Podi Gedara is a beautiful, tropical, unique place. It is perfect for singles or couples. It consists of a luxurious one bedroom apartment located directly adjacent the sea with its own natural, safe swimming pool directly in front of it
Snorkeling, beach fishing and surfing can also enjoyed directly in front of the apartment.
There are no residences on either side of the terrace and only one apartment above so it is completely private and undeveloped yet only a short distance to some of the best cafes and restaurants in the south. Two of these cafes and restaurants are within walking distance of Podi Gedara.
Podi Gedara is one of kind. It is rare to find a place where you can watch an azure blue kingfisher perched on a bough only two metres from the window, a stilt fisherman plying his bamboo rod or the surfers catching the break directly in front of the house. Podi Gedara's kitchen shutters open directly onto this scene and the large adjoining stone paved terrace provides you with the perfect setting where you can watch these wonderful events from the sunlounges,dining table or, alternatively, take a more active role and swim in the sea itself.
Interaction with guests
Podi Gedara means, 'Little House' in Sinhala. It is a special place offering a unique experience on this part of the coast of Sri Lanka. There are few high quality, self contained, 1 bedroom apartments right on the sea along the southern coast that offer complete privacy and the addition of a number of optional luxury services that allows you to truly relax.
The coast in both directions of Podi Gedara offers exciting destination choices. Within half an hours drive you can head to Weligama
to see the hand painted fishing boats, roadside fish market or the unique stilt fishermen. Explore the many Buddhist temples
including Yatagala which is at least 2,000 years old and lies hidden amongst a granite boulder outcrop above the surrounding rice
paddies. Visit a coastal tea or cinnamon plantation and luxuriate with a decadent lunch overlooking the local winding river or surf
the popular breaks which are 'just down the road' from Podi Gedara.
If you are a 'foodie,' Podi Gedara is a great place to be as it is central to the best cafes and restaurants in the south. You can even walk along the beach from the apartment to several good cafes and restaurants but you will never take longer then 10 minutes by tuk tuk to get to any of the other good food /drinking options available in the region. Podi Gedara is the perfect base to explore the best assets of southern Sri Lanka. Our sister property, EKA is less than 2 kilometres down the road and we offer one of the best breakfast/brunches in town. So if you feel like a luscious breakfast or light lunch, just let us know or pop in.
Other sights and daily trips that we can assist you with include:
+ whale watching
+ visit to a tea or cinnamon plantation
+ organized bike rides through the paddy fields and hinterland
+ Sri Lankan cooking lessons
+ hiring motor scooters
+ tuk tuk hiring
+ van hires
+ surf locations
+ visit to the sea turtle hatchery
+ visit to historical gardens such as Geoffrey Bawa's
+ beach fishing
+ diving courses
+ spa treatments
+ yoga lessons
+ Temple visits
+ Udawalawe National Park to see elephants in the wild
+ World Heritage, Singharaja Rainforest Reserve
(home to many smaller endemic animal species)
+ organizing your tour of the Island
You can experience all that Sri Lanka has to offer from Podi Gedara. Just let us know what interests you and ask us for our assistance. We can make any necessary bookings for you and organize all the details. Podi Gedara is a perfect base and our aim is give you one of the best holidays of your life.
Other things to note
Our sister property, EKA is located less than 2 kilometres along the coast from Podi Gedara and it offers a boutique collection of 4 bed and breakfast pavilions. This is also unique accommodation filling the limited market between high end villas and simpler backpackers accommodation but offering sumptuous breakfasts, light lunches and high quality rooms. EKA contact details can be found in our 'Contact Us' section of this website.
Please note that Podi Gedara is a no smoking apartment however smoking is permitted outside on the terrace.
We do not specifically cater for children at Podi Gedara and would prefer any guests to be above 12 years of age.
Any damages and breakages will be charged based on the cost of replacement or repairs. Any repairs/replacements will be added to the final bill.
My day begins looking at the glistening sea in front of EKA. That always boosts my spirits. I often wonder while we're serving our sumptuous tropical platters what others are serving their guests for breakfast. What do Airbnb owners serve their guests in Russia for breakfast?
Part of the genuine joy of owning a place where guests come to stay is finding out what books they're reading, what music they like, hearing the different responses to the sights they see here and about the places they live.
I am trying to get to know Sri Lankan's better by improving my Sinhala skills but its usually easier for them to speak English than for me to try and make myself understood in Sinhala so my progress in language acquisition is slow.
I am principally Australian but was born in Canada and have lived in Malaysia and Dubai. I have great memories of these times and places but my heart is probably in Perth, Australia where my grown son and daughter reside.