STAY IN SMALL-SCALE FAMILY-RUN HOTELS, GUESTHOUSES, ECO LODGES AND HOMESTAYS AND LEARN ABOUT THE LOCAL WAY OF LIFE
In Sri Lanka we use hotels with great hospitality. Most accommodations are built from natural materials and to the style of local architecture. The delicious food in the restaurants is locally produced and the staff is made up of local residents. Below you can find a description of some Sri Lanka hotels we use. Or have you always wanted to sleep in a tree house? Here’s your chance!
Yala Camp – Yala
Yala Tented Safari Camp is located in the buffer zone of Yala National Park, making it the best place to stay when going for safaris in Yala National Park. Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for mealtimes – this is camping in style! The permanent tented safari camp in Yala is equipped with spacious tents with en-suite shower with running water.
Back of Beyond – Pidurangala
Hidden in 4 acres of forest at the base of the Pidurangala Rock is this retreat, which the villagers themselves have named “Kurulu Uyana” – Bird Park. A bird park in the wilderness it certainly is, but there is even more that you can enjoy here: walk or ride to explore the 5th-century World Heritage Site of Sigiriya and her mighty neighbour the Pidurangala Rock and ancient monastery.
Waterfall Home Stay – Ella
Nestled in a quiet village, surrounded by lush nature, just a short stroll from the nearby town of Ella you will find Waterfalls Homestay. The perfect destination for those who are looking for a guest house with a personal touch. As the name suggests, “Waterfalls Homestay” offers stunning views of the nearby waterfall and the natural beauty of Sri Lanka’s hill country.
Kandyan Manor – Kandy
The Kandyan Manor is a traditional Walauwa (Manor) dating from more nearly two centuries ago, in the central hills of Sri Lanka, when the Kandyan Kingdom was still free of advancing colonial invaders from Britain. Today Kandy is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and much of what is around The Kandyan Manor is steeped in this rich history.
The property, now managed by the fifth generation of Kandyans who have inherited it through the family generations, is a truly peaceful setting. The Manor is surrounded by well tended gardens and five-and-a-half acres of lush shrub jungle that borders the village rice paddies, in a typical hill country rural environment of Sri Lanka.
Mango House – Galle
Mango House is a small boutique hotel in Galle Fort. With a large leafy garden, private balconies and courtyard, there are plenty of places to relax. This bright and airy colonial-style villa mixes old elegance with a hip, contemporary Asian feel.
98 Acre – Ella
Experience the beauty and serenity of Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country within the luxurious comforts of a boutique hotel par excellence. 98 Acres Resort and Spa is an elegant, chic hotel that stands on a scenic 98 acre tea estate, surrounded by a stunning landscape. The uniquely designed resort blends well with nature, and consists of charming chalets mostly made of recyclable materials.
Udawalawe Safari Camp
Udawalawe Safari Camp is situated about 16 km inside Udawalawe National Park by the river. The site is set up prior to your arrival, with everything from the kitchen sink, chairs and tables, toilets, showers and cold beer being transported in. On your return from the afternoon safari, you will be welcomed with a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire.
Welikanda Villa – Knuckles
A simple home away from home in the beautiful Knuckles Valley. You are in a good care of the residence manager and his wife who also prepare your meals. This clean and safe place offers you a sense of belonging in the local community. Its natural surrounding and the fantastic view will really allow you to relax.
Taru Lake Lodge – Colombo
One of the city’s first accredited hotels, this place was transformed into a stunning city-break haven in 2009. The owner was keen to respect the rich heritage of a building which had been in her family for four decades. Find ultimate relaxation when you return to this quiet retreat at the end of a busy day in the city. The hotel effortlessly blends style, elegance, and tradition with comfort, warmth and intimacy. It is the epitome of understated charm tucked away in the lively city centre.
Rural Farm Stay – Wellawaya
Wellawaya Rural Farm Stay is an off-the-beaten-path rustic and eco getaway well away from the hustle and bustle from the city and towns. This is an ideal place for adventure-seeking travellers to live in a working farm with many agricultural crops and to see wild elephants from the comfort of your bedroom. This is a 30-acre agricultural land planted with orange, mango, banana, papaya and many other fruits and vegetables. The eco cottage consists of two bedrooms, a ground floor and upper floor lounges. It overlooks a natural lake frequently visited by herds of wild elephants. The guests can take a traditional canoe ride on the lake, spot elephants, go fishing, work in the vegetable fields, ride a tractor, eat freshly prepared village food or even take part in cooking.
Polwatta Eco Lodge – Kandy
Polwaththa is a unique and authentic experience that offers you the best of traditional Sri Lankan village culture. Polwaththa means “coconut estate” which indicates that you will be surrounded by coconut palm trees and a variety of other trees that provide a lush greenery throughout the year, giving you a true “living-in-the-jungle” feeling.
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