We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Save
Share
Palutawa Road, Sigiriya 0094 Sri Lanka
Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all
Traveller (66)
Dining (28)
Room & Suite (28)

About

#26 of 182 Specialty lodging in Sigiriya
Location
Cleanliness
Service
Value
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!
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Fishing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Room features
Room service
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English
96Reviews1Q+A6Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 74
  • 12
  • 7
  • 1
  • 2
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Sort by:
Most Recent
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
Read more
Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Netski66 wrote a review Jun. 2018
Adelaide, Australia100 contributions105 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.
Read more
Date of stay: April 2018
Rooms
Location
Service
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
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.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
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.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
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.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2017
Rooms
Cleanliness
Service
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for the front 'Honeymoon' room for extra privacy
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Jade E wrote a review Feb. 2017
Kingsbridge, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
Perfect chill out environment after a long day sight seeing. The traditional food they serve is freshly cooked and delicious. The hosts are so welcoming and make you feel at home. Would love to come back again.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2017
Value
Rooms
Service
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
krupamahesh wrote a review Jan. 2017
Penang Island, Malaysia29 contributions18 helpful votes
Taking you back to the olden days , living in a hut made entirely out of eco friendly materials. No wifi , no swimming pool , no tv but living with just nature around us , was so unique and so much fun. We made our own games and had just music to give us company.stayed with our kids aged 6 and 4 and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and stayed away from gadgets. Go after thoroughly researching this property as this is just like any other resort , but if you are a nature person there is nothing more fun than this place !
Read more
Date of stay: October 2016
Value
Location
Service
Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
brunobuehlmann78 wrote a review Oct. 2016
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
This is an amazing place where you could live very close to the nature. We stayed there two nights but wanted to stay more than that. Authentic Sri lankan Food and staff service is excellent . I recommend this place to my friends too..and we ll be coming back too.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2016
Value
Location
Service
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Helpful
Share
Suresh M wrote a review Sep. 2016
Nelliyampathy, India80 contributions28 helpful votes
We booked a night for two rooms in the so called lodge and drove down to Kimbissa from Colombo. My partner fortunately / unfortunately did not make a payment or take directions on how to reach. We followed the Google map location and got lost a few times. Finally found the place thanks to a helpful local (remember, most locals speak only the local language). On arrival the folks there had no knowledge of the booking. The email confirmation was all we had. We had negotiated $60 per room on the booking. On inspection of the rooms we were told that the rate was $14 per room (negotiable). The two rooms offered were up a narrow steep stairway / ladder. We left without staying to locate another place.
Read more
Date of stay: September 2016
Cleanliness
Service
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: There are only three rooms and for two you will need to climb up a narrow stairway.
See more room tips
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
2 Helpful votes
Helpful
Share
adecpp wrote a review Aug. 2016
13 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed two nights at Kumbura eco lodge and had a great time enjoying the open-air cabanas, waking up to the sound of birds and eating the delicious food Wageesha's wife cooked (we tasted sri lankan vegetables we had never had before which were incredible). We rented bicycles and spent an afternoon cycling around the area and Kandalama Lake. Extra points for the showering with water that emerges from a coconut! We will definitely remember our stay here!
Read more
Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
1 Helpful vote
Helpful
Share
Previous
LOCATION
Sri LankaCentral ProvinceSigiriya
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Kumbura Eco Lodge - UPDATED Prices, Reviews & Photos (Sigiriya, Sri Lanka) - Tripadvisor

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, Sanda Sisila Village Food, and Royal Sigiriya Restaurant.
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).