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Travel on a budget, Sri Lanka

I recently travelled for almost a month between the island of Sri Lanka and Indonesia. My budget? Very limited. Here is where I stayed:

Sigiriya Village Resort, Sigiriya – Sri Lanka

Friendly place with very basic accommodation, the rooms are so humid that you can’t turn the noisy AC off not even a minute. The team at the restaurant is very sweet and caring despite the food being average. Prepare to pay a ridiculously high price for a glass of house wine and sleep with mosquitos.

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Ramboda Falls Hotel, Ramboda – Sri Lanka

I usually try to make the most out of each hotel I stay, regardless how cheap it is. But after barely few hours here, I called the agent and moved out first thing in the morning. This hotel is so humid that the awful smell breathes through the carpet, the bed sheets, and the whole room. Food is a joke. Avoid.

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Thaulle Resort, Thissa – Sri Lanka

After I ran away from Ramboda Falls, this hotel was a real surprise and a hidden gem in the south of Sri Lanka. Owned and managed by a local Sri Lankan man raised in Germany, this hotel functions around the clock. Clean, neat and truly looked after, each room is styled with local colors and perfectly comfortable. Food is delicious and their Ayurveda SPA works magic.

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Palm Villa, Mirissa – Sri Lanka

I literally walked in, looked at the room steps away from the sea and took it. 50USD well spent. Very basic but clean, the rooms with sea view are also the rooms with sea noise! I couldn’t believe how strong the sound of waves can be at night with no AC and an old fashion mosquito net spread around the bed. I loved the free afternoon tea and the staff was very friendly. The hotel is just around the corner from Mirissa beach but far enough from the beach boys and disco bars.

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