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7 unique and affordable Sri Lanka Airbnbs

One of my absolute favorite things to do is trip planning. I can sit for hours and just read up on places and look through photos. I often see one random photo and decide I need to go there, then plan my whole trip around that one spot. Sometimes I even plan trips I know I won’t go on in any foreseeable future. It’s kind of an addiction.

When researching for my most recent trip to Sri Lanka, I found a whole bunch of cool Airbnbs we didn’t have the time to stay at this time. So I thought maybe some of you would have the opportunity to enjoy these incredible spots. I always look for places that are unique. Those high-rises on a crowded beach that look like something out of the communist era just doesn’t cut it for me. So here we go, 7 unique and affordable Sri Lanka Airbnbs:

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1. Unawatuna treehouse7 epic and affordable Sri Lanka Airbnbs - Unawatuna treehouse

Okay, so this place is somewhat affordable if you go with 5 other friends that is. I just had to include it, just look how cool it is. The treehouse made from steel and glass is located in the Unawatuna area, near Jungle Beach. My favorite beach in the area, Dalawella, is just a short tuk-tuk drive away. $300 a night includes three bedrooms surrounded by greenery, one large living room, breakfast and a POOL!

2. Hikkaduwa nature cabin7 best and affordable Sri Lanka Airbnbs - Hikkaduwa

Another cool treehouse located about 10 minutes inland from Hikkaduwa beach. Each cabin has 1 bed and access to a restaurant, bar and a huge pool. For $120 a night you also get complimentary breakfast, the food is supposed to be the best thing about the whole place. It’s the perfect spot for a couple to relax and enjoy some time together in peace and quiet.

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3. Far Cry Forest Retreat7 best and affordable Airbnbs in Sri Lanka - Nature resort

Set within a rural farming community right in the heart of the island, Far Cry is the perfect place to experience the real Sri Lanka. Bordered by a wildlife sanctuary and a lake, you’ll be able to see animals right from the comfort of the house. The open-air style building is designed to keep guests as close to nature as possible. You’re advised to have access to a vehicle, preferably and SUV, as this place literally is located in the middle of nowhere. The price of this wilderness adventure is $145 a night for up to 8 people, which also includes a plunge pool.

4. Ella treehouse7 best and affordable Airbnbs in Sri Lanka - Ella

Okay, I see a pattern forming here, yes this is yet another treehouse surrounded by nature. This fully wooden guest house is part of the Ella Eco Lodge and is located on a beautiful mountain slope of famous Ella Gap. All the furniture is made from naturally fallen wood without altering its shape. So cool! The cost for a double room is $40 a night, quite affordable but it does not include breakfast.

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5. The Octagon Retreat7 best and affordable Airbnbs in Sri Lanka - Kandy

Nestled in a tea plantation 45 minutes from Kandy, the octagon was built using sustainable materials by local craftsmen. The secluded location makes it the perfect spot for nature lovers to recharge in peace and quiet. Maybe do some yoga or catch up on your reading, while the resident chef prepares all sorts of traditional goodies. And the best part is, you can stay here for only $25 a night!

6. Lake front Stone Cottage7 best and affordable Sri Lanka Airbnbs - Weligatta Yala National Park

While this is a gorgeous stone structure it’s not the cottage in itself that’s unique, it’s the location. Set right on the edge of Yala national park, don’t be surprised if some wildlife decides to check out the yard. The cottage is part of a resort complex consisting of 5 buildings, a restaurant and an infinity pool with a stunning view of Weerawila lake. For about $100 a night you get the whole two-bedroom cottage that can accommodate up to six people, breakfast included.

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7. Tangalle vintage bus7 best and affordable Sri Lanka Airbnbs - Tangalle vintage bus

So I decided to finish this post up with the quirkiest option of them all, a red vintage bus. For under $50 a night you can stay in this double bed bus located near the big Mahawewa lake in the Tangalle area. Outside there is a shower and a serene seating area overlooking the water.

I think I would like to stay in the glass tree house next time. Which one would you choose?

7 unique and affordable Airbnbs in Sri Lanka - From treehouses surrounded by nature to cabins in the National Park. You don't want to miss these!



  • stephanie
    9. November 2016 at 11:55

    I have not been to Sri Lanka but after seeing these wonderful photo It is now high on my list.
    I had no idea airbnb was already so bis there.
    thanks for sharing these! the nature cabin looks so cosy 🙂

    • Charlotte
      9. November 2016 at 22:41

      Thanks for stopping by Stephanie 🙂 I’m happy to hear that Sri Lanka is now on your list, it’s such a beatiful country!

  • Anastasia
    13. November 2016 at 21:49

    Woow, all these options look like paradise, but I think I’m especially in love with the Hikkaduwa nature cabin! Question about hte next destination is solved 😉

  • Jacinta
    13. November 2016 at 21:53

    They are absolutely gorgeous, I think the second one would be my pick. I’m going to have to go look them all up now I just want to day dream looking at pictures!

  • Bianca
    13. November 2016 at 23:39

    My sister in law is Sri Lankan…thinking a family trip is order?

  • Vanessa
    14. November 2016 at 00:21

    I love Airbnb, and after reading this post, I have now added Sri Lanka to my bucket list!

  • Anne
    14. November 2016 at 02:01

    I can’t choose, they all look so amazing! Maybe the stone front cottage…I would love to have such a direct view of a National Park.

  • Sarah
    14. November 2016 at 03:13

    These look SO awesome! WOW!!

  • Laura
    14. November 2016 at 04:04

    These are beautiful! I love how unique they each are, not the typically resort hotel!

  • Nadine Cathleen
    14. November 2016 at 15:11

    Oh I love them! I was in Sri Lanka in March but stayed in a hotel. Good to know for next time 🙂

  • Salt in our Hair
    13. December 2016 at 16:44

    These Airbnb’s are so cool! We didn’t even thought about staying in an Airbnb but we definitely will do that next time!

  • Catherine
    21. March 2017 at 12:36

    Thank you Charlotte for this informaton. Nice pictures by the way 😉
    We travel to Sri Lanka in July. I’m sure we’re gonna visit some …

    • Charlotte
      21. March 2017 at 16:20

      Thanks Catherine! You’re gonna have a great time in Sri Lanka 😀 Happy travels

  • Sophie
    28. July 2017 at 04:42

    I wish I saw this post before I arranged all my accommodation in Sri Lanka. Looks like I’ll have to come back, especially for some of those tree houses!

    Always love following your feed x

    • Charlotte
      26. August 2017 at 11:24

      Thanks Sophie, that means a lot 🙂 I think I need to go back myself, so many pretty places to choose from!

  • Don Kaveen
    18. September 2019 at 19:22

    Thank you for the article on Sri Lanka Charlotte. if you are wondering around Ella, I suggest you to check out little folly for the best vegetarian restaurant + lodging experience.

  • Catherine @ To & Fro Fam
    13. October 2019 at 15:24

    Am I tempted to book a 1 way ticket to Sri Lanka? Definitely.

    15. December 2020 at 17:58

    We honestly can’t pick a favourite! They are all so beautiful. Great article!

    • Charlotte
      15. December 2020 at 22:53

      I agree, can’t wait to go back to Sri Lanka and stay at some of them! Thank you so much 🙂


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