This is a little gem of a private villa set in the middle of forests, paddy fields and streams close to Sigiriya. We stayed 4 nights at Kumbukgas Mankada during our 3 week Sri Lanka tour this summer and it was easily a highlight of our holiday. From Kumbukgas Mankada we did day excursions to Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and to the Minneriya Park to see the elephants.
The villa has just 3 rooms and is beautifully yet simply designed - the open to sky showers were a treat. At night the oil lanterns are lit (they do have grid connection) around the large verandah and all you hear is the wonderful noises of the forest - genuine peace and tranquility!
The food was a good mix of delicious Sri Lankan curries and good Western dishes and the staff were exceptional - friendly, attentive and genuinely helpful. If you find it difficult to locate the place, just call the villa and the staff will drive up in a tuk tuk to meet you - super service!
Had we not booked our onwards itinerary, we would have loved to stay back a couple of more days to sit back and chill out - we'll definitely go back some day! Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kumbukgas Mankada is a private holiday villa originally designed as a private hideaway and now managed professionally to welcome a few discerning visitors. With just 3 guest rooms, we have retained the privacy and charm of a private holiday home coupled with personal service and genuine Sri Lankan hospitality. At Kumbukgas Mankada, you will be served by a small team of friendly, professional staff who will take care of your every need, be it planning your meals or helping with local excursions. Our kitchen will literally cook only for you - always with fresh locally sourced supplies often supplemented by organic vegetables from our home garden. With no pre-planned meal times or crowded breakfast buffets, you get to decide when, what and how often you would like to dine - after all, you will be on holiday! If you plan to explore Sri Lanka's fabulous ancient cities, Kumbukgas Mankada is an ideal base to travel from. The main cultural sites, the Sigiriya World Hertitage Site, Pidurangala rock and cave temple and the historic Dambulla Cave Temple are all a short drive away. The ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are an hours drive away and are ideal for day excursions. The Minneriya National Park, famous for the 'gathering' of hundreds of elephants, is a short 30 min drive away and is perfect for an afternoon safari. You could also spend some quiet time exploring the embankments of ancient agricultural lakes, stroll along the paddy fields, chat to the friendly people of the village or just sit out in the verandah and enjoy a cup of Pure Ceylon Tea! What ever your chose to do, we guarantee total peace and relaxation at Kumbugas Mankada! We look forward to hearing from you soon! ... more less
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