Renowned for its stunning golden beaches, diverse wildlife and breathtaking highlands, Sri Lanka is a paradise for nature lovers. But beyond stunning natural attractions, Sri Lanka is home to a warm and friendly community who are often eager and willing to help others. What better way of experiencing such hospitality than staying in the home of a local? Airbnb is a great alternative to expensive hotels and provides a wide variety of unique options. Here are some great Airbnb accommodations in Sri Lanka:
Hailed as a one-of-a-kind experience, the Tree-House is an eco-friendly gem. These glass houses offer a panoramic view of the jungle and sunset, allowing you to be surrounded by wildlife and lush forests. You may even be paid a visit from your neighbouring monkeys! Additionally, there is no need to worry about meals; your warm and welcoming hostess will prepare mouthwatering authentic Sri Lankan breakfasts and curry dinners for you. Here at the Tree-House, you can enjoy both the serenity of the forests and the convenient accessibility to the beach. You’ll definitely want to return for another visit after such a memorable holiday!
Tree-house between Galle and Unawatuna BeachUnawatuna, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Dive into your own private pool at this one bedroom villa that’s within walking distance to Kandy Lake. Breakfast is provided as well. Less than 2 miles from the town center, this listing promises peace and quiet, yet remain close enough to the train station and other attractions for your convenience.
Boutique Villa with a PoolKANDY, Central Province, Sri Lanka
Far Cry Kumbukkalli Forest Retreat is a paradise for nature lovers. Surrounded by forests, you can fall asleep to the sounds of crickets and other nocturnal fauna on the outdoor balcony beds. No worries - ceiling fans and mosquito nets are provided. Alternatively, you can opt to sleep in their large air-conditioned beds. Located near a wildlife sanctuary and a lake, Far Cry Kumbukkalli Forest Retreat offers tranquility and peace like no other. Additionally, the warm and friendly staff are on hand to whip up delicious meals that cater to your dietary needs. Far Cry Kumbukkalli Forest Retreat is able to accommodate up to 8 persons.
Far Cry Kumbukkalli Forest RetreatHabarana, North Central Province, Sri Lanka
Imagine waking up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore. This stylish and charming beach house is especially perfect for surfers, since the beach is just at your backyard. Catch the sunset from the patio or soak up the sun under coconut trees. Your friendly hosts will cater to all your needs and provide meals.
Charming 3BR beach houseMatara, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
This newly built eco villa accommodates up to 6 guests. Live with a loving and interesting local family (a couple and 2 children) and truly experience Sri Lankan culture. You can even take cooking classes and learn how to prepare spices authentically from the hostess! Additionally, Weligama Bay is ideal for scuba diving and fishing. There are fun and exciting activities available around the area, including whale watching and whitewater rafting.
Weligama Bay Eco Villa Family Room A/CWeligama, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life? Banyan Camp, situated on the banks of Lake Hambegamuwa, offers a rustic and exotic experience like no other. Banyan Camp, run by a very welcoming couple, offers unparalleled service. This eco-friendly camp that accommodates 6 guests interestingly offers lanterns as an alternative to running electricity. Activities at Banyan Camp include nature trails and stargazing; elephant and leopard safari trips also can be arranged.
Banyan Lodge, UdawalaweMoneragala, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
If you’re travelling on a budget, Colombo Beach Hostel is the place for you. Located in close proximity to the beach, local cafes, and bars, the hostel can accommodate many people if you’re travelling in a big group. The rooms are basic, but private double rooms with attached bathrooms are also available. Furthermore, the rooftop garden is a great place for you to meet people and share travel stories or just unwind and relax in hammocks with your friends.
COLOMBO BEACH HOSTELcolombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
Be treated like family at this bed and breakfast home stay. You will definitely be touched by the hosts’ warm and welcoming nature. Hearty Sri Lankan breakfasts are also served. Furthermore, each room is unique and decorated stylishly and colourfully. You’ll definitely want to stay longer in such an ornate house!
Beautiful Family Home (2 Beds) AColombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
Just a stone’s throw from a reef-protected bay, The Spice House boasts an infinity pool and a relaxation pavilion. The colonial guesthouse and lush gardens have been well designed and cared for. Relish in the jungle surroundings or walk to the secluded beach for a snorkel. From the delicious meals to the amiable hosts, this beautiful jungle sanctuary teeming with wildlife will definitely make an unforgettable experience.
The Spice House MirissaMirissa, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Be at one with nature at Galkadawala Forest Lodge. Nestled in a forest, the forest lodge is designed to accommodate up to 3 people. Moreover, you will be served with impeccable hospitality and excellent authentic food. The forest lodge is also in close proximity to 3 wildlife parks, so don’t be surprised if you see elephants and monkeys from your tree house! Also, don’t forget to catch the sunrise when you canoe out to the lake.
GALKADAWALA FOREST LODGE, HABARANA. (d)Habarana., North Central Province, Sri Lanka
Do you want to live in a tree house in Sri Lanka and wake up to the sweet chirping of the birds in the wilderness? This is simply a lovely place to stay, and it is both cozy and spacious. And add to that the fact that it is a tree house! A stay here gives you an opportunity to live like a local amidst the flora and fauna that the island nation boasts. The host is fairly new but from the description and pictures, it is surely a very nice place to stay! For a taste of life like a local, away from the city, spending some time here is recommended. You may be surprised to find that there is Wi-Fi too!
Vista Treehouse at The Hideout SigiriyaSigiriya, Central Province, Sri Lanka
Although, the name of this accommodation sounds boring, the place looks everything but that. It is really cozy and with a very “at-home” feel, as you can see for yourself. The place is pretty quiet, they welcome pets, and there is Wi-Fi! You can cook in their lovely kitchen and also head out to the beach just outside. Isn’t that cool? This accommodation can take up to 2 guests. The host is very friendly and helpful. This accommodation is just a 5-10 minute drive from Weligama bus station.
Month Villa Budget RoomWeligama, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
A 5-7 minute walk from Mirissa Beach takes you to a home-away-from-home. This place is named Peacock Villa for a reason; the house is surrounded by peacocks! It has large and clean rooms that have received positive feedback from guests, and it is topping the list of Airbnb accommodations in Sri Lanka! Makes for more reasons to stay here, right? There are lovely views from the house; it is a pleasing sight to see lots of green, especially when you wake up and step out to breathe in some fresh air. And you can’t forget the friendly and helpful hosts, Charindu and his dad.
Peacock Villa [Listing #1]Mirissa, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
River Edge is a private apartment that gives you a fantastic view of the Bentota River and the mountains in the distance. This country-style bungalow is located about 10 minutes from Bentota; the hosts even pick you up and drop you off for free! The hosts are very welcoming and friendly; guests who have been here have had very good feedback to leave about them.
River Edge BentotaBentota, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Adjoining a country club in Colombo, this accommodation is very close to Dehiwala, Mount Lavinia, and all forms of transportation. They offer a fully-equipped kitchen and everything that you might expect to find at your home. The accommodation is very clean and in a very nice neighborhood. As with many such listings on Airbnb, the hosts are amazing, helpful and very friendly. Although this place is in the city of Colombo, it is in a serene neighbourhood and will not let you drown in the hustle and bustle of a city!
Colombo - Beautiful SuiteColombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
16. Amitha’s Guesthouse, Matara
Cost: 22-23 USD per guest per night; 15 USD extra charge per night after first guest
This is a stunning villa located away from the busy main road and very close to the beach in Matara. This guesthouse is in close proximity to surfing beaches, such as Weligama and Mirissa, as well as tea estates in Akuressa. This gives you a wonderful opportunity to explore all that you might have wanted to do – surf, taste tea, walk, and cycle. Add to that the fact that you can eat some amazing and tasty local home food! This place can accommodate 7 people and it has 3 bedrooms.
Located very close to the beach in Beruwala (about 800 meters’ / 2,625 feet walking distance), you can watch the fresh catch being brought in by the colorful boats in the morning. Take a stroll to the markets and enjoy walking down the longest beach in Sri Lanka. Laze around on the beach or swim in the sea; if you are lucky you might spot a few turtles! There is a turtle hatchery near the beach so keep an eye out for these precious little creatures! This apartment is located near the Iruwi River, hence the name! An important fact to note is that even though it is next to a river, you will not see any pesky mosquitoes, so you are assured of a peaceful sleep during the night and no disturbances during the day either.
Iruwi River Apartment, Sri LankaBeruwala, Western Province, Sri Lanka
18. Garden Front Villa, Ahangama, SP
Cost: 92-95 USD / night for 1 person, additional 21 USD (approx.) per night after first guest
This villa is for 1 or 2 people, has a large swimming pool, and is just 5 minutes from the beach. The hosts offer free yoga classes twice a day, organic food, and free bicycles to ride! Sounds exciting? Yes, it does! The hosts are very warm and friendly, and helpful when it comes to planning your itinerary for the day. The one minus point might be the firm beds, which might not be welcome to all, but if you are already into yoga and feel it is alright to sleep on firm beds, this is a good place to stay. The villa is located slightly away from the Galle Highway, but worry not; it is only a tuk-tuk ride away!
Wish to experience the life of a rustic villager? You must stay at Kumbura Eco Lodge. Be it the design or the food, everything is local and so typical of the countryside – something that has to be enjoyed by people living fast lives in the city. Palm leaf roofing and rooms made out of natural wood create a natural atmosphere. Of course, there is electricity, but there is also a special thrill in living like this. There are quite a few interesting places to visit near the accommodation. This lodge offers private rooms, and can accommodate up to 10 guests at a time.
Kumbura Eco Lodge, Sri LankaKimbissa, Central Province, Sri Lanka
Owned by an expat Australian family that lives its ideal in Sri Lanka whenever they can get here, this property is like a dream. Overlooking the jungle, a Buddhist temple, and the lovely Unawatuna Beach, this former local villager’s home was renovated recently into this lovely place to stay. The interiors have been done up very tastefully with an eclectic mix of antique and locally-designed handmade furniture. The pool is very inviting and the outdoor kitchen is a treat to try out! You need to stay there to get a feel of what is described here.
Unakanda White HouseUnawatuna, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Wake up to a spectacular view of Sri Lanka’s famed Ella Gap. Ella Mount View Guest Inn sits atop a hill facing the lush tropical forests that cover the surrounding peaks and valleys, punctuated by picturesque waterfalls and rolling tea plantations. The inn can accommodate up to 3 guests comfortably in its spacious and clean rooms. Marvel at the incredible view as you enjoy a sumptuous and excellent breakfast out on your own private balcony. But watch out for the monkeys; if you’re not attentive one might just swoop in to steal your food! The accommodation is simple and uncluttered. But all the essentials are conveniently provided and there’s adequate Wi-Fi. The inn is just a stone’s throw to the center of town and just a few minutes walk to the nearby train station.
Ella Mount View Guest Inn Room 1Ella, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
If it’s an escape you seek then it’s an escape you’ll find here at the OFF-GRID Eco Friendly Resort right along the shores of Kalpitiya Lagoon. Accommodation is in cabanas in the style of local fishermen’s homes and constructed by local builders using local, sustainable materials. There are 3 bedrooms that can take in up to 6 guests in individual beds, each one equipped with its own mosquito net. The resort also features a well-kept garden and a coconut plantation and a restaurant where you can order sumptuous vegetable and seafood dishes and tropical fruit juices to keep you refreshed. When you’ve satisfied your food cravings head over to one of the hammocks to lift your feet up and just chill. Take advantage of the resort’s relaxing and laid-back atmosphere and join an early morning yoga session on the elevated yoga deck facing the lagoon. The resort may be off-grid but not entirely isolated as Wi-Fi is available.
OFF-GRID Eco friendly Cabanas- Ruuk VillageKalpitiya, North Western Province, Sri Lanka
Enjoy your stay in Sri Lanka!
In short, Sri Lanka is a beautiful country full of natural wonders. These Airbnb places allow you to be close to nature and are extremely popular! Do book early as bookings can be filled up very quickly, especially on weekends. Additionally, it is important that you respect the house rules and reciprocate the same hospitality that the hosts will show you.
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