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Welcome to “Dionis Villa” , the italian/srilankan charming 3-apartments self-catering apartments, set in a private walled tropical garden in the jungle of the wonderful unawatuna bay in the south of sri lanka.

Approximately 10-15 minutes by walk to the main bay of Unawatuna and a 10-15 minutes walk to Jungle beach and Japanese temple, and offers a peaceful and relaxing stay with all the comforts and a pleasing privacy .

Enjoy our garden, with centenary trees and amazing palm, mango, papaya, avocado, jackfruit, passion fruit, orange trees and many different flowers, includes a relaxing area and the tower’s top that offers a wonderful sunset on the indian ocean and the experience of a verdant tropical surrounding jungle. Both the garden and the surrounding jungle are frequently visited by interesting wildlife such as monkeys, different types of lizards, squirrels and many species of birds such as parakeets, paradise flycatchers, humming birds, kingfishers and the odd peacock. Amazing place for bird watching or for relaxing and practicing yoga and meditation!!


There is the possibility to rent one of the three apartments or the whole villa., as you wish. The villa is self-catered, but if you wish we can provide a chef to cook your meals as long as you stay. There is a housekeeper who comes twice a week and takes care of cleaning and gardening. Babysitting can be arranged if needed.









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Karma apartment

the karma apartment (ground floor) consists of an open living and dining room with a kitchen complete with all necessary utensils and tableware, a fridge and ceiling fans. Coffee table with a sofa and chairs, and a dining table and chairs complement the setting. The 2 bedrooms are connected and equipped with mosquito nets on the double beds, wardrobes, ceiling fans and private bathrooms with hot water.



flowers and a bed Dharma apartment

The dharma apartment (1st floor) consists of a living and dining room with a kitchen complete with all necessary utensils and tableware, a fridge, an italian electric owen and ceiling fans. Coffee table with sofa and chairs and dining table and chairs complement the setting. The king size bedded room is equipped with mosquito net, double wardrobe, ceiling fans and a lovely garden view balcony. The bathroom has hot water. Washing machine available.



flowers and a bed Shakthi apartment

Shakti Apartment is a two double Bedroom Apartment (ground floor) and it consists of a living and dining room with a kitchen complete with all necessary utensils and tableware, a fridge and ceiling fans. Coffee table with a sofa and chairs, and a dining table and chairs complement the setting. The bedrooms are equipped with mosquito nets on the double beds, wardrobes, ceiling fans and a private bathroom with hot water.


Our Responsible Tourism

Dionis villa is a responsable tourism activity as well.

We believe responsible tourism is a better way to see the world. Not only do you get a more authentic experience, but your holiday benefits local people and the environment.

Responsible travel is about bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism. It's about doing this in a fair way that helps ensure that they will give you an even warmer welcome. For example, a local guide will open your eyes to their cultures and ways of life far better than an expat guide could ever do – they will also earn a much needed income from you.

The responsible traveller prefers smaller groups, and to meet some local people (as well as fellow travellers) rather than be surrounded by 1000's of people from back home. They don't like being herded about in a large crowd like nameless faces and understand that travelling in smaller groups makes local people and cultures more accessible.

The responsible travellers wants to get a little bit more out of their travels, and to give a little bit back to the special places and people that they encounter. They want deeper and more real travel experiences. The responsible traveller values authenticity – experiences integral to local people's traditions, cultures and rituals - rather than those created for tourism, or those whose existing meanings and uses have become lost as they have been packaged up for tourism.

Responsible travel is about re-discovering how to experience nature and to be in it, feeling it, smelling it and learning about it rather than just looking at it. Through this they replenish their souls.

The responsible traveller understands local peoples relationship with environments, and that income from tourism can be a powerful incentive for conservation. The responsible traveller values diversity – diversity of people, cultures and environments.

Above all else the responsible traveller wants to cut loose and experience their world.

Let’s do it together!





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Excursion tours

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If you travel for relaxation, fulfillment, discovery, adventure and to learn – rather than simply to tick off 'places and things' – then responsible travel is for you. We can arrange daily tours or longer tours around sri lanka, as you wish.
Those who are interested in acquiring new culinary skills can have a private traditional rice and curry cookery lesson at the villa. We arrange airport pickup as well.

Dayly tours:
A significant places of interest nearby dionis villa includes:

- the unesco world heritage site of galle fort (a portuguese fort) and the related museum which is 4km away from dionis villa.
- Surfing, snorkeling or shipwreck diving in the aqua marine waters of unawatuna
- Surfing and wind surfing in weligama beach and hikkaduwa beach
- Body surfing or whale/dolphin watching at mirissa beach
- Relaxing and snorkeling in jungle beach
- Releasing a baby turtle into the indian ocean from the turtle farm at habaraduwa
- Taking a catamaran trip on the scenic lakes at koggala and visiting cinnamon island
- Visiting nearby buddhist temples
- Taking a yoga class or relaxing massage in unawatuna
- Hiring a bicycle and cycling inland amongst the paddy fields admiring the gorgeous views
- Visiting the fish market, the vegetable market and the fruit market

Long tours:

We can arrange 3,4,5 up to 10 days tours.
Significant places to visit:

- The ancient cities: anuradhapura, sigiriya, dambulla, polonnaruwa
- The waterfalls in ella
- The amazing hills country
- The famous buddhist temple at the top of adam’s peak
- Sinharaja rain forest
- World’s end: the most spectacular views from the mountains
- Tea plantations: from the fields to the tea factory ending with an orange pekoe tea cup
- Kandyan classical dance show in kandy city
- The old kandy temple
- Pinnawala elephants orphanage (nearby kandy)
- Surfing tours from the south coast to arugam bay
- Safari at yale national park


We believe that you can grow as individuals through these experiences, and that your trip can make a positive contribution towards conserving global diversity. We also believe that travelling with respect earns us respect.



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Highlights of sri lanka

10 exciting reasons to visit sri lanka

"sri lanka has long been described as a paradise by travellers. The natural beauty of sri lanka's tropical forests, beaches and landscape, as well as its rich cultural heritage, make it a world famous tourist destination.

1. Wildlife

There is an extraordinary wealth and diversity of wildlife for such a relatively small island with 14 national parks and 92 species of animals including:-
• world’s highest density of leopards
• over 3000 elephants – 10% of the asian population
• sloth bears
• crocodiles
• monkeys
• one of asia’s most colourful collections of migratory birds from as far away as siberia and europe and has become one of the world’s premier bird-watching destinations
• 33 endemic species of birds including flamingo and sri lankan jungle fowl
• turtle breeding sites for all five species of marine turtle -leatherback, green, olive ridley, loggerhead and hawksbill
• dolphins including spinner dolphins
• many different whales including the blue whale
•Visit yala national park

2. Beaches in sri lanka

The beaches here are among some of the best in the world. Being a tropical country, they are renowned for having an idyllic setting with soft golden sands backed by swaying palms. As you head round each headland, you will be presented with yet another fantastic tropical vista proving that this is the perfect place to relax and have that perfect beach holiday. The aquamarine waters of the indian ocean that lap the beaches provide an aquatic playground for diving, snorkelling, surfing, windsurfing and sailing to name but a few.
Visitb entota, hikkaduwa, unawatuna, midigama, mirissa, weligama, arugambay

3. Historical and religious sites in sri lanka

Sri lanka is one of asia’s richest treasure troves of man-made wonders which provide a hub for tourists from around the world:-

Anuradhapura (unesco world heritage site)

The first capital of sri lanka established in the 4th century bc but destroyed in the 10th century ad. It is situated in the north-central part of the island and served as the royal capital for 133 kings. It is only in the last century that it was re-discovered and reclaimed from the jungle. It is set amid acres of parkland and includes many fine buildings such as the dagobas of ruwanweli, thuparama, jetavanarama and abhayagiri which after the egyptian pyramids were the largest structures erected anywhere in the ancient world. There are also vast reservoirs (tanks), statues and the world-famous sri maha bodhiya. This is the 2,000 year old bo tree which is said to have grown from a cutting of the bo tree under which lord buddha attained enlightenment in india.

Polonnaruwa (unesco world heritage site)

This is the second capital of sri lanka established in the 10th century ad. The numerous ruins of this city include royal palaces, stupas and temples. The superbly carved vatadage (meaning circular relic temple) is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in sri lanka. The magnificent statues at the gal vihara, including the famous five-meter long reclining buddha are one of the island’s great artistic treasures.

Sigiriya (lion rock) (unesco world heritage site)

It is the best-preserved city centre in asia from the first millennium and is a simply stunning site which covers a 200m high rock. It was the capital of sri lanka in the 5th century ad. The climb to the top is from water gardens at the base up through an array of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a huge lion. The frescoes of the damsels are world famous. It is one of sri lanka’s most famous attractions with stupendous views from the top looking out over the plains of the cultural triangle.

Galle fort (unesco world heritage site)

This is a dutch fort built in the 17th century used to house spices which was built over the remains of a portuguese fort. It is the best example of a fortified city built by europeans in south and south-east asia.

Polonnaruwa (unesco world heritage site)

This is the second capital of sri lanka established in the 10th century ad. The numerous ruins of this city include royal palaces, stupas and temples. The superbly carved vatadage (meaning circular relic temple) is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in sri lanka. The magnificent statues at the gal vihara, including the famous five-meter long reclining buddha are one of the island’s great artistic treasures.

Temple of the tooth, kandy)-dalada maligawa (unesco world heritage site)

It is said to house the tooth of lord buddha and is one of the most venerated sites for buddhists and many thousands visit every year to pay homage. Every year the tooth relic is paraded around kandy in sri lanka’s most popular festival, the esala perahera. This is an awe inspiring pageant featuring hundreds of kandyan dancers, drummers and brilliantly costumed elephants adorned with jewels and masks, who parade through the streets in front of an audience of thousands of locals and tourists. The exact timing of the festival varies from year to year according to the position of the moon, but it is generally held during the first 10 days in august.

Dambulla cave temples (unesco world heritage site) –

This is the largest painted cave temple in the world which was built in the 1st century bc. The temples are one of sri lanka’s richest artistic treasures and are filled with over 200 exquisitely carved and painted statues of lord buddha including 2 huge reclining statues whilst some of sri lanka’s finest murals cover virtually all the walls and ceilings.

Ritigala

This was an ancient monastery where the monks used to mediate. It's in a remote area in the cultural triangle and is untouched by tourism. It dates back to the first century bc and is one of only a few sites on the island that date from that period. Unusually, there are no stupas present, instead there are meditation platforms and walkways. Ritigala mountain itself is stepped in legend and mystery, the most famous legend being the ramayana, the indian epic poem.

Adams peak (sri pada)

This mountain is supposed to be the first place that adam first set foot on earth after being cast out from heaven. It is also known as sri pada, “sacred footprint” where buddha headed towards paradise. The mountain stands at 2,243m and has been a pilgrimage centre for over 1000 years. In recent years the pilgrimage season begins on a poya day (full moon day) in december and runs till vesak festival at the beginning of may. The busiest time is january and february when there will be a steady stream of pilgrims. At dawn the sun casts a perfect shadow of the peak onto the misty clouds towards the coast. As the suns rises, this triangular shadow races back towards the peak and disappears into the base. To see this phenomenon, you need to have started the ascent at 2am when the steps will be illuminated with a string of lights. It is too hot to climb the peak during the day and out of season, the path is not lit.

4. Health and wellbeing in sri lanka

If you are in need of relaxation and rejuvenation from your busy lives, you may want to try out ayurveda. This is a powerful holistic alternative to western medicine that has been practiced in sri lanka for over 3000 years. According to ayurveda principles, all people are governed by five natural forces: earth, water, fire, air, ether Its aim is to bring these forces into balance. Treatments usually include: oil massages, steam baths and potions made from natural ingredients

5. Festivals and celebrations in sri lanka

There are more public holidays in sri lanka than any other country in the world and most are inspired by the four main religions on the island – buddhism, christianity, hinduism and islam. Most festivals are usually large processions involving highly decorated elephants, drummers and dancers – the most famous being the esala perahera in kandy. These processions are really something to behold and if you do have the chance, do visit one. Every month, the full moon day, known as “poya day”, which celebrates various important days in the life of lord buddha, will be celebrated by the buddhists on the island.

6. Activities and adventures in sri lanka

Sri lanka’s diverse landscapes means there are a number of opportunities for adventure activities whether it is trekking through virgin rainforest sinharaja rainforest, biking through the mountains about 2,300m.a, (there are 17 mountains here with 5 climatic conditions within 62 km. There are a number of species of birds and butterflies that are only found here), visiting tea plantations, experience white water rafting, and snorkelling over the amazing coral reefs or surfing at arugam bay, one of the world’s best surf destinations. Surfing also on the west coast at hikkaduwa and unawatuna, midigama on the south.

7. Fun for kids in sri lanka

Sri lanka is one of the most child friendly places to travel to in the world. Children are always welcome and indulged and it will help you break the ice and get far more involved with the country than otherwise. The children will enjoy it too - the sights, smells, fun and elephants make sri lanka a winning combination for children and parents alike. The beaches as well are a child’s paradise.

8. Food and drink in sri lanka

In an interview given by rick stein to wanderlust magazine following his far eastern odyssey he was asked which country’s food surprised you the most? His reply was “sri lanka. I had no idea the vegetable and fish curries were there and the best on the indian sub-continent. The flavours of fresh curry and pandan leaves, roasted curry spice and cinnamon are a lasting memory”.
The food in sri lanka is totally delicious and offers fantastic value for money with dinner for two starting at around 8 euros including drinks. If you order “rice and curry” here, there will usually be a big pile of rice (their staple food) but also up to 10 varying curries of mainly vegetables and fish/seafood cooked with coconut milk without animal fat, so it is a very healthy diet. Whilst you will recognize some of the vegetables – potato, aubergine, and dhal, there will be some that you do not recognize such as green banana and jackfruit but will be as delicious. The seafood, particularly the prawns, crabs and lobster are exquisite. Having had them here, you will never want them back at home. Coconut milk, dried fish, lemon grass and cashew nuts predominate with lots of spice.





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206/B Yaddehimulla Road, Danwala, Unawatuna, 80600 Galle

Tell : +94 773693114 (Sri Lanka), + 39 3283414599 (Italy)

Email : dionis.villa@yahoo.com