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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Hikkaduwa, Galle District, Southern Province

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ravikcm
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews
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“Delightful hideaway in the coastal party town of Hikkaduwa!”
Reviewed January 14, 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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PJ's is a delightful hideaway in the coastal party town of Hikkaduwa. It is situated about 800m inland on the banks of a mangrove lined lagoon. It is tranquil for the most part, occasionally interrupted by music from wedding celebrations in the village (although my mini boombox did compete).

During my stay in December, I would wake up to bird song. Languishing during the day one could observe woodpeckers, parrots, babblers, drongo, mynahs and robins frequent the garden; swallows chase each other zigzagging through coconut trees and kingfishers taking a bath in the swimming pool!

The view of the lagoon affords a peak in to village life with villagers transporting their wives and children on traditional outrigger canoes and fishermen gliding by from time to time trying their luck or inspecting nets or crab traps.

I particularly enjoyed going sightseeing on the canoe. The mangroves are enchanting. As are the big blue jellyfish and the local 'godaya' fish that somersaults out of the water from time to time. If so inclined there is a fishing rod available. Although borrowing a local fisherman's simple palm frond rod is likely to yield better results.

I wanted to eat healthy during my stay, and so asked for the cook, who is available on request at an extra fee, and gave him specific instructions on what to prepare and how. Remember that he is not a professional chef but a fishermen turned cook who does a great BBQ. In my case it was fruits for breakfast, and local veggies & fresh seafood at other times.

The train from Colombo to Hikkaduwa is a scenic and cost effective way to get to PJ’s. A tuk tuk from the station would cost around Rs.100-150/- and the train ride about Rs.250/-

Looking forward to my next trip to PJ’s!

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Liked best: The canoe ride in the mangrove lined lagoon!
Liked least: Nothing comes to mind. I had a great time!
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed December 21, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Gunat
Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
“Great getaway location 5 minutes from Hikkaduwa town”
Reviewed December 1, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

PJ's is a superb expanse of property with the right mix of space & privacy, located in a small village by the Hikkaduwa Lagoon/lake just before the town. The ambience is peaceful and tranquil- especially compared to the bustle of Hikkaduwa beach & town.

The pool is a major plus point- particularly after a day at the beach. Beds are comfortable with good linen although the rooms could benefit from more charging points for the usual gamut of electronic gadgets. The open plan Bathrooms/Showers are great (particularly the en-suite) but you have to be on the lookout for (seasonal) coconut pluckers in the neighboring property before using the facilities! The plucking season is usually every 3 months, so a cursory check will be adequate- this will be a non-issue once the bamboo fencing and camo grows to adequate heights.
The lagoon access (boat/oars/lifejackets included) provides a little more adventure. Local fisherman traverse the waters regularly, and if one is lucky enough, they can strike a deal on local fish/crabs for a different kind of meal.
There's a basic, detached kitchen with a fridge and stove top will be enough for basic meals, and the town is close enough that you can get the necessary wares for cooking. This does mean a little bit of a to-fro walking when you need to access the fridge or a little messy if it is raining.
The caretaker, is a gruff but obliging character and will help out where possible. Note that he is not a cook and is only responsible for the upkeep of the property.

Mobile (phone) Reception is good but a little restricted inside the rooms but fine elsewhere on the property.

A great getaway- recommended!

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: Detached Kitchen
Traveling group: Friends
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Nehama J
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“A cosy intimate hideaway ideal for a romantic escape or family holiday”
Reviewed December 1, 2013 for a stay in October 2013

PJ's has 2 rooms so it's an ideal place for a small group /family outing. Private pool and canoe on the lake. When we stayed we enjoyed the BBQ under the stars. Close enough for a night out partying in hikkaduwa town....

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Kjell_E_H
Umea, Sweden
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Reviewed February 12, 2017 for a stay in January 2017
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