Elke is the co-owner, co-creator, and founder of Niyagama House. She is a 200-hour registered Hot yoga teacher with Absolute Yoga in 2009 and a Dana Aerial yoga teacher with Niyagama House in 2015. She loves and teaches Vinyasa flow yoga, a style that is for her like a meditative dance and Yin yoga. On her quest for studying new methods of self-healing, she completed the Mindful-Self-Compassion (MSC), meditation teacher training on June 2015 in Amsterdam, and is practicing it since then.
Absolute Yoga Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
from United Arab Emirates, August 2018
We loved the yoga, the meditation, the location, the serenity, the service, and Elke's contagious warmth and energy. Elke has knowledge and experience with many different types of yoga and meditation. Her passion to teach makes this retreat such a wonderful experience.
from United States, August 2018
"Wonderful yoga experience in the jungle "
Elke is a fantastic, knowledgable and intuitive yoga instructor. I was lucky enough to have one on one yoga sessions with her. She understood intuitively what I needed everyday. I got to try aerial yoga for the first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have already found classes back home. Elke finished off each yoga session with self- compassion meditation and visualisation. Her voice is very soothing and helps draw you into deeper relaxation. Elke is a rare find- she’s very present, loving and open. I’m incredibly grateful that I found her.
As for the hotel- Niyagama House is pure perfection. All of Elke’s team are friendly and efficient. The food is delicious- make sure to try all the Sri Lankan dishes! The rooms are spotlessly clean and pretty. The infinity pool is sublime- surrounded by jungle, beautiful birds and monkeys high up in the trees.
I had two Ayurvedic massages during my stay and they were both incredibly relaxing.
I arrived at Niyagama House in need of rest and relaxation and came away with much much more- a renewed love of yoga and a deeper sense of self-compassion and loving-kindness.
Thank you Elke and your fabulous team for making my three days of Yoga Bliss absolutely perfect!
from United Kingdom, August 2018
"Great luxury retreat for a couple of days relaxation"
The house itself, Niyagama House, is stunning. Designed and built by Elke and her husband and finished in 2012 it is set in gorgeous tranquil grounds with a big outdoor pool and is an Oasis of calm. You can really feel the love and attention that has gone into building this place and it is a very relaxing and comfortable setting.
Elke & the team here have a really great attention to detail both in the rooms (with little extras like fresh fruit bowl, free herbal teas and hot water, shampoos, soap, face wash, conditioner, lotion, towels etc. The rooms and whole house were beautifully furnished with four poster beds, eco showers that were of a high quality, lounge areas, book exchange and pool side.
The food menu was varied with Sri Lankan and Western options and I thought was reasonably priced for the quality.There was a lot of fresh food and the philosophy (no processed sugars, no funny stuff) was great. The free breakfast included was really excellent, with lots of options and I highly recommend trying the Sri Lankan breakfast which changes every day.
Knowledgeable and friendly team that are helpful with planning activities. They also provided me a free room upgrade and organised a complementary late check out (11PM!) as I booked my airport transfer through them.
Its about a 20-30 min tuk tuk (about 8-10 GBP return fare) to either Galle or Unawatuna beach if you want to get out and away to explore and its definitely worth doing so.
from United Kingdom, June 2018
"Yoga retreat "
The location. Helpful staff.
from Australia, April 2018
"Uplifting and awe-inspiring"
I honestly didn't imagine how amazing Niyagama House would be. The web searches did not do justice to the architectural and natural beauty at Niyagama. Arriving there, my friendly welcome and every detail of my stay was immaculate - from the freshness of the foods (a different daily menu of nutritious local and western foods), to the rare wildlife (copious birdlife and uninvasive monkeys), to the uplifting yoga and the loving kindness with which owner Elke provides in all of her meditation and teachings. I felt very lucky to have found this little gem amongst the tea plantation, close to Galle but well away from the hustle and bustle of other tourist destinations. Only really a beginner to yoga, I felt the classes were friendly to people at all levels and my repertoire of styles was expanded during my stay. I connected with my inner child during a session of aerial yoga (shivasana in a swinging hammock - so good!) and felt extreme relaxation after my yin yoga sessions, hatha and some vinyasa flow. I was priviliged to have had a private session of Self Compassion meditation with Elke and I will carry this experience with me in difficult times. I also tried some beautiful ayurvedic therapies during my stay (turmeric wrap and oil massages) which were fabulous. Honestly the list of great experiences goes on... I will be taking a group of girlfriends back hopefully in the not too distant future. Thanks to all who I met at Niyagama for a truly special stay.
from Australia, March 2018
"A perfect retreat"
What a beautiful place. My partner and I ended our Sri Lanka trip at Niyagama house and thought it was absolutely perfect - the location and architecture of the place is stunning.
I highly recommended this for anyone looking for a retreat - to relax after a bit of travelling and biking, to sit by a pool, to eat delicious food, practice yoga, meditation and take some great skills home with you to continue practicing feeling grounded and at peace with yourself. The owner/teacher Elke is full of great knowledge and wisdom.
My partner had no experience in yoga and he still was able to enjoy it at his own pace and feel supported by the teacher.
We hope to return one day to Niyagama house.
from United Kingdom, January 2018
"A haven of peace and perfection"
Everything at Niyagama house was just perfect - the standards are so high and lots of little extras delighted us at every turn; little flowers on the towels by the pool and complimentary pink coconut waters as part of our yoga package to name just a couple. Everything was spotlessly clean, the food was delicious and beautifully presented and the service was just perfect. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
from Saudi Arabia, March 2018
Everything, the yoga, the staff, the food, the service, the location. 10 out of 10
a traveler Singapore
Trip Advisor website
A pristine tea plantation with a landscaped garden opened up when we drove up the driveway. The 3 story house was very elegantly appointed, it had a surreal tranquil and yet homey feel to it. Our room (four poster bed, no less!) awaited us, air conditioned, the cool air aromatically infused. The nearest town was at least some 15 km away but there was much to do at the house. There was a lounging area on the second floor with a collection of coffee table books about Sri Lanka as well as fiction paperbacks. We took a 90 min yoga class in the morning.
We also ventured out on a 5 km walk outside the estate, where we're greeted by friendly villagers along the way. In the morning, tweets could be heard outside our window. The early morning view of the misty forest afar from the rooftop and flights of a myriad variety of birds were indeed a sight to behold. I say, to fully enjoy, and soak up the tranquility and beauty of the place, you need to stay a minimum three nights.
a traveler United Kingdom
Trip Advisor website
What an amazing place. Perched atop a tea plantation, Niyagama House really is a world apart from anything else you will ever experience.
Where do I start? The service - WOW. The team was so polite, so helpful and went out of their way to make us comfortable. They always serve with a smile, and as cliched as it sounds to say it, but really, no request is too much for them. Tea at 10pm by the poolside? No problem, served with a smile. Extra mangos in your fruit salad? Of course! Breakfast at 6 am (because we had to leave early? Done, no problem at all.
It's clear that the owners (Elke and her husband) have spent a lot of time and energy training the staff and are very involved personally in this project, you can tell by the care and attention to detail in literally every thing about the place. But back to the service -- its just right. You will love it. 10/10 for service.
The views --- WOW. it feels like being in the middle of jungle. you see trees, you see lots of flora and fauna, you hear birds and the sound of nature around you. 10/10 for the views.
The room condition/ cleanliness - impeccable. Although the house is old colonial style architecture, all the fittings are modern and it was always super super clean, to a standard that you would see in any luxury 5 star hotel.
The food - breakfast is the highlight of the meals. Must try the green smoothie, its amazing! Sri lankan spicy omelette was also very good. And the fresh fruit platter.. yum! we had one dinner there which was very nice, you can have a very nice romantic dinner with a candle near the pool, with your dinner made fresh using local ingredients by a private chef. The pineapple curry was really good.
Nearby attractions - lots to do. we had a car and driver with us at all times so it was a bit easier for us/ didn't need to use tuk tuks. I would recommend this option over tuk tuk as you just have more flexibility and honestly its really quite cheap in sri lanka. Hikkadu is a great beach to chill by. Unawantuna - bah, too touristy. Galle is nearby but its too touristy, I would happily skip it. in any case, you're close to everything, but also far enough that you will feel totally secluded, but actually wont' be (if that makes sense). there is no other hotel or restaurant within walking distance, which should give you a feel for the quiet/ peaceful nature of this place.
yoga - i didn't try it, but my wife did and she said it was the highlight of her trip to Sri Lanka so far.
overall - 11/10! seriously an amazing place run by an incredibly passionate and committed team of people. loved it!