Tea House to Tree House: Where to Stay in Sri Lanka
Not long into my search for accommodations in Sri Lanka, it was evident that Airbnb would be our best option. Two particular listings spoke to me & soon we were booked to stay in a private tea plantation in the Central Province & a tree house just outside of Yala National Park. Here’s a little more about the journey to & stay in each place!
Getting there: From our hotel in Colombo, we spent about an hour trying to hunt down a driver willing to bring us to Ramboda. Once we finally secured a ride, he picked us up & unbeknownst to the two blondes in the backseat, we ended up spending the next 7-8 hours praying for our survival. Driving in Sri Lanka is down right frightening. There were points when I thought it would be best if I was blindfolded for the duration of the ride, but alas we finally arrived at our tea plantation oasis in the late afternoon.
The Place: We found it to be true to the photos displayed online, but were a bit taken back by the live-in caretakers. They were lovely and prepared us two delicious meals, catered to our requests for
enough wine to fill up a bath tub wine & also taxiing us around as we searched for an ATM that would allow us to withdraw funds. We just didn’t expect to be staying in the house with other people.
This adorable little pup that trailed our tuk-tuk for miles! (note: he seemed to be the resident dog at the Villa and was well cared for. We think he just likes a quick tuk-tuk ride!)
Getting there. This video says it all.
Leaving there. A very expensive, long ride to our next destination.
Should you stay here?: Sure! If you are in the area and have a bit more time than us, it’s a lovely place to call home for a few days!
Getting there: Buckle up! You are in for a REAL ADVENTURE. This little gem can only be compared to finding a needle in a haystack. Without a doubt, you will not be able to find this place without a native Sri Lankan behind the wheel. And even then we still got lost. We had been warned that there were often elephants blocking the entrance road, which sounded both insane & incredible. While we didn’t encounter this road block, we did reach a point in which our car hire could no longer traverse the dirt/ rocky road any further. We were advised to park, stay put and wait for a tuk-tuk to pick us up to bring us the rest of the way. Several hours past sundown, we finally arrived at our remote tree house. So remote, in fact, our driver also hunkered down for the night on site as well.
The Place: Such a unique structure!! This two story tree house, had a large living/sleeping area, complete with a floor to ceiling window overlooking the river below. The top floor, which was open air, was used for dining. Unfortunately at the hour we arrived, mosquitos had overtaken the dining area, so we opted to have dinner inside. The food was AMAZING; the best dishes we had in all of Asia. We were lucky enough to enjoy breakfast on the top floor & the food was again SO, SO delicious.
The Staff & grounds were both wonderful. Such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, complete with a beautiful setting!
Getting there. As you may have noticed, getting around in Sri Lanka, can be rather frustrating but the silver lining was seeing some very unique roadblocks!
Should you stay here?: YES!! Just make sure to stay for at least two nights to make the journey worth it!
If you are looking for unique accommodations in Sri Lanka, have ample time & a mid-range budget, you should totally check out these Airbnbs!
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