A place that brings calm and joy to the demanding traveler
Merchant House is located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, is approximately 2 hours’ drive, 143 km from Colombo via the Southern Highway. Going directly from the house to the airport can be done in a range of 2 and 1/4 hours- 3 hour’s drive depending on traffic and time of day.
We are directly located off the Galle Road that connects Colombo to the southern coast. 20-25 minutes from Galle, Minutes to the beaches and bars of Weligama and 25 km from Matara.
We are between 15-20 minutes to Thalpe, Wijaya and Unawatuna.
There are increasingly more holiday villas and boutique hotels popping up in the area, such as W15 Escape which is 100 meters down the same lane as us in the immediate neighborhood.
Tuk tuks are very easily available and can be arranged from the house. Please ask one of the house boys or the House Manager and they will arrange transportation for you.
At the end of our lane heading to the sea there is also a clutch of Tuk Tuks too if you wanted to wander and find your own.
For further excursions, air-conditioned cars or vans can be easily arranged with little prior notice.
The simplest and easiest way to navigate to Merchant House is to follow the directions to W15 Escape, in Ahangama (Not W15 Welligama).
We are 100 Meters down Maha Vihara Rd no 36, Ahangama, Sri Lanka.
Google aps has a Pin where merchant House Ahangama is, so if you navigate to this you cannot go too far wrong, but the lane way may NOT appear on the map.
Approaching from Ahangama heading south towards Midigama and Welligama.
As you leave Ahamgama village driving on the coast road south
You will pass a petrol station on the left and a bus station on the right
This marks the end of Ahangama Village
Immediately you pass these landmarks within 100 meters you will see the sea on your right, when you see the sea, slow down you are close
Within 200 Meters of sighting the sea on your right after leaving Ahangama village
You will see another service station on the right, slow down here
Behind this service station is a small white Buddhist Stupa
This is the key landmark to turn LEFT into Maha Vihara Road
As soon as you are level with the white Buddhist Stupa directly behind the service station on the right, this is your landmark to turn LEFT into the tiny lane of Maha Vihara
The lane is NOT signposted and is a sharp left turn
W15 Escape has a sign at the beginning of the lane look out for that
The lane is between two lamp posts
Go slow here most drivers go too fast and miss the turn
If you have gone more than 20 meters after the petrol station or the white Buddhist Stupa you have gone TOO FAR
Once you have turned into the lane, the lane turns a sharp left within 20 meters, follow the sharp left turn which has an old colonial house on the bend
After 30 meters after the sharp bend you will go up a small slope, on the left are the big white gates to W15 Escape.
Keep going, we are 100 meters down the lane on the RIGHT after W15 Escape.
You will notice a large sand colored wall and some big gates, that’s Merchant House.
If the house does not have a big 10 ft. wall around it, it is not Merchant House! We have a big wall and some big gates and voila, you have found us!