Unusual places to stay and things to do on a holiday in Sri LankaSri Lanka is becoming one of the places to be on an Asian holiday and while the cities offer excitement and traditional pleasure and the countryside and beaches are spectacular, the following are from the “other” side of Sri Lanka, offering something a little different.
When enjoying holiday breaks in Sri Lanka, there are many exciting tour and adventure options available and the following are some suggestions for a different and unique place to stay.
Helga’s Folly, Kandi
As for one of the more unusual places to stay while in Kandi, Helga’s Folly takes the cake. This “anti-hotel” is one of the strangest accommodation options that many have seen and experienced.
This meandering and bohemian mansion is located a little off the beaten path in the Sri Lankan jungle outside Kandi and is home to its owner, Helga de Silva Blow Perera, who inherited the building from her parents and has turned it into a fascinating collection of colourful knickknacks and unusual items of all kinds.
While the décor is at times little strange, the bedrooms are luxuriously comfortable and are decorated with all manner of things including taxidermy, old press clippings from Hollywood and other items of interest.
Folly brags several famous guests from the past, including Laurence Olivier
and Vivian Leigh.
Temple of the ToothWhile in Kandy, take a side trip to visit the Temple of the Tooth. This unusual and elaborate temple was literally built around a tooth.
According to legend, the Buddha’s tooth was presented to the Sri Lankan monarchy back in ancient times and was passed around by various holy men and kings who reportedly moved and hid the tooth a number of times over the years.
the famous tooth is housed in a dedicated temple, appropriately dubbed
the Temple of the Tooth, where worshipers can visit the relic. The tooth
is kept in a golden stupa inside the temple, surrounded by gold and moonstone
and Buddhist carvings and offerings.
Kumbuk River ResortHeading to Buttala, the next unusual accommodation experience is at Kumbuk River Resort, where it is possible to spend the night in a two-story elephant villa. Literally.
River Resort is one of the best examples of eco-tourism in Sri Lanka and
offers the opportunity for visitors to rent out the entire 14-acre plot
and stay in the 2-story elephant-shaped villa with all mod-cons, including
a living room, bathroom and a plunge pool.
On site there are various other accommodation options including a chalet, built in the style of a typical Sri Lanka farmer’s house or the Tree Luxuria treehouse, offering beautiful views of the river. There’s no electricity, but solar lamps give all the light visitors could need and you will be right in the heart of nature.
the day you will see real elephants in the surrounding landscape and to
protect the environment, only 12 guests may stay at Kumbuk River Resort
at any time.
Wherever you choose to lay your head at the end of an exciting day, Sri Lanka has plenty to offer in the way of history, tradition, beauty and sometimes remarkably unusual activities and options.
Latest update: January 29, 2016