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“Nice stopover when you are travelling to the cultural triangle”

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Oasis Tourist Welfare Center
Ranked #10 of 91 Dambulla B&B and Inns
Reviewed 22 February 2015

I stayed in this hostel for one night. When you are visiting cultural triangle, this can be considered as a great place to stop by and take rest. This is right opposite to the dambulla caves temple, so you can save time.
What you can plan is finish the dambulla caves by 10:30AM, hire a tuk-tuk, then go to sigiriya. it will take around 30 minutes to reach sigiriya. Then, you can finish the climb by 1-1:30PM. Go to the express way and take a bus and go to polanarewa and you will reach at 4 PM. It will take an hour or two and then head back to dambulla again.
Next day, you can start for Anuradhapura and then from there you can go back to colombo. There is an evening train.
The point what i am trying to say is that you don't need 3 days to cover cultural triangle and this hostel can act as a central point and a cost effective stay option.
The room is basic but clean and hygienic. There is a small home run restaurant next to the property. You can get srilankan rice and curry for dinner.
And , evening you can meet few other tourist from all round the world and exchange few travel tips.

All in all, it is a good budget stay.

Stayed: February 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 February 2015

We stayed 2 nights in Dambulla to use it as a travel base. It is quite convenient to reach Sigiriya - a drive of around 30 mins by tuk tuk. With the nice help of the hostel owners we could work out the routes and places we wanted to go. It is a very reasonable place to stay if you a budget backpacker like us. Friendly and helpful people. The place was quite average which had simple cosy rooms - sufficient for backpackers.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2015 via mobile

The facilities are very basic but clean. Very friendly and helpful owners. If you are on a tight budget then this is the place for you. Within easy reach of Dambulla and opposite the lovely temple caves, well worth a visit just before sunset, the view is fantastic.

Stayed: January 2015, travelled with friends
2  Thank Patrick B
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Reviewed 22 December 2014

We stayed with Christiane for 2 nights and found it the perfect base to visit Sigiria Rock.
The rooms are very simple, but they are clean and Christiane is very helpful with organising tuktuk drivers or giving advice. Also she makes an amazing breakfast of fresh fruit with selfmade muesli and yoghurt.

  • Stayed: September 2014
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1  Thank aminab204
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Reviewed 12 October 2014

If you go to Dambulla, you have to go to the oasis!! Christiana and her husband are extremely nice and helpful, they gave us sooo many advice on anything you could see and do in dambulla and in sri lanka and they never got tired of our questions!!! Christiana is a backpacker herself and she knows exactly what to advice to other travellers!!We also kept in touch once we left dambulla!! It is a very cosy and nice place, rooms with different size, nice and clean! you can really feel like home there, and Christiana can prepare for you a very very delicious breakfast with fruits and an amazing homemade yogurth!!!and having breakfast or and evening tea with the sight of the huge lord buddah in front of you, has no price!
Thanks again for everything!!!

  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled with friends
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Oasis-Chrissie, Manager at Oasis Tourist Welfare Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2014

Thank you very much Silvia, it was my pleasure to have you here and help you with planning your trip as much as I can :) I hope you will come back here someday. We did some major repair works recently, got 2 new rooms for another 3 to 5 people and also solved most of the lime scale issues, which gave the sink and the bathrooms a bit of a dirty-ish look. Looks really great and clean now. So come back anytime, Lord Buddha and the organic yoghurt is waiting for you :)

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Additional Information about Oasis Tourist Welfare Center

Address: 31/36 Kandy Road | Opposite the Dambulla Rock Temple, Dambulla 21100, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Dambulla
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 91 B&Bs / Inns in Dambulla
Price Range: RM42 - RM55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This cosy guesthouse is the oldest one in Dambulla. It is an authentic Sri Lankan home - and right opposite the Big Golden Buddha! The Oasis Tourist Welfare Center is under new German-Sri Lankan management and makes everybody feel at home. It consists of the actual guesthouse and 2 additional comfortable rooms in our neighbors' house on the same property. The guesthouse itself has got 4 bright and colorful but basic rooms, all furnished with a fan and a mosquito net and lovely decoration with attention to detail. 3 small budget rooms share one bathroom, 1 spacious room ("Pink Room") is en-suite. Our Oasis is located in a quiet backyard and offers spacious common areas inside as well as outside in the garden for all our guests to relax or gather together and have a chat or a drink. We have a few pets around: a couple of cats, a dog and 2 rabbits at the moment. They also come inside the house, so please inform us if you are allergic. It's also the only place in town that prepares a delicious breakfast of home-made organic yoghurt, fruits and cereals (breakfast is subject to availability). Room rates start as low as LKR 900 for the single room and LKR 1300 for a small double room. The en-suite "Pink Room" costs LKR 2000. All rooms come with fresh linen, sheets, towels and toiletries as well as free tea (self service), drinking water from the water filter and free 16Mbit WiFi. But considering this price, please don't expect a king's palace - the Oasis is a basic 40-year old (!) guesthouse which also means some cracks in the walls, some old paint, a couple of ants running around the place and an occasional frog jumping around in the bathroom. Our neighbors' rooms are a totally different world. Their house is rather new and you will find spacious comfortable rooms and en-suite tiled bathrooms with hot water shower. One room comes with a little balcony and the other one with a kitchenette. Both rooms come without ants and frogs ;-) So if you like to stay with us, just pop in here or call ahead (recommended) for a room. We are looking forward to giving you a great and enjoyable time here in Dambulla. ... more   less 
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