As with all developing countries, safety will be of concern to our guests. Monara Villa has 24-hour security guards on site and generally, Talpe is a safe area. Crime will of course happen but generally, this is minimal. In the popular tourist season, the most trouble you will most likely have is from local tuk-tuk drivers trying to overcharge you. It is recommended that you negotiate your rates before you drive anywhere and ensure you have the right change before you get in the tuk-tuk. Women, in particular, should be careful travelling by tuk-tuk alone and we recommend using a driver that is recommended and knows the area or download the pickme application as drivers are registered and rates fixed. On arrival, we’ll be happy to provide you with some local recommended drivers who will be happy to work for you during your stay at Monara House.
The main area of concern for guests safety will be local bus drivers who are notoriously dangerous drivers in Sri Lanka. It’s always best to use a recommended driver who will know how to drive on the roads safely. We also suggest a polite word to ask drivers to be careful and drive slowly if you feel uncomfortable at any point.
A quick guide to costs for tuk-tuk’s from Monara House
Monara House, Talpe to Galle Fort – 600-800 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Dewata Beach – 500-600 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Kingfisher Restaurant, Unawatuna – 400-500 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Wijaya Beach – 200-300 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Habraduwa Turtle Hatchery – 400-500 rs
Monara House, Talpe to The Fortress, Koggala – 500-600 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Koggala Stilt Fisherman – 500-600 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Ahangama South – 700-800 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Ahangama North – 800-900 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Weligama – 1200-1500 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Mirissa – 1500-2000 rs
Monara House, Talpe to Hikkaduwa – 1000-1500 rs