Why House, Mihiripenna, near Galle

An idyllic inland location near Galle’s sultry coastline allows Why House to offer its guests the best of both worlds; a tranquil setting amidst rural rice fields and easy access to picture-postcard beaches, a mere five-minutes’ drive away.

Why House has a total of eight well-appointed rooms. The six spacious and luxurious suites are spread across two separate buildings whilst two cottagey cabanas overlook the paddy fields. Set in lush gardens, facilities include an open-sided living and dining pavilion with bar (added in late 2016), an elegant lounge and a jade-green swimming pool.

This country-style hotel attracts couples, families and groups, who adore its relaxed, home-from-home ambience. Each guestroom is elegantly designed, and the classic-colonial ebony and ivory-hued interior and exterior living and dining areas are at once sumptuous, comfortable and refined.

Bookable by the room or the entire property, Why House is an exclusive private retreat with an attentive staff team headed by efficient western management. The excellent chef serves homemade western, Lebanese, Sri Lankan and pan-Asian cuisine.

Key Facts

Key Facts

  • 8 a/c rooms & suites
  • BB/HB/FB & whole house rates
  • Free WiFi
  • TVs in rooms
  • Licensed restaurant
  • Very family friendly
  • Close to the beach
  • 15-minutes from Galle


  • Make for the beach and relax on an idyllic stretch of sand
  • Take a guided bicycle ride through Galle’s rural hinterland
  • Visit a lowland tea factory for tasting sessions and tours
  • Embark on coastal cruises or whale/dolphin watching (seasonal)
  • Try a Sri Lankan cookery class amidst tranquil rice fields
  • Tour the atmospheric streets of history-laden Galle Fort
  • Relax with an in-villa massage or beauty treatment
  • Go shopping and eat out – ask us for recommendations


  • Mihiripenna is 10km from Galle
  • The air taxi landing spot is 7km away in Koggala
  • Distance to Colombo is 132km (via the Southern Expressway)
  • Distance to Colombo International Airport is 160km