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Rockland Garden, Narigama, Hikkaduwa

Beach cottage with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

From £176 per week

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Cottage to rent in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

A one bedroomed property with en suite bathroom, kitchenette, aircon and WiFi. Just a short walk to the beach.

  • Cottage
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Near beach
  • Air conditioning
  • Parking
  • Shared garden
  • Washing machine

Cottage overview - owner's description

Ideal for couples or those with a baby or young child.

Rockland Garden (also locally known as Saman Siri Cottage) is situated in a safe and peaceful location within the grounds of a Sri Lankan family home in Narigama at the south end of Hikkaduwa. Close enough to walk to restaurants, shops and the beach, but tucked away amidst 'real' Sri Lankan life, it offers the best of both worlds.

The family garden is well-tended with lots of tropical plants, birds and occasional visiting monkeys.

The bedroom has a double bed with sprung mattress, mosquito net, air conditioning unit, two clothes hanging rails with coat hangers, a shelf unit, a writing table and chair and a mini safe. Bed linen and towels are provided (but not beach towels).

A cot bed suitable for a baby or toddler or a folding bed suitable for a child up to the age of 12 are available at no extra charge. Both have a mattress and mosquito net.

There is no extra charge for electricity or cooking gas.

A microwave can be hired for LKR 500 a day.


The cottage is situated halfway between Narigama and Thiranagama Junctions, close to Sumanarama Buddhist Temple and about 30 metres behind the railway line.

The houses are not numbered and there are no street names making the place difficult to find on the first visit. We always meet guests on the main road and guide them to the property.


It's easy to hire a motorbike or bicycle. Tuktuks (three wheeler taxis) are readily available. Public buses are also plentiful. Hikkaduwa main bus and train stations are 2km away.


One of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Hikkaduwa is just a few minutes' walk away and was the location for the British TV programme Good Karma Hospital.

There are lots of things to do in and around Hikkaduwa including:

a visit to working tea plantation (Handunugoda)
local markets
a moonstone mine at Meetiyagoda
an elephant reserve (Udawalawe National Park)
Kottawa forest reserve
lagoon trips at Dodanduwa (by canoe) and Balapitiya (by motor boat)
turtle sanctuaries
feed wild turtles on the beach
PADI scuba diving
paddle boarding
sea fishing trips
whale watching from Mirissa
water sports
guided bicycle rides through the paddy fields
yoga classes
cookery classes

And of course there is the beach to enjoy with lots of different bars and restaurants.

The historic town of Galle - a UNESCO World Heritage site - with its 16th century Dutch Fort and international cricket ground is only 15km away. Look out for Galle's international literary festival held in January each year.

We can also help organise local and island round tours and airport pickup and drops.


You should apply for a visa to enter Sri Lanka before travelling. This can be done online at:

You will need to provide the address of the accommodation which is: Wedage Watta, Narigama, Hikkaduwa.


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4 out of 4 people recommend staying here


Family from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Apr 2014

We stayed here for 6 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The family is very friendly and helpful. They provided a crib with mosquito net for our 9 month old and the kitchen is adequately supplied. The property is just over the railway tracks in a tropical garden next to a Buddhist temple. Its very quiet except for the occasional train that goes rumbling by. Its a five minute walk to the fabulous Narigama beach. The outdoor area is great to hang out in though our little boy kept wanting to explore the mud and pot plants! Great for a family with a small child.


From St-petersburg

We rented a cottage Samana Siri in December 2012. Mr. Saman very friendly and caring host. On the first day of arrival showed us shops, beach, recommended us a restaurant with good food. Cottage is not very big, is set back from the road so noise is not audible. In general, all fits the description. Many thanks to Samana and his son for the attention!


From Leicestershire

My wife and I stayed here for 5 weeks Feb 2011.
For what you pay, this place has to be the bargain of all time. Compared with other villas close to where it is at, this place has got what it takes at a price that has to be seen to be beat. Close to the northern end of Hikk, and a number of quality restaurants as well as access to the beach. The truth is that whilst the bungalow offers you all the facilities you need, whilst there is a well stocked kitchen, aside from a kettle you dont need anything else. Food out is cheap enough not to worry how to stretch your budget, we ate out every night and still took money home at the end of the stay (breakfast as well). What it does offer is a washing machine, which when you consider our stay was 5 weeks was something we couldnt do without.
The family Saman, are a very nice typical Sri Lankan family, and with a brother with his own taxi, making trips out all the more easier to sort out, not that you really want to leave the area anyway.
Hikk itself has everything you need with a marvellous market down by the Railway Station, as well as a meat, fish and veg market (if you do want to cook). Plenty of 5* PADI diving to be had, as well as a number of other resort entertainment. They also have a music festival although I cant remember what time of year it is held.
Things to do, use the local trains to visit Columbo, Candy and Gauli, take a river trip and visit one of the national parks. Or simply relax, sit back and read a book (although with a Kindle you can read a UK newspaper daily if you want) or two or three.
I could wax lyrical for ever and a day, but the truth is that even if you only do the usual 2 weeks, including the cost of Air Fair, Sri Lanka is very very doable and compares favourable with any Costa in Spain.


From London

A great little find on the jungle side of Hikkaduwa. Saman Siri Cottage has some of the mod cons you wouldnt except in properties in this price bracket, such as a safe, hot water & air con. We didnt use the kitchenette but that would be great for people who plan to stay in Hikkaduwa for any length of time and are on a budget. My main worry about being on the jungle side was the mosquitos but we didnt have a problem with them at all and it was interesting to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle when in previous stays in Sri Lanka weve always stayed in beach side guest houses. Thumbs up!

48 other reviews

Александр Nov 2019

Everything was great.

Mira and Felix Nov 2019

This cottage is the perfect place to stay when you're near Hikkaduwa! Close to the beach, very nice room, also with a lovely place to sit outside! This family is so wonderful & kind, we really felt welcome here! You really should eat the rice & curry of Lakshan's mom (at least one time!) because it was sooo delicious!! Maybe even the best rice & curry we had in 2 weeks :-)

Ian and Andrea Nov 2019

“A fantastic flat with everything you need to relax the washing machine was a blessing and the outside sitting area perfect for relaxing. Lakshan and his family are wonderful people with local advice, fresh coconuts and wonderful curries as well as a smile. A fantastic experience 5 stars on every level”

Blake Apr 2019

Lakshan is an amazing host and very hospitable. We enjoyed our stay.

Michel Mar 2019

Très jolie petite maison avec un porche et jardin qui donne beaucoup d’intimité. Nous avons beaucoup apprécié l’emplacement et la proximité de la plage et des marchés. Nous recherchions la tranquilité et nos hôtes ont bien répondu à cet attente. Ils étaient aussi attentifs à nos demandes! À l’intérieur de la maison, il y avait tout le nécessaire pour se faire des repas et faire son lavage. C’était très pratique. Cette maison a beaucoup de potentiel!

Vadim Feb 2019

Lakshan and his family are very friendly and nice people. They live nearby and are always ready to offer their help. The house has a convenient location, only a few minutes walk to the beach. We really enjoyed spending our time at the outdoor terrace and often had meals there. I highly recommend this accommodation option and will gladly book again should I travel to Hikkaduwa in future.

Gary Nov 2018

An excellent choice if you need to be near the beach, it's only a 5 minute walk, shops and restaurants nearby too but the best thing of all are the host family, always happy to help with any requests, very friendly family, such nice people, would highly recommend a stay here, I stayed for 3 months and really didn't want to leave, they even organised a leaving BBQ for me and even included me in family events like birthdays and anniversary events, so sweet.

Madelaine Nov 2018

Lakshan and his family were extremely welcoming and hospitable. Nothing was too hard. The dinner prepared for us was the best food we have had in Sri Lanka and the breakfast was delicious. Our toddler still asks for egg hoppers when we ask what she wants for breakfast.

Ilya Nov 2018

Lakshan is very kind person with friendly family.

Jordan May 2018

Great little place super close to the beach! My boyfriend and I loved our stay! Thanks Lakshan :)

Daniel Apr 2018

Lakshan, his home, his family and everyone we met while staying with him are amazing. The apartment is in a perfect quiet location yet it is close to the beach, stores, and restaurants. The apartment is clean, has a good AC, great wifi, nice kitchen and bathroom and comfortable bed. The apartment had everything we needed. Lakshan and his family and friends are all very kind and truly made our trip to Hikkaduwa a wonderful time. We will be back!

Eliyor Mar 2018

Super friendly family thank you for a nice stay!

Rebecca Mar 2018

We enjoyed a brilliant stay. Lakshan and his family were extremely hospitable and the location of the house was superb!

Reece Feb 2018

Great location. Great room and outside area. #1 place to stay in Sri Lanka

Jonathan Feb 2018

Nice quiet, little place a short walk away from the beach with super friendly hosts. Lakshan's brother even gave me surf lessons.

Christiane Feb 2018

We had a very pleasant stay with our small son and really enjoyed the house and Lakshan's family around having small chats here and there. The house was a described bedded in a nice garden/jungle site and had everything you need. Everything we asked for was arranged very promptly. We can only recommend Lakshan and his family.

Sarka Jan 2018

We loved staying at Lakshan' s place. Lakshan is a wonderful host, lovely person and very helpful. He met us at the train station when we arrived and dropped us off as well. All his family is very warm and friendly. The place is clean, with a nice bathroom, hot water and a perfect little kitchen with everything you might need, including a fridge and a washing machine. The outside seating is amazing, spacious, super comfortable, with a lovely garden. The place is situated in nicer and quieter part of town, within a 2 minute walk to the beach and main street with the shops. There is a lovely rustic bar Bambos on the left side of the beach. It is a great place for drinks on the beach and meals, very good prices and it is away from the touristic and overpriced beach restaurants. Ask Lakshan for directions! :-) We higly recommend this place :-) Thank you!

Pauline Jan 2018

Very nice place to stay in Hikkaduwa. Close to the beach but very quit in a lovely garden. Very helpful and friendly family.

Matt Jan 2018

If your looking for somewhere peaceful, off the beach front and want to experience some village life, this is the place to stay. An amazing spacious studio space, next to family home in a gated garden. You can play tunes and really feel you have your privacy. It felt very safe. It has a great area outside to sit and eat or chill and take in the lovely garden, birds and wildlife. Lakshan and his family are great, and really looked after us. Lakshan has a rickshaw, picked and dropped us off at the station , took us on a mini morning tour to see some local history/sights. Lakshan even bought us some traditional hoppers to eat outside in the evening, very cheap and VERY tasty! Recommend The Joint bar which is on beach front and very close to Lakshans, great day beds and music. Lakshan can also show you where to go to yoga which is a 10 min walk away, and get an aurevedic massage. Loved it! Deborah and Matt x

Susan Jan 2018

Het is een paar minuten lopen naar het strand, restaurants, winkels en nachtleven. En het zit toch op een rustige plek. Wij gingen naar Pearle beach hotel voor ligbedden op strand (gratis), je kan ook tegen betaling (500 lkr) gebruik daar maken van het zwembad. Lakshan heeft ons vriendelijk ontvangen, zijn moeder en vrouw kunnen niet echt Engels, maar met handen en voeten kom je een heel eind.

Aaron Dec 2017

Beautiful family who are attentive and friendly. The position is ideal in relation to proximity to the beach and restaurants. Feels like a bit of a retreat from the busy main road. Our only concern was the comfortability of the bed. The mattress could do with some more cushioning. Thanks for having us :)

Allison Dec 2017

Great simple home in Hikkaduwa! Lakshan and his family are wonderful hosts and make you feel right at home. Lovely place to enjoy the beaches of Sri Lanka! Easily accessible by train to neighboring towns.

Kay Mar 2017

Just a perfect stay at this little cottage. Very simple but with everything we needed. Just 5 minutes walk from the most beautiful beach ! Lakshan & his family were helpful in everyway they could be but also respected our privacy too. A perfect location for us and a perfect stay.

Sarah Feb 2017

Lakshan and his family were the perfect hosts and definitely made our holiday that bit more special. The apartment is fantastic, a good size and the outside area is spot on. Its in a fantastic location, just a few minutes walk to the amazing town and beach. We will definitely be staying here again! Thank you Lakshan, Saman and all the family. X

Olivia Jan 2017

Lakshan (and family) along with wonderful beach just a few mins away made this a perfect little stop for us, everything we wanted was there. More peaceful than hikkaduwa with great food nearbye and also cooked for us, very enjoyable stay with lovely people will come again.

Kim Dec 2016

If you want a bit of privacy and to be off the main drag which is busy, this is the place. A nice sized studio with lovely outside seating area. Lashkan was very helpful and also got us a moped. Would highly recommend. 3 min walk to the beach, shops and bars.

Jarl Dec 2016

Lakshan and his family are so friendly and their place is perfectly located a short walk from the beach. Thank you for your hospitality and excellent service Lakshan, we had a blast there. Best, Jarl and Tara

Mike Dec 2016

Our stay at Lakshan's cottage was fantastic. He picked us up from the train station and helped settle us in. We we're a few mins walk from the beach and all the little eateries. Such a great host with a lovely family!! Highly recommend.

Anton Nov 2016

The cottage was fully consistent with his description. It vas very cozy) And there was everything we needed to rest! Especially we liked the gorgeous veranda, where we had breakfast and sometimes met with exotic animals :) The host, Lakshan, and his family are very friendly and hospitable people! Lashkan helped us in all our questions, and even organized for us an amazing trip to Adam's Peak! He is a very responsible person! Many thanks for our holiday, Lakshan! Waiting in Moscow ;)

Simone Nov 2016

Our stay with Lakshan was great! He made the arrival process smooth, his communication was great and he went out of his way to provide stellar service. This home is located perfectly on the edges of the Hikkaduwa strip, with a short scooter or tuk tuk ride to the town center. We were woken up once by the chanting at the local Buddhist temple, but otherwise managed to sleep well for the test of the time here. The home also comes with a washing machine!!

Davide Oct 2016

The place is more amazing as the picture shows. The family is one of the kindest what we met at sri lanka. The room is clean and confortable with enough kitchen stuff to cook nice meals. Thanks a lot!

Soraya Sep 2016

Lakshan and his family were very kind and welcoming. We spent 5 nights at the cottage and it was just as expected from the listing: very clean, close enough to the main road to be easily accessible, and wi-fi and A/C working properly. The noise from the train tracks wasn't a nuisance. However, on special occasions you might have an early wake up call from the prayer at the temple close by.

Xiao Jun Lin Aug 2016

Lakshan is really nice also his brother,his mother ,his wife.And by the way his son is cute which has a big wonderful eyes .We rented a motobike from Lashan,and got the tips of him.I love this place is clean ,comfortable.

Karine Jul 2016

Fantastic value for money. Everything we needed was provided. Great little cottage on his property. Lakshan was extremely friendly and helpful. He can help you organise anything you need.

Sophie May 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with lakshan! Lakshan and his family were very welcoming and friendly. The cottage is well maintained and beautifully located. It is just a few minutes to the beach and a short walk into town! It is nicely hidden away from the Main Street making in very peaceful! Would highly recommend to anyone.

Oleksander Honchar Mar 2016

Lakshan house and his family just great! Family lived in the neighboring house in the yard, very nice, responsive and unobtrusive people. Our 1,10 years old son just run to play with them all the time. The house is very comfortable, clean, modern and authentic. There was a small garden and a terrace on the house territory, where we spent most of the time. It has a kitchen with everything you need. Narigama Beach in three minutes walk from the house. The beach is wide and almost empty. The house wass located near the railway station, but it didn't disturb us at all. Really would like to come back! Definitely will recommend Lakshan house to our friends!”

Anna Mar 2016

Translated from Russian: Laksana was very welcoming, met us at the bus stop and drove to the house. The house is cozy and equipped with everything you need (kitchen with utensils, hot water, internet, air conditioning). Laksana helped hire a bike and was ready to provide any other assistance as the rest of his family, who lives in the neighborhood. The house has a cool patio surrounded by greenery, which is very nice to have breakfast or just spend time watching exotic animals. Trains hear, but they do not interfere and go very often. On Sunday, we woke up the noise of a nearby school.

Julia Barde Feb 2016

Lakshan and his family were really nice and open-minded. He picked us up from a hotel close to the apartment when we arrived at hikkaduwa and brought us to our place. We had a good stay and felt comfortable. Sometimes you can hear the trains, apart from that the area is really quiet. Thank you for the nice stay Lakshan!

Ryan Olson Feb 2016

We had a very good experience staying with Lakshan. The place was perfect and had everything we needed. The porch was particularly nice. It's fairly close to the train tracks but that didn't bother us. It can also be difficult to find, but Lakshan was kind enough to pick us up from the train station.

Cadieu Corinne Jan 2016

Logement correspondant aux photos. Très bon accueil, Chambre et salle de bain parfaite juste la propreté cuisine à revoir. la famille peut à la fois répondre à nos besoins et sait aussi se montrer discrète si cela correspond à nos besoins. L'endroit est certes situé près du train mais cela ne gêne pas plus que ça (il faut savoir que de toute façon au Sri Lanka le train longe la côte), il est agréable d'être à un peu de distance de la route principale pour profiter du calme du jardin.

Ali Cotter Jan 2016

This is an amazing place to stay. It's not on the beach but it is tucked back in the jungle. The beach is a short walk away. The amenities are awesome, especially for someone like me who has been traveling for a few weeks. There is a kitchen, hot shower, wifi, air conditioning, and best of all, a laundry machine! The hosts are really wonderful there to answer any questions yet very respectful of your space. It was truly a wonderful way to experience Hikkaduwa.

Andrey Steblin Dec 2015

Great place for a relaxing holiday. A cozy cottage is fully equipped for a comfortable stay. Lakshan and his family are very friendly and attentive people. We had help in everything! A small but very nice garden. Ocean in a 5-minute slow walk. Near Thiranagama station small fruit and vegetable market. Rarely a passing train hoot at night, we did not care. There are much cheaper options. But if I'm in Hikkaduwa again, I stopped with Lakshan!

Nicky Sheehan Nov 2015

The host Lakshan was very friendly and speaks good english. He met me from the town so no problems finding the cottage. It is in a lovely big tropical garden (lots of coconut trees) near to the family house, but separate in its own space with outside verandah. Very comfortable sleeping with aircon & fan with large bed under a mosquito net. There is also a separate little kitchen and good bathroom with shower. It is all very clean with nice towels & linen. Lakshan also took me to the local Hikkaduwa markets & then the family cooked and shared an evening fish barbecue in the gardens. The cottage is very close (walking distance) to the ocean with its beautiful long beach, nearby are little shops and bakery. The host and his family are always helpful and on hand if needed but not intrusive. The cottage is ideal for solo travellers and couples looking for a hideaway that's great value for money. It's a relaxing place to stay & easy to get to the beach & town when you want and lovely people who look after you.

Sabina Bamschoria Feb 2015

Wir verbrachten 3 Nächte im appartment von saman citis bzw lakshan und familie. Die Unterkunft ist wirklich sehr schön und liegt inmitten eines tropischen gartens. Zum strand ist es auch nicht weit, ca 2 Minuten zu Fuß. Jeder der Familie war sehr sehr hilfsbereit und wirklich sehr freundlich. Auch bei der nachlieferung des Gepäcks (dieses kam zwei tage verspätet in sri lanka an) wurden wir mit vollstem einsatz unterstützt. Danke nochmal!!!!Wir können die unterkunft nur weiter empfehlen...komm als gast und gehe als freund :)

Wisse Bliek Jan 2015

The guesthouse is really comforteble and clean. We stayed there for 5 days. To the beach is just a few meters walking. Saman and his family are friendy, and the respect our privacy. There is only one guesthouse, so there is no contact with others. The house is in a garden. We stayed there only for the nights becourse there is no internet, and therefore we went to the beach. In fact we found it a lonely place, others will love it. You can here the birds and in the morning apes are running over the roof.

Anna Ermolova Jan 2015

Отличное расположение. Рядом железная дорога, но она не мешает. Шикарный пляж в минуте пешком. Гостеприимные хозяева. Большой безопасный красивый двор. Дом соответствует описанию. Нам понравилось! :) Во дворе живет одноглазый кот, будет выпрашивать еду))))

We stayed in Saman's holiday home this September for 15 days in total. The room was wonderful, bright and cooling and the kitchen worked perfectly!If any of us were planning to go back to Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa, we would most definitely stay there again!Thank you Saman for your kindness in our stay.Sofia, Lucy and Kate, UK

Having stayed at Saman’s place in July 2010 I can recommend this as an excellent place to spend your holiday.Nestled in lush Sri Lankan jungle and only 2 minutes’ walk from Narigama beach, the bungalow includes everything you could want with a self-sufficient kitchen, a washing machine and a breezy outdoor area where you can sit and while away the time or entertain friends. Waking up in the morning you can have your breakfast whilst gazing at the lush tropical garden, watching out for local birds and if you're lucky, glimpsing a bit of wildlife such as monkeys or monitor lizards.Close enough to walk to restaurants, shops and the beach but tucked away amidst 'real' Sri Lankan life Saman's gives you the best of both worlds. It offers outstanding value for money and will make sure you get the most out of your Sri Lanka holiday.Emily MAfghanistan

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This cottage is:

300m from the nearest beach 300m from the nearest bar 300m from the nearest restaurant 300m from the nearest supermarket 150km from Colombo International Airport 2km from Hikkaduwa town 300m from Beach 15km from Galle
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This cottage is in a village near the beach. It has outside lighting and a shared garden. Car hire is not necessary as the cottage is less than a 15 minute walk to a large selection of shops, bars, restaurants; however parking is available if required.

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Updated 15 December 2019

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  • 16 July - 31 July 2020: the minimum stay is 2 nights.



1 ensuite bedroom, Sleeps 3:

  • 1 double bed and en suite

There is also 1 cot


1 bathroom including 1 en suite


Internet / WiFi


Living area seats 4, Dining area seats 4, Air conditioning bedrooms only, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire optional


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Pots / pans, Toaster


Outside lighting, Parking, Shared garden

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a safe and peaceful location within the grounds of a Sri Lankan family home in Narigama at the south end of Hikkaduwa. Ideal for those wanting easy access to the beach but looking for a tranquil refuge from the sometimes hectic Hikkaduwa social scene. The cottage has a large well tended tropical garden with outdoor seating and a spacious veranda with banquette seating which serves as a sitting cum dining room.


Average rating from 4 reviews

Private Owner From Dodanduwa 80250, Sri Lanka Member since Dec 2008

Past bookings: 13 bookings

Last seen: 7 months ago

Number of properties: 1

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