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Kumbukgaha Villa
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Quiet, nice, warm place. Very nice staff.
Dont book with Agoda for Sri Lanka hotels. Better book directly with hotel to avoid confusion. We had problems in the 3 places with stayed and booked via Agoda.

Room Tip: the nicest room is the double bed one on the right side
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

What a unique, wonderful place. We booked this hotel after reading reviews on trip advisor, and we were not disappointed.
It is a 3 bedroom holiday home set in a rural setting not far from Sigiriya (it is quite hard to find though, so make sure you have a contact number) the outdoor dining room and lounge area is designed to relax you, and it works perfectly with all manor of birds flying around including King fishers and Peacocks. The bedroom was comfy and clean and the bathroom is enclosed but with an open roof for that back to nature feel.
The staff are attentive but not intrusive and the food was excellent.
If you're looking for something a bit different, with buckets of peace and quiet then make sure you stay here

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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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
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3  Thank anatomisty
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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
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4  Thank Senakap
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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
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6  Thank Drazen593
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Reviewed April 14, 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
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6  Thank Nesta L
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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.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank MahimanG
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Additional Information about Kumbukgaha Villa

Address: Audangawa, Kimbissa, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka (Formerly Kumbukgas Villa)
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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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 127 Specialty Lodging in Sigiriya
Price Range: $87 - $121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kumbukgaha Villa (Formerly Kumbukgas Mankada)has now been upgraded from a private holiday villa originally designed as a private hideaway to a boutique hotel. There are just 4 private villas and 3 bungalow rooms in this 10 acre property How ever we have managed to retain it's original charm by maintaining guests privacy coupled with personal service and genuine Sri Lankan hospitality. At Kumbukgaha Villa , 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, Kumbukgaha Villa 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 Kumbukgaha Villa! We look forward to hearing from you soon! ... more   less 
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