One of the numerous garden's beauties...One part of the lovely garden
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A lovely garden, a friendly family, a hospitable house in a village close to Batticaloa...
Here is Mala's homestay with delicious food, incredible cooking classes, relaxing ayurvedic massages, colorful temples' visits... what else do you need?

The space

Guests are offered a room with a comfortable double bed, a large mosquito net and a ceiling fan. The room can accommodate 2 adults comfortably, but arrangements can be made for larger families.
There is a bathroom and western style toilets for the guests.
There is plenty of space in the garden around the house to chill out, have a nap, play carrom, or just relax...

Guest access

The guests can be kept busy with cooking classes, massages by Mala, playing carrom with kids, cycling around, going to the temple festival with the family, etc.

Interaction with guests

Guests live in the family's home, though their room is like an annexe to the main building, which ensures them more privacy.
Mother, Father, Grand-ma, Grand-pa and 5 children live in the house.

Other things to note

There is a water filter that filters and chlorinates the water, so it is perfectly safe for you to drink it.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Shared bathroom)
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Room type: Private room


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 24 hours of your trip and the first night is non-refundable.

Safety features
Lock on bedroom door

1 night minimum stay

19 Reviews

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Thibaud User Profile
August 2017
Mala Homestay was a very good surprise for me. I was scheduled to stay 1 night with this family but the interesting visits and atmosphere in this house convinced me to stay finally 10 days. I will never forget my memories with Mala and their children. I will miss you for sure ! See you...
Maladevi User Profile
Response from Maladevi:
Thank you for choosing malahomestay.. you booked for two night. you like my home stay activity and my family so you choosed to stay 4 more days. You was very help to Naren.You are wonderful boy,Your personality was very good,You was very help ful in the kitchen. I offered you traditional party you stay for 10 Days you become my family and your my Son. I never foget you T+bo.. Thank you very much and god bless you.. come again to batti with your girlfriend.. My family really miss you too...
August 2017

Sylvain User Profile
August 2017
We had a really good time in Mala's. Be aware that it is not an hotel or a guest house, this is a homestay so you will enjoy living with a sri lankan family : meals, cooking class, market tour... A very good experience we recommand!

Anya User Profile
July 2017
Mala was very clear on how to arrive and also offered to pick us up from the bus station. We immediately felt welcomed and loved the homely feel. Got to experience things we would not have other wise, such as a Hindu ceremony where a woman believes she has powers from God and this was so interesting. The food was lovely and we saw a real authentic side to Sri Lanka for example I wore a traditional sari. However, we feel we should make it clear to other/future guests that Mala offers a tour for 5000 rupees which includes a cooking class. However, we were charged anoth(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) each) for eating the food made in the class as it was considered lunch, which Mala charges for as well as dinner. Because of this we felt it was overpriced.
Maladevi User Profile
Response from Maladevi:
Hello.. Anya... Thank you for choosing Mala home stay.. You and your boy friend mike, you are seen to me happy and activity person.. Iam proud of mike and you.. you are lucky to do many activity on one day. I like the way mike cut the vegetable.,I like the way you eat chilly food, I ilke the way you did the Shakthi tv comedy show (kaka).. I know you will not forget Mala home stay in (URL HIDDEN) mike Iam so sorry you misunderstand of the cooking class. since 3years this are my price,Tour and cooking class finished with 5000/= If the guest want to sit for lunch then you have to buy the lunch... Its very clear. I pologize to you for misunderstood.. MM Wish you All the wishes come true. god bless you...
July 2017

Tom User Profile
July 2017
Booked for 2 nights, stayed for 4 and wish our travel plans would have allowed us to stay for longer! We had an absolutely amazing time staying at Mala's homestay. Mala and her family are such lovely people, the food and juice was amazing and Malas garden was just the most beautiful setting to enjoy it all within. Can also highly recommend Mala's tours. We had lunch in a local fishermans shack, witnessed a Hindu exorcism (literally one of the most amazing things I have ever seen) amongst other Hindu festivities and had a night time picnic dinner on the beach outside the temple. We have been in Sri Lanka for nearly a month and Mala's tour was definitely the highlight!
Maladevi User Profile
Response from Maladevi:
Hello.. Tom and Lou.... Thank you for choosing our home stay... We are very happy you are appreciated my lovly green garden and my sweet family.. your both very kindly and friendly with our family.. and you are my family forever. Iam did my best for you.. our childen are miss you so much.. you are very luckly to see our hindu temple festivals.. and you are looking very pretty and handsome with tamil traditional dress.. now we miss that.. wish you all the best you are most welcome to Mala home stay as a family. we are miss you verry much Tom & Lou.. have a wonderful time with you. thank you very much..and god bless you..
July 2017

Dushy User Profile
July 2016
We both loved our stay here for three days. Mala, Veera and their 4 children were wonderful and looked after as really well. We came during the hot season So my 4 year old found it quite warm at night.

Arne User Profile
May 2016
What an outstanding stay by Mala and his family! One of my best experiences ever. After a few minutes, immediately feels welcome and as a part of the family. This is a REAL homestay. All family members are friendly and open to his guest. Mala is a mother as in the book :). The food is delicious for fair prices. Everthing what she does and explains comes from heart and with passion! The room is simple and only for sleeping. For me was as a perfect stay in perfect family. All the best for Malas Family and kind regards from Germany!!! PS: best regrads to my little sweetie :)

Yoganathan User Profile
March 2016
Mala's home was a staying in a Sri Lankan home experiance. A simple family with 3 children. She has a beautiful garden with good shade which keeps the place cool, though the weather was hot. We had our homemade meals in the garden under the cool shade. Mala cooks good local dishes and chinese and western too. It's worth the try. Apart from her gardening hobby she is also a good story teller, which can keep you awake all night long. She can arrange a tut tut to take you to the nearby town or beach. She is very environment friendly and knowledgeable. Hope to visit again.

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