6 Hostels in Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. You can choose from 6 Dambulla hostels. In total, there are 15 cheap places to stay in Dambulla such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $5 for a dorm.

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Dambulla Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Dambulla, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Hostels in Dambulla for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Dambulla for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Dambulla? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Dambulla alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Dambulla. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Dambulla (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dambulla. To help you make friends with Dambulla before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Dambulla is a busy city located in the Matale District in Sri Lanka’s central province. Dambulla is most famous for it’s painted cave temples. Stunning and well preserved Buddhist paintings, frescoes and statues are found within these temples. It is a very touristy, yet still very religious, site. Modest dress must be worn inside the temples. To avoid the tourist buses and crowds, visit the temples in the afternoon.

Dambulla city can be quite loud, busy and chaotic. It is home to one of Sri Lanka’s biggest wholesale markets. Though most tourists will skip visiting the markets, it is a great place to get the vibe of local life in Sri Lanka and experience some great people watching. The city offers a lot of markets, shops, stalls and restaurants, including some really good local and vegetarian cuisine. Dambulla can easily be reached from Kandy and Sigiriya. Most people hire a driver, although it is also possible to catch the local bus or taxi. Some guesthouses and hostels also help arrange transportation around the area.

There are quite a few accommodation options within the city, including some hostels, guesthouses, budget hotels and a few resorts. Dumbulla tends to have the more budget friendly range of accommodations in comparison to the nearby tourist town of Sigiriya. Guesthouse-style hostels offer the best value as well as the best cultural experience. This type of accommodation offers a great insight into the Sri Lankan culture. A stay in one of these accommodations also means that the money goes directly into the local communities. Guesthouses and hostels in Dambulla usually include a traditional breakfast, laundry facilities, information on tourist attractions, optional shuttle services, hot showers, linens and towels. Most guesthouses are happy to accommodate any special requests such as special dietary requirements.

Written by local enthusiast for Dambulla hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Dambulla hostels Kelly Sheldrick

Other Nearby Cities
Sigiriya Sigiriya (15 Km / 9 mi.)
Habarana Habarana (22 Km / 14 mi.)
Polonnaruwa Polonnaruwa (40 Km / 25 mi.)
Pinnawala Pinnawala (46 Km / 28 mi.)
Anuradhapura Anuradhapura (57 Km / 35 mi.)
Kandy Kandy (63 Km / 39 mi.)
Kegalle Kegalle (76 Km / 47 mi.)

FAQ about Dambulla Hostels

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Your Packing List for Dambulla

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Dambulla and Sri Lanka.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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