Kumbura Eco Lodge, Sigiriya
“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!” Wageesha Kumara, Owner, designer and builder of Kumbura.
Kumbura was designed for adventurous travellers looking for simple traditional accommodation. Open-sided walls allow free airflow on hot nights, with comfortable seating and a dining area. The food, prepared by Wageesha’s wife Dinasheka, and the ever-changing menu provide delicious insights into Sri Lankan cuisine.
Situated only 3.5kms from the Unesco World Heritage site of Sigiriya and 14 kms from the ancient religious city of Dumbulla, Kumbura nestles in the village of Kimbissa, which is part of an area known locally as the Elephant corridor.
A large selection of indigenous trees including king coconut, mango, teak, acacia, wood apple, cashew, custard apple and palm are a feature of the garden, as well as palms, hibiscus and grasses.
Kumbura was built by hand from indigenous materials such as teak, mango and acacia woods, much of which was harvested from their own land. The roofs are of woven coconut leaves, the half walls of natural local granite and wood fired mud bricks.
Colourful Barbara Sansoni fabrics cover the furnishings, while dinner-wear and other accessories are from Colombo’s Paradise Road. Very smart!