Named after the flocks of peacocks (monaras) that strut across the land, this 10 acre retreat lies on the eastern bank of the Urubokka Oya. Open scrub land typical to the southern dry zone merges with river-side vegetation. We are gradually turning parts of the high ground back into a dry zone farm, whilst foresting other parts of the land.
At Monara Thanne the bungalow ( Siyambala) can accommodate upto 7 adults and 3 children below 5 Years, with each unit having specially designed areas for relaxation and optional sleeping. In keeping with our philosophy of minimising energy usage all our bedrooms have fans rather than air conditioning. We have provided mosquito nets for all our guests. All rooms have attached toilets with hot and cold water.
Named after the Siyambala tree that shades the entrance, this open format bungalow has three bedrooms and large living areas. As with our other bungalows, we have added a pantry with a fridge. We find a pantry is particularly useful for families with young children.
Siyambala is given out as a single unit as the large open spaces are specially designed with families and friends in mind. The entire upper level takes the form of a deck... this is where we relax, read and when the stars are particularly bright, we carry our bedding up for the night.
At Monara Thanne our cook will prepare a wide variety of Sri Lankan as well as 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. For those tempted to eat out on clear starry nights, we have prepared a barbeque space outside Siyambala.
Meals to be ordered from the Bungalow and no outside meals are permitted
Reading up on what we see has always added to pleasure of exploring this island. We have started a little library at each of our Back of Beyond retreats. In addition to some of our favourite books on Sri Lanka - its history, nature, wildlife, folk tales and culture – we have thrown in a few pulp fiction…after all what is a holiday without a little bit of brainless reading!
The library at Monara Thanna will also help you identify the birds and trees around you, 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.
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary: (Less than 30 min drive from Monara Thanne)
Even if you are not a bird enthusiast, the beautiful lagoon landscape of Kalamatiya will captivate you. It includes the Lunama and Kalamatiiya Lagoons, Karukalli saltern and the surrounding marshy areas. Kalamaitya area has recorded about 151 species of birds of which 54 are migratory, 4 nationally threatened.’
Ussangoda Natural Reserve: (Less than 30 min drive from Monara Thanne)
‘This eerie landscape makes you believe in extraterrestrial visitations. Seeped 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’
Available Attractions and Activities:
- Walking / hiking
- Bird watching
- Lagoon Baths
- Involvement in agricultural activities
- Safari to Yala and Bundala National Parks (a jeep can be arranged from a local supplier)
- Turtle watching in Rekawa (during the turtle season)