Sri Lanka has the attention of the backpacker crowd. And why not? Beaches, hilly retreats, an abundance of culture – the island is virtually, paradise on earth. Cheap inexpensive public transport options together with a flotilla of affordable Sri Lanka hostels add to the affordability of the destination.
Did you know many years ago hostels were deemed creepy, basement dorm rooms where insanely poor tourists stayed? Not so anymore. Today, contemporary hostels are still relatively inexpensive yet possess an inviting ambience. However, there is a new found coolness as cheap hostels Sri Lanka have almost become a cliche.
New age hostels are bright, well lit and comfortable. The best thing is they are very cheap compared to a hotel, hands down. Meanwhile, check-out for reviews online and you will see what is good, bad and ugly and if a hostel might be the best fit for you.
Hostels can Connect People over a Cup of Tea
If you love solitude and isolation hostels are not for you. But if you are the type of person who loves to connect with fellow travellers, share stories, exchange tips, then this is it. In 2018, hostels are designed for integrating socially. Chances of you running into people with common ground and travel interests is pretty high. More often than not, you will meet people from many nationalities.
Generally, hostelers are always friendlier within a hostel. Therefore, the moment you check-in to a hostel you will be greeted by people other than hostel staff. You will never find yourself bored or alone unless you want to escape to a quiet corner somewhere, which is fine too.
The Perfect Alternate Travel Guide
No matter where you’re going, you are bound to find someone in your hostel who can provide you with some very specific travel advice. Plus, there are things that you can’t find in guidebooks and experiences that you may not know exist. That is until you talk to someone who has already been there. All in all, spending a few days in a hostel could widen your travel experiences.
Some of the best hostels in Sri Lanka are located in the following popular tourist hotspots in Sri Lanka. Here are our favourite few:
If you prefer the vibe of disco or trance music, then Hikkaduwa is the place to be. There is plenty of accommodation in Hikkaduwa plus many hostels closer to the beach. Further south, the Galle Fort ramparts and surroundings are also great to spend a few days. Around Unawatuna, the beach life is pleasant with plenty of nice hostels to stay, eat and unwind.
- Cities of the Cultural Triangle
The inner cities of Sigiriya, Dambulla are great bases for discovering the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Here, you are bound to meet backpackers and there are also cheap hostels to choose from. Moreover, there are many direct buses that run between the cities of the cultural triangle.
- Hilly Retreats of Kandy and Ella
Kandy is a very popular place for backpackers and there are many hostels surrounding the town. Apart from the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, there are an endless array of things to do and explore in the city. Coupled with the weather, the crisp views of the mountains are worth the visit. Similarly, Ella is also a favourite backpacker city because it is relaxed, inexpensive and has many hikes and trekking possibilities.
- Colombo City
Spending a few days in Colombo is a must if you want to experience modern Sri Lanka. Additionally, shopping for souvenirs, clothes or simply eating out, the city has many possibilities. Likewise, the nightlife is vibrant and once you are done for the night simply hail a tuk-tuk to get to your hostel.
You can start your hostel experience right here in Colombo and Yoho Casons Hostel in Colombo 3 could be a base to see Colombo thrills in a jiffy.