Rest House Matara

An exotic place located down south Sri Lanka for an exclusive experience and relaxation

Cuisine

Our well experienced team is ready to serve you in whatever way required with wide variety of tastes.

Accommodation

All rooms are meant to provide maximum comfort with or without Air Conditioning and many more facilities

The Bar

Our menu features alcoholic beverages, hot and soft drinks

Important

USEFUL INFORMATION

Wi-Fi Facilities Yes
No. of Rooms 08
Parking Available Yes
Distance from City Centre 150 Meters
Credit Card Facilities Yes
Reception Open Until 23.00 Hours
Room Service Yes
Room Voltage 220V
In house Dining Yes
Indoor Bar Yes

HOTEL POLICIES

Check in 14.00 hours
Check out 12.00 Noon
   

CHILDREN AND EXTRA BEDS

Free! One child under 6 years stays free of charge when using existing bedding. If extra person share existing bed, USD 05 will be charged.

PETS

Pets are not allowed

FACILITIES

Room Service, Laundry Service, Postal Service, Children Menu, Public Beach Access

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Accommodation

5 sea view rooms and 3 other rooms comes with fully air conditioned. Each having distinctive details, help our guests make the best choice, whether they prefer a quiet refuge, want to wake up to a sea view or have a love for exclusive open spaces.

All rooms are meant to provide maximum comfort, with air-conditioning, TV, hot water, mini fridge, telephone, well furnished and clean attached bathroom. etc.

Cuisine

A unique choice where the natural context and our traditional hospitality form a magical, regenerating blend for body, mind and spirit.

The strength of the sea and the virtues of the thermal waters, the sunny friendliness we show our guests, the impeccable service, the taste of Mediterranean cuisine and the quest for healthy menus create the balance and harmony thanks to which the Rest House has earned its undoubted prestige. Moreover, the Hotel participates in the artistic and cultural events on the island, offering its guests exciting, enchanting moments in every season

History

OUR HISTORY SINCE 1780

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Rest House - Matara is an exotic place located at down south of Sri Lanka and much calm in a friendly environment as close to the beach which is 160km away from Colombo and 2 hours away from International airport via Southern Express way. This is consisted of 8 A/c rooms with a spacious garden. Special parties, Wedding reception, Lunch packets, and serve the most delicious dishes of eastern and western foods

It has long history beginning of year 1780, and situated in MATARA FORT. Newly re constructed after Tsunami with Dutch type furniture’s and extraordinary photos hanging around the walls as giving information with in Sri lanka era.

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HISTORIC MATARA

Matara, located at the southern coastal belt where the River Nilawala flows into the Indian Ocean, has been a famous port town with a teeming population and resplendent beauty.

Historical chronicles have it that Matara served the dual role of a port and a resting place for weary travelers who invariably have to cross the river Nilawala at Mahathota on their way to Giruwapattuwa from Colombo along the road running along the southern littoral. Matara also became famous among travelers, local and foreign, for its elephant krall of yore where wild elephants captured from jungles of Giruwa and Magampattu were herded before being put to auction. The venerable Thotagamuwe Rahula thero in his epic poems known as ‘Sandeshayas’, have depicted in beautiful verse, the scenes of elephants bathing at Mahathota port.  

Matara was also one out of the four regions the country was divided into by the Portuguese following their capture of the country’s coastal areas and was treated it as one of the most important as well as largest areas under their control. The historical deed given to the Portuguese says that the large swathes of lands stretching from Kotte to the river Walawe belonged to Matara region.

However Matara was not a part of the three regions to which the country was divided into by the Dutch, but was administered as Matara Disawa under a separate government agent and came under the purview of the revenue division of Galle. Forts and buildings erected by the Dutch as a defence can be seen in Matara even today. The current Rest House of Matara is located in close proximity to the Dutch Fort in Matara.

During the reign of the British, the Matara district was reported to have been bordered by Giriwapattua West, the Galle District, the Sabaragamuwa province and the Indian Ocean.

According to Tolemy, the Greek academic who landed in Lanka in 150 B.C, Matara was an area dominated by the Nagas, a tribe of people inhabited mountainous areas of the region. This explains many village names beginning with ‘Na’ in Matara even today. Nayimana, Nayimbala and Nakulugamuwa are just a few examples.

Matara, with a history dating back to many centuries, has become a household name due to the legend of Kalidasa-Kumaradasa during the reign of Sinhala kings, the celebrated king Dapulusen who constructed many a temple in and around his kingdom of Devinuwara, King Parakramabahu the 2nd who built a massive sea port to ensure protection of maritime provinces of the country and King Parakramabahu the 6th  , a colossal literary figure.

In more recent times too, the Matara district which was home to some of the greatest Buddhist monks, scholars, authors, poets, administrators is replete with scenic and natural beauty, thriving townships and suburbs, villages and hamlets with a well-connected road network and fertile land yielding plentiful harvests.

Excursions

Polhena Beach

Polhena Beach

Polhena beach is a major attraction in Matara. There is a good surfing point. You can have a boat trip also. The place is crowded in wekends & holidays. This place is very popular among native sri Lankan tourists. Short span of beach with a coral reef which can explore even walking through the water. Very Important place for coral reef explorer

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Matara Star Fort

Matara Star Fort

Matara fort built by the Dutch around 1640 is a fortification of a Portuguese garrison. The old Dutch church is an interesting and one of the oldest structures in the Fort. There are many other structures in the Dutch and the British era most of which have undergone many changes. The star fort built in a shape of a star has been built to provide additional protection to the main fort across the river.

Fishing on a rod

Fishing on a rod

In Midigama and Weligama area this is a very popular scenery, fisherman are fishing standing on a rod in the sea. They usually fish at time the sun is either rising or setting. The rod belongs to a fisherman who wouldn’t sell his place by any mean given the value of the fish and also the money he can get from tourists stopping there. It’s a very beautiful scene in the morning.

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Chapter House Matara

Chapter House Matara

This is another beautiful place situated in the middle of Matara town. The Chapter House was built in a little island on the sea few meters away from the beach. There is a bridge to travel in to the island. It will make a fantastic scene from the top of Chapter house of Matara town.

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Weherahena Temple

Weherahena Temple

A 25m high colourful Buddha statue built at Veherahena Temple. The  temple  is about 2 km from the town centre on the tangalle road. Artificial cave decorated with 200 comic book style scenes from the life of Buddha. Illustrations on the buddha telling the life of buddha. There you can see the shrine room in which the walls are decorated with the murals depicting the Buddha’s life

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Dondra Light House

Dondra Light House

Dondra Light House is situated in the southern tip of Sri_lanka. It is about 150 ft high and built by stones. There is a spiral ladder inside the Light House up to the top most floor. From the balcony you can see beautiful “Bulutota” mountain range from the North and endless Indian Ocean in the South.

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Wewurukannala Temple

Wewurukannala Temple

15 miles east of Matara is the town of Dikwella, where there is one of the most extraordinary Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. The Wewurukannala Vihara temple is dominated by an image of a seated Buddha. It is 160ft high, the largest statue in all of Sri Lanka and dates back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782 – 1798). The temple has three parts, the oldest being about 250 years old.

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Blowhole (Hummanaya)

Blowhole (Hummanaya)

“Hummanaya” is a blowhole located on the southern Sri Lankan coast few kilometers away from Dickwella town. The ocean water flows underneath the shore, and then comes out of this hole due to pressure. Water shoots up every minute or so, and it gives a very serene feeling.

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Kataragama

Kataragama

Kataragama situated in the southern extremity of Uva, dedicated to God Skanda, venerated by Buddhists and Hindus. It is 228km south of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Katharagama is famous for the Hindu Shrine (Devale) and Dageba (Buddhist Pagoda – Kirivehera). Lord Buddha and his third and the last visit to Sri Lanka were believed to have met the King Mahasena who ruled over the Katharagama area in B.C.580

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Contact us

Contact Options

  • POSTAL ADDRESS

  Rest House, Fort, Matara, Sri Lanka

  • TELEPHONE

  (94) 41 22 22 299

  • FAX

  (94) 41 22 22 799

  • SKYPE

  resthousematara

  • EMAIL

  resthousemh@sltnet.lk

  • WEBSITE

  www.resthousematara.com

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