Columnists,Yasara Abeynayake,Top Story,TRAVEL & CUISINE l by Yasara Abeynayake l 30 Jan 2021     - 434

Serene and safe holiday at The Galaha House


Since Covid-19 hit us back in 2020, travel options have been very limited. Safety is my number one priority since I travel with two kids below the age of five, thus I prefer to travel to places with a lesser crowd. The best options for us have been villas, buglows or boutique hotels. It has been fun hunting for unique little properties after going for popular hotel chains my whole life.

I came across a lovely bungalow in the middle of a mineral mine in Galaha named 'The Galaha House'.

It is surrounded by a beautiful thick pine forest and the bungalow boasts beautiful views for miles.

Located roughly about 45 minutes from Kandy, this bungalow is newly renovated from its orginal form and is now a stylish and specious 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom bungalow. The owners have preserved some of the orginal features of the cottage like the fireplace and wood fire stove but everything else including the floors are new. The owner himself designed the current look of the bungalow, giving a modern feel to an old estate bungalow.

The room we stayed in was tastefully decorated with a queen size bed and clean crisp white sheets and duvets. The bathrooms are spotlessly clean and refreshingly new.

Their living room has a beautiful old fireplace which was preserved from the old house. It's the perfect place to relax with your friends or family or even enjoy a few drinks while enjoying the view from inside the bungalow.

They also have a large dinning room with an attached modern kitchen for guests to use during their stay. Since this is an estate bungalow you can request for a cook or take your own rations and cook on your own.

The sunrises and the sunsets at this property has to be what makes it special. They have a beautiful outdoor bonfire space with benches made out of logs. You can enjoy a the view with a nice cup of tea or coffee or even a nice BBQ with bonfire in the night.

We woke up to a nice surprise in the morning as we were greeted by their milk cows. Our kids were overjoyed to see the cows in the front garden. We enjoyed our chilly morning with a nice warm cup of fresh milk followed by a home made English breakfast.

If you are not in the mood to cook for yourself during your stay at the Galaha House, there are a few local food shops down the road that serves quick bites like Kottu, gothamba roti and other bites.

The property has a few hikes you can do during your stay and also have a quartz mine you can go and explore. They will be  starting a vegetable farm on the premises very soon which will give property a lovely farm house feel.

What I loved about this place is how specious and clean the rooms and bathrooms were. It's a nice place to go on holiday with kids because they have alot of garden space for them to run around.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Yasara Abeynayake

Yasara has a professional background in television production and creative writing. She currently resides in Kandy and works as an administrator. She enjoys traveling locally and internationally and shares informative pictures and write ups on her travels. Being a mother of a toddler she also writes a mother and child blog with child friendly reviews and recommendation from her experiences.

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