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7 Days Yoga Holiday in Ella and Yala National Park

Saraii Village, Tissamaharama, Hambantota District, Sri Lanka

Yoga Holidays in Yala and Ella

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

Join this yoga retreat to escape the main tourist destinations and experience the real spirit of Sri Lanka. Practice different styles of yoga and meditative techniques under the guides of an experienced teacher to find out which is yours. Enjoy a full-body massage with medicated oil and explore the amazing local nature, culture, and cuisine. Relax in the quiet and peaceful surroundings!

Meet the instructors

Isakova
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Highlights

  • Daily energizing morning yoga
  • Relaxing evening yoga and meditation
  • Enjoy one full body Ayurvedic massage
  • Daily Vinyasa and Yin sessions with 360-degree mountain views in Ella
  • Guided Yoga Nidra and meditation sessions to reconnect to your inner being
  • 6 nights accommodation in Saraii and Ella
  • A must-see safari to Yala National Park
  • Daily delicious meals and juices

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Russian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$123 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

On this retreat, you will be accommodated for three nights in an eco tree-house or mud chalet at Saraii Village and three nights in a luxury double room with private wrap-around balcony at Mamma Shanti House, a boutique hotel outside Ella.

Saraii Village

Mud chalet

The mud chalets are designed in line with true Sri Lankan rural homes, which means an open-air concept. Saraii is the best place to escape the sizzling heat thanks to the cool cover of a man-made mini canopy of over 1,000 trees. You will enjoy a truly rustic stay with the feel of a private home in the wilds thrown in. All rooms at Saraii Village have free Wi-Fi, extra beds, a lounge, fresh linen, free natural toiletries, tea and coffee, room service, a private bathroom, and luggage storage. The lounge spaces are uniquely Sri Lankan in their design which means you can expect open spaces and not air-conditioned rooms, mosquito nets and not poisonous repellants, a rustic collection of furniture, a comfy range of cushions, and mattresses and mats to sleep, chill, and lay on.

Tree house suite

The large tree house suites are Saraii’s newest addition to the collection of treetop experiences. The tree houses are large enough and laid out to house even eight guests. Each tree house suite comes with two floors with an extra-large bed and inbuilt bathroom upstairs and a large spacious lounge downstairs. The suites are perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway or for friends who travel in groups.

Superior tree house

The superior tree house is located among Saraii's oldest tree houses with two floors providing room for three to four persons. The superior tree house is built on a sturdy old Palu tree, the tree house is 25 feet high and lives up to its name, known for giving its guests an immense feeling of safety high up in the leaves. Once you clamber up the ladder you will discover why it's also a guest favorite. The superior tree house is a popular choice for accommodation amongst eco-lodges in Sri Lanka and is also great for groups who want to bunk down together and families with kids.

Mud chalet suite

The mud chalet suites are large and spacious with bigger than king-size beds and are perfect for the visitors wanting to stay grounded. The mud chalet suites are cozily placed for comfort. One faces the rising sun and is surrounded by garden patches of organic fruits and vegetables. The other is tucked away in the corner of the man-made forest. The mud chalet is private and spacious with a fan for additional cooling and mosquito nets.

The cushioned outer porches of each suite at the eco-lodge, allows guests to put their heels up and just enjoy the surroundings or catch up on some reading. The original mud chalets are unique in how they are built, using the age-old practice of mud walls that literally breathe. The walls absorb the cold and moisture at night, which help keep the interior cool during the heat of the day.

Superior mud chalet

The superior mud chalet stands apart and alone but is best placed for privacy, comfort, and simple relaxation. Lovingly designed with antique doors and windows and its own private bathroom The superior mud chalet is a home by itself for couples wishing to just stay in and enjoy the peace and quiet or for the lazy guest looking for a quiet read, a comfortable bed, and breakfast in bed. The spacious area of the superior mud chalet also makes it perfect for groups of friends wishing to spend their holiday time together. The chalet has its own collection of board games, books, and a great collection of tea and coffee that will keep you up for those late night conversations.

Mamma Shanti House

Mamma Shanti House is a boutique hotel, hiding in the majestic mountains outside Ella. There are two luxury rooms with a private balcony and magnificent view of Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak and Ravana Waterfall, with only the sights and sounds of nature all around.

Program

You will spend three nights in an eco-hotel, close to Yala National Park, practicing different styles of yoga and meditative techniques under the guides of an experienced teacher. There are no minimum numbers, so you may be lucky and have one-to-one tuition or in a small group with a maximum four participants. A wide range of meditative techniques is given: Anapanasati - traditional Buddhist meditation; dynamic meditation from Kundalini yoga; and special anti-stress meditation.

Deep relaxing traditional Ayurvedic full-body massage will also help you to release stress from your body and mind. You will have a great opportunity to explore the amazing local nature during your visit to Yala National Park and birds watching boat tour. At your last morning in Saraii Village, you will have an amazing yoga session and breakfast by the lake and then head on to Ella.

The heat of the south suddenly disappears and pleasant fresh breeze soothes your mind. Ella is a hill-country village, blessed with the most beautiful views of Sri Lanka. Salute the rise of each new day with an active Vinyasa practice, meditate at secluded spots hidden deep within the wild banana plantation and magical forest, and wind your way down with evening Yin and Nidra yoga sessions as the fireflies light up the night. From forest walks to mountain meanders, secret waterfalls, and undiscovered trails sense satiating yoga and delectable Sri Lankan bounty.

Yoga sessions

Start the day with a yoga session in the open air. The yoga asanas and pranayama will help you to develop strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, and gracefulness. To activate the metabolic processes in all body systems, dispose of back pain, posture, and spine problems, get rid of the toxins and improve the immune system, give a pleasant massage to internal organs, and to keep your mind and body in harmony. You will get a new experience with the special anti-stress meditative techniques.

Meditation sessions

Practicing different meditative techniques, you will learn how to concentrate on the present moment and stop the flow of chaotic thoughts, how to calm down the mind, let it be free from worries, fears, and anxiety; and how to enjoy real peace and harmony. Moreover, there is also wide-range of meditative techniques given such as traditional Buddhist’s meditation – anapanasati, as well as special anti-stress meditation from Kundalini yoga.

Other activities:

  • A must-see safari to Yala National Park
  • Bird’s watching boat trip to the Tissa lake
  • Special breakfast by the lake
  • Conscious conversations and workshops to share knowledge and experiences
  • Ella Rock hiking, it is one of the well-known trails
  • A tea plantation tour and tea tasting
  • A moonlight and firefly walk to a nearby Hindu temple

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Check-in
  • Lunch
  • Evening yoga and meditation session
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Lunch
  • Birdwatching boat tour
  • Evening yoga and meditation session
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Safari to the Yala National Park
  • Dinner
  • Special anti-stress meditation at the evening

Day 4

  • Morning yoga and breakfast by the lake
  • Departure to Ella at 09:00
  • Check-in
  • Welcome lunch
  • Yin yoga and meditation
  • Dinner
  • Conscious conversation / sharing

Day 5

  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Conscious workshop
  • Forest and waterfall walk: meditation in the jungle
  • Lunch in a local village
  • Yin and Nidra yoga
  • Dinner
  • Firefly and moonlight temple walk

Day 6

  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Guided walk: Little Adam’s Peak / Nine Arches Bridge / Ella Rock lunch in Ella (with optional cooking class)
  • Tea plantation tour
  • Dinner
  • Yoga Nidra

Day 7

  • Meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Sharing of experiences
  • Check-out at 11:00

Included excursions

  • A must-see safari to Yala National Park
  • Bird’s watching boat trip to the Tissa lake
  • Special breakfast by the lake
  • Forest and waterfall walk: meditation in jungle
  • Firefly and moonlight temple walk
  • Guided walk: Little Adam’s Peak/Nine Arches Bridge/Ella Rock Lunch in Ella (optional: cooking class)
  • Tea plantation tour and tea tasting

Instructors

Isakova Anna

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at Saraii Village located in Weerawila, Sri Lanka, in a prime spot amongst other Tissamaharama hotels, not far from Tissamaharama and the holy city, Kataragama. This area is famous for the beautiful lakes and ancient temples, and known as the "Yala gates". Saraii Village is one of the most sought-after Weerawila hotels nestled inside a private estate in the middle of the dry zone.

On this retreat, you will also visit Yala National Park for a safari. Yala is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka and the home to the world's highest density of leopard, large herds of elephant, sloth bear, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodile, and many others forms of wildlife.

For the rest of the retreat, you will be taken to Mamma Shanti House, a boutique hotel hidden in the majestic mountains outside Ella. You will enjoy the magnificent view of Ella Rock, Little Adam’s Peak, and Ravana Waterfall, with only the sights and sounds of nature all around.

Nearby places

  • Bundala National Park, 12 kilometers
  • Colombo, 250 kilometers
  • Kirinda Beach, 22 kilometers
  • Wirawila Bird Sanctuary, 1 kilometer

Food

During your holiday, you will be served three delicious locally sourced meals including a special traditional Sri Lankan breakfast by the lake. Western and Sri Lankan cuisine, vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals will be offered in Spice Lounge restaurant. Moreover, you will be served with fresh juices during each meal.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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)

Abhyanga massage

The Abhyanga massage is a full body massage with medicated herbal oils. According to Ayurvedic manuscripts, this oil massage is the most important part of your daily routine to be performed every morning. The benefits are deep relaxation for the body and mind, increases blood circulation, helps to rid of the toxins, and balances doshas. The uses of natural oils and healing herbs provides nourishment for the skin and stimulates deep tissue and nerves, recommended as a therapy for arthritis and paralysis conditions, and refreshes and revitalizes the body.

Other optional activities

  • Barbecue nights by Saraii Village poolside / Weerawila Lake
  • Bike tour
  • Buffalo curd making
  • Canoe rides
  • Cooking demo
  • Excursion to Sithulpawwa - an ancient Buddhist monastery in Yala jungles
  • Excursion to the holy city Kataragama and participating in puja ritual - offering to gods
  • Fishing tour with breakfast
  • Lunch at farmer’s house
  • Palmyrah waiving
  • Pottery making
  • Safaris to national parks - Bundala, Udawala, or Lunugamwegera
  • Trip to Kirinda Beach

Spa treatments

During this retreat, you will get to enjoy one full body Ayurvedic massage.

What's included

  • Daily energizing morning yoga by the lake
  • Relaxing evening yoga and meditation
  • Wide range of meditative techniques are given: traditional Buddhist’s meditation - anapanasati, special anti-stress meditation from Kundalini yoga
  • Individual approach, no more than 4 participants in a group
  • One full body Ayurvedic massage
  • A must-see safari to Yala National Park
  • Bird’s watching boat trip to the Tissa lake
  • Special breakfast by the lake
  • All daily meals - veg and non-veg, western and SriLankan, fresh juices with each meal
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in the eco tree-house or mud chalet
  • 3 nights accommodation in luxury double rooms with private wrap-around balconies
  • Daily Vinyasa and Yin sessions with 360-degree mountain views in Ella
  • Guided Yoga Nidra and meditation sessions to reconnect with your inner being
  • Conscious conversations and workshops to share knowledge and experiences
  • A day outing to Ella to hike one of the well-known trails and to have lunch
  • A tea plantation tour and tea tasting
  • A moonlight and firefly walk to a nearby Hindu temple

What's not included

  • Airport transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Hambantota

  • Follow the A2 highway towards Wirawila Lake.
  • Just before you hit the lake, watch out for the Saraii signboard on your right. If you've passed the lake then you've missed Saraii Village.

Driving directions from Yala National Park

  • Continue on the Tissa-Palatupana Yala Road (B499).
  • Take a right turn to B422 on the Tissa-Kirinda Road until you reach a junction at the Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.
  • Take the left turn called Rubberwatte Road that falls back onto the A2 highway with the Weerawila Airport (WRZ) on your left.
  • When you enter the A2 highway, take a right and go about 1.2 kilometers until you see the Saraii signboard on your right.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. A one-way transfer from Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to Saraii Village costs 123 USD per person.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$123 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

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