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Far from the stress of everyday living and the hustle and bustle of city life, we welcome you to unplug from technology and plug into nature. Come and connect to the beautiful surroundings of Sri Lanka and your peaceful inner-self. Relax and energise in a small circle of daily yoga practices and gentle meditation. In a healing environment, defined by native bird sounds and stunning beach views. You can easily let go.
Treat yourself to seven irreplaceable days mapped out with a combination of exciting outdoor activities, yoga practices and nourishing relaxing time. High up on stunning mountain treks, immersed in the water taking waves, close-up with wildlife in the jungle, being deeply connected to all the elements of nature. Create new healthy habits and learn different skills with our customised, multi style yoga for various levels. We offer an individual approach in a supportive, encouraging environment for your personal needs. Return home feeling lighter, re-energised and enthusiastic, ready for the next step in life.
Our laid back newly completed beachfront resort is located directly in front of the surf break "Whisky Point", 10 minutes drive from Pottuvil town and 20 minutes from Arugam Bay. It combines Italian design and "dolce vita" concept with simplicity of living on a tropical island. In this surroundings, defined by waves sounds and stunning views of luscious coconut palm trees, so easy to give yourself time. Time to slow down and sink into relaxation.
We have two styles of accommodation to suit your needs. Choose between a wooden cabana with a balcony or patio and a private bathroom or an open air pagoda with a shared bathroom. All our rooms offer ocean views. We provide unlimited drinking water to avoid plastic, daily refreshment of the room, fine bed linens and towels, wifi - everything for you to enjoy a tropical life in its best!
Start the day with the sunrise and a fresh coconut. Create new healthy habits easily and learn different skills with our multi style yoga and gentle meditation for various levels, choose two classes per day to visit. Practice in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere in a small groups with individual approach.
Our daily schedule is flexible and can be easily customize according to your needs (surfing lesson's timing depend on waves/weather condition, so can be rescheduled to early morning or before sunset).
This is a bounty of nature indeed! A wonderful place where you can collect lots of experience with respect to extremely rare types of colorful birds, animals reptiles, etc. Compare to other national parks in Sri Lanka, Kumana is not spoilt with too many visitors and vehicles. A calm and quiet place, where you can enjoy the unique fascinating beauty of nature.
The Kumana National Park is the most important and most popular bird sanctuary in Sri Lanka. Kumana birdlife supported by Some 20 lagoons and tank is an ornithologist’s paradise. During April–July, tens of thousands of birds migrate to the Kumana swamp area annually nearly 255 species of birds have been recorded in the National Park.
Regular sightings of birds include pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, white ibis, herons, egrets and hundreds of little cormorants. The very rare black-necked stork has also been spotted at the swamp. Among the breeding inhabitants of the Kumana villu are the rare species such as Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Eurasian Spoonbill, and Great Thick-knee are breeding inhabitants of the Kumana villu.
Apart from being abound with the birdlife, Kumana is also home to the mammals found in the adjacent Yala National Park such as Elephants, Leopards, Golden Jackal, Wild Boar, European Otter as well as the endangered Fishing Cat.
Kudumbigala monastic complex was built in 246 BC, during the time of King Devanampiyatissa. It was first established as a refuge for the Buddhist monks, who wanted to get away from the busy Cities. Archaeologists had recovered over 200 rock caves belonging to this forgotten monastery. The area is full of ancient ruins and caves. There are still monks live and meditate here like a thousand years ago.
This place has a magic atmosphere and incredible view. From the top of Sacral Rock, you will see all Yala National park in front of you, ocean and lagoons, green forest and blue skies as far as your eyes go!
Situated on the Kumana Panama jungle path Okanda Devalaya is believed to be the location God Skanda first sailed into Sri Lanka in a golden boat. The boat, which was turned into a rock, still stands on the Okanda beach known to all as the ‘Ran Oru Gala’. Held in reverence by many without the difference of religion, race, or creed the temple’s origin is unknown although the signs of an ancient monastery are found nearby.
Archeologists believe the temple, being situated near the ancient Okanda harbor, too would have increased its importance with many seafaring men seeking its help before and after a journey. Although the ancient devalaya was of much simpler structure and adornment the present temple imitates a more Southern Indian Kovil structure due to its large number of Tamil Hindu devotees.
Earnest devotees of Kataragama by the thousands, hailing from all communities but especially Tamil Hindus undertakes an annual Pâda Yâtrâ or foot pilgrimage via Okanda temple and Yala National Park to Kataragama for the Esala festivities in Kataragama. Nearly 30,000 pilgrims from the Northern and Eastern coasts of Sri Lanka arrive in procession at Okanda to commence weeks long walk through Yala National Park to the temple of God Skanda in Kataragama.
The devotees pray for Lord Skanda’s blessings and assistance prior to commencing their journey through the thick jungles of Yala amidst the wild beasts of prey. The ones who walk from afar are those who savor the traditional pilgrim’s life of sleeping in temples and under the open sky, accepting whatever alms that strangers may offer, and bearing up under scorching sun while walking barefoot on searing hot roads, clad only in simple pilgrim’s garb with a small bundle of offerings and belongings balanced upon their heads. All along the way, villagers await their chance to offer dâna to the small bands of swâmis and swâmi ammas.
For many pilgrims the Pâda Yâtrâ is a chance to visit ancient shrines all the way to Kataragama in the company of veteran devotees. Their long trek takes them to famous temples at Sittandy, Mamamgam, Kaluthavalai, and Mandur in Batticaloa District. In Ampara District, they follow the coast via Tirukkovil, Pottuvil, and Okanda through Yala National Park to reach Kataragama.
Anna has been practicing different styles of yoga and meditation for nine years. Four years ago, she finished her job in Russia and started her self-discovery journey. She has spent one month in Chiang-Mai doing a Thai massage course, then, she moved to India and spent six months doing Ayurveda Therapist training in Ananda SPA Institute and yoga training in Sivananda Yoga Ashram. For the last three years, she has been working as a yoga instructor and massage therapist in Sri Lanka. Here she has done several 10-day Vipassana meditation courses.
Situated in a village of Urani, 12 kilometers to the North from Arugam Bay and a 10-minutes’ drive from Pottuvil town, Whisky Point is a certain ‘off-the-beaten-track’ laid-back destination. It’s considered to be the second favorite surfing spot in the locality. Perfect for beginners/intermediate surfing lessons. But don’t be discouraged if you are a pro, as the waves here provide ultimate fun for any surfer all year round.
If you’re not a surfer, there are plenty of other draws: long walks along the wild beach; lots of rocks to climb; decent swimming places with a turquoise water – warm and inviting; fascinating village life and nature to explore.
%Whiskey Point is one of those places where you lose track of time and fall into a magical reverie. We all needed it sometimes, mellow, swing-another-day-in-a-hammock kind of vibe, sipping a coconut and enjoying the simplicity of life. In a healing environment, defined by Ocean whisper and stunning views of luscious king coconut palm trees, you can easily let go. Days will turn into weeks and the lure of it will make you want to stay here forever.
Delicious breakfast will be served for you daily: fresh tropical fruits, juices, and unlimited drinking king coconuts are awaiting.
For lunch and dinner, pick from classic Italian dishes: pasta and panini; seafood and veggie bowls, and more. Or check several restaurants and cafes in the neighbourhood, all serving Western and Sri Lankan cuisine. Vegetarian option is available.
Steeped in over 2000 years of history, Muhudu Maha Viharaya, is believed to be the place where Princess Devi, the legendary mother of King Dutugemunu, is said to have landed at the kingdom of Ruhunu, ending her journey from the Kelaniya kingdom. It is one of the most important places of historic interest in the island and can easily be accessed by visitors as it is situated in Pottuvil, just two kilometers away from Arugam Bay.
There are three places to take a lagoon safari in the local area; Kottukal (Pottuvil) is the nearest, Urani (near Whiskey Point), and finally, Panama, some 15 kilometers to the south. The lagoons are completely untouched by people. Have a quiet and peaceful boat or raft ride through the mangrove forest and a great chance to spot monitor lizards, crocodiles, and elephants in addition to a wide range of birds. The most popular times to do the tour are 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. when it is cooler and the wildlife is more active.
Ella is a hill-country village, blessed with the most beautiful views in Sri Lanka. You can start your trip around 7 a.m. by a comfortable van, a drive to Ella will take two and a half hours. During this journey, you will take a refreshing bath in Ravana’s waterfall, visit an ancient cave temple, hike to nine arches bridge, and Small Adam’s Peak through emerald-green tea plantations.
Ayurveda, Traditional Thai massage, and Chi Nei Tsang abdominal therapy are available on request.
Bandaranaike International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$130 per person
For those of you looking to cut your travel time short, Cinnamon Air offers exclusive charter flights from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to Batticaloa Airport (BTC), a town located 146 kilometers up the coast from Arugam Bay. The flight would take just under an hour and Sundaram YOGA Sri Lanka can arrange for you to be picked up by a van from there and brought down without a hassle.
Ella is the closest town to Arugam Bay that can be reached by train. Expo-rail runs a luxury service daily from Colombo direct to Ella, a long day on the train but one is rewarded with some of the most breathtaking scenery the island has to offer. For those arriving from the hills, there is also a train that runs daily from Kandy (Peradeniya) to Ella. Sundaram YOGA Sri Lanka is more than happy to arrange transport by van once you arrive from Ella to Arugam Bay. Ella is 132 kilometers away from Arugam Bay.
Overnight buses run daily from Colombo to Akkaraipattu. There is a private luxury service that departs from Colombo at 20:30 and arrives in Akkaraipattu at 03:30 the next morning, tuktuks will be available from Akkaraipattu to Pottuvil at that time. There is also a public bus that leaves Colombo at 22:30 and arrives directly in Pottuvil at 06:00 in the morning.
Island-wide, pickups by van can be organized, which ensures plenty of space for large families, extra baggage such as surfboards and comfort. Just let Sundaram YOGA Sri Lanka know where and when you will need to be picked up and they will organize the rest.
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