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Nature and Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Sri Lanka.

Polwaththa is Kandy’s hidden yoga retreat which is perfect for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature and have a positive impact on the environment and our community. You will practice a variety of Yoga styles in your morning and evening classes including Hatha / Vinyasa and Yin yoga with meditation in the evening. Your stay will directly contribute to our Forest Healing Foundation, which works to reforest this beautiful area. During the retreat, you will experience local villages, hike through the jungle, swim in a waterfall, and enjoy a local cooking lesson - making your yoga retreat a mindful experience throughout. Your yoga sessions will also likely be accompanied by wildlife such as monkeys and deer which often come past our peaceful shala!

Meet the instructors

Freya & Rogen
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Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Community interaction
  • Trekking and wild swimming
  • Contribution towards the Forest Healing Foundation
  • A true ecotourism experience where you will be surrounded by nature
  • 3 nights eco-friendly accommodation
  • 3 healthy meals per day
  • Unlimited tea and coffee

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, German
Group size: Maximum of 18 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$55 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Child care
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Polwaththa Eco Lodges

Pronounced pol'watha, Polwaththa Eco Lodges consists of 15 lodges spread out amongst stunning nature, giving you a ‘Living-in-the-Jungle’ experience. Situated 19 kilometers east of Kandy each lodge offers basic comfort with great views and privacy.

Activities include yoga, a wide choice of treks through quaint villages, smiling faces, rice fields, tea plantations, waterfalls, rivers, and the famous Knuckles mountains. Community interaction and supporting our reforesting foundation provide a rewarding experience. Day tours to Kandy City, Dambulla, Sigiriya, and Wasgamuwa can also be arranged.

The environment and the local community are at the heart of our operations, promoting responsible tourism - we practice the 3Rs and make all the purchases within 5 kilometers. Polwaththa also encourages guests to plant a tree and on a larger scale, we purchase lands for reforestation.

Polwaththa offers a pristine environment with average day temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius and night temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius with hardly any mosquitoes. We are pet-friendly with seven dogs and five cats, living in harmony with wild boar, deer, porcupine, giant squirrels, monkeys, butterflies, bats, fireflies, insects, and over 60 species of birds with 15 endemics – a paradise for bird watchers.

Authentic Sri Lankan meals are cooked on a hearth in clay pots giving you a taste of real Sri Lankan village culture - served with a smile by the local staff.

Program

Day 1

  • 13:00 - 16:30 Arrival (pickup from Digana town)
  • 17:30 Welcome circle and introduction
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 2

  • 07:00 Hatha Flow / Vinyasa
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Village walk and trek to the waterfall
  • 13:30 Lunch at the waterfall
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Yin and Meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 07:00 Hatha Flow / Vinyasa
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:30 Local cooking lesson
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 Yin and meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 4

  • 07:00 Hatha Flow / Vinyasa
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Departure

Included excursions

  • Village and waterfall trek
  • Tree planting (subject to suitable conditions)
  • Local cooking lesson

Instructors

Freya Spencer

Rogen Matthews

Retreat location

Polwaththa is only 19 kilometers from the bustling hill-capital, Kandy (40 minutes), and about 120 kilometers from the airport / Colombo. Although this journey now takes about 3.5 hours on congested roads, with the opening of the highways (in the process), travel time will soon be reduced to 1.5 hours.

Food

During the retreats, we will be offering a mix of healthy Sri Lankan food cooked on hearth and Western dishes (on request) highlighting local fruits, vegetables, and spices. Polwaththa also grows their own coffee which is hand-roasted by some local women. They can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Three meals, one snack, and unlimited coffee, and tea are included in the retreats.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

60 min full body massages can be arranged on request

What's included

  • 5 yoga sessions
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Unlimited tea and coffee
  • Unlimited water
  • Fresh fruit every morning (on request if prior to class)
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Village walk with a trek to the waterfall
  • Local cooking lesson
  • Pick-up and drop from Digana

What's not included

  • Airport transport
  • Additional drinks and meals
  • Additional activities
  • Massages

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). The transfer is available for an additional cost of 55 USD.

By car / tuk-tuk

Being on the Eastern side of Kandy, the road to take from Kandy is the A26 (Kandy-Mahiyangana) which starts from the Kandy lake, crosses the Mahaweli river, goes past the Pallekele international cricket stadium to Digana town and beyond. After passing Digana on the 14th Km post, turn left on the climb just before the 16thKm post at “Gonawala” junction.

After 250 meters, at the “Y” junction, turn right and proceed another 500 meters on “Elemalpotha” road to “Arambe Kade” with a large “P” indicating Parking and Polwaththa driver’s quarters. You will be brought up the steep climb to our Lodge in our jeep from there. The driver should call the host at least 20 minutes before reaching us to arrange the pick up on time. %Price idea from Kandy by car, Rs. 2.500,- and by tuk-tuk, Rs. 1.500.

If coming from Sigiriya / Dambulla, take the Wattegama road, about 1 kilometer after Matale hospital. At Madawala bazaar, turn left to Digana where you enter, and proceed to the A26. Turn left on the 16th Km post on the A26 and follow the same instructions. In this way, you avoid the heavy traffic leading to/from Kandy city and save up to 1 hour.

By bus

Take bus # 654 to Digana which starts from the bus station near the market by the railway crossing (200 meters from the train station). They leave every 10 minutes and take about 40 minutes to reach Digana town which costs Rs. 40,- p.p. The (free) pick-up in our jeep or tuk-tuk is from the Digana petrol station, better known locally as the “shed”.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$55 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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