Hello, hello.... we've popped over to Sri Lanka for a couple of weeks but are without a guide book as we thought we could wing it on the web as far as finding budget accommodation is concerned. No good. Everything on the net is out of our range (about $10US hopefully).Can anyone help? Please? We are hoping to have one week sea side and one week hill top. We're not tight with cleanliness, just cash, unfortunately. Cheeerrs.
Haven't been to Sri Lanka, but have mostly found when looking for low budget accomodations, the best thing to do is to just show up at a place and look around. I have found that if you are looking in the morning or early afternoon, there shouldn't be a problem in finding a place. That way, you can also check out what you are paying for.
In Colombo the the suburb of Mount Lavinia is a cheap place to stay. Go down Hotel Road and there are lots of hostels and cheap rooms.
For other parts would recommend investing in the LONELY PLANET guide book. It has a list of cheap places to stay in most areas of the country and it would be worth the investment and the guide is available widely in bookstores in Colombo.. Try Vijitha Yapa book shop at the Unity Plaza (next to the Majestic City complex)
all the best..
For other parts would recommend investing in the LONELY PLANET guide book.
Besides the usual shortcomings of Lonely Planet being VERY POLITICALLY CORRECT, it has a good list of budget accomms. A lot of guesthouse lobbies should have old copies lying around, or ask fellow travellers to allow you a sneak peak (if you are already traveling on a shoestring, why not take advantage of the community you are moving in?).
Only thing with older copies is, I am not sure how things are after the tsunami (I have not been in Sri Lanka since then myself).
Don't know whether it is too late. But for the benifit of all readers these are the tips to find cheap accommodation in Sri Lanka
Go to Wellawatte beach and look for cheap accommodation options closed to the beach.
Do the same in the Mount Lavinia beach. There are plenty of places.
Go to Pettah. There are plenty of small hotels. Very cheap.
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Go south for the beaches to Unawatuna, Weligama (my favourite) or practically anywhere in between. You can hop onto a train or a bus and get off in any place that pleases your eyes, as the bus/ train route from Colombo to Galle goes by the beach. The south has many cheap guesthouses, that don't need priority booking. A couple of my Australian friends used to just go and try out new places almost each weekend and they loved it.
P.S: I just noticed the date of the post and realised that by now, this reply won't be of any use but for those looking for something similar...
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 26, 2006, at 1:30 AM by Ahila ]