many things to see in the area such as river safaris, ancient temples, snake farms, whale watching or the Galle Fort. 


The Kabalana Hotel can host a maximum of 24 guests in its 12 rooms. There is provision to add 2 extra beds but that is on a first come first served basis. If you are booking more than one room and are planning to stay for a while, speak to us and we can give you a discount. There is free parking at the back of the hotel and if you require transport we can arrange it for you.


We are open all year around. Book early for the season to avoid disappointment and if you are coming during the offseason do speak to us and we can offer you a discounted price or offer you a package with our other villas around the island. The hotel isn’t pet friendly but we welcome children.  


The Kabalana Hotel consists of 12 single story rooms laid out across a large garden. Each room is spacious, air-conditioned, with tea/coffee making facilities, cable tv, safe, toiletries, linen and an en-suite bathroom with hot water. A large pool accompanied with a sun deck for tanning is available for all to use as well as the chill out areas that are spread out throughout the property. It sits across the road from the beach and is walking distance to two surfing beaches; The infamous Kabalana Rock which is 600 meters away and the lesser known South Point Beach which is 50 meters away. 


The property has a pool to cool off in, sun decks to soak some sun, little garden lounges to chill out in or you can stay in your room and catch a movie on cable tv or if you have your own, plug into the tv via USB. The restaurant next door serves a great deal of Sri Lankan food; some authentic, some with a modern twist. WiFi is freely availably throughout the property, places such as the restaurant and pool side are where they are strongest. 


The restaurant serves meals throughout the day. A Sri Lankan menu that has light items as well as heavy meals can be ordered throughout the day. A smoothie bar is a great way to replenish oneself after a surf or yoga session. Special theme nights such as BBQ or Japanese nights will feature a separate menu. Whilst alcohol is not served at the hotel yet, you are welcome to bring them from outside. 


All of our rooms have:

  • AC
  • Cable Tv
  • Tea / Coffee maker
  • Towels
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Hot Water
  • Safe


* Rooms available in Twin or Double



The best period to surf for the closest surf breaks are listed below:

  • Kabalana Rock – November to March
  • Weligama Bay – October to March
  • South Point – November to March
  • Dewata (Closenburg Break) – September to March


Other Activities

  • Galle Walking Tour
  • Madu River Boat Safari
  • Mirissa Whale Watching
  • Snake Farm
  • Sunday Boat Party



The Hotel is located just outside the small village of Kathaluwa. The village is quaint and small with a few shops and food outlets run by the locals. What makes Kathuluwa accessible is that it has a bus point, trishaw park as well as a train station making it easy to get in and out of. Some may feel a bit alienated in Kathuluwa and is a small town but what makes it ideal is the fact that is in the middle of all the local attractions.


Within the space of half an hour in either direction you can visit many sites in the area such as: 

  • The Galle Fort (25 min drive) for a dose of colonial culture and restaurants
  • Unawatuna Beach Strip (20 min drive) for seaside chilling and late night partying 
  • If you like reptiles the snake farm is the place to visit (15 min)
  • Whale Watching in Mirissa is a must during season to see aquatic mammals out in the ocean (30mins)
  • Boat Parties are hosted every Sunday evening from the Mirissa Harbour (30 mins)
  • Inland to Martin Wickramasinghe’s Folk Museum (15 min drive) Madu Lake River boat safari and learn about cinnamon manufacturing (10 min)


A list of the surfing spots and how close they (driving time) are to hotel can be found below:

  • Kabalana Rock – 1 minute
  • South Point – 1 minute
  • Unawatuna – 20 minutes 
  • Dewata Surf Break – 25 minutes
  • Ahangama Surf Break – 10 minutes
  • Lazy Left – 10 minutes
  • Plantation – 10 minutes
  • Midigama Right – 10 minutes
  • Weligama – 20 minutes

Getting Here

By Bus: Get to Maharagama Bus Station and board the Galle Expressway Bus. Get off in Galle and take the Matara Bus and ask the conductor to drop you in Kathuluwa. Once you get off in town just walk around 75m from the halt and our hotel will be on the left. 


By Car: Head down the Galle Expressway and take a left once you leave the exit at the end of the road. Head down for around 18km until you pass the town of Kathuluwa and our hotel will be on the left.


Airport transfers are available.

For 2 – 3 people, transport in an AC car from Airport to the Hotel will be USD120

For 4 – 7 people, transport in an AC Van from Airport to the Hotel will cost USD150


If you are bringing more than 1 piece of luggage per person or require a vehicle that can transport a surf board please do let us know in advance 


Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

  Low Season High Season Peak Season
Double Room 80$ 100$ 120$
Twin Room 80$ 100$ 120$
Single Occupancy 70$ 90$ 110$

* Prices are in US dollars including taxes and service


Airport Transfers

  • For 2 – 3 people – $120
  • For 4 – 7 people – $150


Yoga USD 15 per person per session


  • Low Season: April to September
  • High Season: October, November and February to April
  • Peak Season: December to February


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