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Yoga Holiday in Sri Lanka

Join the fun at Rukgala Retreat to enjoy expert yoga tuition, guided hikes to cave temples, and gorgeous sunset walks. Enjoy delicious food from a mostly vegan and vegetarian menu that explores traditional Sri Lankan as well as contemporary western cooking. Make your own adventure with wild swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding on Victoria Lake.

Highlights

  • Explore a quieter, less tourist-touched part of Sri Lanka
  • Restore with soothing massage from the locally-trained therapist
  • Enjoy tailored yoga tuition in one of the loveliest shalas in Sri Lanka
  • Escape and explore with "shelter on the rock" that runs right to the shores of the lake
  • Celebrate traditional Sri Lankan cooking as well as contemporary western dishes
  • Relax on your very own terrace or verandah looking out over the lake
  • 4 nights accommodation in the beautiful bedrooms
  • Eat from a delicious vegan and vegetarian menu

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$165 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Free Wi-Fi

All of the bedrooms are thoughtfully designed with lovely comfortable beds and wide glass doors that open onto outdoor spaces overlooking the tree canopy and lake beyond. Large, 'walk-in' style spaces for storage make long stays more comfortable. All of the bedrooms have private ensuite bathrooms and air-conditioning.

Program

Daily schedule

  • 08:00 60-minute yoga class - Vinyasa flow or slow flow
  • 09:00 Healthy breakfast, detox juice, tea, and coffee
  • 10:00 Pool time / wild swimming
  • 13:00 Healthy lunch
  • 14:00 Afternoon activity
  • 17:00 60-minute sunset yoga - Yin or slow flow yoga
  • 19:00 Three-course healthy dinner

Included excursions

  • Guided hike to the cave temples and gorgeous Victoria viewpoint at Bambaragala

Retreat location

At Rukgala, they're located on the shore of the Victoria Lake, a very beautiful part of Sri Lanka within reach of Kandy but happily quiet.

Rukgala feels close to and within the nearby community - almost all of the staff live within walking distance of the house in the nearby village. You'll see (and sometimes hear) that village daily life as it commutes to and from the lake each day.

They're close too, to the wonderful Knuckles Mountains and estates like Ashburnham, in their foothills, with tea fields and waterfalls.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Rukgala has developed a delicious set menu that picks out their favourite traditional Sri Lankan cooking as well as innovative western vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Try a jackfruit curry with gotu kola and cashew salad or Negombo prawn curry with brinjal chutney and curried butternut. Lunches lean on colourful and flavourful salads with breakfasts, a celebration of Sri Lankan styles and a few western touches.

They have a snacks and sodas menu for those wanting a little something between meals.

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
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Guided day hike in The Knuckles Mountains
  • Day trip to Ashburnham Estate for tea plucking and waterfalls with lunch or high tea
  • Day trip to Kandy to visit the Temple of the Tooth and the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Wild swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding on Victoria Lake
  • Guided sunset walks on Coconut Ridge
  • Guided mountain bike rides through nearby coffee and coconut plantations

Spa treatments

Rukgala offers a simple massage menu by the locally trained therapist:

  • Full body massage - 60 minutes (1 included in package)
  • Back massage - 30 minutes
  • Head, neck, and shoulder massage - 30 minutes

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation at Rukgala Retreat
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from a healthy set menu
  • Unlimited tea, coffee, and filtered water throughout your stay
  • Chilled King Coconut after morning yoga practice
  • Guided hike and scramble to the temple and meditation caves at Bambaragala
  • 1 60-minute full body massage with the locally-trained therapist
  • Use of the paddle boards, mountain bikes, and kayaks throughout your stay
  • Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Guided activities, trips, or excursions not specifically mentioned as included
  • Laundry
  • Additional drinks or snacks ordered

How to get there

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Arrival by train

Taking the train from Colombo is a great way to reach Kandy - journey time between two and a half and three and a half hours depending on your train. Rukgala can help with transfers from Kandy to the retreat or you can easily arrange a car with an App (Uber or PickMe).

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$165 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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