Diversity is a key that unlocks all the charm and attraction of Sri Lanka and its growing appeal as a must-visit destination for the world’s tourists and travellers.

Now our wildlife, beaches, landscapes and cultural USPs are joined by the bedrock (pun intended) of any visitor’s expectations—where they spend the night.

So, courtesy of pulse.lk writer Shanya Cooray, we highlight the 5 Most Uncommon Places to Stay in Sri Lanka—and they don’t come much more diverse or uniquely individualistic.

Boulder Gardens, pictured above

This all-suite boutique hotel is exactly what its name implies – a garden of boulders, making it one of the most unique places to stay in Sri Lanka.

The entire hotel is built using the natural black boulders integrated into its architecture that is a treat for the eyes. The entrance to the hotel is through stone steps leading up into a cave-like area, which is the hotel’s reception.

Helga’s Folly

Helga’s Folly in Kandy is a far cry from what the rest of the city exudes, and to quote their website, “if expecting a regular hotel experience, best look elsewhere”.

In a nutshell, it is something like a scene or setting from the imaginary world of Alice in Wonderland. This 35 room property has quite an interesting background to it, having been the home of a celebrity/artistic family of the by-gone era.

Kodev Glamping

If you are the kind that’s always loved the idea of camping, but was never the type to “rough it out”, then things are just about to take an interesting turn for you. Glamping is a term that is a mix of the words “glamorous” and “camping” that relates to a luxury camping experience.

Simply put, glamping let’s you stay under a tent, minus the burden of putting it up, with all facilities as can be expected from a hotel stay, such as an actual bed and bathroom and even wi-fi! They even have their own restaurant under a tent.

Lunuganga Estate

In the South Western town of Bentota, further inland, away from the crowds and hubbub of the beach tourists, you will find the Lunuganga Estate that was once the house of the renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa.

It overlooks the breathtaking Deduwa Lake, and the 15 Acre property has sprawing gardens with ponds, walkways and gardens and being a tourist attraction in itself, is opened to the public daily, and a guided tour will be available on request.

Bunkyard Hostels Colombo

Nestled in the plush neighbourhood of Colombo, you will find Bunkyard hostels, the newest addition to Colombo’s hostel scene. It captures the usual concept of hostel-type accommodation with an artistic twist to its interior, and thus rightfully boasts of being “more than just a bed”.

The property has been tastefully and cleverly decorated with several interesting installations to add a rustic feeling, in keeping with their up-cycled theme.

Read the full report here.

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