14 Days Riverside Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

  • Mangrove Villa, Gagabadawatta, Meegama Road, Warapitiya 85000, Dhrga Town, Sri Lanka

14 Days Riverside Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

  • Mangrove Villa, Gagabadawatta, Meegama Road, Warapitiya 85000, Dhrga Town, Sri Lanka

Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

This holiday is devoted to your physical and mental well-being. Yoga is an ancient way of healing mentally and physically through body alignments, relaxation, and poses. Practice of this ancient noble yoga will be accompanied by Ayurveda treatments or therapy. You will have access to the services of well-trained experts whose goal is to help you increase your future well-being.


  • 3 yoga classes per week
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Daily Ayurveda medicine and herbal tea
  • All meals, tea, and snacks
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Reflexology massages
  • 14 days with instruction
  • English
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Mangrove Villa consists of three health-friendly mud cabanas and three comfortable bungalow rooms. All rooms have a beautiful garden and Bentota river view. Comfortable chairs in the verandah provides you to enjoy the scenic beauty and specially designed sun beds will let you relax under mangroves in peaceful environment while you feel the natural breeze from the Bentota river.

Clinical application of yoga

Yoga has been proved to be effective and safe in a variety of conditions of which few are mentioned below. The nature of yoga exercises will vary depending on the individual and his specific problem. The various clinical problems where yoga might be effective are:

  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiac problems
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Obesity

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 08:30 Morning practice
  • 09.00 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 10.00 -12.00 Massages (Minimum two hours treatments)
  • 12:00 - 15:30 Free time
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Herbal tea
  • 19:00 - 21:00 Dinner

Mangrove Villa is set on one and a half acres of tropical greenery and facing the Bentota River. The location is blessed with a serene environment suitable for a holistic holiday and is the ideal location for yoga and relaxation.

Nearby places

  • Bentota beach - 10 minutes
  • Boating nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Massage
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Swimming
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Mini bar
  • River
  • Terrace
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance

All meals are included in the package and consists of healthy food such as Sri Lankan red rice, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, etc. The Ayurveda doctor privately consults each guest and arranges a special menu accordingly. This helps to get maximum results from the treatments and medicine. Ayurveda meals act as nutrition as well as a healing therapy against sicknesses.

Colombo tour

Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. This is where is situated the heart of Sri Lankan political history. Five-star hotels, the port, shopping centers, bars, important government offices, and embassies all make Colombo one of the most important cities in Sri Lanka. Here, you can visit the National Zoo, Hindu Temples, museums, the parliament, and shopping complexes of your choice.

Galle and Unawatuna

In this excursion, you will have the possibility to visit the Moonestone Mine, the Ambalangoda Mask Museum, a natual silk factory, the historical Galle Fort, a Dutch-reformed Church, the National Maritime Museum, followed by a drive along the coast to Unawatuna. Unawatuna was once among the top 12 beaches of the world, and is still to this day an extraordinary place. Lunch will be served in Unawatua, followed by a walk along the beach to Welle Devale, a beach temple. It is a historical and famous temple situated at the end of the bay. On the way back, you will be able to see a natural herbal and spice garden.


In this excursion, you will visit the turtle hatchery through the Madhu Ganga boat safari, as well as visit the coral gardens through a glass-bottom boat. After, you will eat lunch at a restaurant of your choice. In the afternoon, you will have the pleasure to explore the coral gardens by snorkeling. On the way back, it will be possible to witness the Moonestone Mine at Mettiyagoda and visit the ancient Galapatha Vihraya temple.

Rathnapura (City of Gems)

Rathanpura is best known for its gem stones that are washed down the river bed. It is one of Sri Lanka's wettest towns, since even in February, the driest month, normally has nearly 100 millimeter of rain, while in May, the wettest, has nearly 500 millimeter. During this excursion, you will visit the Gem Museum, gem mines, Saman Maha Devala, and the Bopath Ella waterfalls.

Sinharaja Rainforest

In this excursion, you will be walking through the tropical rainforest to experience the wonderful Sri Lankan flora and fauna. You can walk through four trails where you will be able to spot birds, a variety of butterflies, animals such as sambhur, barking deer, mongoose, monkeys, reptiles, etc. It is better to start this excursion in the early morning because this walk through the rainforest can take about eight hours.

Udawalwa National Park

Udawalwa National Park is world famous for its large elephant populations. At any given day, many elephants will be seen. Other than elephants, water buffalo, spotted and barking deer, wild boar, sambhur, and mongoose can also be found in this park. It is also a popular destination for bird-watching.

Cleaning of the bowels

This is a cleansing of the bowels using herbal mixtures or oils, which are usually given after dinner. The effect is very smooth and a patient can be expected to have two or three bowel movements.


Decoctions are a range of herbal medicines prepared according to individual prescriptions each day. More than 50 dry and fresh ingredients such as bark, root seed, and flowers can go into the preparation of the medicine which is boiled in earthen ware pots over a long period of time.

Facial treatment

In this facial treatment, herbal pastes and steams are used to clean and smooth out wrinkles, as well as clear the skin.

Herbal bath

Herbal leaves and roots are boiled in water to be poured on the patient's body in the herbal bath.

Herbal steam bath

For the herbal steam bath, herbal leaves, and roots are boiled for the steam to clean the patient's skin for a prescribed period of time. This is used to combat obesity and joint pains.

Herbal steam inhalation (Nasya Karama nasal treatment)

Medicated oils, herbal juices, and powders are administered through the nasal tract. This treatment is very good for chronic sinusitis, chronic headaches, migraines, facial paralysis, nasal congestion, cataract, and diseases of the eyes, nose, ear, mouth, and head.

Oil Picho

Oil Picho consists of keeping a piece of either cloth or cotton dipped in oil on certain parts of the body. This can help with muscular stiffness, muscular pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic rheumatoid arthritis.

Pinda Sweda Nawara Kizi (fermentation)

A mild oil massage is given to the patient with the help of special medicinal bundles made of cheese cloth. This treatment helps with neck stiffness, joint pains, chronic rheumatoid, arthritis, and arthritis paralysis. It also prevents the process of ageing and appearance of wrinkles on the body.

Pizhichil Sarvangadhara (body oil bath)

This treatment comprises of the use of warm medicated oils on the whole body for a certain time. It can help with paralysis (hemiplegia and paraplegia), early stages of multiple sclerosis, facial paralysis, Parkinson's disease, sciatica, spondilosis, and osteoarthritis.


Shirodhara is a procedure consisting of continuous pouring of medicated herbal oil on the forehead of the patient. The type of oil used depends on the medical ailments of the patient. A special type of apparatus called the Dhara Patra is used for the Shirodhara treatment. Shirodhara is an excellent therapy for the treatment of ailments connected to the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, throat, and nervous system. It is also effective for chronic headache, migraine, insomnia, mental stress, mental diseases, paralysis, Parkinson's disease, cerebral atrophy, and aphasia tinnitus.

Shiro Vasti

Shiro Vasti is a treatment where, with the help of a special leather cap, oil is kept on the head. Warm medicated oils are poured into the cap and then fitted onto the head. The time of the treatment and the kind of oil varies according to each individual. This treatment can help facial paralysis, insomnia, headaches, migraines, and mental stress.

Vasti karma (enema therapy)

Medicated oils and herbal water are administered through the rectum in this procedure. It can help with treating paralysis, arthritis, sciatica, chronic constipation, haemorrhoids, and diseases of the nervous system.

Vereka karma (purifactory purgation therapy)

Vereka Karma is a procedure of purgation that involves the elimination of toxins from the body through the anal route. This can remedy haemorrhoids, distension of the abdomen, constipation, indigestion, abdominal diseases, jaundice, gastroenteritis, and skin diseases.

  • 3 yoga classes per week
  • 13 nights accommodation in mud rooms
  • All meals
  • Ayurveda treatments
  • Daily Ayurveda medicine and herbal tea
  • Meditation sessions with a Buddhist monk
  • Transportation to and from Mangrove Villa is not included in the price.

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Banadaranaike International Airport (CMB).


  • Banadaranaike International Airport (CMB) - 3 hours
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Lynn Jensen from U.A.E
    4 out of 10

    "Hello, I think that Mangrove Villas is an inexpensive place to stay when in the Bentota area. As far as a yoga retreat I would describe it as lacking. It seems they aren't completely set up to offer all of the advertised treatments. I only received 2 of my 6 yoga sessions and the ayurvedic treatments offered were devoid in variety. The original email I was sent from the manager offered a list of different treatments but mine were a focus around being massaged with oils. There was 1 person conducting the yoga and treatments. He worked at another resort so my treatments seemed to be scheduled around his other job. Overall I would say that what they offered was amateurish but that may be why the prices are lower than everywhere else."

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  • Review by Yowana from Poland
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed in Mangrove Villa for a week and it was amazingly relaxing experience. beautiful river view every morning, all the palm trees and plants and wildlife that comes to the garden makes you feel like you are in a nature reserve. Plus lovely friendly pets around! There are yoga lessons with experienced and accepting teacher and professional Ayurveda treatments. And food! Traditional Sri Lankan meals or Ayurvedic diet or you can prepare your own meals in a big shared kitchen. Staff is very friendly and you can always count on their help and advice."

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  • Review by Karin L. from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "Mangrove villa is the perfect place to go if you need a real break. It is situated on the bank of the Bentota River and is surrounded by a mangrove trees and coconut trees. Very peaceful and quiet place. Friendly service, Comfortable rooms, delicious food, perfect ayurveda massage, yoga and nature around 14 days. Everything was perfect and we were very happy afterwards. Thanks for that!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "We stayed a week at the Mangrove Villa and had a wonderfully relaxing time. They have a huge garden facing the Bentota River. We booked the river view bungalow, which was comfortable and very clean and included a private garden. The staff was very nice and helpful. The food was delicious, and the massage and yoga made me feel perfectly relaxed. Mangrove Villa is close to Bentota Beach (10 minutes away by tuk tuk). Local attractions are very near, such as the Turtle farm that is 15 minutes by tuk tuk, and the Kande Vihara temple that is 10 minutes by tuk tuk. This place will make you feel perfectly relaxed and will feel just like home."

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  • Review by Michaela from Czechia
    10 out of 10

    "Mangrove Villa is a very nice, small, and quiet place. It is surrounded by amazing nature (river and jungle garden). We stayed two nights in a nice, clean, and big white bungalow with an amazing view of the river and garden. You can watch and hear animals all the time, including many kinds of birds, fruit bats, mongooses, varans, etc. However, it is a little bit far away from the beach and shops, but is still only a 10 minutes on tuk tuk away. The breakfast that was included was modest but good. For us, it was a nice experience and we got to experience a different kind of living in Sri Lanka."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Clean, comfortable, and spacious rooms. The staff is really friendly, helpful, and professional. The young man who served us breakfast was always smiling and very professional too. We went on a river safari with a really good guide where we saw crocodiles, chameleons, kingfishers, and snakes. I definitely recommend Mangrove Villa!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Italy
    10 out of 10

    "We booked a two-week Ayurveda treatment package in Mangrove Villa. They provided excellent service. The staff is friendly, and the healthy food is always specially catered by the chef according to our body type. Dr. Priyani is very friendly and provided us with useful treatment and medicine. We highly appreciated her service. The bungalow room was comfortable, clean and had a nice view of the Bentota River. Mangrove Villa is the perfect place to relax and recover. We will be back next year."

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  • Review by Marco from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Mangrove Villa is a unique getaway. With only six or seven rooms, it is private and far away from the tourist traps. It is situated on the side of the river where you can see king fishers and lazy water monitors. It was a good place to relax and refresh myself. My favourite place was sitting by the river and watching the water go by. The staff was very helpful, considerate, and accommodating. They even made special meals suited to my preferences. Be prepared to enjoy tasty and healthy Sri Lankan meals, including breakfast. However, make some allowances for Western type breakfasts. Do take a yoga mat with you if you are going to be learning and practicing yoga."

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  • Review by Julie H. from England, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "We booked a trip to Sri Lanka very last minute, and decided to stay at Mangrove Villa as it looked very peaceful and relaxing, we were not disappointed. We stayed 9 nights and had the most enjoyable, relaxing holiday we could have wished for. Mangrove Villas are situated in a quiet village, 10 minutes via Tuk Tuk from Bentota and the beach. The villas are set in "jungle" natural gardens on the banks of the river Bentota with an abundance of local wildlife. Brightly coloured birds woke you in the morning with their birdsong, and the last sound you heard at night was the geckos and crickets. The accommodation is very basic, but comfortable and clean, which is all that matters. We had our own balcony to sit and watch the world go by. We stayed half board and the food was amazing. On our first day we advised that we would prefer to eat Sri Lankan food rather than western food and we were spoiled. The Chef prepared something different for us every breakfast and evening. All very fresh and tasty, with nothing too much trouble. Overall the service at Mangrove Villa was excellent, always service with a smile and the willingness to help wherever possible. We definitely plan to return. Mangrove Villa provides an opportunity to experience real Sri Lanka without the hustle and bustle and the taint of over commercial tourism. Very much no frills with regards to the accommodation but 5* service, food and cleanliness. I would highly recommend Mangrove Villa. Thank you to all at Mangrove for a wonderful holiday!"

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Warapitiya, Sri Lanka

Mangrove Villa offers Ayurvedic treatments, yoga, and meditation in an ideal location for relaxation and holistic holidays.

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