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What We Love

  • Huge suites start at 797 square feet
  • Choose to dine anywhere on the grounds
  • Suites are decorated with artworks
  • Kayaks, motorboats and tuk-tuks are all available to hire at reception

What To Know

  • Free WiFi
  • The library is stocked with books and DVDs
  • In-room massages are available (on request)
  • Children are welcome, but this is more of a couples hideaway


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Intimate riverside retreat in southwestern Sri Lanka with huge suites, a secluded pool and an eat-where-you-like dining concept

The Lowdown

Set on seven acres of tropical garden on the edge of the Madu River on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, the River House is an intimate five-suite hideaway. The suites are huge, starting at 797 square feet, and they feature vaulted ceilings, Sri Lankan artworks and kingsize beds topped with delicate Indian fabrics. The cavernous bathrooms have concrete floors and sizable showers. Cool off in your private pool in the Plunge Pool Suite (Menik Suite), which also features stunning views of the Madu River from a private balcony. The open-plan restaurant serves Sri Lankan specialties, but the beauty of this property’s laid-back vibe is that you can choose where you want to dine within the grounds; pick a nook below a palm tree or a spot by the river, and a candle- or lantern-lit table will be waiting for you. There’s no spa on-site, but in-room treatments are available, and the hotel can provide kayaks, motorboats or tuk-tuks to explore the area.

In the Area

The 400-year-old Fort Galle, built by the Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch, is about an hour’s drive away. Take a daytrip to Udawalawe National Park to spot elephants, wild buffalo, deer and leopards; the variety of wildlife rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. A little farther afield, Yala National Park is home to the world’s highest concentration of leopards. A visit to the Handunugoda Tea Factory, a traditional low country facility that produces some of the best silver tips, is not to be missed. The Madu River is a designated wetlands area and a top spot for birdwatching. Take an early morning boat trip for the best viewing opportunities.

How to Get There

The River House
No. 70 Uththamagnana Mawatha
Balapitiya, 80550 Sri Lanka


Brilliant stay, perfect for Honeymoon

we stayed at River House for our honeymoon and it was perfect in every way, we booked the room with the plunge pool which was in the main building and it was a nice stay with good food and a great view, sadly the pool was under renovation when we were visiting.

Excellent hospitality

We visited the place for one day getaway from our work and to celebrate my wife birthday. It was truly amazing place blended with the nature and very relaxing.you will feel relax when you enter the place. From the welcome to check out everything was perfect.food was amazing service was wonderful I can't thank enough for them to make my stay wonderful.surely would want to be back for few days stay
Thank you very much for the team for their wonderful service

One of the best places to relax...
Wathsala S

Visited this amazing place last week from 17th to the 19th May 2019 with 3 families....

I must say from the time we stepped in we were welcomed n greeted  by the wonderful staff who contributed mostly to our wonderful holiday. They were always with a big smile and very accomadative at all times and the service was 5 star class.....  The food.... "OMG"  the food was just amazing. We enjoyed every meal from Breakfast to Dinner and was actually looking forward for the next meal after the first night's dinner... 5 stars to the chef and the rest of the staff.... The bites were really nice too... lovely place, very relaxing and enough space for the kids to have fun.... Rooms were very big clean n really nice, tasteful done and actually we could find anything that we didn't like about this place....

This is a place where we will definitely return and look forward to be back.