Hotels in Sri Lanka

hotel sri lanka

Hotels are not actually places of accommodation in Sri Lanka. The word “hotel” means curry house, much like a mamak in Malaysia.

crown hotel

I’m not sure why it’s called a hotel either but it’s a good place for cheap eats and decent food.

sri lanka hotel

Hotels are scattered throughout much of Colombo and I’ve eaten at several during my short time here. I prefer the small establishments where the locals go.

hotel welcome

Most of the locals here order “short eats” – samosas and other deep fried savory rolls during odd hours of the day but the staple food for lunch is:

hotel staff

Rice! It comes in a mound with several sides of curry, pickles and dhall. You are charged by how much you eat and the rice is infinitely refillable (as is the condiments).

hotel rice

To truly appreciate the Sri Lankan culture, it is essential that you eat with your hands. It doesn’t take long to master – just use the tips of your fingers to get to the rice.

rice hands

However, I must warn you that hotels in Sri Lanka do not believe in serviettes, probably due to the cost. Instead, you have a piece of old newspaper to wipe your hands with.

hotel wash

It’s surprisingly effective – newspaper dries your hand and rubs off most of the olfactory offence you have rendered upon it.

hotel papers

You know the best thing about hotels in Sri Lanka? The rice dish cost me LKR 50 which is about USD 0.50 or RM 1.70. It’s very easy on the wallet! πŸ™‚

rice me

I must warn people without a cast iron stomach not to drink the water though. It’s not boiled. I saw them filling it at the tap. >.<

Posted: 8:34 PM Sri Lankan time

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48 thoughts on “Hotels in Sri Lanka”

  1. HB, really enjoyed your entries of Sri Lanka. Your the eyes and ears for all bloggers. I may not able to go to Sri Lanka but so interesting in your adventure there. How many hours to there from KL?

  2. Just like how they say to truly enjoy banana leaf rice is eating with hands. I miss banana leaf rice in Bangsar, KL. Oh, and nice new Quicksilver tshirt! Hahha πŸ˜›

  3. the food look kinda tasty…not bad…haha…hmmm…a lot of people in Malaysia still uses their hand to eat….
    we drink tap water in the states too, but i guess the quality differs…

  4. My brother in law plans to expand his business to Sri Lanka. I was told that Sri Lanka ppl are very friendly. But I was sad that you were pick-pocket on the first day in Sri Lanka. But after much thinking, thieves are everywhere in the world. We just need to be careful. I am glad that you enjoy your trip.

  5. gee when comes to indian food, i rather use hands too… don’t you get the black ink stain on your hands after wiping your hands with old newspaper? cool, i think you make a good journalist πŸ™‚

  6. Guess what I brought back from Sri Lanka? E.Coli!
    I’m feeling really sick now, am on antibiotics.
    There goes my reputation of having a cast iron stomach. :p

  7. HB, I guess anyone with even the strongest stomach won’t be able to fight off the nasty E. Coli. πŸ˜‰ No shame in that. Heck, if you happen to also have IBS like me, you’d spending an eternity on that porcelain throne.

  8. TOLANIC: Yeah they do have forks and spoons but for the Authentic Sri Lankan Experience (TM) you gotta eat with your hands. πŸ™‚
    cynthia: Eh, you’re in Australia. :p
    I drink tap water in Melbourne too.
    However, doing the same in Sri Lanka can be detrimental to your health! πŸ™‚
    denise: Yup, I went to Sri Lanka alone! πŸ™‚
    Bailaman: Cheers! πŸ™‚
    annant: I doubt it has anything to do with being enviromentally friendly. πŸ˜‰
    I think it has more to do with the poverty over there. πŸ™‚
    Vickie: Sri Lanka is 2 1/2 hours behind so you gain 2 1/2 hours going but you lose 2 1/2 hours coming back. πŸ™‚
    chefmel: Thanks! Quiksilver tee kindly furnished by Ed. πŸ™‚
    Isuru: Sri Lanka is awesome my friend! πŸ™‚
    Cheong Hao: Yeah it does…I got E.Coli from the drinking water. Ish. :S
    sylvia: Thanks Sylvia! πŸ™‚
    Choonie: Sri Lanka is a nice place…I was just unfortunate that day. πŸ™‚
    Ung Ing: I have to agree with you…it’s strangely…liberating! πŸ™‚
    jg: Cheers! Nah, it doesn’t stain for some reason. I don’t know what ink they use over there. πŸ™‚
    eiling: Heh! It’s okay if you prefix it e.g. Holiday Inn Colombo or Hilton Colombo. πŸ™‚
    Damn Dirty Angel: They call a hotel a hotel too but you’ve gotta be clear when you give directions. πŸ˜‰
    Shirley Snow: Thanks! Feeling better already! πŸ™‚
    chefmel: Thanks Mel! πŸ™‚
    KY: Yeah, but those come with lodging too, at least IIRC. πŸ™‚
    Cheers: I was on the toilet most of the day. :S
    Cheong Hao: Haha! Thanks! I don’t think it’s the food, my guess is the water. πŸ™‚
    OP: Eh?

  9. Cheong Hao: Heh! They use newspapers instead of serviettes or tissues, the poverty is seriously hardcore over there. No filters on the tap. πŸ™‚

  10. POLA: I like visiting out of the way places, places where people don’t usually go to experience the culture over there. πŸ™‚
    Yup, I missed out a lot of things since I didn’t have much time on this trip but I WILL BE BACK THIS YEAR. πŸ™‚
    Sri Lanka is a beautiful country.
    Cheers POLA!

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