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“My new Sri Lankan family.” 5 of 5 stars
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209 Ehelagala, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka   |  
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Ranked #1 of 39 Sigiriya B&B and Inns
King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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“My new Sri Lankan family.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Lal and his family make you feel like your one of their own. Such a warm and friendly place to stay while you visit Sigiriya. I came to visit the ancient ruins,which were amazing,but I will return just to stay and spend time with Lal and his family. The 3 rooms are very clean,comfortable and well maintained. Good wifi,Hot shower,toilet roll,soap and daily fresh towels are also provided. Make sure and bring a big appetite as the fresh delicious home cooked food lovingly prepared by "Mama" comes in big portions and keeps on coming,all in Sri Lankan style. The ruins are only 15 min walk or 5 mins away on Shehans cool mountain bike. Lal gives great advice and tips on how to visit the rocks and some hidden gems to visit by yourself. I was even invited to a party where I shared good times with all of Lals family and friends (lots of Arrack and amazing food). I stayed for 4 nights,but wished I could have stayed many many more. This is the place to stay to have a real Sri Lankan homestay experience. As I said to my new "Mama"... Number one!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Although I was only staying at Lal's place for one night, it was thoroughly enjoyable with a wonderful meal and all the family were very friendly and warm. Lal went out of his way to ensure that my friend, who stayed a lot longer at Lal's, and I were well catered for. Furthermore the area is beautiful with plenty of walks in lush, green countryside, besides the added attraction of the Rock, Sigiriya village itself and plenty of other nearby towns in close proximity. But more than that is knowing that after a day out exploring, one can come home to a great meal and a clean room.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Lal's homestay was the best place we stayed in Sri Lanka and we had the best food here as well. Lal and his wife are genuinely kind and helpful people, they go out of their way to help you and please you in everything. Their children were really nice and friendly too playing with our 2 year old daughter. The rooms are clean and the garden is lovely. Our family had really good nights' rest in our cool and quiet bedroom. Lal's homestay is a good place to use as a base for visiting not only Sigiriya but also Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and national parks on day trips. Lal speaks English fluently and can give you advice on everything you need.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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 May 15, 2014

Lals homestay was amazing experience! Very friendly, amazing food, clean, best people in Sri Lanka and you will get everything you need(and need to know).
I stayed 3 nights in inside room which make me feel like home away from home :D
If you want to have real experience of Sri Lankan hospitality, go to Lals Homestay!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

A great place to stay when exploring Sigiriya and other areas of the northern 'cultural triangle'. Lal
's place is less than 10 minutes away by motorbike (about 20 minutes by walking) to Sigiriya Rock so you have plenty of time to get there early in the morning before the busloads of other tourists arrive.

Lal's rooms are clean and comfortable. And the hospitality of his family is fantastic. I got lost during one of my early morning walks and Lal came out to find me and pick me up. After which he proudly showed me the lake behind his house with an amazing view of both Sigiriya and Pidurangala Rocks framed by mangroves and palm trees and flocks of commorant birds and the odd pea hen.

While Lal's location might see initially poor as it sits right next to the main highway, the place is surprisingly quiet, especially at night as traffic is incredibly light to non-existent. A deep and peaceful sleep is practically guaranteed!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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 May 2, 2014

We had a very nice stay at Lal Guesthouse. The owner and family are very nice and helpfull. We stayed 2 nights an had 2 times a delicious Tamil curry for dinner. The family speaks very good English. The rooms are fine and clean. We really had a good time.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

A lovely family who couldn't do enough to help with transport, information etc. A basic but clean room at a very fair price. Only 2 rooms at present but 2 more about to be added. The home made food was fantastic. Would happily stay again.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 209 Ehelagala, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
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 Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Sigiriya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lal Homestay is a warm family place close (15 minute walk) to Sigirya Rock. Clean, big rooms with warm water, good wifi and delicious home cooked food are offered. Also all kinds of activities (jeep safari, bicycle hire, transport etc.) can be organized. Lal Homestay is on the main road next to new Sigiri restaurant. Though not signposted the white house is easily recognizable from the main road. ... more   less 

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