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7 Days Yoga Holidays with Yala Safari and Hiking in Ella, Sri Lanka

Randunu Kele Watte, Weerawila, Hambantota District, Sri Lanka

Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

Sundaram YOGA SriLanka invite you to a healing and harmonizing getaway in the fascinating nature of Sri Lanka. Re-energize in a small circle of daily yoga practices and gentle meditation. In the lusciously green environment you can easily let go and connect to your peaceful inner-self. Anna’s teaching expertise, personal guidance, and customized yoga styles for various levels await you. Treat your body to the juicy flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables, taste the exotic spices of Lankan local cuisine, experience the fascinating flora and fauna on recharging walks to waterfalls, through tea plantations, breathtaking hilltop hikes in Ella, and, of course, on an unforgettable safari trip. The island’s renowned Yala National Park offers amazing wildlife: crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, and, if you are lucky, even leopards. Get excited about seven enjoyable days for your body, mind, soul, and inspiration in nature.

Meet the instructors

Anna
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Highlights

  • Safari to Yala National Park
  • Full body Ayurvedic massage
  • Daily different styles of yoga and meditation sessions
  • Guided trekking in Ella: Ravana Waterfall, Nine Arches Bridge, and Small Adam's Peak
  • Birds watching boat tour to Tissa Lake
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Waterfall bathing

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
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

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

The Mamma Shanti house is a home-away-from-home. They welcome in each person not as a guest but as a fellow dweller sharing in our secluded spot of serenity for as long as they choose. The house is comfortable and intimate offering all the lushness of modern amenities with the wildness of Sri Lanka growing on its doorstep. They offer two luxury, ensuite double rooms. Each is kitted with its own private wrap around balcony, hot water shower, and quite possibly the biggest bed you’ve ever had the pleasure of sinking into.

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.

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 guidance of an experienced teacher. There is no minimum number, so you may be lucky and have one to one tuition or in a small group with a maximum of four participants.

A wide range of meditative techniques is provided: Anapanasati, a traditional Buddhist meditation; dynamic meditations from kundalini yoga; and special anti-stress meditation. A deeply relaxing traditional Ayurvedic full-body massage will 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 a bird-watching boat tour. On your last morning in Saraii, 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 a pleasant fresh breeze soothes your mind. Ella is a hill-country village blessed with the most beautiful views in 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 yoga Nidra 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, this holiday has them all.

Day 1

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

Day 2

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Lunch
  • Bird-watching 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 in the evening

Day 4

  • Morning yoga and breakfast by the lake
  • Departure to Ella at 9 a.m.
  • Guided tour in Ella: Little Adam’s Peak, Nine Arches Bridge, Dova Cave Temple
  • Check-in Mamma Shanti
  • Dinner
  • Yoga Nidra

Day 5

  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Trip to a waterfall with bathing
  • Lunch
  • Yin yoga
  • Dinner

Day 6

  • Vinyasa yoga
  • Breakfast
  • 7.5km guided hike with forest meditation
  • Lunch
  • Yin yoga
  • Dinner

Day 7

  • Meditation
  • Breakfast
  • Sharing of experiences
  • Check-out time at 11 a.m.

Included excursions

  • A trip to Diayluma waterfall with bathing
  • Birds watching tour to Tissa Lake
  • Guided hiking in Ella: Nine Arches Bridge and Small Adam's Peak
  • Safari to Yala National Park
  • 7.5 kilometers guided hike with forest meditation

Instructors

Anna Isakova

Retreat location

The first part of the retreat will be held at the Saraii Village in Weeravila, Sri Lanka. Saraii Village is located in Weerawila, in a prime spot among other Tissamaharama hotels, not far from Tissamaharama and Kataragama. This area is famous for the beautiful lakes and ancient temples, and known as "Yala gates".

Saraii is one of the most sought-after Weerawila hotels nestled inside a private estate in the middle of the dry zone. At Saraii, the grounds have large green trees that are rare in the dry zone, which is known for its biting heat and lack of shade cover. Today, Saraii's garden is a haven for all visitors and that includes the birds, squirrels, insects, reptiles, and amphibians.

​​Boasting​ ​a magnificent​ ​view​ ​of​ ​Ella​ ​Rock,​ ​Little​ ​Adam’s​ ​Peak​ ​and​ ​Ravana​ ​Waterfall,​ ​with​ ​only​ ​the​ ​sights and​ ​sounds​ ​of​ ​nature​ ​all​ ​around​ ​-​ ​Mamma​ ​Shanti​ ​makes​ ​the​ ​ideal​ ​getaway​ ​for​ ​the​ ​second leg​ ​of​ ​our​ ​yoga​ ​and​ ​meditation​ ​retreat.

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​ ​Yoga​ ​Nidra​ ​sessions​ ​as​ ​the​ ​fireflies​ ​light​ ​up​ ​the​ ​night.

From​ ​forest​ ​walks​ ​to​ ​mountain​ ​meanders,​ ​secret​ ​waterfalls​ ​and​ ​undiscovered​ ​trail,​ ​sense satiating​ ​yoga​ ​and​ ​delectable​ ​Sri​ ​Lankan​ ​bounty.​ ​We​ ​offer​ ​you​ ​a​ ​soulful​ ​serving​ ​of​ ​nature​ ​at her​ ​best.

Food

During this retreat, you will be served three delicious locally sourced meals including a special traditional Sri Lankan breakfast by the lake. The authentic Sri Lankan meals are from a seasonal menu that is decided by what is growing in the local garden, what is selling at the local market, and what can be found locally.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be an abundant spread of local fruit, traditional Sri Lankan curries and salads, lots of bread and rice. Please inform us about any food preferences and we will make all arrangements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

One traditional Ayurvedic full body massage with medicated herbal oil is included. According to ayurvedic manuscripts, Abhaynga is recommended as a daily routine to de-stress entire body and promote inner healing and total harmony.

What's included

  • Daily energizing morning yoga by the lake and relaxing evening yoga and meditation
  • A wide range of meditative techniques, like traditional Buddhist’s meditation, anapanasati, and special anti-stress meditation from Kundalini yoga
  • Individual approach (no more than four participants in a group)
  • 1 full body Ayurveic massage
  • A must-see safari to Yala National Park
  • Bird-watching boat trip to Tissa Lake
  • Special breakfast by the lake
  • All daily meals (vegetarian and non-vegetarian, western and Sri Lankan, as well as fresh juices with each meal)
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily Vinyasa and Yin sessions with 360 degree mountain views in Ella
  • Guided yoga Nidra and meditation sessions to reconnect to your inner being
  • 1 day outing to Ella to hike one of the well-known trails
  • Waterfall bathing
  • Cooking class

What's not included

  • Transfer from and to the airport

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 Viharaya Temple.
  • Take the left turn called Rubberwatte road that falls back onto the A2 highway with the Weerawila Domestic 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 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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