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Funky Leopard Safari Hostel

off Kataragama-Situlpawwa Road, near Yala National Park, Kataragama 91400 Sri Lanka
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#7 of 91 Specialty lodging in Kataragama
Located just bordering the Yala National Park in a beautiful wilderness setting, with easy access to the less-crowded Katagamuwe entrance of Yala via the sacred city of Katharagama, this enjoyable, yet affordable Yala Accommodation option offers you a great deal in a Yala Safari. We have 2 air-conditioned rooms with 6 single beds each (3 bunk beds) and another 2 air-conditioned rooms with 8 single beds each (4 bunk beds) providing accommodation, for 28 safari explorers. Away from the main building, we have a separate individual air-conditioned cottage that offers single / double / triple or family accommodation. We offer unlimited free Wifi in the common areas. The spacious outdoor area of the Funky Leopard Safari Hostel has quite a few hangout / relaxing spots with hammocks, etc.
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Umi Dissanayake wrote a review Mar 2020
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Stayed at the Funky Leopard Safari Hostel for 3 nights from 6th - 9th March 2020 and we loved it. The accommodation was clean, comfortable and convenient. Food was yummy and the portions were more than enough to make us leave the dinning table with a super stuffed tummy. Everything from a soup/fresh juice to dessert was included. The service was above anything we could've expected in a hostel. We experienced star class hospitality from the humble staff stationed in the premises. They were neat, caring and always available regardless of the time. Mr. Saman Kumara, the hostel caretaker, was a star. He gave us the best service and stayed with us till 2am-3am everyday to ensure that we are attended to. Extremely flexible, humble and friendly. We're so thankful to him. We made a friend. Mr. Saman Abeysinghe, the Camp Manager, is another reason for us to never hesitate coming back. Very professional, friendly and always went out of his way to make sure that we make the best memories in Yala. Chef Maduranga, another fantastic asset in the property. He did the best BBQ for us. Food was super delicious. He made us eat twice as much as we'd usually eat. The food was awesome! Nadun, Prasadi and Manjula handled our reservation, effortlessly allowed us to extend it by one more night and made the whole experience hassle-free. All of us are thankful to you and sending you love! We will definitely be back. It was one of a kind of a place and we loved it. Thank you.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Anuruddha Bandara, Owner at Funky Leopard Safari Hostel
Responded Mar 31, 2020
Dear umandad, Thank you very much for taking the time to share those fantastic comments on us. Its always thrilling to see a satisfied guest at the end of the day, which means that the efforts we take to make your stay comfortable is being paid off well. Certainly, the quality of the food and the cleanliness of the accommodation is actually something that we consider as one of our strong suits here. Again, really appreciate your fabulous words about our staff. From reservations to the hostel operations, they are the once who make the real difference. Thank you again, we would love to have you staying with us again.
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Adventure480769 wrote a review May 2019
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I highly recommend Eco Team. I have Stayed in Funky Leopard Hostel in Kataragama Sri Lanka, and I was Astonished by the Whole place.... the Location, nature, the facilities in the hostel, the cleanness of the place, the most friendly staff you would ever meet. We have Done Safari at Yala National Park, Gone for a Walk, Watch the Sunset at the Lake, Seen An ancient Temple and Talked a lot. They even Offered Us famous Sri Lanka's Tea. If You want to Relax... Visit Funky leopard if you want to have a Wilderness Safari adventure... visit Funky Leopard If You want to be amazed at all that beauty of animals and Forest Visit Funky Leopard and Spend days Literally, Inside the Forest being Part of the Wildlife. Many Thanks To The Staff, especially that amazing Manager Osha, the sweetest and most helpful Girl I have ever meet in Sri Lanka. I promise to come back again..... Don't hesitate to Visit Sri Lanka and Surely don't miss that Experience in Kataragama Funky Leopard Hostels and Eco Team Camps.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Anuruddha B, Owner at Funky Leopard Safari Hostel
Responded May 16, 2019
It is our pleasure to know that you were satisfied with your stay with us at Funky Leopard Hostel. Thank you very much for sharing your detailed experience with the viewers. We are glad that you enjoyed our location, facilities, hygiene and the services of our staff. It makes all our efforts worthwhile. Osha and the team were glad to see your positive comments. Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We look forward to servicing you in the future!
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ppYjarrad g wrote a review May 2019
Kathmandu, Nepal4 contributions
Excellent staff going the extra mile to help! Had car issues and they where happy to help with that. Great free sunset walk with Manjula in the afternooon. Food and accommodations perfect. Safari in Yala easy to get to from here they pick you up from hostel.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
Response from Anuruddha B, Owner at Funky Leopard Safari Hostel
Responded May 5, 2019
We are truly grateful to you for sharing your experience with us. We are overwhelmed to have been able to make your stay even more perfect. We always strive to provide the very best of our service for our guests and we are extremely glad you loved it. We hope you visit us again!
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freya199 wrote a review Apr 2019
London, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed 2 in this amazing hostel and could not recommend it enough! It is in a beautiful remote location with only the noise of the crickets and the frogs to hear. The staff are so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms are clean and they cleaned and made our beds during the day even though we were staying again that night. Really good air con. The bathrooms were also cleaned and restocked every day. It is a tuk-tuk ride away from Kataragama but there’s no need to eat out as the meals provided at the hostel (for a small extra charge) were so worth the money - delicious! And you get three courses. On our last night they moved the table into the garden and we had dinner by the fire. We also arranged our safari through the hostel and we’re so glad we did. The guide was so knowledgable about all the animals we saw and took us to areas away from all the other jeeps so had a better chance of seeing more. We were lucky enough to see 4 leopards! The food provided on the safari was amazing! And we had tea and biscuits waiting for us when we returned back to the hostel that evening. There is so much accommodation to choose from in the area but we really felt we picked the best place! The only small downside is that it is a little difficult to find due to its remote location and lack of signposting but we got a tuk-tuk half way and called the hostel and they sent someone out in Jeep to collect us. Thank you to all the Funky Leopard staff for a wonderful stay!
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Anuruddha B, Owner at Funky Leopard Safari Hostel
Responded May 5, 2019
We are really glad to see your review and to see that all aspects of your stay including the safari has been exceptional. It is truly heartwarming to read of your experience during your stay with us.Thank you very much for taking the time to write such a great review. We count ourselves lucky for customers like you. We hope you would be back with us in the near future!
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Karoline M wrote a review Jul 2018
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We stayed at Funky Leopard for 3 nights and were very well received and accommodated throughout our stay. The staff was very hospitable and did what they could to meet our needs. We were in Kataragama for a festival in town and the hostel is a bit far from it, but the staff really did what they could to make the transportation doable and if you stay there for safari it is perfect - they helped us arrange a trip one of the days. The atmosphere of the hostel is really nice and the rooms and bathrooms are fine with the additional bugs you’ll have to expect in a National Park.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from hajjuhara, Manager at Funky Leopard Safari Hostel
Responded Feb 17, 2019
We are delighted to know that you were satisfied with your stay thank you so much for sharing details of your experience with us. Our staff were glad to hear your positive feedback. We aim to provide a truly unique experience, and we are thrilled that we were able to meet your expectations. Do revisit us on your next journey. We look forward to servicing you!
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$16 - $37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Sri LankaUva ProvinceKataragama
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Frequently Asked Questions about Funky Leopard Safari Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Funky Leopard Safari Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Kataragama Temple (3.1 miles), Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara (1.1 miles), and Kiri Vehera (3.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Funky Leopard Safari Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Funky Leopard Safari Hostel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, breakfast, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Funky Leopard Safari Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Funky Leopard Safari Hostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Funky Leopard Safari Hostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.