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Wellness Retreat , Kahandamodara

“ Seriously one of the most wonderful magical places I have ever visited. Their ethos is to 'touch gently' and that is exactly what they do. There is a building but nature wanders freely in and around the 10 acres. The food by Nelson and his team is amazing, so delicious. Their kindness, attention and local knowledge was superb. Very, Very sad to leave. Utterly magical place to stay surrounded by Real Sri Lanka and not tourist Sri Lanka. We will be back. ”
- Tiggy , UK/Dubai , April 2015

When we bought this 14 acre land in 2008, we named it ‘Monaratenna’ after the flocks of peacocks (monaras) that strutted across it. They are still here, and in larger numbers, as part of the land is reforested and the rest reverted to a dry zone farm. The Urubokka Oya, winds it way down to the sea past our land. The estuary (modara) – which the village is named after – is a few minutes by boat or foot. The beach is broad and filled with character, with not a single tourist around. It’s a lovely place to start and end your day.

We have made a special effort to ‘touch gently’ when building our lodges. We have experimented with a range of resource efficient and environmentally friendly material and methods. Our biggest success is being totally self-sufficient in electricity needs via solar power. We have gone over our target and now export to the main grid.

“ What a delightful place. We came not knowing what to expect and left wishing we could stay longer.
Anyone who takes such an enlightened and responsible attitude to bringing together tourism and protection of the environment should be held up as a model to which all tourist resorts should aspire. Back of Beyond does this to perfection.
That aside, the bird life is terrific (sit still in the shade and it will come to you), the bungalows are great and the food as good as anywhere we have had on the island.
Well done to all the staff! ”
- Chris & Ann , Witney, Oxfordshire, England, December 2011

Reforestation is continuing very well with over one hundred dry zone trees planted to date. Our orchard with nearly over 40 varieties is also now starting to bear fruit , and we provide most of the fruits and vegetables we serve our guests.We have also started a butterfly garden, planting hand-picked host and nectar plants, creating a flower, fragrance and joy filled patches around the land. .

We have now expanded the facilities with new accommodation units, An Ayurvedic Wellness Centre, a yoga hall, a sea-sand restaurant, and a brand new swimming pool thus making it an ideal retreat for yoga groups , meditation retreats, corporate training functions or for large family get-togethers.

“ Wow, just wow! This place was amazing!!! A real treat at the end of our holiday. The properties were stunning (we stayed in 2 of the villas) and really well thought out. Out of the 8 places we stayed all over Sri Lanka this was the cleanest, smartest and most welcoming of all. Johan and the rest of the staff were so quick and attentive it really helped us unwind and make the most of the stay. The food was delicious (thanks Nelson!) and really well priced with huge portions! Eating in the dining room near the pool was lovely and we enjoyed seeing the new wildlife tracks in the freshly-raked sand each morning. We went out on the boat with 2 of the staff who rowed us to the nearby beach- highly recommended! The pool was a great new addition and perfect for our 4 year old. The wildlife on site was abundant (I think our highlight were the peacocks and the baby water buffalo). The clean sheets, abundance of clean fluffy towels, and smart mosquito nets were appreciated and the sound of the waves on the nearby beach was the perfect soundtrack. Really a 10 out of 10 place! ”
- Rebecca and family, UK / Australia, December 2014

Dehigaha Ela Location Map

Location :
Kahandamodara, turning off just after Ranna on Galle – Hambantota main road. Closest main town is Tangalle (15 km)

Travelling from Colombo :
1 hr 15 min on the Kottawa - Matara Expressway (E1), another 1 hr 30 min from Matara to Kahandamodara on a perfect surface, and finally 4.0 km on well-maintained village roads. The last 200m to our property can sometimes be challenging after the rains.

Accommodation:
One 4-bedroom bungalow, two 2-bedroom villas and one 1-bedroom cottage, have 9 rooms for around 25 adults. All rooms have attached toilets and hot and cold water. Separate driver’s quarters are available at a nominal charge.

Dining:
Custom prepared Sri Lankan and western meals will be served in the dining areas. Tea, coffee and drinking water is provided free of charge. Alcohol will not be provided in our premises but guests have the liberty to bring in their own.

Meal times and check in/out times:
Flexible depending on occupancy.

Staff:
Includes housekeeper, cook, gardener and boatman

“ The staff were wonderful. Friendly, efficient and always willing. A special touch is that there was always someone volunteering to go with us as a guide anywhere we wanted to!! They were always available without ever being intrusive. ”
- Nalinika, Sri Lanka, December 2007

Activities and excursions:
Bird watching, nature rambles, helping out in the farm, learning to cook with Nelson and Mahesh, swimming in the pool, yoga in our custom built hall. Kayaking and boating with Wasantha in the Urubokka Oya to the estuary. Cycling, lagoon baths, beach walks, coastal trekking in the neighborhood.

Excursions to the nature reserves of Kalametiya, Rekawa and Ussangoda, Wildlife National Parks of Bundala and further down to Yala.

Historical temples and archeological site around Rambewa, Mulkirigala, Tissamaharamaya, etc.


FACILITIES AND SPECIAL NOTES

In brief, we offer :

- Lodges with attached modern toilets, and open format showers
- Hot and cold water
- Linen, towels, tissue rolls, soap and shampoo
- Mosquito nets and natural repellents
- Fan cooled rooms
- In-house cook and Sri Lankan and western menu options.
- We do not serve alcohol but permit our guests to consume their own at the premises.

We care deeply for our natural and social environment, We try to our best to ‘touch gently’ (see our policy statement), so please bear with us as,

- We predominantly serve organic fruits and vegetables from our farm. Please let us know early if you prefer other vegetables.
- We do not sell bottled spring water, but provide boiled drinking water
- As with other lodges, rooms do not have electric air conditioning. However, our exclusive reliance on solar power has enabled us to test air conditioning in the Debara Villa.
- Low lighting is used except in the bed rooms
- No TV and other noise generating entertainment

You are welcome to :
- Use our Yoga Hall and swimming pool
- Request for tea, coffee and safe drinking water
- Use our home libraries
- Use our Wi-fi in the lobby
- Get advise from the staff on cycling routes

Speak to us if,
- you would like to arrange boat rides and kayaking with our boatman
- we are to arrange for cooking lessons with Nelson and Mahesh
- You are on your honeymoon – we will make it extra special!
- You need to arrange a customised tour; around Sri Lanka or in the proximity of our lodges
- You are going out exploring but would like to take your lunch with you

“ If there are pockets on earth which represent heaven, then Back of Beyond Kahandamodara is one such pocket …
'Off the beaten-well trod track'
This bungalow and cottage are a pleasure to the senses. Wide-open spaces, the sound of the ocean, the unwavering cool breeze constantly flowing around you. Birds galore, peacocks at your doorstep. Even the bathrooms are a pleasure to be in, with the open air showers and nature themes.
Here there is no commercial product, no radio, TV, music etc.
What you get is the sound of nature at its best, without man’s interference. You get a magical peacefulness which you cannot get from any fancy hotel.
You get the timeless quality of realization that there are places in this would which remind us of heaven..which take us to the end of beyond..where you can let your worries melt away with the wild.. where you can leave your mundane work behind you once in a while… travel a few hours and arrive to a magical place.,,
We were amazed by the delightful meals at Kahandamodara. Nelson is a well chosen asset, and Mahesh, ever caring but shy and humble at the same time.
Back of Beyond Kahandamodar will always be a special, incomparable place, forever in my heart.
Special mention also to Sandy, the sweet and loving and carefree dog, we love her. ”
- Nadhira, Colombo, May 2012

“ Warm winds, lagoon bathing, waking up to the sounds of peacocks! Heaven is here – with smiling faces, family and friends.
Thank you for your warmth and hospitality. ”
- Kathy & Sunanda, London,UK, August 2009

Our bungalow, cottage and villas are located to maximise interaction with the outdoors while maintaining individual privacy.

Garden Bungalow and Cottage :

Set by a green lawn that rolls down to the scrub and pasture Siyambla Bungalow and Kohomba Cottage are ideal for families and those who love to watch peacocks strutting around open lawns. Both the Bungalow and Cottage have their own dinning space, but you are welcome to use the sea-sand restaurant by the swimming pool and yoga hall.

Siyambala Bungalow :

Named after the Siyambala tree that shades the entrance, this open format bungalow has four bedrooms, areas for relaxing and dinning at two levels.. Siyambala can accommodate 8 adults and 3 children and is given out as a single unit. The large open spaces are specially designed with families and friends in mind. As with our other bungalows, we have added a pantry with a fridge which is particularly useful for families with young children.

The four bedrooms vary in character. Two secure rooms by the dining area are ideal for kiddies and grandparents. The up stair room with the stars coming in, is almost a honeymoon space, or for dreaming teenagers..the room down the corridor is almost self sufficient with a little verandah and extra sleeping in the attic.

“ Enjoyed the open and spacious environment, the boat ride, proximity to the beach while not being too close, and the friendly and excellent service of the staff. Particularly appreciated the eco-friendly architecture of the bungalow and the lovely verandah upstairs and the benches spread out throughout the compound! ”
- Himalee, Colombo, December 2009


Kohomba Cottage :

“ The Back of Beyond - what a hidden jewel! Love the style of the cottage and having a beer in the sunken outdoor bath!!! The people, the food, the service were excellent. The night walk along the beach was amazing and we saw a green sea turtle and on the way back to the bungalow we saw a wild cat (not me - a red head) Loved sitting on the roof on the cottage at sunset, watching all the birds. Thank you for the Back of Beyond experience. ”
- Peter, Sydney - Australia, October 2011

“ My girlfriend and I spent a marvelous four days at Back of Beyond in Tangalle, and we can't recommend it highly enough. The cottage was airy and comfortable, set amidst well-tended gardens filled wild animals, including peacocks, lizards, and fireflies. The caretakers of the property, Nelson and Mahesh, were kind and attentive, and made up feel right at home with their delicious home-cooked Sri Lankan meals. Just ten minutes away was a windswept beach which we had just about to ourselves. And for the price, it's amazing value. We'll definitely be back! ”
- Sebastian, Cambodia, September 2015

We had a lot of fun building this cottage and it seems the vibes have been retained! The unit consists of one large bedroom, open format dining and living space, along with a rooftop area with a fabulous view of the surroundings . The unique feature of the Kohomba cottage is the plunge pool we have experimented with…a new dimension to our pre-occupation with fun bathing spaces.

This cottage is set away from the Siyambala bungalow to maintain privacy of both units. Ideal for relaxed couples, and a safe space for small families.

VILLAS

To meet the needs of longer stay guests, we have located two spacious self contained villas where we are creating our butterfly garden. The garden around the Villas go down to the swimming pool and sea sand filled restaurant. Both villas have a fully equipped pantry/kitchenette, where you can prepare some breakfast or tea. Meals can be served at the villa or you are welcome to use the sea-sand restaurant by the swimming pool and yoga hall.

Bulu Villa :

“ Fantastic stay at Back of Beyond in Tangalle. The place was extremely comfortable and I had some of the best sleep I have had in years. The grounds are very natural and put you in a very relaxed mood. Pool was great and the empty beach was a short walk away. Thanks to Yohan, Nelson and the rest of the staff for making my stay a memorable one. ”
- Dan, Guam, Nov 2015

This villas has two bedrooms(one double and one triple),a living space, dining room and kitchenette on the ground floor, and a lovely upper level for relaxation, work or as an extra sleeping space. On to one side, the estuary can been seen through the coconut trees, and on to the other the Urubokka Oya flowing down to the sea. But the real treat is to star gaze on a clear night.

Both bedrooms have attached bathrooms with hot water showers, and are mosquito –proofed. All beds are provided with mosquito nets.


Debara Villa :

“ Yohan is a great host, before arriving he answered our many questions, gave a detailed plan how to arrive at the property (which is really at the back of beyond and hence not easy to find) and made sure that everything was well prepared for us (baby crib, extra bed,...), thank you! the riverside villa is a real treasure, we (2 families with 2 kids and 1 baby) enjoyed the nature and calm very much. the food was directly from the farm and really delicious, nelson and his colleagues are a great team who really take care of their guests (special food for the kids, organising vans/tours,...), always friendly and helpful, thank you! we appreciated the facilities on the big property (swimming pool, lounge area) or just hanging around, relaxing and watching the many tropical animals pass by. the beach is 10-15 minutes walk away, unspoilt, very natural and beautiful, but the sea is rough (in the mornings we went swimming with our kids, but still dangerous). ”
- Birgit, Austria, January 2015

The larger of the two villas, Debara sleeps upto 7 adults in two spacious rooms and loft. The loft is a absolute favourite with children! . Keeping in mind the needs of our elderly guests, we have added air conditioning to this cottage. We are thrilled that we can keep all our guests comfortable while not deviating from our environmental policy. It runs totally on solar energy! The verandah faces the setting sun and the Urubokka Oya…perfect place for a sun downer.

Both bedrooms have attached bathrooms with hot water showers, and are mosquito –proofed. All beds are provided with mosquito nets.

FACILITIES AND SPECIAL NOTES

In brief, we offer :

- Lodges with attached modern toilets, and open format showers
- Hot and cold water
- Linen, towels, tissue rolls, soap and shampoo
- Mosquito nets and natural repellents
- Fan cooled rooms
- In-house cook and Sri Lankan and western menu options.
- We do not serve alcohol but permit our guests to consume their own at the premises.

We care deeply for our natural and social environment, We try to our best to ‘touch gently’ (see our policy statement), so please bear with us as,

- We predominantly serve organic fruits and vegetables from our farm. Please let us know early if you prefer other vegetables.
- We do not sell bottled spring water, but provide boiled drinking water
- As with other lodges, rooms do not have electric air conditioning. However, our exclusive reliance on solar power has enabled us to test air conditioning in the Debara Villa.
- Low lighting is used except in the bed rooms
- No TV and other noise generating entertainment

You are welcome to :
- Use our Yoga Hall and swimming pool
- Request for tea, coffee and safe drinking water
- Use our home libraries
- Use our Wi-fi in the lobby
- Get advise from the staff on cycling routes

Speak to us if,
- you would like to arrange boat rides and kayaking with our boatman
- we are to arrange for cooking lessons with Nelson and Mahesh
- You are on your honeymoon – we will make it extra special!
- You need to arrange a customised tour; around Sri Lanka or in the proximity of our lodges
- You are going out exploring but would like to take your lunch with you

“ If there are pockets on earth which represent heaven, then Back of Beyond Kahandamodara is one such pocket …
'Off the beaten-well trod track'
This bungalow and cottage are a pleasure to the senses. Wide-open spaces, the sound of the ocean, the unwavering cool breeze constantly flowing around you. Birds galore, peacocks at your doorstep. Even the bathrooms are a pleasure to be in, with the open air showers and nature themes.
Here there is no commercial product, no radio, TV, music etc.
What you get is the sound of nature at its best, without man’s interference. You get a magical peacefulness which you cannot get from any fancy hotel.
You get the timeless quality of realization that there are places in this would which remind us of heaven..which take us to the end of beyond..where you can let your worries melt away with the wild.. where you can leave your mundane work behind you once in a while… travel a few hours and arrive to a magical place.,,
We were amazed by the delightful meals at Kahandamodara. Nelson is a well chosen asset, and Mahesh, ever caring but shy and humble at the same time.
Back of Beyond Kahandamodar will always be a special, incomparable place, forever in my heart.
Special mention also to Sandy, the sweet and loving and carefree dog, we love her. ”
- Nadhira, Colombo, May 2012



The dining spaces at Kahandamodara compete with the much appreciated cooking! Each bungalow cottage and villa has its own unique dining space. To this we have added, a BBQ space on the open lawn, a sea-sand restaurant and a star-gaze roof top! The choice is almost too much, unless you are long stay guests!!

Our cook is an expert at a wide variety of Sri Lankan and western dishes. The flavour of the southern coast predominates in the Sri Lankan food, and there is a distinct ‘Sri Lankan touch’ to the western dishes. In addition to vegetables and fruits, our home garden will give you a variety of fresh ‘green leaves’ that have now become all but inaccessible to the urban Sri Lankan. If you see Nelson wandering around with a basket, join him and pick your meal! And the seafood often comes directly from the boats that draw up on the beach. You can join our staff at dawn to peer down at the nets and pick your fish.

“ The service was really good and the food was very tasty. I liked that we got things like nelun ala [lotus bulbs], akkapana kola –I had never eaten that before - that is found/available in the area. ”
- Karin, Colombo, August 2009

“ Four great days and nights at Kahandamodara. Clean, comfortable, relaxing ….. Food is exceptional. Nelson will be the new Publis. Amazing varieties of curries made with local ingredients. Friendly, cheerful service. Great Wifi. ”
- Milinda and Sonali, Sri Lanka, August 2015



“ Swimming in the lagoon, exploring the little islands, biking, frog catching, fishing, sleeping in the attics to the sounds of the birds calling, leaves rustling, waves crashing, early morning walks taking in the sunrise, seeing a plethora of animals (including a leopard!) at Yala, enjoying the views along the coast on the ride up, getting a taste of Sri Lankan culture at Mulkirigala, experiencing the wonders of snorkeling - All this within 5 days at Back of Beyond! Topping it all was the scrumptious cooking by Nelson and team and the exemplary service offered by Mahesh. Unforgettable and cherished memories. THANK YOU! ”
- Gayathri & Group, Canada/Chennai, October 2011

Reading up on what we see has always added to our pleasure of exploring our island. Our library will help you identify the birds and trees around you, and educate you on the wonders of agriculture. We have a few books on the culture, history and archeology of the southern coast to help you in your explorations.

Walking and cycling
The flat land, network of small roads that take you through the sleepy village and finally down to the beach make walking and cycling the best method of exploring the area.

“ The immediate surroundings are great to explore on foot or bike. The bikes were good fun as there are all sorts of nooks and crannies and various surfaces to explore and test your biking skills! ”
- Gayathri and Karin, August 2009

If you prefer less strenuous activities, our farm and pastureland is ideal for bird watching and nature walks. We named this property after the families of peacocks that reside in the area. In addition the river and the estuary attract a range of water birds


Farming and cooking what you grow!
We have just started a spice garden to complement our vegetable garden and orchard. Gardening - or farming if you extend the scale! – is one of the most relaxing activities. You can join our staff in their daily farming tasks and extend it to cooking what you helped to harvest! You can join our cook in his kitchen to get an insider view of his delicious secrets and help him prepare your food.



List of Fruit Plants


Yoga retreats
While there are plenty of spaces in our property to induce you to do some Yoga and Prana Yama, we have built a special hall for the serious practitioner. Airy, thatched roof bamboo roof with sufficient wall space has been custom designed for group retreats or for individual practice. In our fruit garden, we have laid out a series of meditation walkways as well.

“ Layout, setting, rooms created a perfect setting for a yoga retreat. The food was excellent and the local specialty dishes were delicious. The staff was courteous and helpful. The hospitality of the hosts Yohan & Nishka was wonderful. Thank you for joining us on the moonlit walk on the beach. Hope to be back very soon for more yoga and delicious food.
Judith, Selman, Shanaka, Chanaka, Sabina, Ramani, Nim. Sumaya and Anitra

- Yoga retreat group, Sri Lanka, February 2015


Ayurveda centre




Kayaking, boating and swimming
With the Urubokka Oya (river) at the base of the property and its estuary within sight, it is hard to resist the water. You can choose to laze around in our fresh water swimming pool overlooking the Urubokka Oya or walk down to the beach to the lovely place where the estuary forms a constantly changing pool. However, please be careful to check the day’s conditions with the locals before jumping into the water. Kayaking in the river is a favourite activity for the energetic. For those who prefer more relaxed enjoyment, our boatman will take you safely along the Oya in our custom built boat.

“ Our experience here was one of the best we have had in Sri Lanka. The resort was beautiful, the beach was stunning. The rooms were extremely comfortable and the overall atmosphere was very serene and relaxing. The pool made the great experience complete. The swimming pool was just out of this world. The staff were friendly and very helpful. They had a wide variety of food to choose from. The fact that everything was so peaceful and quiet made it really enjoyable. We will definitely recommend this place and come back soon. Thank you all so much. ”
- Ranawana, Subasinghe and Rambukpota families , July 2015

“ Thank you to Nelson, Mahesh and Wasantha for an amazing time at Back of Beyond. We were able to relax to the sound of peacocks calling in the most amazing surroundings. We'll never forget our arrival and being greeted with a refreshing glass of Passion Fruit juice. An introduction to the amazing hospitality from everyone ( a big thank you to Yohan for all the help).
We got up early each morning. One morning around 6 am we were on the beach and helped the fishermen haul in their nets. Hard work - they gave us two fish for our troubles.
We don't want to leave - we will be back ”
- Liam and Miriam, January 2012



EXCURSIONS

Wildlife Parks and Nature Reserves

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary : Less than 30 min drive from MonaraThenna.

‘…includes the Lunama and Kalametiiya Lagoons, Karukalli saltern and the surrounding marshy areas. Kalameitya area has recorded about 151 species of birds of which 54 are migratory, 4 nationally threatened.’ – Heritage of Ruhuna
Even if you are not a bird enthusiast, the beautiful lagoon landscape of Kalametiya will captivate you.

Ussangoda Natural Reserve : Less than 30 min drive from Monara Thenna.

This eerie landscape makes you believe in extraterrestrial visitations. Steeped in legend that goes back to the pre-historic time of King Ravana. “…the 20 acre site [is associated] miraculous power as no plants grow on it. The actual reason may be the rich iron deposits…pre-historic remains were discovered here’ – Heritage of Ruhuna.


Rekawa : Less than 30 min drive from MonaraThenna.

“ Turtle Conservation Project of Rekawa was established in 1993 to protect turtles. Of the eight varieties of turtles remaining in the world today…five species have been recorded at Rekawa beach. Green turtles are the most common, Leatherbacks, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill and Loggerheads also nest on this beach” – Heritage of Ruhuna

Bundala : Just over one hr. drive from MonaraThenna.

“Declared a sanctuary in 1969, there are many small salterns and lagoons within this park…the vegetation can be described as ‘tropical thorny forest’…Bundala is one of the most popular wintering areas for birds…about 200 birds have been recorded during the recent years.” – Heritage of Ruhuna


Ruhunu National Park (Yala) : Less than 2 hours of driving will take you to the gate of Yala.

Yala, the first love of seasoned wildlife enthusiasts of Sri Lanka and the most popular pick for anyone wanting a sighting of elephants and leopards. - Handbook for the Ceylon Traveller, Studio Times.


Archaeological reserves

“Although the chronicles depicts Anuradhapura as the most important kingdom of the country, in the pre-Christian era it is possible that Ruhuna was much larger and more powerful…for one and a half millennia Ruhuna existed alongside the splendor of Raja Rata, enduring even after its glory faded” - Eloquence in Stone
Such a history gives the amateur explorer plenty of scope.

Within 30 minutes of MonaraThanne lie a range of sites centered around the Buddhist temples of Rambe Viharaya, Veheragodalle, Wanduruppa Theraputtabhya Vihara, Kahandagala Viharaya, Mulkirigala Viharaya, etc.

Driving further, in less than 1.5 hours you reach Mahagama the capital of the ancient kingdom. The Akurugoda site where coins from pre-Christian era were found, Yatala with its moated stupa and tiny museum with an excellent collection statues, and the central site – Tissamaharamaya overlooking the massive Tissa tank.

Should the exploration bug bite, the scope is endless. Our library and staff will help you choose the best sites to visit depending on your time and interest, or it will be an endless fascination …as it has become for us.




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