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7 Day Yoga Holidays with Udawalawe Safari and Surfing in Arugambay

Banyan Camp, Bodagama-Hambegamuwa-Kaltota Rd, 91308, Sri Lanka

Adventure Surf and Yoga Holiday Sri Lanka

Strengthen your body and mind with the power of yoga and nature: off-the-beaten-track in Sri Lanka for a self-discovery journey. The retreat is mapped out with a combination of exciting, tranquil, engaging, and wild outdoor activities. Get in touch with your inner-self and the island’s diverse beauty: high up on stunning mountain treks, immersed in the water taking waves, close-up with wildlife in the jungle, and deeply connected to all the elements through yoga.

Meet the instructors

Anna
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Highlights

  • 3 days in the forest and 3 days by the ocean
  • Private surfing lessons with ISA certificated instructor
  • Daily morning and evening yoga sessions in a small group or privately
  • Elephants watching safari to Udawalawe National Park
  • Sunset meditation at the Crocodile Rock
  • Lunch by the river with bathing
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$130 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$60 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Banyan Camp

Banyan Camp is an off the grid, eco-retreat in deep rural Sri Lanka. A lakefront location where humans are few and nature is plenty. The line between civilized and wild is blurred as are the lines between inside and out. Everything from the scavenged doors and windows to driftwood furniture, re-used bottles, re-invented trucks, and even the local food fare is a practice in the delicate art of simplicity. We have always lived true to the philosophy - ‘less is more’ and through it discovered a lifestyle that is fun, fascinating, chilled out, inspiring and just sublime.

The camp is nested inside the forest, on the bank of the magnificent Hambegamuwa lake. The area around Banyan Camp is sparsely populated, rugged country. Our closest neighbours are birds, butterflies, elephants, buffalo and so on. Temples and historical sites dot the vicinity while mountains, rivers, waterfalls, fields and plains come together to create a natural backdrop that is unspoiled and fascinating. Udawalawe National Park is 30 minutes drive from the camp.

Croco Beach House Villa

Crocohouse Beach Villa is a newly completed, gorgeous, three-bedroom beach shack located steps away from the beach. As the waves crash, you feel the ocean breeze against your skin. If you are looking to be stress-free, enjoy the sound of the ocean and surrounding nature, Croco is your perfect escape! Just in front of the ocean, far away from the Arugambay tourists crowd. Only pure beach, blue water, and sky as far as your eyes can go.

The main surfing spot is 20 minutes walk to the left from the villa. The beautiful Crocodile and Elephants Rock is 20 minutes walk to the right. The accommodation has a super equipped kitchen for you to cook, bikes to explore surroundings or reach a town, comfy open lounge area, and hammocks with an ocean view! There are three double rooms upstairs, with a king size bed and terrace with a hammock. One sharing bathroom, open shower, kitchen, and lounge area are downstairs. Towels and toiletries are provided as well as daily housekeeping services.

Program

This program is unique and has two parts - you will spend three days in the jungles and three days by the ocean. You will visit two totally different parts of the country and do lots of interesting and adventurous outdoor activities.

You will practice different styles of yoga and meditation, under the guidance of an experienced teacher, explore the vibrant local life and incredible nature on walks, canoe ride, by the river and lake. You will learn to ride a wave and will feel refreshed and empowered! The schedule is very flexible, Sundaram YOGA SriLanka is always ready to adjust the timetable according to your needs and preferences.

In this retreat, you will start the day with the sunrise and fresh coconut. Enjoy exotic fruits, juices and the spicy flavors of local Sri Lankan cuisine. Find nurturing sleep in Sundaram YOGA SriLanka selected, unique sanctuaries. Create new healthy habits easily and learn different skills with Anna’s customized yoga and gentle meditation styles for various levels. Her teaching expertise and individual approach are supportive, guiding, and always encouraging.

Treat yourself to seven inspirational days for a healthier body, strengthened mind, and soul. Return home feeling lighter, re-energized, and enthusiastic. Ready for the next step in life.

Schedule

Day 1

  • Check-in
  • Lunch
  • Evening yoga and meditation session
  • Birds watching canoe ride
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Safari to Udawalawe National Park
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch by the river with bathing
  • Evening yoga and meditation session
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Departure to Arugambay at 9 a.m.
  • Check-in at Crocohouse beach villa at 1 p.m. followed by a lunch
  • Evening yoga and meditation session

Day 5

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Surf lesson
  • Evening yoga
  • Walk to the Crocodile Rock for sunset meditation

Day 6

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Surf lesson
  • Evening yoga and meditation session

Day 7

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Sharing of experiences
  • Check-out time at 11 a.m.

Instructors

Anna Isakova

Retreat location

The first part of the retreat will be held at the Banyan Camp. Banyan Camp is an off the grid, eco-retreat in deep rural Sri Lanka. A lakefront location where humans are few and nature is plenty. The line between civilized and wild is blurred as are the lines between inside and out.

Everything from the scavenged doors and windows to driftwood furniture, re-used bottles, re-invented trucks, and even the local food fare is a practice in the delicate art of simplicity. We have always lived true to the philosophy - "less is more" and through it discovered a lifestyle that is fun, fascinating, chilled out, inspiring and just sublime.

The Camp is nested inside the forest, on the bank of the magnificent Hambegamuwa lake. The area around Banyan Camp is sparsely populated, rugged country. Our closest neighbors are birds, butterflies, elephants, buffalo and so on. Temples and historical sites dot the vicinity while mountains, rivers, waterfalls, fields, and plains come together to create a natural backdrop that is unspoiled and fascinating. Udawalawe National Park is 30 minutes drive from the camp.

The second part of the retreat will be held at the Croco House beach Villa, Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. Arugambay is on the list of the top ten surf destination in the world. Its fantastic waves and more than 10 different surf points attract thousands of surfing lovers from all countries and continents.

All spots are different and incredibly beautiful. Mostly point breaks, with a sandy bottom, perfect and safe for beginners to learn. It's the only place in Srilanka where on the way to the spot you will meet wild elephants!

Despite being a popular tourist destination, Arugambay has remarkably preserved its beauty, tranquility, charm, and remains unspoiled. It offers vast clean beaches and stunning island landscape. Arugambay and its surroundings are rich in wildlife and historical heritage. Eco-based activities are numerous here.

Food

During your stay in Banyan Camp, you will be served all daily delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The meals are a bountiful spread of local tropical tastes. Try exotic offerings like string hoppers, fresh coconut roti, dhal and sambal, rice and curry. Food is served slow and soulful; washed down with bottomless cups of Sri Lankan tea and coffee. Fresh spring water, tea, and coffee are available all day long. All the meals at Banyan Camp sourced locally and vegan.

During your stay at Crocohouse Beach Villa, Arugambay, you will be served delicious breakfast: lots of exotic fruits, fresh juices, refreshing king coconuts daily. They have a very good equipped kitchen for you to experiment. The housekeeper, Raju, is a great cook as well. He can cook traditional Sri Lankan meals if you wish!

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

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals
  • 9 yoga and meditation sessions
  • 1 meditation at Crocodile Rock at dusk
  • Safari to Udawalawe National Park
  • Birds watching canoe ride at dusk
  • Lunch by the river with bathing
  • 2 surfing private lessons with ISA certificated instructor

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfer from and to the airport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$130 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Airport transfer available: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% 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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