We stayed at Nandawanam Guest House on the East Coast of Sri Lanka for 3 nights after a long trip through the North & East in May 2013. At the end of a long tour, some of which was in less than ideal accommodation, Nandawanam was simply outstanding. It is located in a quiet tranquil garden setting away from the increasing hustle and bustle of Passekudah beach. The rooms and bathrooms were literally spotless, well furnished and extremely comfortable. The wifi and tv were excellent. We ate from the Sri Lankan menu which was very tasty but didn't try any of the more Western offerings - when in Sri Lanka why would you want to? Above all the staff are the most obliging and helpful team that you could wish for. Very dedicated and concerned to ensure that we had a great stay - we did! The price is very competitive for the high quality delivered.
The location was good - a short (5 minute drive) to Passekudah beach for a great dip in the Ocean and a reasonable 45 minute drive into Batticaloa. Attractions there included the old Dutch Fort, St Mary's Cathedral, the Market, numerous Hindu temples, the lighthouse & EcoPark at Palameenmadu and boat tours of the lagoons. If you want an interesting spot for lunch with great lagoon views, try the Sri Kishna Café for an authentic and tasty vegetarian buffet.
The final words on Nandawanam - very highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located Five Minutes away from the Famous Passikudah Beach, Nandawanam Guest House provides Comfortable Luxury Rooms in the East Coast of Sri Lanka. ‘Nandawanam’, an Ancient Tamil vocabulary meaning ‘Garden in Heaven’, also the Guest House is Surrounded by a Nice Garden and Huge amount of Greenery which provides a Calm & Peaceful atmosphere & makes it an Ideal place for Relaxation.Nandawanam consist of 12 Rooms, 4 Family Rooms and 8 Double Rooms, Fully Furnished Air conditioned, attached Bathroom, Satellite TV connection and Intercom Facilities which are Maintained with High Standards of Cleanliness. Six Rooms are with Private Balconies and a Nice View of the Garden which makes you to leave everything behind and Chill with the Breeze.The Restaurant Serves Both Local & International dishes, fresh Juices and King Coconut and Kurumba Just Fresh from the Tree. Rice & Curry and Crab Curry, prepared according to Typical Authentic Recipe which is Very well known among the Guests gives an Unforgettable Experience of the Real Batticaloa Cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nandawanam Guesthouse Sri Lanka/Kalkudah