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Kivga Holiday Bungalow
Ranked #33 of 137 Anuradhapura B&B and Inns
Bamako, Mali
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good, Friendly Value”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

My husband and I spent two nights at Kivga Bungalow and were impressed by the relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The hotel is essentially a family home turned into a hotel and the day-to-day family life continues downstairs. It was nice to see the comings and goings of the family and talk informally with them. The rooms are very nice and clean, with unexpectedly nice bathrooms. Our air conditioner (like so many in Sri Lanka) was not quite up to the task, but we slept fine with the fan on. We had a balcony and a nice view of the lake, but frankly, it was too hot to enjoy them. Breakfast included lots of fruit, eggs, sausage, and toast - far more than we could eat. The owners arranged tuk tuks for us and gave good advice on places to go.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Had a great stay at Kivga B&B, beautiful home, great breakfast each morning, helpful staff who organised a driver and car for us. Views of the lake from the balcony off our room. Room was air conditioned but it was HOT outside. One of the hottest places I have ever visited, take plenty of water when touring the temples which are fantastic.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2013

We didn't really enjoy our stay here at this Holiday Bungalow. We stayed for three nights over Christmas. We had a room upstairs with a good shower but we only had hot water on one of the three mornings. The breakfast was ready some time before we got down for it and the eggs, toast and fruit were left uncovered so the flies were all over it.

The owner had a tuk tuk driver waiting in the sitting area each morning. This was fine the first morning but we didn't want one the following two mornings but felt obliged to use him. The cost was considerably higher than going out and finding your own tuk tuk driver. Having said that the drivers were very nice people - knowledgeable and spoke reasonable English.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 24, 2013

stayed here for specially want to see the ancient city of anuradhapura.this guest house is situated in the dry zone,but this guest house is well maintained ,the garden of this hotel is very beautiful,the owner help us to visit ancient city .the room we had up stair was very clean and big balcony.On your holiday at anuradhapura try to get a room here

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

New B&B, large clean and spacious rooms, excellent service. Would recommend this place fully. They have bikes too! The owner is friendly although his English is not great but he remained really helpful. Tasty breakfast too.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2013

We love the garden and the owner, and our tuk tuk driver (the owner's relative) very much. Anuradhapura has been our favorite place in this Sri Lanka trip, because of the people at Kivga. We had the room on the ground floor with direct access to the garden and the swing. Upstairs were fully booked, but we felt happy about the ground room. We had the garden very much to our own. The room and bathroom are spotless and well decorated. Breakfast is western and with tasty fruits. You can also use the microwave if you want. The tuk tuk driver ("Sunny") has been our tour guide during the stay. He is a very nice guy with a karate black-belt son and a beautiful wife. He knows most of the ancient places and the history of them. The owner - we felt very grateful. On the day we departed for Kandy, he gave us a two-hour free ride to Kununegala ("Kunan", I think) bus station (that's his hometown. He happened to have to see a friend back home that day). He took another mini bus to Kandy for only one hour from there, and we were just in time for the bus. We would really recommend a stay at Kivga if you are passing by Anuradhapura.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Lovely big room on the top floor with a huge balcony. Clean bathroom with lots of hot water. Cold beer. A better breakfast than we'd had at some other places, but dinner was better at Milano.

Not much more to say really. They have bikes to rent and have rooms for drivers. One of the better places we stayed during our trip.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kivga Holiday Bungalow
Address: 4 C 8, Mihindu Mawatha, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Anuradhapura
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Ranked #33 of 137 B&Bs / Inns in Anuradhapura
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Number of rooms: 4

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