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4 Days Yoga, Trekking, Cooking & Reforestation Retreat in Sri Lanka

Polwaththa, 69/1 Wepathana 20814 Gomagoda, Sri Lanka

4 Day Yoga & Nature Retreat

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

Polwaththa is Kandy’s new and hidden yoga retreat which is perfect for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature and have a positive impact on the environment and its people. The yoga is focused on a variety of styles including Hatha / Vinyasa and Yin combined with meditation. You will get involved in the Forest Healing Project by planting trees, visiting local homes, trekking, wild swimming, and having 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 by.

Meet the instructors

Luca
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Highlights

  • Community development and reforestation
  • 2 daily yoga classes focused on Hatha / Vinyasa with Yin and meditation in the afternoon
  • A true ecotourism experience where you will be surrounded by nature with;
  • Trekking and wild swimming
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 healthy meals per day

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, German
The maximum participants in the group is 18
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$65 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 in a pristine environment, 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 school projects 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 from within 5 kilometers. We also encourage our 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, fire-flies, 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

  • 14:00 - 18:00 Arrival (pickup from Digana town)
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00: Introduction

Day 2

  • 06:30 Fruit snack
  • 07:00 Hatha Flow / Vinyasa
  • 08:30 Journaling
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Village walk and trek to waterfall
  • 13:30 Lunch at the waterfall
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Yin & Meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3

  • 06:30 Fruit snack
  • 07:00 Hatha Flow / Vinyasa
  • 08:30 Journaling
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Local cooking lesson
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:30 Tree planting
  • 17:00 Yin & Meditation
  • 19:00 Dinner and dharma talks

Day 4

  • 06:30 Fruit snack
  • 07:00 Hatha Flow / Vinyasa
  • 08:30 Journaling
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Departure

Included excursions

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

Instructors

Luca Bogen

Retreat location

We are 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 four hours on congested roads, with the opening of the highways in 2020, travel time will be reduced to 1.5 hours.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During the retreats, we will be offering a mix of healthy Sri Lankan food cooked on hearth and Western dishes highlighting local fruits, vegetables, and spices. We also grow their own coffee and well. We think its some of the best in all of Sri Lanka. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Three meals, one snack, 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 & dinner
  • Unlimited tea & coffee
  • Unlimited water
  • Fresh fruit every morning (on request if prior to class)
  • Village walk with a trek to the waterfall
  • Local cooking lesson
  • Pick-up and drop from Digana
  • Tree planting (subject to conditions)

What's not included

  • Airport transport
  • Additional drinks
  • 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 75 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 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 takes 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$65 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 fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

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