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Homestays in Sri Lanka: Money Can’t Buy the Best Experiences

September 14, 2016 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under: , , ,

For travelers intent on trekking to scenic spots in Sri Lanka’s hill country, here is an important consideration regarding homestays and local hospitality.

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A cardinal rule when traveling is that money can’t buy the best experiences. This applies fully to hotels. Who has not gotten the feeling sometimes that staying in a hotel can be an impersonal affair where one is treated as room 1103 rather than by a name and when the buffet breakfast is an affair best forgotten?

local homestays - Sri Lanka - Hill

local homestays - Sri Lanka - Hill

On a recent trip to the highlands of Ella in Sri Lanka’s hill country, we set out to find some trekking routes to Little Adam’s Peak and to the higher Ella Rock. While there, we decided against staying in a hotel preferring instead to try some local homestays. It was one of the best decisions we could have made. This is what we found: warm, heartfelt hospitality, spotless rooms, and beautiful views of a waterfall and a train crossing a tall bridge between the mountains. We also enjoyed a delicious breakfast of curd and tropical fruits as well as farm fresh eggs. We felt at home so much so that it was hard to leave our host families!

They say the devil is in the details. Happily, the family homestays where we stayed on our last trip, got it right, and all for very modest prices that won’t break the safe. Ella is also a stunning green mountain landscape with plenty of hiking routes from easy ones for families with kids to demanding ascents for serious trekkers.

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By staying at local guesthouses, your clients know their money is going directly to the family owners rather than to a big hotel chain. Serious foodies should also try the rice and curry at the community-based village restaurant, Mahiru. One of our Travel Designers who joined us in Ella said that Mahiru is one of the best he has tried in his life and he is Sri Lankan!

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If your clients love trekking and opportunities to get in touch with the locals, then hiking and staying at a lovely homestay in Ella is a good plan. For more information, please leave your contact information in the form below.

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