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.
- 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