Welcome to my guide to the best coworking spaces in Sri Lanka.
I’ve been a digital nomad since the start of 2022 and spent 4 months living and working in Sri Lanka earlier this year. During this period, I spent a lot of time in several of the country’s best coworking hubs and have put together this guide to help you decide where to base yourself.
In today’s digital age, more and more people are embracing the freedom and flexibility of the location-independent lifestyle. As a result, the demand for coworking spaces is skyrocketing all over the world, and Sri Lanka is no exception.
Whether you’re a seasoned digital nomad or embarking on your first remote work journey, this guide will be your trusted companion in finding the perfect workspace amidst the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture of Sri Lanka.
Best Locations for Coworking in Sri Lanka
First off, it’s important to acknowledge that the coworking scene isn’t anywhere near as developed in Sri Lanka as in some of the world’s better-known digital nomad hotspots (like Thailand, Bali, or Portugal).
You don’t have anywhere near the same number of places to choose from, nor the same level of infrastructure. However, there are still some great coworking places and other spots for remote work in Sri Lanka – if you know where to look.
Here’s my pick of the best coworking spaces in Sri Lanka.
Whether you’re a freelancer, a startup entrepreneur, or a remote employee, each of these spots offers a comfortable and practical place to get your work done while enjoying the chilled, tropical vibes that this beautiful island nation is known for.
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Coworking Spaces in Colombo
Colombo, the buzzing capital of Sri Lanka, is a densely populated and bustling city that’s full of life. However, despite its many attractions, many visitors decide to skip Colombo during their travels, missing out on all it has to offer.
I spent a week in Colombo and was pleasantly surprised by all there was to see and do there. With its many cultural attractions coupled with its friendly atmosphere, it’s definitely worth taking the time to explore the city.
The food scene is excellent here too, and prices are much lower than in places more often visited by tourists. I really enjoyed my time in Colombo and would recommend it to anyone looking to explore a slightly alternative destination.
As an added bonus, many of Sri Lanka’s best coworking spaces are located in Colombo, so it’s also a great place for remote workers – especially those on tighter budgets.
Where to stay in Colombo: Srilax – check availability and rates.
Worx is one of the most aesthetically pleasing coworking spaces I’ve ever seen. It has a beautiful, green zen garden, a rooftop terrace, outdoor cabanas, and a swimming pool.
Their facilities are among the best of any coworking space in Sri Lanka. These include an onsite restaurant, cafe, pool access, modern showers, mail handling, registered address services, printing and copying, and social and professional networking events.
There’s a range of different membership options to choose from – including day passes and weekly passes – with both private office, dedicated desk, and hotdesk packages available.
Opening Hours: 9 am – 6 pm, Mon-Sun
Phone: +94 117 235 232
One of the key features of Likuid Spaces is that it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, making it an ideal option for remote workers who need to work at odd hours.
Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot to focus or a cozy atmosphere to socialize in, you’ll find it here.
With comfortable ergonomic seating, a relaxing lounge, showers, a rooftop event space (complete with BBQ facilities), private offices, a meeting room, and unlimited free tea, coffee, water, and complimentary fruits, this is an ideal place to balance work and play.
They have a good range of different membership options (including day and week passes), and the monthly option comes with free printing credits, office supplies, business address services, and other benefits.
Opening Hours: Open 24/7
Phone: +94 776 083 621
HomeTree is another great coworking space in Colombo that offers a range of different creative areas split across three floors. Each floor has a different theme: garden, ocean, and bougainvillea.
Their membership options are flexible, including day passes, week passes, and even a “side hustler” package allowing you cheap access during the evening and at weekends.
This place has a range of private offices, meeting rooms, and open-plan workspaces, including a rooftop with stunning ocean views. It’s a friendly and relaxed place, with a good range of facilities including free coffee, printing, and mail-handling services.
They also host events and workshops from time to time, including mindfulness and productivity sessions as well as networking and social gatherings.
Opening Hours: 9 am – 8 pm, Mon-Fri
Phone: +94 770 025 343
Another 24/7 coworking space in Colombo, Hub9 offers a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and is one of the most affordable shared offices on this list. Like the others, they offer a range of different membership options.
The interiors are modern and stylish, creating a professional yet welcoming atmosphere, with ergonomic furniture and lots of natural light.
The space offers a variety of seating options to suit different work styles and preferences. Choose from spacious open workstations, private offices, or comfortable communal areas where you can collaborate and network with fellow digital nomads.
Internet speeds here are among the fastest in the city, and Hub9 hosts regular networking events, workshops, and seminars that help to create a vibrant community of remote workers from all over the world.
Opening Hours: Open 24/7
Phone: +94 777 292 950
The Office is a premier, modern coworking space located in Colombo 7. The space boasts a contemporary and stylish interior, featuring open work areas, private offices, and dedicated meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
Whether you prefer a quiet space for deep focus or a collaborative setting to network, The Office provides flexible workspaces that cater to a range of diverse work styles and preferences.
High-speed internet, ergonomic furniture, and an excellent on-site cafe help ensure that remote workers have everything they need to stay productive and comfortable throughout the day.
I particularly like the outdoor terrace, the range of comfy seating areas, and the low prices for food and drinks in the cafe.
Opening Hours: 8 am – 6 pm, Mon-Fri
Phone: +94 112 699 869
Coworking Spaces in Ahangama
I spent just over a month living on the edge of Ahangama and am very fond of this fantastic little town. Situated on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, Ahangama beckons remote workers with its chilled atmosphere and idyllic beachside setting.
Renowned for its world-class surf breaks, laid-back culture, excellent restaurants, and unspoiled natural beauty, Ahangama offers a unique experience for digital nomads seeking a peaceful and inspiring environment to base themselves.
For surfers, Ahangama is a paradise, with a range of surf breaks suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced riders. Why not skip the early-morning gym session and spend your lunch breaks catching waves instead?
Whether you’re an avid surfer or simply yearn for a peaceful coastal retreat, Ahangama provides the ideal backdrop for a fulfilling remote work experience in Sri Lanka.
Where to stay in Ahangama: Ceagull – check availability and rates.
I’ve spent a lot of time at Focus Hub. It’s a really great spot – excellent value for money, the food and coffee are delicious, and the staff are super friendly and helpful.
The whole place has a really great working environment, with lots of friendly positive vibes. There’s a variety of comfortable seating options and a private meeting room, so it’s easy to create a workspace that works for you.
In my experience, some coworking places can have quite a tense, office-like atmosphere. But Focus Hub manages to strike a great balance between being laidback and chilled, while also being an ideal place to get lots of productive work done.
The guys at Focus Hub take pride in its fast and stable Wi-Fi. This makes it an ideal choice for digital nomads and remote workers who require a reliable, solid internet connection for their work.
There’s a great range of delicious and healthy food options here, meaning you can easily spend the whole day here if you wish. I particularly enjoyed their pancakes, avocado toast with poached eggs, and their veggie burger.
When I was there at the beginning of 2023, Sri Lanka was still experiencing daily power cuts. But, happily, Focus Hub has a very reliable power backup system, including batteries, which means you can continue working even if the power goes off.
Opening Hours: 9 am – 10 pm, Mon-Sun
Phone: +94 703 262 460
Hari Hari House
Hari Hari House is another great spot in Ahangama, offering a truly inspiring work environment with breathtaking ocean views. Situated right on the beach, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of the ocean while at work.
The space itself is airy, light, comfortable, and spacious, providing ample room for focused work and collaboration. The wall of windows brings the ocean right to your doorstep, immersing you in its calming energy and fueling your inspiration.
This stunning view not only enhances the aesthetics of the space but also adds a touch of tranquility, fostering a sense of calm and grounding as you tackle your projects.
The best thing about Hari Hari House is undoubtedly its beachfront location. You can take a break from work and be on the beach in a matter of seconds.
If you’re a surfer, bring your board (they have a storage room) – there’s an excellent intermediate-level surf break right out back. And with shower facilities at Hari Hari House, you can even go for a cheeky surf session during your lunch break.
In terms of nearby amenities, Hari Hari House is conveniently located in the center of Ahangama, with plenty of options for lunch and other food nearby.
Furthermore, Hari Hari House is deeply committed to empowering the local Sri Lankan communities through various initiatives such as food and sanitation projects, water access, building and business development, and more.
It’s a great coworking spot – check it out.
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 11 pm, Mon-Sat (closed Sundays)
Address: 62c Matara Rd, Ahangama, Sri Lanka
Located just a mere 100 meters from Kabalana Beach, just north of Ahangama, and nestled within the premises of Cafe Ceylon, Kalatmaka is a serene escape hidden amidst the lush jungle.
The facilities at Kalatmaka are designed to cater to the needs of remote workers, with high-speed internet, a designated meeting area, showers, a cozy sofa area, and a well-equipped kitchen.
Additionally, during the peak season (November-April), Cafe Ceylon organizes various events, enhancing the overall experience for visitors.
With its enchanting jungle views, Kalatmaka is also gaining popularity among surfers due to its convenient location across from one of the main surf breaks, The Rock at Kabalana.
Opening Hours: 10 am – 7 pm, Mon-Sun
Phone: +94 912 282 729
Coworking Spaces in Hiriketiya
I also spent a month living in Hiriketiya earlier this year. While it’s no longer quite the secret hidden gem that it once was, Hiriketiya is still a gorgeous place and one that I often find myself thinking of.
Check out my post on the 9 best hotels in Hiriketiya!
Tucked away on the south coast of the island, the pristine crescent-shaped bay has turquoise waters and lush tropical surroundings. The whole place exudes tranquility and natural beauty – it’s a really serene and inspiring location to base yourself.
I used to walk the length of the beach every morning before work, and then again after sunset. Each time, I was struck by just how stunning this place is.
Beyond the beach, Hiriketiya offers a charming and laid-back atmosphere. The village itself is small and intimate, with a handful of guesthouses, hotels, cafes, and restaurants.
There isn’t a huge amount to do here, other than work, surf, and relax. That’s fine with me, but if you’d rather be based in a place with more going on, I’d possibly recommend considering one of the other places in this post instead.
That said, Hiriketiya offers a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and I love it.
Where to stay in Hiriketiya: Clics (see below) – check availability and rates.
Clics – Coliving & Coworking
Clics is a “hostel-inspired” coliving and coworking space that’s less than a 5 minutes walk from gorgeous Hiriketiya beach.
The whole place has a super chilled vibe, with spacious and comfortable rooms and a calming ambiance for a good night’s sleep.
It’s one of the best places to stay in Hiriketiya and offers both king-sized private rooms and 4-bed shared dorm-style rooms. All guests are allowed free 24/7 access to the indoor air-conditioned coworking space.
Alternatively, you can work from the lush green garden, which is a peaceful oasis tucked away from the main road.
They have one of the fastest and most reliable fibre internet connections in the area, so you can seamlessly stay connected and productive throughout your workday.
The owners, Deb and G, are especially warm and welcoming and will make you feel right at home. And the care that’s gone into the design and furnishings adds a special touch to the overall experience.
For those planning a longer stay, the communal kitchen is great and allows you to save money by preparing your own meals.
Opening Hours: 24/7 (guests only)
Address: Hiriketiya Beach Rd, Dikwella, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 764 392 378
Dots Bay House
Of all the coworking spaces on this list, Dots is the one I’ve spent the most time at. During my month in Hiriketiya, this was my go-to place for working (and breakfast) most days, and it holds a special spot in my heart.
Dots is an all-in-one kind of place. It’s a hotel-hostel-restaurant-bar-venue-chillout-yoga-coworking place.
The coworking space here is a fairly new addition, and it’s currently free to use, as long as you buy something to eat or drink (TBC how long this remains the case).
Their food is fantastic – especially the egg hoppers – and they do decent coffee too. The large pool is an added bonus.
The setting of Dots Bay House is another reason why I kept coming back. The entire place is beautifully landscaped, creating a serene and tranquil atmosphere. It’s a true oasis where you can unwind, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Dots hosts regular live music events, and the bar has a great atmosphere most evenings. They even have an outdoor pool table.
Every member of the team working there is incredibly friendly, attentive, and welcoming. Their warmth and helpfulness made every visit a memorable one and I was genuinely sad to say goodbye at the end of my time there.
I also really like the plastic-free ethos here. They provide reusable glass water bottles, filtered drinking water, and don’t use any plastic straws, cups, or utensils.
The one main downside to Dots is the slightly higher prices of food and drinks compared with other places in the area. However, it’s important to remember that the coworking space is available free of charge, provided you buy something.
On balance, and considering the overall experience, I think it’s well worth it.
Opening Hours: 7:30 am – 10:30 pm, Mon-Sun
Phone: +94 777 700 926
One of the first coworking spaces in Sri Lanka, Verse Collective has a reputation as being one of the best places around. However, I must admit that my overall experience there left me somewhat disappointed.
One of the first things that caught my attention was the pricing. From the day pass to the food and drinks, everything is quite expensive compared with other coworking spaces in the area.
Moreover, I found some of the staff to be less friendly and welcoming compared with places like Dots Bay House. This was a bit surprising and did not contribute to a positive atmosphere.
Another notable downside to Verse Collective is that their day pass only allows you to use 15GB of internet data. Any more, and you need to buy another pass.
This is a very weird feature for a coworking space, and I’m not aware of any other places that impose such restrictions on data usage. It would definitely be problematic if you have data-heavy work to complete.
I needed to format my laptop one day I was there, including downloading a significant amount of data from the cloud. This coworking place was totally unsuitable for my needs that day.
I was also disappointed that there was no air conditioning in the main coworking area, making it uncomfortable on hot days.
On the positive side, Verse Collective is set in a beautifully landscaped location with breathtaking views of Dikwella Beach and the Indian Ocean. The internet is very fast, which is crucial for productivity.
The food is tasty and well-prepared, and the coffee is decent. And some (but not all) of the staff are friendly and helpful.
Having spoken to other remote workers about this place, I get the sense that Verse Collective used to be really superb, but in recent times has let its standards slip. Maybe its early success led to complacency?
This is a shame as it has a huge amount of potential and could be a fantastic place to work. If it were to address these issues, I’d happily go back and spend more time there. But, in my personal experience, there are some major drawbacks at present.
However, if you value a beautifully landscaped location and great views, along with fast internet, Verse Collective may still be worth considering, despite its shortcomings.
Opening Hours: 7:30 am – 9:30 pm, Mon-Sun
Address: Pehebiya Rd, Dikwella, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 767 768 163
Coworking Spaces in Galle
The historic city of Galle offers a captivating blend of old-world charm and natural beauty.
The city’s rich history is reflected in its well-preserved Dutch colonial architecture, charming cobblestone streets, and the iconic Galle Fort – an impressive UNESCO World Heritage site.
A longtime favourite among holidaymakers and expats, Galle is starting to become known among digital nomads and remote workers seeking a tranquil yet inspiring setting to base themselves.
Galle offers a range of amenities and conveniences. The city is home to a number of excellent cafes and restaurants, and is well-connected to major transportation hubs, making it easy to travel to other parts of Sri Lanka and beyond from here.
There aren’t yet any true coworking spaces in Galle – at least, not in the traditional sense of the word.
However, there is an apartment complex (DSK Work Yard, see below) that does offer guests a kind-of coworking place. There are also several cafes where it’s totally fine to sit and work.
Where to stay in Galle: Brixia – check availability and rates.
DSK Work Yard
DSK Work Yard is a (sort-of) coworking space attached to DSK Galle Apartments, a comfortable and modern apartment block 3.5 kilometres north of the historic Galle Fort.
This place has simple, yet perfectly comfortable, self-catering facilities, with a shared kitchen, a nice rooftop terrace/patio area, and lots of free parking.
There’s a private meeting room and an open-plan working area with several desks, sofas, beanbags, and a balcony.
It’s also conveniently located close to eFIX, a superb computer repair shop. My MacBook Pro died when I was in Sri Lanka, largely due to the extreme humidity and the shock of constantly going from cool, dry aircon to hot, humid outdoors.
It was a total nightmare.
However, eFIX was able to diagnose the issue and fit the necessary new part in a few hours. If you have any computer hardware issues while working in this part of Sri Lanka, the guy who runs this place is an absolute lifesaver.
Opening Hours: 8 am – 10 pm, Mon-Sun
Phone: +94 773 327 811
KiXi is a cafe, not a coworking space, but I’ve included it on this list because the owners are super friendly and happy for you to work in the upstairs area as long as you buy something every hour or so.
Their iced long black is possibly the best in Sri Lanka, and they do tasty food too, so that’s not exactly an issue.
Opening Hours: 8 am – 10 pm, Mon-Sun (Nov-Apr only)
Phone: +94 760 464 227
Other Emerging Coworking Hubs in Sri Lanka
While Colombo, Ahangama, Hiriketiya, and (to an extent) Galle are becoming fairly well-established coworking destinations in Sri Lanka, other cities and towns are also starting to get in on the action.
These emerging Sri Lankan coworking hubs offer unique experiences and opportunities for digital nomads looking to explore different parts of the country.
Outpost – Weligama
Outpost is a fairly well-established coliving and coworking franchise with three locations in Bali. Outpost Weligama is their first Sri Lankan offering and, while they get some things very right, I have quite mixed feelings about the place overall.
The biggest selling point is that if you stay in one of their rooms, you get free access to the coworking area. However, the rooms are quite expensive compared to other accommodation available in Weligama and neighbouring Mirissa.
Considering what you can get elsewhere for the same price, I think the rooms here are overpriced.
Check out this post where I review the best hotels in Mirissa.
Even if you don’t stay there, you can still pay for access to the coworking space.
However, the pricing for this is quite high as well, especially for a day pass (at $12-16 USD per day, depending on the season). In my opinion, this is far too much to pay for just a day of coworking.
The monthly unlimited pass at $146-190 (again, season-depending) or the flexible 25-hours-per-month package at $41-49 makes it better value per day, but I still think the overall pricing is a bit too steep.
The coworking area itself has two separate rooms, one for silent work and the other for collaborative work. Each one has two long desks and ergonomic chairs. The setup is functional, but I found the overall vibe to be a bit sterile and lacking inspiration.
They also have call booths, although these require an additional fee if you’re on a day pass.
The staff at Outpost are very polite but, at the same time, quite formal and impersonal. It seemed to me like they had been instructed not to engage in much conversation with the guests.
This is a shame – I’ve had far more personable experiences at several other coworking spaces in Sri Lanka. I also heard some hearsay about the management being toxic, but I can’t substantiate those claims.
On the positive side, I enjoyed the decor of the cafe and pool area. The coffee is generally good, although, on a couple of the days I was there, it was surprisingly bad for some reason.
The smoothie bowls are tasty, and having a pool with loungers on the premises is a nice addition. The WiFi is pretty fast, and the place is only 100 metres from the beach.
They have some of the longest opening hours of any coworking space on the south coast (7am-11pm, every day). There’s also a nice rooftop terrace area that hosts events including live music from time to time.
Overall, there are certain things about Outpost Weligama that are great, especially if you’re not price sensitive and are coming there just to get work done. But it definitely isn’t my favourite coworking space in Sri Lanka.
Opening Hours: 7 am – 11 pm, Mon-Sun
Address: Wadana Watta, Weligama, Sri Lanka
Phone: +94 776 110 519
Nomads Lakeview Co-Working Resort – Koggala
I haven’t stayed at Nomads Lakeview Co-Working Resort in Koggala, but have heard excellent things about the place. It also has glowing reviews online.
Firstly, the location is a true gem. Situated in a quiet and beautiful spot next to Koggala Lake, the resort offers breathtaking views of the lake and is surrounded by lush greenery.
Nomads is conveniently located just a few minutes’ drive away from everything you need, including restaurants, bars, and some of the best surf spots in the area. It strikes the perfect balance between tranquility and accessibility.
The facilities at Nomads are impressive and there are lots of comfortable places to work, both inside and outside, throughout the resort.
One of the standout features is the super-fast fibre internet available throughout the resort. They have a generator and a battery supply for the router, for seamless connectivity even if there’s a power cut.
The resort is also well-equipped for relaxation and leisure. There’s a lovely large pool, and the well-kept gardens with hammocks add to the serene ambiance.
Other guests speak very highly of the staff – especially Patrick and Sunil, who are friendly, efficient, and ensure that everything runs smoothly and that guests feel well taken care of.
In terms of affordability, Nomads Lakeview offers excellent value for money. Considering the range of amenities and services provided, the rates are surprisingly affordable, making it an attractive option for digital nomads and remote workers on a budget.
I’m definitely looking forward to staying and working here next time I’m in Sri Lanka.
Opening Hours: 24/7 (guests only)
Phone: +94 778 490 349
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Coworking Space
As you embark on your search for the ideal coworking space in Sri Lanka, I strongly recommend taking these factors into consideration.
Location and accessibility: Consider the proximity of the coworking space to your accommodation, amenities, and transportation options. A convenient location will contribute to a seamless work-life balance.
Amenities and facilities: Assess the availability of essential amenities such as high-speed internet, comfortable seating, meeting rooms, and communal areas. Additional facilities like cafes, lounges, and recreational spaces can enhance your overall experience.
Community and networking opportunities: Look for coworking spaces that foster a vibrant community and provide networking opportunities. Engaging with like-minded professionals can inspire collaboration and personal growth.
Pricing and membership options: Evaluate the pricing structure and membership plans offered by different coworking spaces. Determine which options align with your budget and work requirements.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Coworking Space
- Visit multiple coworking spaces: Take the time to visit and experience different coworking spaces before making a decision. This will allow you to get a feel for the atmosphere, amenities, and overall vibe of each space.
- Consider your work style: Reflect on your personal work style and preferences. Do you thrive in a bustling, energetic environment, or do you prefer a quieter, more focused atmosphere? Choose a coworking space that aligns with your work style and helps you perform at your best.
- Read reviews and testimonials: Research online reviews and testimonials from fellow digital nomads who have used the coworking spaces you’re considering. Their experiences and insights can provide valuable information and help you make an informed decision.
- Seek recommendations: Reach out to other digital nomads or professionals who have worked in Sri Lanka and ask for their recommendations. They may have firsthand knowledge of coworking spaces that suit your specific needs and preferences.
- Trial periods and day passes: Take advantage of trial periods or day passes offered by coworking spaces. This allows you to spend a day or a week experiencing the space firsthand and evaluating its suitability before committing to a longer-term membership.
Final Thoughts on the Best Coworking Spaces in Sri Lanka
Although Sri Lanka doesn’t yet have quite the same coworking infrastructure as certain other countries, there are a few places with an emerging digital nomad/remote working scene.
And as the number of remote workers worldwide continues to grow, new coworking places are opening up all the time.
No matter where you choose as your base, there’s certainly no shortage of amazing places to explore in Sri Lanka – from pristine beaches and stunning mountainous landscapes to historical sites steeped in culture and tradition.
Do you have any experience of coworking in Sri Lanka? Have I missed your favourite coworking space off this list? Let me know below!