When we both decided to head to Galle for the hundredth time that one Friday evening, Colombo was being a rascal. Not the cute kind of. But that one demonic rascal with bustling roads, over-popularized alleys, crowded buses, never ending traffic and well, literally everything bad. Nine at night, we came to Galle and ended up at the quirkiest place in the whole island. And after two days when we had to leave, none of us wanted to bid farewell to this charming little house. And that was, Kikili House, owned by Henry, an English lady whom we couldn’t meet and her husband, Kokila. Hen means ‘Kikili’ in Sinhala and ‘koki’ means cockerel which sums up why it’s named the Kikili House.
When Henry came to this sundrenched island a long ago, she used to manage a famous hotel. And then she met Kokila, a Sri Lankan guy who used to manage a restaurant next to the oh-so-famous Unawatuna beach. They fell in love. Made Sri Lanka their home. Started their own cute little B&B while they decided to live in the other part of the same house. Their house is as quirky and cozy as the boutique guesthouse. Downstairs, they have a corner shop named ‘Kikili Corner’ selling funky shirts, shawls and totes.
The atmosphere in Kikili House is so bohemic. You would find every bit of color in this beautiful little place. The whole house is a fairyland decorated in gifts, books, souvenirs (all kind of fancy treasurable junk as Nat call them) which is collected by Hen or gifted to her from people all over the world.
The lounge areas have two comfy couches to lie down and read a book. The charming house is a small library. From teeny pocket books to English classics and from Island treasures to fancy international magazines, it’s ‘the’ place for a bookworm.
There’s a spacious terrace outside. It’s worn in punchy palette, greeted by pot plants and ivy-covered aesthetic walls. Perfect place to do some yoga in mornings or sip coffee sitting on the cushioned couch outside. In a nutshell, Kikili House is super chillaxing, bohemic, peaceful and if you need to forget and hide from the world while you’re living in the same world, this is the place to go.
Colors. Colors. Colors. Didn’t I just tell you that the whole place is colors? All off them tucked in one beautiful place. The rooms are absolutely the same. The bed is spacious. The mattress are thick, comfortable and are covered in soft duets.
Our room had a large cupboard, a table to sit and do some work. Inside a quirky bag was a hair-dryer. Hanging on the cloth rack was two shower cloths in girly pinks. If you stay here, you’re gifted a cute beach tote, too.
We didn’t meet Henry and that’s probably the saddest thing happened to us during our two days at Kikili House. But we met Koki who greeted us good morning early Saturday and gave us a few tips about going to Habaraduwa to watch tiny turtles. The boy who greeted us when we first arrived late night was a friendly, helpful chap. The A/C didn’t work in our room and he immediately called the manager and shifted us to the next room which was more spacious and a little fancy. At our arrival, he made us some good Lankan tea. Oh and he cooks well, too. More on this later.
And we have Bob the dog, a hefty big fella who’s had a little too much to eat. Yet, he doesn’t stop eating. People, he’s the boss. Bob the boss. He owns this fairyland and he is ‘the’ owner of the owners. We never thought we’d love a lazy pup who mysteriously appears only to lie down yet again on the ground. But we did. Even though he ate half of the bacon we cooked for our lunch, we did. What a cutie, he was!
The Wi-Fi works well in common areas and at night inside the rooms, it worked well enough. But fellas, if you’re in Kikili House, we doubt you’d ever need Wi-Fi. Because this is a little fairy house secluded in the streets of Galle. Kikili House has a drinks fridge packed with all kind of fancy drinks. Take anything you prefer and write it down on the book. You can pay for it when you leave.
Remember we mentioned of the boy who greeted us and made us tea? He cooks absolutely well. On our first morning, he made us breakfast and the chili omelette he made us topped the list of any kind of omelette we ever had. Perfectly chopped and fried tomatoes, onions and chili, oozing egg yolk with brown bread. A huge bowl of fresh fruit including mangoes, papaya, pineapple, apple and banana. A fresh fruit juice to start the day. Perfectly brewed tea or coffee. Granola with fresh village curd and kithul treacle. Toast with delicious jam and butter. It was a full English breakfast. Add to that some Sri Lankan vibes, the next day we had string hoppers with deliciously cooked, subtly seasoned lentils curry and pol sambol. Nom nom nom.
There’s a lunch & dinner menu, too. If you prefer having any item on the list, feel free to let them know and you can pay at your departure. One thing we’re sure of is that THE FOOD HERE IS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.
You can rent a bike here and roam around the streets if you don’t fancy walking. There’s a tuk guy familiar with the place who could take you on a tour. And that’s not all. Here, they organize Sri Lankan cooking classes. Join with the chef on a tour to the local Galle market and pick any items you prefer. Come back and learn how to cook them the Lankan way!
The price is set at $125 for a private double room. However, it can vary from season to season. If you’re looking for the perfect getaway and are a tad boho at heart, it’s well worth the money.
So close yet so far. Kikili House is located in the lower Dickson Road. Only a five minute walk from the Fort and the Galle City Center but once you’re inside the property, you feel like you are in a small jungle surrounded by lush greenery and wee squirrels. If you are coming here after 8pm, we advise you to not walk and take a tuk. Or call the owners before your arrival and they are super friendly and nice enough to arrange you a car or a tuk to pick you up. The roads get a lot darker at night and we kinda felt scary. It was super fun walking together in dark alleys though.
Overall, our two days at Kikili House were beyond perfect and we were a tad (by tad we meant absolutely hella lot) sad to leave this beautiful house. And had we met Hen, we believe it would have been a lot sadder given the beautiful reviews people have written about her here and there. Because how amazing someone can be to come up with this oh-so-amazing Kikili House?
We would like to thank Kikili Enterprises for organizing our stay with them, but as always opinions are honest and entirely our own.