On the plantation: you can enjoy swimming in our pool, playing badminton, petanque and loads of board gamesBird watching, and photography excursions are second to none and on our exclusive cinnamon tour, you’ll learn how cinnamon is grown and harvested. Maybe even try your hand at harvesting your own!

Love food & cooking? Hang out with our staff as they cook your meal so you can learn how Sri Lankan dishes are made! Maybe even take a trip to one of the local fresh markets for some shopping adventure?

Aside from enjoying some rest and relaxation at La Cannelle, there are many activities to enjoy in the surrounding region and we’ve listed some below.

  • scuba diving & snorkeling

  • boating & sailing

  • fishing

  • whale watching

  • surfing

  • Weligama Beach

  • Mirissa Beach

  • others (special tips given to guests)

  • cricket (including int’l matches in nearby Galle)

  • dirt biking

  • hot air ballooning (it starts on land)

  • bird watching

  • turtle hatcheries

  • rain forest trails

  • tea plantation tours

  • Yala Safari Park

* Yala Safari Park’s website

  • temple visits

  • gem hunting

  • local festivals (especially a Esala Pearler)

* Esala Perahera is an amazing spectacle of dancing and drum playing by all ages in the community. Wikipedia link

  • massage

  • spas

  • yoga classes

local towns:

Weligama: is the closest town to La Cannelle. The name literally means “sandy village” and refers to the area’s sandy sweeping bay. It’s a busy fishing town and you could easily spend a day wandering around, getting a feel for local life. The commercial area is small but vibrant; fish stalls are both smelly and interesting. Just off shore, is a tiny island known as Taprobane Island. It looks like an ideal artist’s or writer’s retreat and indeed it once was: novelist Paul Bowles wrote “the Spider’s House” here in the 1950s. Even more, the island was once owned by the French Count de Maunay-Talvande.
Mirissaa: the second closest town to us is a sleepy town which has a headland dividing its small fishing harbor from a beautiful curve of sandy beach with calm, clear waters. It’s a low-key, peaceful spot that was once the preserve of backpackers but is now becoming more popular as travelers seek out quieter alternatives. Its breathtaking sandy beach pretty much transforms your dreams and visions of a tropical paradise into an everyday reality and it boasts some of Sri Lanka’s best and most stunning sunsets and sunrises.

Nearby Historic Fort Towns:

Galle: is a good day trip. It is pleasant to stroll around the old fort – there are some nice cafés, gem stores and old Dutch features including the Dutch Church.  Some huge ancient trees dominate the old square. The international cricket ground is just outside the fort.

Matara: this local town has a few places of note close to the Nilwala River which flows through the main part of the town. The old fort has an intriguing history.  During the Dutch occupation, stores of cinnamon were kept in the fort and the Old Dutch Church is a good example of colonial architecture during the era and the court buildings added by the British still remain in use. On the edge of the town on a small island, a peaceful Buddhist Temple can be reached by a short bridge.