5 Days Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Kalutara, Sri Lanka

5 Days Cooking and Yoga Retreat in Kalutara, Sri Lanka

  • Plantation Villa, Thudugala-Nehinna Road, Sri Lanka

Ayurvedic Food and Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

Come and enjoy a yoga and wellness retreat in a luxurious, holistic healing resort immersed in nature. Take part in cookery lessons, enjoy nutritious organic meals, and daily yoga and guided meditations. Plantation Villa is a personalized, eco-friendly retreat center combining traditional Vedic disciplines with modern luxury facilities. Built on the foundations of altruism, love, and compassion, the villa also offers nature at its best including a natural waterfall.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily guided meditation sessions
  • Ayurvedic cookery and nutrition classes
  • 4 nights accommodation in an award-winning resort
  • Take part in vegetable picking during seasons
  • Walk in the plantation and paddy-field
  • 3 meals and snack daily
  • 4 days with instruction
  • English

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The hotel villa is a colonial home, approximately 150 years old. It was the house of the village chief - and it is now converted so it consists of a living room, dinning hall, veranda and open living area, all renovated in end 2015.

The property consists of the main villa and the lodge, each about two minutes walking distance from each other. The lodge is the original house of the first occupier of this colonial treasure. With time, their son built a bigger home to house his expanding family.

The villa consists of eight luxury rooms (two suite rooms and six deluxe rooms) and the dining hall, lounge, verandas, and spa. The lodge consists of six luxury standard rooms and an open veranda. Both the villa and the lodge were renovated in the end of 2015 and is decorated to contemporary colonial style in keeping with the age of the property and to meet guest comforts and modern needs. Rooms are beautifully completed with luxury bathrooms.

The villa won the Country Award for Best Luxury Villa 2016 by Luxury Travel Guide for its careful renovation mixing luxury with colonial heritage yet eco-friendly and one with its environment. Plantation Villa was also awarded with Best Spa Hotel in Sri Lanka 2015 by World Luxury Hotel Awards and Winner of Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for 2014, 2015, and 2016, shortlisted for Responsible Tourism Award – Best for Poverty Reduction 2015 in 2015 and is currently nominated for the Award Sri Lanka’s Best Wellness Retreat 2016 by World Spa Awards and Best Spa Hotel in Sri Lanka 2016 by World Luxury Hotel Awards.

During the holiday, you will stay in a luxury standard room. All of the standard rooms are in the lodge and they all open in to a beautiful open veranda. The rooms and bathrooms are completed beautifully to include modern guest requirements. The rooms have fans but they are not air conditioned.

You will find this holiday experience very different from a normal activity packed holiday or even a normal spa holiday. Plantation Villa is offering a very unique opportunity for you to be amidst nature and totally relax whilst they look after you using the knowledge of century old Vedic traditions and mindfulness practices.

You will arrive to a completely natural environment with no man-made distractions. The idea is that when the physical body is not too active and there are not much distractions to stimulate the mind, it turns inwards into understanding and feeling your own emotions and cognitive behavior patterns.

Most of your modern day life is so full of distractions that you are left with little or no time to really examine your inner-self. As a result, you become so unaware of your own emotions and the impact it is having on your physical body.

Once you arrive, Plantation Villa's friendly team will help you settle in to your room. Your first days treatment will be light as the body needs time to settle in to the environmental changes, effects of flying, and jet lag. Ayurveda is very much a gentle push to the body to help recover itself or get to its optimum balance. It works very much with the speed of your body. Introductions of treatments to the body is done gently and gradually.

Please note this is only an indicative itinerary as timing and duration can change with each retreat or guest depending on their individual treatments, therapy or fitness regime on arrival.

Typical day

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Yoga
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:30 Walk in the vegetable garden and picking lunch ingredients or cooking
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 16:00 Rest or join one of the afternoon activities, which includes walks in the plantation, activities in the plantation, tree planting, cookery classes, talks with the yoga teacher or doctor, and more
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Evening yoga and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner, followed by activities such as reading and meditation

This holiday takes place in Plantation Villa. The property is located in a small village called Nehinna, 80 kilometers away from the capital city, Colombo. The village is rural and has a traditional community feel.

The hotel property itself is a 30-acre plantation of rubber, coconut, cinnamon, and black pepper. The hotel villa is surrounded by nature and is a habitat for rare local and migrant birds, butterflies, and a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. It has an outdoor space where yoga and meditation classes are conducted in the morning under the trees and at night lit up by oil lamps.

There are picturesque villages to walk or cycle around, day trips are offered to many local attractions including, beach, turtle hatcheries, UNESCO World Heritage sites, shopping trips, whale or dolphin watching, wildlife safari, trekking in the rainforest, or trips in the cities.

Nearby places

  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Colombo, 80 kilometers

A majority of the food served and some of the herbal medicines come directly from Plantation Villa's organic gardens. You have the opportunity to see their food grow, help to harvest it, and join their weekly cooking demonstrations. Meals are nutritionally balanced and herbal medications are personalized to your needs. All water from the villa, including tap water, comes from their own spring water wells located on site.

During your stay in Kalutara, you can either hire Plantation Villa's bicycles for rides around the surrounding villages or hire a car for day trips. The trips can be arranged at additional cost.

Beach

Picnic at some of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches.

Galle

A visit to one of the most vibrant cities in Sri Lanka where the influences of colonial time is prevalent with some world heritage sites.

Kalutara Bhodiya

One of the most famous temples in Sri Lanka with a pagoda with architectural value and a Bo Tree over 2000 years old.

Kandy Town and Temple of the Tooth

The last kingdom of Sri Lanka still rich in art and culture. Kandy also has the Temple of the Tooth where Buddhas tooth is kept and is one of the most venerated sights in Sri Lanka. Apart from its religious significance, it is also a must see sight to understand the richness of Sri Lankan art and culture.

Local turtle hatchery

A turtle conservation project to help save turtles from extinction. You can see and learn about turtles and can have the opportunity to release baby turtles to the sea!

Richmond Castle

Left over from the British Empire depicting the influences of European architecture.

See elephants at Udawalawe National Park

Plantation Villa recommends this trip over the trip to Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, where people have heard mixed reviews about how the animals are treated. This is an opportunity to see elephants in their own natural habitat. Holding the largest population of elephants in Sri Lanka, you are almost guaranteed to see elephants here.

Sinharajah Natural Rain Forest

This is the last remaining rain forest in Sri Lanka which is lush and green. Hiking through this will be an amazing experience.

Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa

Plantation Villa works with a company working with whale conservation in Sri Lanka. It is an early morning start but totally worth the experience.

Warakagoda Temple

An ancient cave temple with a natural forest displaying some amazing Sri Lankan art on the rock.

Other activities

  • Bird watching
  • Exploring the neighboring forest for interesting plants and trees and little animals such as monkeys, butterflies, and more
  • Meditation
  • Swimming and sunbathing
  • Reading a book from Plantation Villa's library
  • Take part in activities organized by resort such as Ayurvedic barbeques, outdoor dining evenings, dance or singing performances by local talent, celebrations of local festivities

Spa treatments

The resort has its own Ayurvedic Spa. The Ayurvedic doctors are experts in the field and represent Sri Lanka at international health conferences and make some of their very own Ayurvedic herbal medicines. Plantation Villa's facility is also equipped to treat patients with acute illnesses including cancer, terminal cancer, depression, paralysis and others. All medicines that are not made by our team are sourced from trusted, local suppliers known for quality.

The oils are medicated and Plantation Villa's therapists have over 15 years of experience, basing their massage area of focus and choice of oil and herbs according to each guest’s individual needs. Their team of staff are willing to please, having true Sri Lankan village hospitality.

  • 4 nights accommodation in a luxury standard room
  • Ayurvedic cookery demonstrations
  • Ayurvedic meals
  • Guided daily yoga and meditation
  • Lessons on Ayurvedic nutrition
  • Lessons on basic Ayurveda
  • Opportunity to participate in vegetable or fruit picking activities during seasons
  • Opportunity to participate in rubber tapping or paddy harvesting during seasons
  • Opportunity to join in talks about yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, meditation, and more
  • Water and herbal tea at all times
  • Walks in the plantation and paddy-field
  • Airfare
  • Ayurvedic treatments and medicines
  • Day trips
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). The venue is about one hour and 30 minutes' drive from the airport. The hotel car is available for transfers at the rate of 65 USD for pick up. Alternatively, you can come by train to Kalutara.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Plantation Villa is a secluded eco-friendly hotel offering a well-being experience through organic food and Vedic disciplines of Ayurveda and yoga.

  • Availability: The Yoga Retreats of this organizer are available 97% of the time.
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Availability

This vacation is available until July 2018, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • May 1 - September 31, 2017
  • May 1 - July 31, 2018

 

High season
  • October 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018

 

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