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Kumbura Eco Lodge
Ranked #15 of 100 Speciality Lodging in Sigiriya
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Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

This place offers a Cabana style stay where beds are located on the.higher level with an open nature shower and bathroom. If you need to get away and experience a peaceful tranquil quiet place where you can be one.with.nature this is the place for you.

Wageesha (who built the hits himself) and his wife (who is the cook and makes amazing Srilankan meals) were so hospitable and looked after us like their own family and friends. This.is a hidden gem and affordable. Must stay if you are visiting this area.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

What a pleasure to stay in a place that was built by the hands of the owner. We loved our hut with a lounging and dining area below and loft with a comfortable bed above. With plenty of privacy but no concrete walls, we slept (protected by a mosquito net) while listening to the incredible orchestra of birds around us. The food was also fantastic, amongst our favorite places to eat in Sri Lanka. Although we were able to dine in the privacy of our own room, the folks staying in the other huts were fantastic and we all chose to enjoy meals together. If you're looking for something comfortably rustic, clean and unique, I highly recommend this place. One thing to keep in mind is that showers are cold water only. When vacationing in the Sri Lankan sun, thats nothing but refreshing.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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paphos
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

we stayed here as part of our travels around sri lanka the accommodation was a very nice tree house with open aspect,cold water showers,this was picked by our travel company,on arrival we were pleased with their choice,they said that as it was in a rural location we would have to have our meals on site which we were happy to do,then comes the unhappy part,for two very nice curries n o water, tea or alcohol,we were charged 5,800 srl rup =45usd 34euros.for two people.
the next night we stayed at accommodation and for 2nights food of similar standard with 2 bottles of beer water 2pots of tea where the bill came to 2700rupes 16euros subsequent food only meals of equal or better food we paid no more than 2000 rups. when i queried the price with the tavel company she forwarded the reply from part owner peter from England that prices of everything in sri lanka had gone up. explained a lot ,ie get rich quick by English investor

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

My family and I stayed at Kumbura for two nights and it was by far my 9 year old daughters favorite place during our month in Sri Lanka...think Haute treehouse and you have the right idea...rustic but incredibly comfortable and chic all at the same time....my daughter was like a monkey scrambling all about...and the food oh the food! We love Sri Lankan food and had a lot of delicious meals in the country but this was by far the most delicious food we had during our entire time...I dream about it because it was that good!

We slept like babies while the sounds of the tropics lulled us gently into a deep sleep!

Wageesha, the young man who owns and runs the lodge is so lovely. He was such a gracious and attentive host! We will absolutely be back the next time we come to Sri Lanka....an unforgettable experience for all of us!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

'Sri Lanka,your beauty was surpassed only by the kindness of your people'

If you really want to experience 'real' Sri Lankan hospitality and friendliness this is the place to stay ,well away from the tourist centres.

We stayed at Kumbura Eco Lodge for 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our time here.

After a long drive from Negombo Wageesha was waiting for us at the entrance to his Lodge.From the outset he was keen to make sure our experience was a memorable one.
Kumbura Lodge is very rustic and is set in a wonderful location off a quiet side road just outside Kibissa.

You really are amongst the local community and it's a great opportunity to experience local life and immerse yourself in the Community.Each day we took an early morning walk setting out about 6-30am and met the villagers on their way to work and school.All of them made an effort to acknowledge us either with a smile,a wave or simple 'Hello'

On two of our morning walks we spent some time at the local School at the nearby village of Palutawa.The kids were great and the teaching staff made us so welcome.

Wageesha and his wife Dinusheeka have created a wonderful and unique place to stay.It has such charm and it blends so well into the natural surroundings.
Dinusheeka (sorry if we have spelt your name incorrectly) is a great cook and the food is beautifully presented.The food is washed and prepared in filtered water and we had no stomach problems despite the rustic nature of this establishment.

Asanka did a great job as Head Waiter and showed a genuine interest when we engaged him in conversation.
Wageesha and Asanka speak English and Dinusheeka understands a little English too which is really helpful.We really appreciate their efforts for making the effort to learn our language.

We had lovely local walk with Wageesha and his friend through Kimbissa Village, where Wageesha grew up, and then along quiet tracks to a lake,watched the sunset and returned to the lodge by moonlight.

We also climbed up Pidurangula, which is approx 1km walk beyond Sigiriya.Sigiriya rock costs 3,900 rupees per person the former 300 per person.Wageesha arranged for a Tuk Tuk driven by Prianka to collect us from the Lodge and we arranged for him to collect us later from Sigiriya rock.

Wageesha also made arrangements for us to be collected from the Lodge by a local driver (Lallit)with vehicle to transfer us to Kandy.On both the aforementioned occasions the drivers were polite and very safe drivers and undertook their role professionally.

I would strongly recommend a stay at Kumbura Eco Lodge.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Londonderry, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

We stayed two nights at Kumbura Eco Lodge during our week in Sri Lanka.

The SO was a bit apprehensive when we arrived in the rain, she learned there was no hot water in the bathroom, and the palm roof had few leaks. Wagesha had incense burning in abundance, keeping the mosquitoes at bay, and welcomed us with a tour and offered dinner.

That dinner, and the other three meals we had at Kumbura Eco Lodge were the best we had in Sri Lanka. Wagesha's cousin does the cooking, and it is excellent! We had Baby Jak, Mango Curry, Bitter Gourd, Breadfruit, Danbala (winged green beans), fish curry, and more. The warm breakfast coconut rotis with dal definitely won over the SO.

The water temperature was fine for showering. Having to go outside in the rain, even for a couple meters, to get to the bathroom was a bit inconvenient, especially trying to keep clothes dry. But it did lead to a wildlife experience in the night (a bat!) that was exciting.

The wildlife sounds are stupendous. We thoroughly enjoyed waking at dawn to a multitude of birdsongs. If you are willing to accept some small inconveniences, you will be rewarded with exceptional experiences and service at Kumbura Eco Lodge.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

My wife and I stayed at Kumbura for 3 nights end of Dec start of Jan and really enjoyed our time here. Wagesha is the host and is a top man, speaks great english and is there to help you in anyway he can. Sanga works Wagesha and was a nice person and really helpful too. Kumbura is in a great location situated in the village of Kibissa on a country road with rice paddies and farm lands surrounding you but still only a 5 min tuk tuk to Sigiria. The food is fantastic I would recommend to have dinner and breakfast included in your booking. Keep up the good work Kumbura. Only thing that was a negative was the local stray dogs making noise at night which is totally out of the owners hands.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kumbura Eco Lodge
Address: Palutawa Road, Kimbissa | Sri Lanka, Sigiriya 0094, Sri Lanka
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Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
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Ranked #15 of 100 Speciality Lodging in Sigiriya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At KUMBURA we wish to offer our guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the life and pace of village life. Just so you know, we are not a 5 star hotel... Our lodge is designed for the adventurous traveler who is looking for much simpler accommodation. Our bedrooms are set on a mezzanine floor with open sided walls, allowing air flow on hot nights. Each bed has its own mosquito net and yes, we do have electricity!! (Occasionally there are 'brown-outs' which happen in Sri Lanka from time to time). Each room has its own separate European style toilet and a cold water shower; very refreshing after a long, hot & dusty day of exploring! Downstairs we have lots of comfortable seating and a dining area. We serve our food informally, so it's OK to sit on the couches and lounge while you enjoy Ranu's delicious food!! The more relaxed you are, the happier we are!​​Situated only 3kms from the Unesco World Heritage site of Sigiriya and 16 kms from the ancient religious city of Dumbulla, Kumbura is set in the country village of Kibissa, which is part of an area known locally as the Elephant corridor. (And yes, occasionally we are visited by elephants looking for Jack fruit, young rice and bananas!) There are mainly farms that specialize in rice and root crops in the area; my family mainly produce rice. ​KUMBURA'S garden has a large selection of indigenous trees including king coconut, mango, teak, acacia, wood apple, palm and in late 2011 we planted a crop of 150 banana trees. We also have different types of palms, bougainvillea, hibiscus and grasses surrounding the lodge. We have a plethora of beautiful birds that visit our land; wild peacocks roam Kibissa and are often seen in our garden. Structurally, KUMBURA is built mainly of indigenous materials such as teak, mango and acacia woods, much of which was harvested from our land. The roofs are of woven coconut leaves, the half walls of natural local granite and wood fired mud bricks. It is built in the traditional style with open walls in both the living and sleeping areas which helps increase airflow and maximize light. Colourful Barbara Sansoni fabrics cover our furnishings and dinner-wear and other accessories from Colombo's Paradise Road bring a modern twist to your stay at our very simple but beautiful lodge. Food is our strong point and the ingredients for the dishes we serve at KUMBURA are either purchased from the local markets and when available, locally grown ingredients are used. Consisting mainly of vegetables and fish, our ever changing menu furnishes the guests with a healthful and delicious insight into Sri Lankan cuisine! Ranu, our chef (and my aunt), is going to make your stay here a culinary feast that you'll never forget! ... more   less 
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