Dalmanuta is a small personal hotel with nine spacious bungalows. Dalmanuta offers a first class Ayurveda treatment without being dogmatic. Pancha Karma-, detox purification-, weight loss- and palliative treatments are offered as well as a wide range of massage treatments.
There is a boat service for guests twice a day from Dalmanuta to the beach.In the large garden one can find many different wild animals such as Monkeys, Varanas, Leguanas, Squirrels, Mungos and a big variety of exotic birds.
Dalmanuta features a rare Herbal Garden with more than 200 different kinds of Herbal medicine plants.Free Wi Fi covers the entire area.
The name Dalmanuta is taken from the Bible and was the place where Jesus went to rest. As you can see in our Guestbook, our intention to be a healing paradise is met.
The 10.000 square meter property was originally densely grown and mostly a swamp. The beautiful garden with its unique herbal garden and its ample wildlife was constructed with help from one of Sri Lanka’s better known garden architect, Doland de Silva, and more than 500 truckloads of soil, compost, plants and thousands of hours of work. It opened in October 2006 after three years of constructions.
Dalmanuta is situated in the peaceful residential area of Warapitiya just outside the small town of Dargha, about three km from the main town of Aluthgama on Galle road. Since Dalmanuta is sponsoring the local preschool, the volleyball team and the temple’s Sunday school, it’s a well known name in the area and as a guest you’ll have the opportunity to be invited to many private events such as weddings, birthdays, “Pirims” and “Big Girl parties”.
Dalmanuta is situated on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, two hours south of the international airport and ten minutes by boat up the Bentota River. If you book your stay including transfers our guest relation officer will be waiting for you in the arrival hall holding a signboard with your name. He will take you to a comfortable and air-conditioned van and then straight to the hotel.
If you would choose to rent you own car you should make sure that you get a good map and then choose either the Coastal Road or The Southern Highway.
By the Highway take of at Welipenna junction towards Aluthgama B157. After 7 km on the road B157 take left at Meegama Road. After about 500 meters you will see another signboard to your right and now you are at the gate.
The Coastal Road ( Galle Road ) stretching south from Colombo. After 65 km on the coastal road you will reach the town of Aluthgama. Here you take a left in the big junction before the bridge to Bentota. You are now on Mathugama Road. After about three km you have passed through Dargha Town and you will soon come to a T-junction with our signboard pointing to the right. You are now on Meegama Road and after about 500 meters you will see another signboard to your right and now you are at the gate.
If you are on the beach and would like to visit us - take any boat up the river and you will see Dalmanuta on the left bank. You will recognise us by the three flagpoles.
There are Collibris and Kingfishers and many other birds nesting, bathing and singing. There are monkeys in the treetops passing through the gardens on regular basis and Watermonitors and other lizards seeking shade, shelter and food in the ponds that are filled with carp fishes, frogs, and birds.
The herbal garden is home to more that 200 herbs and plants of Sri Lankan origin and used in Ayurveda medicine. There is also a fruit orchard and a vegetable garden.
The design of the hotel is aimed at giving you space and time for yourself, for healing and growth, but with service and comfort close by.
"Room (hut) was fab. Spacious and spotless. Nice brekkie. All staff very polite, friendly and accommodating. Beautiful, peaceful botanical gardens. Idyllic setting on the lake. Excellent VFM."
"Very comfortable and large house, friendly personnel, the owner is a really nice person always ready to help, peaceful and cosy atmosphere far away from road noise, good wi-fi connection"
"The owners and staff were extremely friendly, helpful and always went that extra way to make it feel like a real home.Superb food, great and peaceful natural setting"
"Excellent calm and quiet green place for nature lovers, readers, writers, long stay guests and ayurvedic treatment seekers which is located at 15 min drive from Bentota beach"