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Kumbura Eco Lodge

Palutawa Road, Sigiriya 0094 Sri Lanka
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#25 of 173 Speciality lodging in Sigiriya
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!
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flashpins4900 wrote a review Aug. 2018
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia15 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed at Kumbura for a couple of nights.. I wish we had had more time here .. Wageesh and his family were fantastic and the food is delicious..This Eco friendly lodge is located within easy reach of Sigirya. The accommodation is extremely comfortable and very quaint.. Kasun was always on hand to help make our stay enjoyable.. I would highly recommend a visit to this lodge nestled in an ideal tranquil setting ..it was the highlight of our Sri Lankan holiday
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Netski66 wrote a review Jun. 2018
Adelaide, Australia100 contributions84 helpful votes
My husband & I spent 3 weeks in Sir Lanka from April-May. We had 3 great nights with Wageesha & his lovely family. We were the only people staying there at the time (low season) so we felt kinda spoilt. Kasun was the man in charge in Wageesha's absence in our first 24 hours & he worked hard to make our experience a positive one ... helping us out with touristy/general questions, sorting out tuk tuks or drivers etc. We'd pre-booked dinner there before we arrived & Wageesha's wife had cooked up an absolute feast. I mean, THE BEST - rice, roti, fried fish, curried mushrooms, pumpkin, eggplant, dhal etc (I'm a 'pescatarian' but my husband eats meat). Breakfast was great every day. The garden is very beautiful & lush. Sleeping in the upper levels of the treehouse, which is made of recycled materials & is pretty much open sided, was a novel experience for me. There's a mozzie net of course & the sounds of the jungle are right there, all night long. I'm a good sleeper but was fascinated, particularly in the early morning, by the sounds of unidentified birds etc. It's a great noise to wake up to. It was brilliant being in such a 'rustic', village style space. If you have the time to get to know Wageesha and his back story, you will be rewarded. He's a smart, lovely & hard working man & it was great to be able to make a real contribution towards his family's future. BTW if you want to go for a swim (it was pretty hot when we were there), there are a few pools you can pay to use [make the effort to go to the Heritance Kandalama 45mins tuk tuk away, for lunch & a swim, for as long as possible.] Getting to Dambulla, Polonnaruwa etc is pretty easy from Kimbissa, where the Lodge is. Sigiriya (Lion) Rock isn't far way - hot tip is to consider climbing Pidurangula, which is next to Lion Rock and looks onto it - cheaper, but it does involve a bit of scrambling over rocks at the top.
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Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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topknot2017 wrote a review Nov. 2017
Kandy, Sri Lanka2 contributions2 helpful votes
I absolutely loved staying at the Kumbura eco lodge in the tiny town of Kimbissa. As soon as I walked through the lovely garden and saw the fabulous house, which was almost entirely open to the elements with huge benches covered with comfy cushions to lounge on and soak up the sounds of the jungle pulsing around you, the sweet smell of incense to chase the mozzies away, and a comfy bed up on a mezzanine, the breezes blowing through, and the fan if it’s hot, my blood pressure dropped and I settled in for three deeply relaxing days, nothing was too much trouble for the fantastic hosts and the food has to be tasted to be believed, so delicious and fresh, made by Dinasika, who showed us some of her secrets.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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pinktank wrote a review Nov. 2017
Adelaide, Australia34 contributions1 helpful vote
Being here was like being part of village and family life. And what a family! Everyone is so warm and everything is organised with relaxed aplomb. The local area is stunningly beautiful,so much so that even though it is centrally placed for all the Cultural Triangle attractions after a day of climbing Sirigaya Rocketc we spent the next walking to the local lake ( get directions, its not obvious) wandering through the village and then lunching and swimming at a nearby Geoffrey Bawa hotel. The food at Kumbura is gorgeous, tasty, healthy, locally grown food.Dinasika is a wonderful cook, and person. Sleeping with all the sounds of the jungle was divine. Just be aware that your bedroom is at the top of a short but steep ladder so if you have mobility issues this could be a problem.Don't miss this gem. Next year there will be a brand new room with rice padi views to rent.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Clair K wrote a review Mar. 2017
Brisbane, Australia12 contributions6 helpful votes
Wageesha and his family just can't do enough for you. I loved the inside outside rustic feel of this place, you are sleeping in the trees (under a mosquito net). the bedrooms are located up stairs and have fans if the breeze isn't enough to keep you cool. It really felt like the treehouse of my childhood dreams. The shower room has a really cool coconut shower. There is only 3 rooms so make sure you book in advance. If you love nature and are looking for a sustainable local place with traditional warm Sri Lankan hospitality (and don't mind a couple of bugs) you will love it here.
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Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for the front 'Honeymoon' room for extra privacy
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kumbura Eco Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Kumbura Eco Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Batik Fair By Kottegoda (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kumbura Eco Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and room service.
What food & drink options are available at Kumbura Eco Lodge?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Kumbura Eco Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kumbura Eco Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ahinsa Restaurant, Royal Sigiriya Restaurant, and Sanda Sisila Village Food.
Are pets allowed at Kumbura Eco Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Kumbura Eco Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya (12.2 km).