"Kumbura is my dream come true. Ever since I inherited this plot of land from my grandfather, I had always imagined that it might be possible to build something beautiful which I could share with the world. I know that he would have been so pleased that his land was still in the family and being used in a positive and productive way... I look forward to sharing with you the wonderful tastes and sights of my Sri Lanka!"
Owner, designer and builder of KUMBURA.
At KUMBURA we wish to offer our guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the life and pace of village life. Just so you know, we are not a 5 star hotel... Our lodge is designed for the adventurous traveller who is looking for much simpler accommodation. Our bedrooms are set on a mezzanine floor with open sided walls, allowing air flow on hot nights. Each bed has its own mosquito net and yes, we do have electricity !! ( Occasionally there are 'brown-outs' which happen in Sri Lanka from time to time.) Each room has its own separate European style toilet and a cold water shower; very refreshing after a long, hot & dusty day of exploring! Downstairs we have lots of comfortable seating and a dining area. We serve our food informally, so it's OK to sit on the couches and lounge while you enjoy my wifes delicious food... the more relaxed you are, the happier we are!
Situated only 3.5kms from the Unesco World Heritage site of Sigiriya and 14 kms from the ancient religious city of Dumbulla, KUMBURA is set in the country village of Kimbissa, which is part of an area known locally as the Elephant corridor. (Occasionally we are visited by elephants looking for jack fruit, young rice and banana's! ) There are mainly farms that specialize in rice and root crops in the area; my family produces rice.
In the garden's of KUMBURA you will find a large selection of indigenous trees including king coconut, mango, teak, acacia, wood apple, cashew,custard apple and palm. In late 2011 we planted a crop of banana trees. Mixed with the larger tree's we also have different types of palms, hibiscus and grasses surrounding the lodge. There are a plethora of beautiful birds that visit our land; wild peacocks roam Kimbissa and are often seen in our garden.
Structurally, KUMBURA is built mainly of indigenous materials such as teak, mango and acacia woods, much of which was harvested from our land. The roofs are of woven coconut leaves, the half walls of natural local granite and wood fired mud bricks. The lodge is built in the traditional style with open walls in both the living and sleeping areas; helping increase airflow and maximize light. Colourful Barbara Sansoni fabrics cover our furnishings; dinner-wear and other accessories from Colombo's Paradise Road bring a modern twist to your stay at our very simple, but beautiful lodge.
Food is our strong point! The ingredients for the dishes we serve at KUMBURA are purchased from the local markets and when available, locally grown ingredients are used. Consisting mainly of vegetables and fish, our ever changing menu furnishes the guests with a healthful and delicious insight into Sri Lankan cuisine! Dinasheka, our chef ( and my wife ), is going to make your stay here a culinary feast that you'll never forget!
We offer free chilled filtered mineral water in the rooms and complimentary tea and coffee services throughout the day.
Due to strict local laws regarding alcohol, we are not permitted to sell beer and wine at Kumbura. Beer, Arrack, Spirits and Wine are available in Dambulla at the supermarket 'Food City' and have to be purchased personally by the guests. They also carry a large selection of imported goods and also have a pharmacy.
There is a bank with an international ATM in Kimbissa just 400 metres from the lodge. We ask that you pay for your lodging with cash, as we do not accept visa at this time. Thank you for your understanding!
WIFI is available for your convenience in the main dining room and lounges.
Dinasheka also invites you to join her in the kitchen to learn how to cook her delicious Sri Lankan recipes.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kumbura!