December 22nd, 2018 - January 5th, 2019
This was a special holiday for us to all be together as a family. It was everything we hoped for. The villa is lovely and the staff exceptional. Every part of the two weeks will be wonderfully remembered by us. Amazing holiday and great to be together in such a wonderful setting. The staff and the villa were amazing and we couldn't have asked for much more. Cant wait to return to Sri Lanka again and crack the surfing. What an epic holiday, in such an amazing villa.
Jane D, United Kingdom
December 1st, 2018 - December 9th, 2018
What a wonderful week we have had a Villa Pooja Kanda. A heaven of peace and tranquility which has allowed us plenty of relaxation. Thank you so much to all wonderful staff who have looked after us during our stay. Nothing has been too much trouble, every request met with a smile and "yes of course." Chef Sunanda has prepared some wonderful food for us and coped admirably when a few additional friends turned up. The twins (15 months) received so much attention from all the staff. We are first time visitors to Sri Lanka but I have no doubt we'll be back to explore more wildly and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people. I am a great aunt to the above twins and have had a wonderful week with these darling boys the rest of my lovely family. I cannot believe how amazing all the staff have been at the villa. We have loved it all and thank you all so much for making our stay so perfect. They will come back and I will be with them.
Emily M, Switzerland
November 3rd, 2018 - November 11th, 2018
Thank you all for the most wonderful week of rest and relaxation. I cant think of a better place anywhere in the world to while away a few days and escape the trials of every day life. Not even a famous victory for England down the road in Galle would tempt us from this paradise. The wildlife was spectacular, with birds galore (including peacocks), monkey's, mongoose and giant lizards keeping us entertained. The staff made our stay. Every day they made sure we did not want nor worry for a thing and when the children got too much, it was no trouble to take them off us for a few minutes of playtime. The food altogether too good. We shall return no doubt. Its only a matter of time.
Robert C, Hong Kong
October 25th, 2018 - October 28th, 2018
Thank you very much for having us. We enjoyed the stay. Staff were very kind, food very tasty, one more thank you to everyone.
Izabella K, Sri Lanka
September 1st, 2018 - September 8th, 2018
A huge thank you to allthe staff at Pooja Kanda for their excellent care and attention to detail. We had a most memorable, enjoyable week and you have truly spoilt us! After touring Sri Lanka for the first week of our holiday it was lovely to be welcomed by the Pooja Kanda team! Thank you all for all the relaxing time we spent at the villa and also for the excellent and friendly service that you provided. We have made many special memories during our stay and would love to visit in the future.
Jane M, United Kingdom
August 16th, 2018 - August 25th, 2018
Thank you everyone at Pooja Kanda. We had a wonderful stay here. Perfect after a tour of Sri Lanka. Relaxing with delicious food and amazing service from all the staff. A real treat. We will return without a doubt.
Alan T, United Kingdom
July 23rd, 2018 - July 26th, 2018
As a chef and travel blogger, I get to visit a lot of exotic places around the world, but i've never seen a villa with so much natural charm and character. Living and swimming in the jungle tree tops with nature's smells, sounds and colours made this experience INCREDIBLE! The staff are super friendly and accommodating to all our needs. Our talented chef created amazing meals both local and traditional. We truly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this villa to anyone wanting a different experience. Thank you for an memorable experience.
Joel M, Australia
July 14th, 2018 - July 16th, 2018
Thank you so much for such a warm welcome, heartwarming food and a lovely stay. We will never forget the delicious food and the magic moment of seeing the peacocks on the day they hatched! But most of all, thank you for taking care of our family with your excellent, attentive and friendly service - what a gem you have! We've loved this special place.
Scott S, Australia
July 7th, 2018 - July 14th, 2018
To all at Pooja Kanda, we are a family of six from Australia, dad and mum and 4 kids. Spent a week traveling through Sri Lanka and this has been by far the most memorable experience for us. Aside from the magnificent house, Sunanda, Chaminda, Sunil, Apoo and "Anaconda" have made our stay unforgettable. From the many trips to the market with Chef Sunanda, and the resulting feast that you created for us, the cricketing experience that Chaminda shared, the many "Milo" drinks and tequila cocktails sunil whipped up for us, Apoo's amazing tricks with the vape and karate moves and of course Anaconda's quiet, ever present charm. Not forgetting the arduous task the lovely ladies had of tendering to the copious amounts of washing we deposited each day. Rob and Loku, you have impeccable standards and we could not have asked for a more welcoming, attentive, discreet and humble group of people to look after our every need during our stay. Thanks for joining us for dinner on Saturday night, we enjoyed it.
Scott S, Australia
June 27th, 2018 - July 4th, 2018
OMG what a beautiful place! Pooja Kanda exceeded our expectations - the grounds, pool, rooms, all gorgeous and staff were fabulous too. A family of 4 - divorced mum and dad (yes strange) and 2 young sons 23 & 21 - a holiday from Australia and we couldn't have asked for anything more. What a sensational place for a well earned week of relaxing, eating, drinking and the World Cup.
Sandra B, Australia
June 17th, 2018 - June 20th, 2018
We - a group of a dozen, spent an amazing time at Pooja kanda from 17th to the 20th June. The lovely bungalow lived up to it's expectations completely. The super clean rooms, the public areas, the pool, the garden - everything was up to the mark. The staff were always willing and pleasant and catered to our every need and request. A big thank you from all of us for making our stay so enjoyable. We take back warm memories of a gracious country and gracious people.
Cherian R, India
June 3rd, 2018 - June 8th, 2018
Thank you so much for most wonderful stay! We had the most amazing and relaxing time. The staff were so helpful and kind. We wish we could have stayed longer - the food was absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for an incredible stay.
Bella S, United Kingdom
May 4th, 2018 - May 6th, 2018
As a group who live in Sri Lanka, we have stayed at many villas here. This has been our best experience - a lovely villa which is great but also well trained charming and highly efficient staff. Something that is unusual here. A big thanks to the team who looked after us.
Izabella K, Sri Lanka
April 7th, 2018 - April 14th, 2018
To all the team at Pooja Kanda, what a wonderful week we have had. The villa is absolutely beautiful, in its stunning surroundings – we’ve loved keeping our eyes out for the beautiful wildlife we can spot. But the week has been made even more special by how we have been looked after by the villa staff. A special and a huge thank you to Rob and Loku who went above and beyond by taking us to the Doctor in Galle twice and staying with us the whole time. Loku you are a wonderful woman. Thank you again.
Lizzie and Dan C, Singapore
March 24th, 2018 - March 29th, 2018
Thank you for a fabulous stay at this wonderful villa in a fantastic country. The staff were brilliant, very accommodating to our 6 adults and 8 cousins under 10. Fish curry, hoppers and dhal for breakfast, great barbecues and all with a smile. We had a great trip out to the beach, swimming with turtles and loving the rope swing. We will be back. Oh and some great England v Sri Lanka cricket games on the front lawn – with tea and gin and tonic breaks!
Ben W, United Kingdom
February 3rd, 2018 - February 10th, 2018
Thank you for a wonderful stay at Villa Pooja Kanda. We had a fun filled holiday with our 3 grandchildren and enjoyed every minute. We wish we could have stayed longer and hope to come back another year. The staff have been attentive and kind and nothing has been too much trouble. Loku has catered to all our requests for transport, where to go and has made us feel extremely welcome - we cannot thank her enough.
Fred L, United Kingdom
January 24th, 2018 - February 3rd, 2018
Thank you so much for making our holiday one of the most memorable holidays my family and I have ever had. We enjoyed the physical surroundings of the villa, the comfort you afforded us, the incredibly delicious pool, and our outings. I will treasure the memory of our time here forever. We arrived as tired weary strangers and we leave as rested rejuvenated friends.
Mary Jo M, Indonesia
January 14th, 2018 - January 21st, 2018
A huge thank you to all of the team at Villa Pooja Kanda - we have been so spoilt here. Chef Sunanda, Chaminda, Sunil and Yasiru not only looked after our two girls brilliantly - they became the best of friends. The birthday party with all of their (staffs) children and grandchildren for Beatrice, our four year old, has a particular highlight and an memory we will cherish. Chef Sunanda has hidden skills as a pasty chef - not just an amazing cake but a table groaning with wonderful treats. A brilliant week - thank you all!
Sarah C, Singapore
December 30th, 2017 - January 6th, 2018
We had a wonderful week in the villa. Enjoyed the pool, the sights around here - particularly the tea plantation, the lake trip including the spice island and trips to the wonderful beaches nearby. It has been a perfect base for relaxing and the staff have been great. Our special thanks to Sunil who is always smiling and friendly and to chef Sunanda whose food is absolutely amazing. I wish I could stay longer (age 7) I liked swimming in the sea with turtles on my last day.
Colin A, United Kingdom
December 23rd, 2017 - December 30th, 2017
We had the most wonderful stay at Pooja Kanda. The house is perfect and works so well for a mix of age groups - I wish we were staying longer. All of the staff are so lovely and couldn't be more helpful. Always smiling and ready for a game of cricket or bird, monkey, peacock and fruit bat watching. The food has been amazing and we are all feeling very healthy. Special mention to Sunil and Sunanda but everyone else has been wonderful too. We loved the lovely smiley washing lady who has washed copious amounts of laundry and still smiling. Thank you.
Jayne E, United Kingdom
December 15th, 2017 - December 23rd, 2017
We have absolutely loved our week at villa Pooja Kanda. It is the perfect place and in the perfect spot. More than that - the staff cant be faulted. Everyone is so helpful, friendly and professional. The food has been a particular highlight - Chef Sunandra is Michelin Standard. We hope to return one day.
Winifred C, Australia
December 7th, 2017 - December 14th, 2017
Thank you all so much for such a wonderful week. The manager was constantly smiling, always helpful and looked after our every need. I am not sure when he went to sleep! So - and I think I write for all the guests, he deserves special mention for his excellent service. Everything has been fantastic, such a memorable week for all of us. Fantastic food from Sunanda and exceptional service from Sunil and his team. Thank you for such as amazing week. We have both relaxed and felt so at home. We will remember our week and cannot wait to return.
Annie A, United Kingdom
November 20th, 2017 - November 27th, 2017
Thank you so much for looking after us this week. Everything from the rooms to the pool, the food to the copious amounts of drinking, everything was AMAZING! All of the staff are a credit, so friendly, helpful and nothing too much. Thank you. What a truly unforgettable week. The villa is beautiful and finished to an amazing standard! What has made this week has been the terrific staff who went above and beyond to make our stay even more memorable! An outstanding week.
Stuart B, United Kingdom
November 3rd, 2017 - November 5th, 2017
We cant thank you enough for a lovely fabulous week. The villa is truly gorgeous and the staff were kind and helpful. The food was incredibly tasty and we have had the best time here. It has been a very relaxing and rejuvenating holiday in Sri Lanka on our last nights. Thanks a million to everyone who made it happen.
Shanara P, Sri Lanka
June 1st, 2017 - June 3rd, 2017
Yes very enjoyable from 1st June - 3rd of June. There was an awesome collection of movies. The staff also were extremely hospitable and always there to help us. The Chef made excellent food. Furthermore, the rooms and the pool were sublime.
Caleb C, Singapore
April 28th, 2017 - April 30th, 2017
We had a wonderful time from 28th to 30th April at the villa Pooja Kanda. The wonderful Laliru, Sunanda, Sunil, Rusuru, and Childa were so hospitable and looked after our every need. The food was delicious and the facilities were great!! This villa can be highly recommended.
Dr. Shama F, United Kingdom
April 15th, 2017 - April 22nd, 2017
We had a most wonderful week in this beautiful villa. It has an charm and grace and the days flowed past far to quickly and gently. I am so grateful to all the staff for all their many efforts daily to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. The beautiful flowers and cake which they provided for our daughters birthday made her special day so the more memorable. I don't normally do this type of holiday but I am certainly reconsidering this in the future. Many thanks to all.
Diana D, United Kingdom
April 9th, 2017 - April 15th, 2017
Pooja Kanda was the last stop in out holiday, we couldn't have chosen it better! The service was superb! The staff was so respectable and sympathetic and always aimed to servce us the best way. The food was outstandingly delicious, every meal was one to look forward to! The rooms were very comfortable were always very clean and tidy. The villa really felt like home. We were very appreciative to have experienced this wonderful, joyful environment, and we surely hope to return to this paradise. Sri Lanka is definitely a place to cherish and Pooja Kanda was certainly one of the highlights of our trip.
Francisco Xavier A, Sri Lanka
April 2nd, 2017 - April 9th, 2017
We all had a lovely time at Pooja Kanda Villa. The food was absolutely delicious! The beach was lovely and we swam with gigantic turtles! We went to a turtle aquarian and the baby turtles were really cute! We also went on a boat trip and the islands were fantastic! The staff were really kind and we loved coming here. One of the best family holidays we have ever had. The staff at the villa were so attentive and looked after our every need. The food prepared by the Chef was out of this world, the best curries we have ever eaten! Such a great experience for a young family and a wonderful half way port between the UK and Australia to catch up with family. We wouldn't hesitate in returning to Pooja Kanda and we look forward to one day seeing you all again.
Antonia P, United Kingdom
March 3rd, 2017 - March 5th, 2017
Amazing stay at an amazing villa! We loved our stay at Pooja kanda! Your staff are supurb and we were well looked after! Look forward to more stays here.
Giandomenico M, Sri Lanka
February 16th, 2017 - February 21st, 2017
We had a fantastic time at Pooja Kanda! The staff have all been so kind and sweet with the children. The food has been delicious and the Chef catered for all of our separate needs and wishes brilliantly. We were a mix of meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, dairy free and gluten-free!! Thank you also to Rob and Loku for looking after us so well. We would love to return one day.
Anjali W, United Kingdom
February 14th, 2017 - February 16th, 2017
We had a lovely time @ Pooja Kanda. The service was excellent and the food was really tasty. We needed a special diet for one of our guests and it was catered for with a willingness and a smile. Thank you Loku, Rob and the rest of the staff. We will come back again.
Gayan H, Sri Lanka
January 28th, 2017 - February 4th, 2017
A fabulous place for family from London and Singapore to meet up for a special family holiday together - out of this world in so many ways - far from our normal lives in such a beautiful place with such friendly and efficient people looking after us, and delicious food to eat - chef Sunanda did us proud with a fantastic barbecue last night! We have all loved the pool, the monkeys, the dames on the lawn, the trips to Galle, Koggala Lake and the bike ride, as well as the time to do nothing. Thank you to everyone here for looking after us so brilliantly.
Sarah H, United Kingdom
December 23rd, 2016 - January 3rd, 2017
What a wonderful time we had here at Pooja Kanda. It truly is a paradise here. The welcome and care of all the staff have been outstanding. We have had an unforgettable Christmas and New Year with amazing food and hospitality. It has been a wonderful reunion for our international family in magical Sri Lanka. Thank you so much. What a wonderful place! Not only is Villa Pooja Kanda breathtakingly beautiful, but the people who work here couldn't be kinder. They really made our stay extra special! I hope we come back one day! The extra effort that was out into the Christmas and New Years decoration really gave our holiday another element of wonder. Thank you. Great start to 2017!
Roderick N, Australia
December 7th, 2016 - December 21st, 2016
My second visit to Pooja Kanda and I couldn't wait to get back here. I loved that everything was the same - the monks chanting, and bread cart tunes, the monkies, kingfishers, and tiny birds. This time we discovered the peacocks. Go for a walk early morning or late afternoon (or tuk tuk). Turn right out of the gate, and keep walking straight through the villages, until you come to the paddy fields on your left....... about 20 minutes. There you will see beautiful peacocks and peahens. This place fills me with such joy. Thank you everyone for helping to make our stay here a paradise moment. Will miss the amazing feasts prepared for us by Chef Sunanda every day, and the lovely Villa staff.
Charmaine A, Australia
November 20th, 2016 - November 27th, 2016
We had a lovely stay. The staff were attentive and always ready to help with a smile. We especially enjoyed the amazing meals prepared by Chef Sunanda. He shared his secret curry paste and even prepared extra portions for us to take home. Special thanks to Loku and Rob for helping arrange our numerous daily excursions - our first every visit to Sri Lanka was made even more special thanks to everyone at Villa Pooja Kanda. I will highly recommend my friends who plan to visit Sri Lanka - a wonderful country with beautiful people!
Carolyn T, Singapore
October 24th, 2016 - November 3rd, 2016
A very big THANK YOU to all the attentive considerate, smily staff who have made our stay very special. The food has been absolutely lovely and each request for tea, coffee, met with a smile and excellent service. A special thank you for all the effort that went into making our family celebration so special and one will not forget. We will definitely recommend this lovely place to all our friends and acquaintances.
Sylvia S, United Kingdom
October 20th, 2016 - October 22nd, 2016
We would like to thank all of the staff from Pooja Kanda for looking after us. From the moment we arrived we were treated like family. The staff were amazing and the chef brilliant. The villa had a great vibe and we will certainly be recommending the villa to anyone looking at a Sri Lanka getaway. Keep up the good work.
Oshea S, Australia
September 29th, 2016 - October 2nd, 2016
Thank you very much to the lovely Pooja Kanda team. You've been wonderful, so attentive, patient and kind. Thank you for making us feel so welcome and amazingly well looked after. Sunil you are my favourite and I'll miss you the most!
Luma M, United Arab Emirates
September 5th, 2016 - September 9th, 2016
Thank you so much!! The stay in Pooja Kanda have been nice. We are very happy to finish our holidays here. The staff have been incredible, kind and friendly, we are felt in our home.
Silvia R, Spain
July 7th, 2016 - July 12th, 2016
Thank you for such a wonderful stay. The house is fantastic and housed our 4 families and kids comfortably. It was the perfect place for a relaxing catch-up with friends. The staff were lovely and helpful, especially catering our tribe of kids. The food was the best we've eaten in the country so hats off to the amazing chef!!! Thank you.
Keshan S, Australia
April 19th, 2016 - April 20th, 2016
Thank-you for a wonderful stay! We lead a very fast pace life and it was a great way to unwind & relax and take time out of the hustle and bustle! Staff were accommodating and lovely to deal with. The cook put together amazing meals which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Will definitely be back.
Narelle W, Australia
March 26th, 2016 - March 29th, 2016
Thank you everyone who has made out stay very enjoyable. We all felt very comfortable at home with your hospitality. We wish we could have stayed longer. The kids have had a ball and thank you for cooking special needs for all the kids..... Chef you are a great cook! We will come back!
Anna-Marie M, Malaysia
March 20th, 2016 - March 25th, 2016
Had an astonishing lovely stay, great food, awesome service! A very relaxed and chilled out few days spent here. I love Pooja Kanda.
Pooja S, Singapore
February 8th, 2016 - February 13th, 2016
A great way to experience Sri Lanka! We came with 2 young boys and 2 grandparents, and Pooja Kanda did everything in their power to accommodate all our needs. Thank you for a memorable holiday!!
Grace T, Singapore
February 5th, 2016 - February 8th, 2016
Highly appreciation Pooja Kanda. Although here is not home, warm and same as home. Staff in here is nice, they are not my family member, but the services as same as family member. I am very appreciated and will come again soon.
MS. W, China
December 30th, 2015 - January 2nd, 2016
Totally amazing experience. Awesome staff, delicious food, lovely environment. The facility is magnificent. Like living luxurious with a djungle feeling monkies schreeching around the corner. I would suggest anybody visiting Sri Lanka to rent Pooja Kanda a couple of nights. All the best recommendations.
Lotta S, Sweden
December 16th, 2015 - December 30th, 2015
This second Sri Lankan holiday is easily of of our very best holidays ever! Thank you very much!! Pooja kanda is a luxurious villa in a beautiful setting. It is very well run by the whole team, supervised by Loku, who were all incredibility obliging, attentive and caring. A lot of effort was put into (apart from so many other things) making Pooja Kanda uninviting for mosquitoes which was much appreciated!! Sunanda and team prepared wonderful, delicious meals. His culinary skills included a memorable X'mas barbecue which included a parrot fish we caught!! Sunil added to the charm of the villa by being rather endearing, cheerful character. Monty (what we decided to call the resident monitor lizard) added to our enjoyment by just appearing on the lawn. We do miss him when he doesn't appear. A special thank you to the security guards who kept us safe. Laundry came back beautifully folded, thanks to Gilmda. Somalata was very special too!
Calum T, United Kingdom
January 27th, 2013 - January 29th, 2013
"Perfect Bachelors Party Weekend" We were a group of 10 who had come to Sri Lanka for my Bachelors Party. For the first time ever, I have booked a place online and found the place to be far better than the pictures posted on the Internet. Right from the time we entered Pooja Kanda we felt at home with the warm and courteous staff. The location just perfect, lush & regal. There was absolutely nothing we could complain about the Villa and its amenities in any way. Since we were celebrating my bachelors party at Pooja Kanda, we were having late night pool parties at the Villa. Special thanks to Sushant (Chef) and the house boys (Tharanga & Dickman) who put up with all our late night food requests. They made us feel at home with their everlasting smile and eagerness to make our stay comfortable. The food too was absolutely stunning (Sri Lankan Cuisine) with Sushant preparing Huge Spread's fit for the Royals! A HUGE Thanks to the Pooja Kanda Team for giving us a Memorable and Unforgettable Experience. P.S: We are already in the process of planning our next trip back to Pooja Kanda, hopefully by the year end. Cheers, Shyam Srinivas India
Shyam Srinivas, India
December 8th, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012
We felt very much a part of village life even though we were perched well above the nearly out of sight homes. Loved the early morning chanting,mullahs calls to prayer,drumming,and morning fires. Watched the morning ritual of monkeys crashing through the trees on their way to a day out feeding and watched it all in reverse at dusk. Marvelled at the busy birds of all colours and laughed at the squirrels antics. Pooja Kanda was a paradise for us....lush and floral. The property was beautifully maintained and the staff delightful. We ate delicious Sri Lankan cuisine for breakfast,lunch and dinner. Tell the chef how you like it and give him his head. Can't wait to go back...Cheers Charmaine.
Charmaine Agnew, Australia
August 22nd, 2012 - August 29th, 2012
Wonderful, and absolutely unforgettable. Coming with my numerous 'family' - nine of us altogether, from 3-year-old twins upwards - from the tensions of the Middle East where we live, this really was a bit of paradise on earth. It's almost too difficult to single out particular memories, but playing cricket in the garden is something we don't do every day in Arabia. (Thank you, Tharanga and all the staff, for this and so much else.) If we had the time and the resources, we would come back to Pooja Kanda every single year.
Timothy Mackintosh-Smith, United Kingdom
April 2nd, 2012 - April 9th, 2012
We enjoyed it to Pooja Kanda, everything was perfect. The splendid villa, delicious cuisine carefully prepared by the chef and his team. Loku, the supervisor has organized a party for a birthday party with dancers and musicians, fireworks, BBQ, ..... unforgettable. Everything was done for our comfort and we really enjoyed! Thank you to Rob, the manager and his team (supervisor, cooks, gardeners, cleaning lady, Guardians) .... it was a dream for us and you've done! At another time perhaps, but with the kids because I think it will be paradise for them too! Thank you. Sylvie, Sophie, Joelle, JF, Benoit, Michel.
Jean-Francois Beauve, Belgium