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This small yoga hideaway offers classes for up to ten yogis throughout the whole year. This gives you a very private atmosphere and a good attention of the teacher. Niyagama House gives you the flexibility to start your retreat here whenever you want. Not only Niyagama House offers you the freedom of choice, this retreat also includes some wonderful goodies as well as discounts for all afternoon classes and spa treatments. After this retreat, you will go home with a complete satisfaction.
Niyagama House is a courtyard house with a serene, soothing atmosphere that was built in the traditional style of a courtyard house. The inner courtyard, high ceilings, airy rooms, and verandas in combination with plenty of fresh air and tropical sun make this house a comfortable and tranquil retreat place. For a healthy flow of energy, the rules of the Sri Lankan Feng Shui were followed. It's a tradition still respected there by many people.
Three verandas, the lounge with its sunset balcony, and the roof terrace with the 360-degree panoramic view offer plenty of space to relax. From the south veranda, you will step into the large garden that surrounds the entire house. There are growing tropical flowers between shady trees. The jewel of the garden is the large and chlorine-free 18-meter pool, purified with an eco-friendly copper-silver-ionization method.
The pool's ideal for some vigorous exercise if that is what you need or for just relaxing and cooling down in the shallow areas. The five guest rooms and two suites are located on the first and second floor of the building. While three rooms and one suite offering a private balcony, there is also plenty of additional space to chill outside in privacy.
The rooms have a king-sized canopy bed with comfortable mattresses, soft cotton linen and pillows in different sizes, air conditioning, mosquito nets, a ceiling fan, an elegant wooden furniture with spacious wardrobe in traditional Sri Lankan style, granite floors, an en-suite bathroom with a large Raindance shower, hand shower, high pressure hot and cold water, soft towels, and hairdryer.
The rooms also have a mini fridge, complimentary drinking water, in-room personal electric laptop-size safe, free Wi-Fi, a telephone that connects you with the room service and the office, nightly turndown service, daily housekeeping, and laundry and ironing service.
To optimize the opportunities for rest and relaxation, Niyagama House does not have televisions in the rooms. All rooms are non-smoking rooms and smoking is also not allowed throughout the whole house and the pool area (with a tolerant secret smoking spot below the pool). At Niyagama House, you will experience a perfect blend of Eastern hospitality and Western comforts full of tranquility and relaxation.
This lovely bird nest, the Amethyst Room (comfort double room), is located on the second floor featuring windows to the east with no balcony.
The Ruby Room (deluxe double room) is on the first floor with windows to the east and south and a private balcony with a view of the pool.
Topaz and Tourmaline Room are both superior double room located on the first floor, offering a view and a balcony to the east.
The Sapphire Suite (deluxe double or twin suite) is on the first floor with windows to the north and east. This room offers one long king-sized (2,15-meter long) and one queen-sized bed for a very comfortable twin occupancy. This suite doesn't have a private balcony, but the wonderful north balcony is just next door.
The Padparadscha Room (grand-deluxe double room) offers windows to the west and a charming sitting corner. It has no private balcony, but the wonderful north balcony is just around the corner.
This Pearl Suite (superior double or twin suite) offers a big balcony and windows to the west. It has one long king-sized (2,15-meter long) and one queen-sized bed for a comfortable twin occupancy.
Niyagama House's afternoon classes are offering you a yoga kaleidoscope to choose from: relaxing Yin yoga, exciting Aerial yoga, calming mindful self-compassion meditation, energizing energy medicine yoga, and blissful Aerial deep session. The choice is all yours, every afternoon something else.
So, you can stay completely flexible and create your perfect retreat day either with afternoon yoga or meditation, with a blissful Ayurveda massage before dinner or a half day trip to the UNESCO world heritage Galle Fort, the beach or a national park and amazing Buddhist temples.
Enjoy your perfect me time. Treat yourself with re-energizing your body, revitalizing your mind, and relaxing your soul after an active round trip through Sri Lanka or as a short hideaway from the normal hectic of daily life. Relax at the 18-meter long, chlorine-free pool and eat healthy, delicious meals on the verandah restaurant. Pamper yourself in the peaceful setting in the middle of a tropical jungle and relax in nature while laughing and being yourself.
During this yoga retreat, you will enjoy one energizing Hatha Vinyasa flow yoga session plus a guided meditation during the morning and can decide for your afternoon classes always by registering the evening before.
All yoga and meditation classes are led by the founder and creator of Niyagama House, Elke de Silva. Enjoy the luxury of a small class (maximum is ten students), which gives you a lot of personalized attention from the teacher.
Kindly note that there are no yoga classes on Thursday afternoons and on Friday mornings, and there are only ten places available for this retreat. The duration of yoga or meditation on the second and third day is depending on how many students registered the evening before. This retreat is running throughout the whole year and your retreat starts when you arrive. However, there is no yoga on Friday mornings.
As there is no morning yoga on all Fridays, you can book this retreat (always) from Saturday to Thursday. This retreat is ongoing and can start whenever you arrive. As this is not a yogis-only retreat, you can also bring your no-yoga buddy to share the room with you.
Elke de Silva
Absolute Yoga Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
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.
This yoga bliss retreat will be held at Niyagama House in Galle, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has an unbelievable abundance of tropical evergreen nature, beautiful beaches, impressive mountains, marvelous sunsets, and countless waterfalls with crystal-clear water, exotic flora and fauna, and wonderful people with honest smiles, extraordinary helpfulness, and happy mood.
Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is two hours away from the house and Niyagama House is located nine kilometers inland, which is a 20 minutes' drive from the coastal city of Galle and the historic, charming Galle Fort. The house is also 25 minutes' away from the southern beaches of the Indian ocean.
The tea pickers harvest the new tender leaves daily at the plantation in Niyagama House and these are collected by the tea factory truck in the afternoon. In the tea nursery, the new, small plants are growing. In the organic garden, a variety of tropical fruits, vegetables, and herbs are well looked after.
During this retreat, you will be served fresh fruits before each morning yoga class and a daily delicious breakfast after the class. You will also enjoy unlimited herbal teas, hot water, ginger water, and some fresh king coconuts. The food in Niyagama House is prepared freshly with most of its ingredients coming from local farmers or their own organic garden.
There are always plenty of vegetarian options next to fresh fish, seafood, and chicken. They do not serve alcohol, but you can bring your own and enjoy it wherever you want. You may also enjoy other meal services in a fancy restaurant at Galle Fort for an additional cost.
Niyagama House offers menu options for many dietary preferences, from delicious salads, raw food preparations, to fresh juices. Please just let Niyagama House know and they will try to create some tasty solutions.
Grab binoculars and look out for all the tropical beauties in the area. Sri Lanka is a birdwatcher’s delight and a butterfly lover’s paradise.
Learn how to prepare fresh coconut milk, one of the basic elements in every curry. Niyagama House will show you how to prepare delicious curry with ingredients that you also find in your supermarket at home.
One of the team members will take you on a wonderful, gentle or sportive bike ride. Paddy fields, rural villages, temples, and beautiful tropical nature are waiting for you. From Niyagama House to Wijaya Beach, the van picks up your bikes and the guide, while you enjoy the ocean and a lunch or dinner. Afterwards, the tuk-tuk driver will pick you up.
Enjoy the unspoiled nature around Niyagama House. On small paths, you will be walking through plantations, alongside small rivers, big stone boulders, and huge old trees, while your guide shows you the way. Another 5-kilometer walk can also be done easily by yourself.
During this retreat, you will enjoy a 10% discount for all treatments. You may enjoy several spa treatments at Niyagama House based on the ancient Ayurvedic principles on site for an additional cost.
The spa menu offers traditional Ayurveda, full body oil massages, body wraps, head-neck-shoulder massages, and even the wonderful synchronized massage with two female therapists (for ladies only). You can design your perfect spa treatment together with the helpful guest-relation service.
Find out what two leaves and a bud really means and pluck some leaves like a professional tea picker. Niyagama House offers a wide range of Ceylon teas. Try them all at once in a special tea tasting or one by one each afternoon on the veranda.
You may visit Galle Fort for some history, shopping, and sightseeing. You can also visit the Kottawa Rainforest Reservation for a first-class bird watching, the Ambalangoda Mask Museum to discover the richness of Sri Lankan mask tradition, the Unawatuna Beach for swimming and snorkeling, the turtle sanctuary in Habaraduwa to marvel at five of the seven worldwide existing turtles, and the Yatagalla Temple, which is a 1200-year old place with huge stone boulders and colorful temple paintings.
You may also enjoy a visit to the Rhummasala peace pagoda for breathtaking views to Galle Fort, a tour to the moonstone mine to see how stones go from the digging in the mud to a precious stone, a guided paddle tour along a beautiful water nature trail, a visit to the Hindu temple in Galle to observe a ceremony every Friday afternoon, and a visit to the Handunugoda tea factory to try their unique white tea and take a look at the different steps of tea processing.
You can also visit the Brief Garden and Lunu Ganga in Bentota, which are tropical gardens with an interesting story, the Udawalawe National Park, one of the best places to see wild elephants in Sri Lanka.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Bus transportation from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to Niyagama House is available. You will need to change the bus sometimes.
Train transportation from Colombo Main Train Station to Galle is available. From there, you can take a tuk-tuk.
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