Marakolliya – the hidden gem on Sri Lanka’s south coast

If you’re headed to Sri Lanka, the chances are you’re keen on some beach time. If you’ve chosen the south coast, it’s likely because at some point you need to get back up to Colombo and the south coast is an easy train ride away. The only issue, is that everyone else had that idea too.


Mangrove Beach Chalet, Marakolliya.


We would have loved to spend more time in Sri Lanka and explore the northern beaches or the eastern beaches. But we made the most of the time we did have on the South Coast at a little gem of a beach called Marakolliya. We were after a little luxury but nothing too high brow. We found the right pitch at Mangrove Beach Chalets. It’s situated in a stretch of sand that lies in between the ocean and the mangrove-filled river.  There are other resorts and guesthouses that are nearby, but once you get there, you’ll wish you just booked at this one. We didn’t book, just turned up and got a steal of a deal on the family size chalet.


The view from the bar towards Tangalle, which you can see in the distance.


The stretch of ocean all along the south coast is quite strong, and so you tend to always be looking for a patch where the geography allows for some calmer waters. Marakolliya has this, as well as long stretch of sandy beach and a well serviced bar and restaurant. Loads of hammocks, comfy chairs and fantastic chalets that are well crafted and serviced.


Shade and sun. Just how we like it.

It even has kayaks that guests are free to use. Mr Doodles enjoyed using it to kayak up the mangrove river, while I enjoyed the luxury in peace.


Kayaking up the mangroves behind Marakolliya – monitor lizards aplenty!




Finally, some luxury. This is the face of contentment.



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