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“Good location, great staff, all you need” 5 of 5 stars
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Palutawa Road, Kimbissa | Sri Lanka, Sigiriya 0094, Sri Lanka   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Good location, great staff, all you need”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This place is just amazing - it's beautiful, quiet, charming. The food is stunning.
It's a very relaxing place.
It's close to Pidurangala, which is just around the corner from Sigiriya Rock. Pidurangala is free and a lot better than Sigiriya Rock. Save your money (30 USD!!) and skip Sigiriya Rock and climb Pidurangala instead!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We stayed two nights at Kumbura as part of a two week trip to Sri Lanka.

It was an amazing place to stay, we were travelling with our three children aged 9 & 7 and this was the part of the trip they were most looking forward to, fortunately it didn't disappoint. Sleeping on the open sided platforms in our mosquito net tents was incredible, we were surrounded by the noises of various animals and insects but slept amazingly well. It was lovely to talk to Wageesha about the building of the lodge and his plans for the future.

As to the food we ate some really great meals and thoroughly enjoyed both the dinners, of rice curry and lake fish, and breakfasts with an amazing range of fresh fruit, curry and curd.

In addition it was fantastic to be so close to Sigiriya, a quick ten minutes in a tuk tuk, as opposed to the lengthy journey in a van the last time we visited the area some years ago.

All in all a great place with really lovely hosts in Wageesha and his family, we wish them every success for the future and with their new lodge.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

myself and my boyfriend stayed here for one night at the start of our trip around sri lanka. our guide organised this for us and we were not dissapointed. The lodge is absolutely beautiful the surrounding nature and greenery makes such a peaceful restful place. the food was delicious!!! mmmm we loved our stay here and would definately recommend it for a peaceful retreat! thank you for welcoming us

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We stayed here for three nights and it was a great experience. Loved the style of the open spaces under palm leave roofs and wooden beams. Our kids (4 years) raved about the "tree house" and it was a great adventure for them. Wagesha's hospitality and care made it a pleasant stay and the food was delicious. This is a great base if you like a simple yet ultra peaceful place and want to explore the many attractions in the region. We would come back here anytime!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We have just finished a 6 week trip around sri Lanka and we stayed here for two nights early on in our trip. Our kids (aged 4 and 9) absolutely loved sleeping in what they called the 'tree house,' showering in the open air coconut shower and it was their favourite place to stay. Both the sleeping and living areas are very comfortable and tastefully designed. The only downside was the upstairs sleeping area was a little dangerous for small children as there is too many large gaps in the surround. The owner took us out one afternoon for a walk to the nearby lake which the kids really enjoyed again, he was really friendly and helpful. Overall a really magical place to stay especially if you have children. We loved it.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

I was totally enchanted with Kumbura from the moment I saw it and did not want to leave..Wagesha is a perfect host and has a great love for the natural environment and the craftmanship he has put into Kumbura is sensitive to the surrounds and aesthetically very beautiful
His sister is the most fabulous cook it was the best food I had tasted in Sri lanka and that is saying something as it has all been good
Nero a cousin was really helpful and friendly and did fantastic pineapple carving
I would love to visit again and see the garden develope
I left Kumbura feeling much more in tune with myself and nature

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Palutawa Road, Kimbissa | Sri Lanka, Sigiriya 0094, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 26 Specialty 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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