Jay’s Bunks is a backpacker friendly hostel in Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is about a 5 minute tuk tuk ride away from the bus station. Conveniently, the hostel is located close to a supermarket, a few restaurants, and Bahirvokanda Vihhara Buddha Statue (the large white Buddha, one of the most photographed places in Kandy). At Jay’s Bunks I found a great community of travelers, a beautiful deck for breakfast and yoga, and extremely caring and helpful travel advice.
When I arrived at Jay’s Bunks I was greeted by Yomal, the manager of the hostel. He helped me to my room and made me feel very welcomed. I was very hungry upon my arrival and Yomal offered to take me to the supermarket so I could get some different fruits and snacks to keep with me. When I returned to the hostel I took a hot relaxing shower and sat out on the patio to catch up on my reading.
After a full day of experiencing Kandy and Sri Lankan Culture, we returned to the hostel. On this day, the owner, Jay and his wife were looking after the hostel. They were both very warm people and invited me to watch a movie with them in the living room of the hostel. Together we all spent the evening chatting, drinking beer, and watching scary movies. This hostel offered a strong sense of community and friendship.
On the second day I stayed at Jay’s Bunks there were many other travelers staying as well. Yomal cooked all of us breakfast that we shared together out on the patio. Most Sri Lankans eat rice and curry for breakfast. This is what was prepared for us at the hostel. It was really special experience to share this meal, at the same table, with so many different travelers from all over the world. It created another moment of community and offered a cultural exchange for each person.
I enjoyed my time at Jay’s Bunks so much I extended my stay for a third night. This hostel had everything a traveler needed; purified water, laundry, breakfast, wifi, large kitchen, etc. If you are going to be in Kandy check out Jay’s Bunks. You can click here to book directly through their website. The hostel is located at 83/2/1/1, Anniewatta Road, Kandy. They can be contacted at +94 77 903 0732.