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“The very best of Sri Lankan style and hospitality” 5 of 5 stars
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Kumbukgas Mankada Lodge
Audangawa, Kimbissa, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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“The very best of Sri Lankan style and hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Guests can take their own wines and beer - the staff will serve it and don't charge corkage
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  • Stayed August 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Kumbukgas is located 2km off the main road, accessible only by a dirt road. The place is quite literally in the middle of nowhere. We really enjoyed being away from the hustle and bustle and being surrounded by nature. Apparently, if you are lucky you might spot elephants crossing near the compound at dusk.

The place is manned by 3 staff who provide impeccable service and are very friendly. Even though we were in the middle of nowhere, we felt very safe. Breakfast and dinner was hearty and delicious.

The lounge area is very comfortable and great for relaxing with a book.

We had an incredible stay but I should probably add that this place is not for the faint-hearted. Being in the middle of nowhere does mean that you will get lots of bugs, lizards and frogs. If you're not a fan of bugs, you might want to book elsewhere.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

As a local who travel frequently to explore the beauty of Sri Lanka, i have been to many places in the country that offers different experiences to travelers. This is one of the best places I have visited that gave me total relaxation in addition to tasty local meals and spot less cleanliness. Someone who wish to experience the Sri Lankan life in local homely environment this is the best place to be.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

If you are visiting Sri Lanka, Kumbukgas Mankada Lodge, with the surrounding activities is a definite must with its just right location, excellent hospitality and delicious food.

It’s perfectly positioned within short distances for every possible interests, immediately just around the corner, for morning or evening walks, you will be able to see the superb view of Sri Lankan farmers working in the field, that one would normally just see only on postcards.

The lodge is also only 15 - 20 min drive from famous Sigiriya (Lion Rock) which is in my opinion the most magnificiant place I have ever been and seen in my life. The Lion Rock is an extraordinary mixture of the power of the man and the power of the nature and as well as all that happened unbeleibavly 1600 years ago.

For late afternoon I would definetelly recommend the 4 wheel drive through Minneriya National Park and elephant watching while enjoying the beautiful sunset.

The architecture of the lodge is a combination of modern comfortable living and natural open sky showers with excellent outdoor place for relaxation.

I feel more knowledgeable and more appreciative of this world after this visit, and that’s how it should be after each day of our life.

Drazen (Yugoslavia/Bosnia/UK/New Zealand).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Spent 3 wonderful days at this new, secluded lodge in the company of peacocks and friendly staff. Loved the simple, stylish decor especially the little courtyard for the bathroom. The food was simple but very good. The rooms clean. simple but rather hot at night with no A/C. A great place just to relax or go to Sigiriya Rock nearby. However, many drivers don't know about it yet so it can still be difficult to find. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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Colombo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Lovely hideout, Totally laid back. Great hospitality &super food. Lots of outdoor activities for kids & adults. Enjoyed the jungle sounds, the cry of the peacock and the occasional stomping of the elephants.
Easy access to the Kumbuk tree lined stream,the local tank, temple.Particularly enjoyed a visit to the Ritgala elephant orphanage caring for baby elephants!
Will be back soon.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the paddy fields offer a great view and allows access to the airy upper deck. Peaco...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is a small, new hotel in a rural part of Sigirya - I stayed here for 5 nights and had a most relaxing time. Good location for base to discover polonnaruwa, dambulla and the lions rock.

The rooms are basic but comfortable and spotlessly clean. The outdoor bathrooms are very nice. Limited choice of food, but good - The rice and curry is amazing! Staff are friendly and helpful. Saw wild peacocks by the hotel every day and heard wild elephants brush through the trees nearby the lodge one night. I could easily have spent more time here and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a unique place to stay, in a secluded location with good comfort and service.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Audangawa, Kimbissa, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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Location: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Sigiriya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
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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