Close to surfing spot ‘Main Point’, Tharanga’s is a nice, simple place to call home while you learn how to surf or chill on the beach. The price is for a double room with attached bathroom and there are two rooms available.
Tharanga’s homestay (a.k.a. Rivinu Place, named after his baby boy) consists of two rooms on the second floor of the home Tharanga lives in with his family. Accessible via a separate entrance, the two guest rooms share a hall, kitchen and balcony that overlooks the garden filled with coconut, mango and banana trees. A nice, affordable place to camp down for a while.
Interaction with guests
Tharanga is a traditional fisherman. He owns two boats that he takes out into the Arugam Bay each day to catch the fish he sells on the local market. Two years ago he and his wife Pradeepa created two rooms for guests on the second floor of their home, to supplement their income. It’s quite a change from fishing to hosting, but they’re catching up quickly, as they can arrange all kinds of tours and transportation and Tharanga’s got motor bikes for rent.
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