Hostels and Cheap Places to stay in Embilipitiya, Sri Lanka

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Get to know Embilipitiya (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 Embilipitiya. To help you make friends with Embilipitiya before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Embilipitiya is a town in the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. It is close to one of the biggest and most famous national parks in the country, Uda Walawe. It is also located in close proximity to the coast of the south part of Sri Lanka, which is known for its sun, sand, surf, and many activities on the sea. It has historical sites to visit as well. There are many hostels in Embilipitiya, most of which are quite affordable.

The Uda Walawe National Park is definitely the main attraction in the Embilipitiya region. It is thought to be a direct competitor to the savannahs of central Africa. There are many species of wild animals to see here. These include deer, leopards, buffalo and more. Be sure to hire a tour guide from the many waiting at the entrance to the park. You can usually book a jeep safari into the park through your hostel or online.

This national park is one of the few in the country that is not densely forested, so you get more opportunities to see the animals in their natural habitats. Pack a lunch from your hostel before you go – seeing all the wildlife is very apt to work up an appetite.

Other than the national park, Embilipitiya is also famous for the nearby Chandrika Lake, a freshwater lake that is good for picnics or to just sit and enjoy the summer weather. You can also travel down to one of the many Buddhist temples around the town, as well as the Bo Tree in the center of town that is a holy site for many of the Sri Lankan Buddhist people. If you would like to check out more of the picturesque architecture around, be sure to visit the Church of St. Michael near the lake. Try getting a hostel near the hospital if possible, as it is very easy to get taxis from near the hospital.

Written by local enthusiast for Embilipitiya hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Embilipitiya hostels Jakob Lombardi

Your Packing List for Embilipitiya

Your Packing List for Embilipitiya

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Tissamaharama (49 Km / 30 mi.)
Haputale (48 Km / 30 mi.)

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