Best Hostels in Sri Lanka (+Itinerary Ideas)Looking for the best hostels in Sri Lanka? We prepared something super useful for you; the coolest hostel selection for backpacking Sri Lanka + itinerary ideas.

When you are looking at this page, it can only mean you are about to start your Sri Lanka Trip.

Oh, we envy you!

We stayed one full month around the country; we had an amazing time.

Important: You need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can check with iVisa.com which visa you need and how to get it.

From wild Elephants feeding to diving with turtles and sharks and spotting a wild leopard. The people, the culture, the food, the landscape – it’s fantastic.

In the process enjoying this unique country, we collected a great list of the best hostels in Sri Lanka.

Good to know: We actually stayed at all these places personally – they are handpicked and recommended to be safe, fun and clean!

We are Hostelgeeks and we discover the worlds greatest hostels, including the best hostels in Sri Lanka.

We traveled all the way around, starting in Colombo to the North-East in Trincomalee, Kandy, Ella and finishing our trip on the Southern Beaches.

So, here you go.

Hostels in Sri Lanka are fairly new, and you will find a wide range of quality. From really worn-out places to backpacker-party hostels to epic boutique hostels and 5 Star Hostels.

This list will help you to chose well.

If you want to skip directly to a specific location, here you have the city/ town list.

If you want to know all the best hostels around Sri Lanka, just keep scrolling:

Really helpful for your planning: Check out our hostel and itinerary map too.

We included a map with ALL top Sri Lanka hostels. We also included our best recommendation for an itinerary – based on our first-hand experience. And some information you should know before visiting Sri Lanka.

Because, well, we have actually been here!!!

Update: Find our big guide to the BEST Things to do in Kandy (including religious festivities)

Best Hostels in Colombo

Your trip will kick off in Colombo, Sri Lanka. While there is rumor, Colombo should be skipped, it is quite the opposite. Do not miss Colombo!

Colombo is the perfect place to start your trip.

Why?

1st, here you find many fellow travelers you either just arrived too. And 2nd, you will meet travelers that just finished their round-trip of Sri Lanka.

SCORE! This means you will find instantly someone to travel with plus the freshest travel information you can imagine.

  1. Bunkyard Hostels
  2. Clock Inn Dehiwala
  3. Island Hostels Mount Lavina
  4. Bed & Bicycle Hostel

Of course, that would only happen if you stay at a social place, with cool vibes and communal areas. That is why we start this list with…

1. Bunkyard Hostels in Colombo

The perfect place to start and end your trip is Bunkyard Hostels. It is a super stylish hostel, very clean with fun events like pizza trucks.

Their communal area is the place to meet other fellow travelers. Looking for someone to travel with? Or just curious about the last information about weather/ places to go around the country?

Head to their lounge and start conversations with the other fellow travelers you will find there.

On top, enjoy lunch with traditional food for a few $ – it is super tasty, trust us!

If you are not convinced yet, read our full review.

Bunkyard has many different types of rooms:

  • big dorms,
  • small dorms,
  • private rooms (with private bathroom)
  • only female dorms
  • budget private room (shared bathroom)…

Perfect place for solo-travelers, couples and groups!

Book Bunkyard Hostel here

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Having fun at Bunkyard Hostels Colombo, Sri Lanka

On the map, you will find also other hostels mentioned for Colombo.

These are places we would recommend for the end of your trip.

More chilled-out places, further out the city, but with cool vibes. Perfect to recover and reflect about all your Sri Lankan experiences.

2. Clock Inn Dehiwala (Colombo)

This boutique design hostel is around 20 minutes by train from Colombo.

The Mount Lavina beach is within a walking distance. It is a superb accommodation with complimentary breakfast, private rooms and a cozy patio.

Book Clock Inn Hostel here

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Best hostels outside Colombo , Clock Inn Dehiwala

Relax at Clock inn Dehiwala, Mount Lavina, Colombo

3. Island Hostels Mount Lavina (Colombo)

Also outside Colombo, to reach the city you will only have to take the train.

The train station is around 3-5 minutes by walk. This hipster hostel with capsule design beds comes with a rooftop terrace and… a swimming pool!

Book Island Hostel here

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Cozy private bed at Island Hostels, Colombo

Take a dip at Island Hostels

Bed & Bicycle Hostel (Colombo)

Sometimes, simplicity is the best! This new cute hostel is recommended to travelers looking for a relaxed, quiet place in the mount Lavinia Area (outside of Colombo).

It has bicycles at your disposal so you can explore the surrounding areas.

Book Bed Bicycle Hostel here

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Simplicity at Bed and BicycleCommon area at Bed and Bicycle

Best Hostels in Anuradhapura: Fig and Geko Hostel

Old colonial house with functional, clean furniture.

Fig and Geko Hostel is the place to stay if you want to socialize with other guests. Your bed comes with a mosquito net (really useful in the area). The staff/hosts are more than helpful with local information, recommendations, itinerary suggestions, and onward travel info.

Don’t hesitate and ask.

Book Fig and Geko Hostel here

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Fig and Geko hostel, Anuradhapura

Best Hostels in Kalpitiya: Kalpitiya Beach Hostel

Kite surf lovers, listen up!

This hostel is just 50 meters from the ocean beach and 1.5 kilometers to the main kite surf lagoon. Kalpitiya Beach Hostel is a great budget choice for kiting, diving, or just chillin’ on the sand under the palm trees…

A balance of peace and tranquility with a friendly funky vibe.

Book Kalpitiya Beach Hostel here

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Kalpitiya Beach Hostel is one of the best hostels in Sri Lanka

Best Hostels in Trincomalee: Wanderers Hostel

To be fair, Wanderers Hostel is not in Trincomalee, is in Uppuvelli.

It is just one village next to Trincomalee.

We personally think Uppuvelli is the best place to stay in the Trincomalee area. Trincomalee will be just your bus stop point. If you want to enjoy the beach vibes and relax, head to Uppuvelli. Matt went here for diving (really recommended) and Anna went on a Snorkeling trip and even saw small sharks at Pigeons Island.

Wanderers hostel offers simple bed rooms with a good communal area where people sit around to drink and get to know each other every night.

It is just 3 minutes to the beach, less than 5 minutes to all of the bars/ restaurants.

Smart tip: Head to Fernando’s Bar, (our favorite in the area) and enjoy a coconut on the beach. Cheers!

Book Wanderers Hostel here

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Wanderers Hostel in Trincomalee

Best Hostels in Arugam Bay: Little Lagoon Hostel

You probably won’t visit Arugam Bay unless you are planning to surf.

If so, Little Lagoon Hostel is an amazing place to stay in. It has a beautiful garden, with cozy hammocks to chill and doggies to cuddle. It is a place where it is easy to meet fellow travelers (solo travelers, this is your oasis!).

The private room is a refurbished old shipping container. Super cool!

Being ‘good market approved’, Little Oasis is a sustainable hostel that cares about recycling and looking after the environment.

This hostel is small and away from the hustle and bustle, meaning, you will have to walk a bit more to get there. But once you arrive, you probably will only leave for your surf lessons anyway…

Book Little Lagoon Hostel here

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Best Hostels in Arugam Bay

Best Hostels in Kandy: Clock Inn

Of course you want to take the famous train ride from Kandy to Ella.

The best hostel in Kandy is Clock Inn Kandy. Besides being a fun, social and hip hostel, the super friendly staff helps you to get on your train ride to Ella. the hostel is located in the very heart of Kandy.

In just 5 minutes you are literally everywhere: The famous temple, the lake, even the local market.

Highly recommended for solo-travelers (male and female) and couples at the same time. People staying here are really looking for the social experience.

Roof Top Terrace and Breakfast: The roof top is where the people come together, have drinks, play board games and mingle. Here on the roof top they also serve the breakfast. Super delicious and freshly prepared in front of you!

Good to know: Clock Inn offers 6 super cool capsule beds on their roof top terrace. They are really popular and hard to book. In case you fancy a capsule, let the team know. In case of a cancellation they can change your booking 🙂

About the train ride: Make sure you let the team know you want to take the train. Again, they will help you to get the tickets! This is important since sometimes “tickets are officially sold out”, but you can always organize some.

Book Clock Inn Kandy here

Compare prices at: Full review | Booking.com | Hostelworld

Clock Inn Kandy - YOUR Capsule bed experience in Sri Lanka Common area at Clock Inn Kandy

NEW: Best Things to do in Kandy, Sri Lanka

We wrote up a huge guide to the coolest and best things to do in Kandy.

We cover all the amazing stuff like the scenic train ride (and how to score better deals), Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and the famous Esala Perahera festival.

Find the full guide to things to do in Kandy here.

19 Wonderful Things to Do in Kandy, Sri Lanka - Probably the Most Scenic Train Ride of your Life

Best Hostels in Ella

Ella, where your stunning train ride will end (or begin) was the cradle of hostels in Sri Lanka. It is a beloved place because there are also many restaurants to chill out with tasty western food, and incredible landscapes.

We give you 3 different options to stay in Ella:

  1. Hangover Hostels Ella
  2. Ella Escapade Hostel (Ella Rock)
  3. Tomorrowland
  4. Bunk Station Hostel

1. Hangover Hostels Ella

A fairly standard, clean, nice hostel with great location – bus station, train station, all the cool pubs and restaurants are within 5 minutes by walk.

Hangover Ella is just off the main street, and on the social area you have direct views to tea plantations. Fancy a yoga class there?

Bear in mind breakfast and towel are not included in room rate. Make sure you bring your own towel and padlock.

Smart Tip: download our hostel packing list here.

Book Hangover Hostels here

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2. Ella Escapade Hostel by Nomatic

This place is perfect if you plan to hike Ella Rock.

The scenery is incredible and it is very peaceful. Rooms are basic but everything you need is there.

It is a little walk to the center – around 30 minutes, but if you want to relax, enjoy the views and chill, it is your place. They provide breakfast, lunch and diner so you actually don’t need to move.

Book Escapade Hostel here

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Ella Escapade Hostel by Nomatic

3. Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is one of the most famous hostels in Sri Lanka. You will hear a lot about this place.

Tomorrowland is a bit far from the city centre in Ella (it takes a 15 minute bus ride or a tuk tuk into town) but it does mean you are away from the tourist hub.

They have a quirky tent set-up and open dorms with views to tea plantations. A DJ is playing every night, so don’t think about this hostel if you don’t want to party.

Expect a very laid back backpackers vibe and be ready to sleep in nature.

Not everyone’s cup of tea, but an experience itself.

Book Tomorrowland here

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Tomorrowland Ella

4. Bunk Station Hostel

Bunk Station Hostel hit the scene in early 2019 and is the perfect place for sociable backpackers.

There are a total of 4 dorms up for grabs, hosting 8 or 10-beds, depending on your preference. This includes a female-only option.

What else is on offer?

  • Dining area & kitchen
  • Common area w/ books & sofas
  • Free tea & coffee
  • Themed nights

Location: just 1km from Ella Town and all of the central must-see and do sights.

Book Bunk Station Hostel here

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Bunk Station Hostel is one of the best hostels in Sri Lanka

Bunk Station Hostel is one of the best hostels in Sri Lanka

 

Best hostels in Yala National Park (near Tissamaharama)

Chances that you are planning to go on a Safari in Sri Lanka are high. We have to say, it is a great place to experience a Safari – and see wild animals!

Expect to pay around 30-40 € for a Safari experience.

Bear in mind, prices should depend on how many people will share the car with you. Ask for how many people are joining to find the fairest deal.

The most connected town to reach Yala Park is Tissamaharama. You can get there even by public bus.

From the bus stop, you will have to take a Tuk Tuk to your accommodation. Hopefully is not the first you take in the country – cause Tuk Tuks are fun!

Super Yummy Food Tip: Have lunch or dinner at Calorian Restaurant (check google maps). Cheap prices and lots of great food. We went twice, and became friends with the owners, lovely people!

Here’s our top places to stay we loved:

  1. Funky Leopard Safari Hostel
  2. Gem River Edge
Asking for directions: We had an amazing time at Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

Asking for directions: We had an amazing time at Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.

1. Funky Leopard Safari Hostel (Yala)

Placed in very nice and quiet area and not too far from the entrance of the park, Funky Leopard Safari Hostel is the place to be if you are traveling solo.

It is located on a new made building with very clean and modern facilities. They provide unlimited internet connection (which works fast!).

Each bed comes with an own outlet – connect and charge your devices. You will find a lovely environment with a garden, terrace, and balcony.

The staff is attentive and you can also order dinner here if you don’t wanna go out and explore the area.

Book Funky Leopard Safari here

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Funky Leopard Hostel dorm

2. Gem River Edge (Yala)

Set in a beautifully thought-through landscape near to a river, this hostel comes with a stunning dining area and nice touches throughout.

About the decoration: lots of shells, stone pillars, lit murals etc. The staff is friendly and you can order dinner and lunch here. They will also offer you a Safari in case you want to join.

Unfortunately, they do only offer private rooms. So the common areas are not really hostel-like. Yet of course, it always depends on the people staying there at the same time.

Backpacker Tip: bear in mind this is an eco lodge, so there will be bugs.

Book Gem River Edge here

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Room at Gem River EdgeGem River edge Eco Lodge

Best Hostels in Tangalle: Lucky Beach Hostel

Just right on the beach you will find Lucky Beach Tangalle. This cute family-run hostel is a good option if you want to stay in Tangalle.

Location couldn’t be better.

You won’t need a tuk-tuk as Lucky Beach Hostel it just a 5 minute walk to the bus station. We recommend to rent a motorbike to get around. There is some stunning beaches!

Book Lucky Beach Tangalle here

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Lucky beach Hostel in Tangalle

Best Hostels in Mirissa

Mirissa and Weligama, the surfing areas in the South of Sri Lanka right next to each other. Both are great spots to enjoy cool hostels, surf, some hidden beach bars, you name it.

Best hostels in Mirissa are:

  1. Hangover Hostel Mirissa
  2. Mister Hostel Mirissa
  3. The Doctor’s House

1. Hangover Hostel Mirissa

A fun backpacker hostel just across the beach with a rooftop terrace ocean views (and yoga classes!).

We had a fun 3 nights stay here while our trip through Sri Lanka.

On the dorms: huge lockers and comfy beds with clean design. On the common area: entertainment shows (even with fire!), cool staff willing to help you find hidden gems (ask for directions to the Hidden beach) and plenty of fellow travelers looking to hang out.

They also offer Yoga in the morning. Ask the staff about the schedule. The yoga lesson is always extra, not included in the price.

Good to know: Although the name indicates it is a party hostel, it is more a backpacker hostel. They do not party hardcore. There is the events of partying, but only until 10pm. Then the party people move to a club or anything in the area, and the travelers who fancy some sleep, can sleep like a baby in the hostel.

We really like that!

So don’t worry, this is a fun, social place!

Book Hangover Hostel here

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Yoga at Hangover hostel Mirissa

2. Mister Hostel Mirissa

And there is another place where to stay in Mirissa. Just a 4-minute walk from the beach, you will find this backpacker hostel.

Rooms comes with air conditioning, and bed dorms have an individual light and curtains. There is a laid back atmosphere and cool activities.

Book Mister Hostel here

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dorm at Mister Hostel

3. The Doctor’s House

Located in Matara, you will find Doctor’s House.

This beautiful cool hostel is located on a restored colonial building (it was an Ayurvedic hospital) right at the beach.

They have a cool outdoor bar and chill area with fab food and tasty cocktails. The little decorative touches everywhere will make you feel a little like you’re in the jungle.

The facilities are neat, and the outdoor shower is just fantastic.

Important to know: Lockers here are to small to fit any sort of DSLR camera or large laptops.

Book The Doctor’s House here

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Best hostel in Matara, Sri Lanka

Best Hostels in Weligama

Weligama is definitely the place to stay at if you wanna surf in South of Sri Lanka. Make sure you stay at a hip cool hostel, like the brand new Spindrift Hostel.

The small towns of Mirissa, Weligama, Ahangama and Midigama are super close by!

The Spindrift Hostel in Central Weligama

The Spindrift is a classy backpacker hostel located in the heart of Weligama and just a few seconds walk to the surfers paradise of beautiful Weligama beach.

Update: Spindrift is now a 5 Star Hostel. Read our full review here.

This is one of the coolest hostels in Sri Lanka, perfect for beach lovers, surfers, and female solo-travelers.

It opened its doors in 2018 and is the new kid in town. If you are into instagramable hostels, come here!

Book Spindrift Hostel here

Compare prices at: Booking.com | Hostelworld | Full Review

The Spin Drift Hostel in Weligama, Sri Lanka

Best Hostels in Midigama

There is two cool places you have to know in Midigama. Both are fantastic places we recommend.

The West Coast House (in Midigama)

The West Coast House is one of these hostels where you feel instantly at home.

Relaxed vibes, bean bags in the garden, nice food, and puppies running around. For the dorms, they used recycling materials. Also, you will find a water refill on the common area.

Heather is the owner and she wants you to make your stay comfortable. Meals will be cook and shared together – what a better way to make new friends than a nice meal?

Located over a road from the beach, the location is closed to many surf spots.

Book West Coast House here

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Best hostels in Welligama, Weast Coast Hostel

Lime & Co Midi in Midigama

Lime & Co Midi is an eco-hostel with 12 private rooms (6 twins and 6 doubles) with ensuite bathroom. Midi has a large pool, lots of chill out spots and a communal kitchen.

A perfect spot, especially for digital nomads!

Book Lime & Co Midi here

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Best Hostels in Sri Lanka: Lime and CO Best Hostels in Sri Lanka: Lime and CO

The Mellow Hostel (in Ahangama, close to Welligama)

Just across Kabalana beach, a great spot for morning surf, you will find this cool, beach hostel.

I know, the city and village names are confusing. Keep an eye on the map with all hostels.

The vibes are great and chilled. Relax at the garden, hang out on the hammock or simply enjoy a tasty smoothie bowl under the sun (or palm tree). Each room comes with a private bathroom and many rooms have a terrace, what a wonderful way to wake up!

Also, look at their dorms design: clean, hip, neat, and cool!

Book Mellow Hostel here

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Design Hostel in Sri Lanka: Mellow Hostel

Best Hostels in Kabalana

On your way from Welligama and Midigama to Unawatuna, we found an epic hostel stop for you.

Oh, yes, seriously!

Have a look at Lime & Co Kaba.

A surfers and eco hostel with a range of different rooms on offer.

The swimming pool is obviously the highlight and place to be. This is where the travelers get together. Just across the street you can have a dip in the ocean; or let’s better say battle the waves with your board.

Lime & Co Kaba is an eco villa with 2 units, each with 1 double bed with attached bathroom, 2 twin rooms with shared bathroom and a kitchen and dining area. Both units share a swimming pool.

Ready for a dip?

Book Lime & Co Kaba here

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LIME and CO Hostel in Kaba, Sri Lanka; How about a swimmig pool?

Best Hostels in Unawatuna

Unawatuna is most know for its beautiful beaches, and their palm swings. Have you ever touched the sunset?

Some people also come to this area for surfing, but we do personally think Welligama area is better for surfing classes.

We selected 3 best hostels in Unawatuna:

  1. La Boheme
  2. Cycling hostel
  3. The Rockstel

1. La Boheme (Unawatuna)

This boutique hostel is next to the Unawatuna beach and it comes with a unique vibe and an incense smell.

La Boheme has a relaxing atmosphere in the lounge area, nice decorated bathroom and comfy dorms and private rooms. All beds have a mosquito net and towel and linen are provided.

Good to know: most of the rooms do not have A/C but they do come with a fan. We seriously prefer AC rooms. Keep this in mind!

Book your stay at La Boheme here

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Private room with A/C at La Boheme, Unawatuna

2. Cycling Hostel (Unawatuna)

New, modern and clean place. This family-run hostel is a great place for backpackers in Unawatuna.

Each bed comes with its own fan, reading light and locker. Breakfast is included and portions are big.

Book Cycling Hostel here

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Cycling Hostel in Unawatuna

3. The Rockstel (Unawatuna)

A little far from town (around 20-30 minutes walk or a Tuk Tuk ride), you will find this small backpacker hostel.

The room is very basic with no air con, just a fan. It is basically a fun party hostel where staff is always engaging to get people involved.

The Rockstel Unawatuna is a 20 beds-hostel located in the jungle.

It is conveniently located among 4 beaches – two in the South and two in the North; easily accessible with a 5 min shortcut that lead to the main road, right next to the bus stand and full of tuk tuks.

This small hostel offers 3 AC rooms (two of them with ensuite facilities) and one without AC. The room without AC is a dorm with individual fans for each bed. We really recommend to go with AC rooms.

For the social butterfly traveler it is worth it to mention the hostel has three common areas full of sofas, a small kitchen for guests and a great social vibe.

Surf trips and parties become the main attractions along with other organized activities by a friendly team of locals. An authentic hostel experience for the more active backpackers, offering a mix between having a blast and a chilled atmosphere.

Book The Rockstel here

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Party Hostel in Sri Lanka, The Rockstel

Best Hostels in Galle: Pedlar’s Inn

Galle is a small cute town in Sri Lanka where many locals and travelers come to visit the Fort. We do totally recommend you to watch the sunset here, that is why, staying around is a great idea.

Make sure to check out our map with all destinations and places to stay.

Not many travelers are taking the train from Galle to Colombo. We did it and we must say: it is less crowded than the Kandy train and it is also beautiful. The train rails are next to the beach-side.

Out of all the best hostels in Galle we have stayed at, we enjoyed The Pedlar’s Inn the most.

This small, cozy hostel is directly in the old town. A perfect location, really. It has a social vibe, great to visit Galle and spend the night with new hostel mates.

It fills up very quickly that is why you should book it as soon as possible.

Book the Pedlar’s Inn here

If the Pedlar’s Inn is fully booked, try to stay at Pilgrims hostel in Galle. A nice backpacker’s place in the old town.

best hostel in Galle , Sri Lanka - Pedlar's Inn

All Hostels on a map

Below we created a big map for you. This map includes all the recommended hostels from Colombo to Kandy and Trincomalee.

Sri Lanka Itinerary

Here is our recommendation for a backpacker itinerary in Sri Lanka. You see, Sri Lanka is perfectly to travel in a circle. It is actually quite a big island. You will be starting and ending your trip in Colombo.

So it is important to choose a Sri Lanka itinerary without zig-zagging all the time.

We went first to Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and then went south. Now, it does not matter if you go first clockwise, or not.

If I were you, I would have a look on the weather conditions. It may make sense to start in the South, when the weather prediction for the North isn’t that good.

Below in the map you find our itinerary recommendation and all mentioned hostels. We marked them as follows:

5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star

Design Hostels: Blue

Backpacker-Type Hostel: Orange

Other recommendation: Red

Hostel Guide

We know Sri Lanka and the hostels around the country. We are traveling since 2007, staying in the coolest places around.

Therefore, we decided to put together this list of great Sri Lankan Hostels. And not just that.

We also created a big guide to Hostels.

The most important articles to check are:

Hostel Packing List

Okay, after finding all these super cool places, it’s time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack.

You can buy pretty much anything around Sri Lanka anyway. So no need to pack everything you own!

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list.

It features 23 items you need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries

Read the full packing list here.

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Discounts & Promo Codes

Do you fancy a discount? C’mon, who doesn’t?!

Subscribe to our newsletter to receive exclusive promo codes we only share via email. You can subscribe to our newsletter right here.

This list of the best Backpacker and Luxury Hostels, the 5 Star Hostels, will always stay up to date.

We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel – we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.

Other 5 Star Hostels

Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.

We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of those unique budget accommodations with you.

Hostelgeeks is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.

We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guide to following places:

Visa to Sri Lanka

Wanna know if you need a visa to Sri Lanka in a fast and simple way? Read our full review on iVisa, the  shortcut for your visa around the world.

How to get to Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is well connected. You will arrive in Colombo, since all international flights leave and arrive here.

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Asia including Colombo and Delhi.

This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

We took a flight from the Maldives over to Sri Lanka. It is a very common itinerary. There is also direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo.

How to find cheap flights around the world? Kiwi in review and our best secrets to finding flights

Airbnb in Sri Lanka

Airbnb is always an interesting option, right?! It can be cheaper, more comfy even.

In case you are a first-timer on Airbnb, here is our 35€ discount for Airbnb.

We cannot recommend any special places since it is always changing. Just keep an eye on it and click around.

Good to know: As a solo-traveler, Airbnb is not the best option to stay. Better choose a hostel-accommodation so you can actually meet more people.

Any questions?

Please bother us! We want this guide to be as useful as possible for you.

We traveled all the way through Sri Lanka to hunt down all these cool places. We hope this guide is your answer to where to stay in Sri Lanka.

If anything is missing, please drop us a line! We are here to help you to stay in safe and cool hostels!

Love and safe journey,
The Hostelgeeks

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Your Smart Packing List

It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.

The most important things to pack are: Read the full packing list here. Download Hostel Packing List