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5 Days Cultural Experience and Yoga Retreat in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Yoga Retreat in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Are you bored with the typical common luxuries resorts or hotels? Come and experience something different where you are offer to stay in a place where is different from ordinary, experiencing and understanding the Sri Lankan cuisine heritage, culture, art and history with many authentic antiques all around. This retreat is something you would want to look forward to!

Retreat highlights

  • River bathing
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Trip to the waterfall for picnic
  • Activities for your own personal relaxation
  • Daily organic breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 4 nights of accommodation

Yoga styles

4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Inside the entrance hall at Samadhi you are watched over by a silk tapestry depicting seven Buddhist monks each holding a lotus blossom in their hand. Each monk is a different shade of brown. Likewise, the cultural diversity of this island is reflected in the villagers, who form the core of what makes Samadhi run smoothly. They are unspoiled and courteous - every man, woman or boy will calmly break from sweeping the stone pathway, lighting the oil lamp or picking fresh produce for your lunch to wish you Ayubowan! the traditional Sinhala welcome which means Let there be long life!

The inspiration for the design and architecture was born of meditation. And so you willingly leave your city husk behind at the gate with no signal for mobile phones, it is the perfect opportunity to let nothing interrupt the sounds of forest birdsong, of tree frogs and crickets, and the whisper of the breeze from the trees.

The thirteen pavilions, which lean out of the hillside, are veritable temples of tranquility. They are designed to make you feel you are the only person staying here. Privacy is everything. Yet there are no unnecessary walls. This results in a truly serene environment surrounded by urns, art and treasures dating back to a time Kandy was a royal realm. There, everything is king-sized. The Indonesian teak bed in a double room is spacious enough to sleep three people comfortably. But even the smallest suite provides a four-poster bed to dream in.

The spacious verandahs of each suite of rooms give onto paddy fields, nearby mountains and bench terraces filled with herb gardens or pineapples. Bamboos reach out with their four-fingered leaves to fan a breeze at you. In the surrounding natural forest, mango, toddy palm, mahogany and jak trees rub necks with giant bamboo, avocado and Chinese guava.

The Kandy Samadhi Centre Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka Program

On waking in the early hours listen to tree frogs whose cacophony seems like a child tinkering with a Xylophone, the birds call to their mates, the deer cough, the wild boars are evident only by the rustle in the bush and the porcupine is even more timid. In this retreat, only you can experience such an extraordinary surrounding and ambience.

The concept of Samadhi is a testament to a new era in Sri Lankan development where the ambience of old village life and the westerners desire to escape to nature can merge. But take heed - no two visits to this unique place can ever be the same. The visitor constantly finds new levels of intrigue and inspiration. You need time to absorb the intricate nuances, which begin to unravel between visits.

There is no Sinhala word for goodbye. The person about to depart calls out Mama gehilla enang! which means, I will go and return. To which the response is Gehing enna! which means, yes, go and return! Once you find your way to Samadhi, you will understand why returning there is also part of your journey. This will give you a cultural experience that you have never experienced before.

Activities you will do:

  • 4 sessions of yoga
  • Trip to the waterfall and to have a picnic
  • River bathing

Retreat location

Fifty minutes northeast of Kandy, the fertile landscape becomes a mass of lush vegetation reverberating with unfamiliar birdsong. The human populace too seem a different breed, profligate with smiles and allowing their abundant good sat sung to spill over and cloak the visitor. Go past the triangular ambalama and up the steps where you squeeze past the statue of a giant Hindu goddess - half woman, half horse. There you will find the beautiful Samadhi Retreat Centre located.

The Kukul-Oya river meets the Hulu-Ganga, conveniently creating several spots for river bathing amongst the rocks and baby rapids. There, Plumbago (graphite) was found in lumps amongst the pebbles. But the locals had since been driven to eke out a meager living selling fruit and vegetables off roadside stalls.


  • Colombo Airport - 123 kilometers
  • Kandy - 23 kilometers



  • Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course nearby
  • Massage
  • Reiki
  • Spa
  • Swimming


  • General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby


  • Services
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Breakfast taken in the dining pavilion, which is open on four sides to the forest and the river sounds, is sumptuous by any standard. Steamed manioc (cassava) with grated coconut, gotukola mallun, egg curry, pumpkin, sambol and milk-rice are preceded by home grown pineapple, papaya and guava.

All the food prepared at Samadhi is organic and freshly picked before each meal. It is vegetarian cookery at its best. The rice you eat is home grown and one of thirteen ancient Sinhala varieties organically farmed in the paddy fields across the river. The water you drink is sourced directly from an unpolluted mountain spring on Samadhi land.

Things to do (optional)

  • Astrologer
  • Ayurvedic consultant
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Barefoot Shiatsu
  • Bird watching
  • Organic vegetarian home cooking
  • Reiki
  • River bathing
  • Sinhala cookery lessons
  • Woodland walks

Optional tours

  • Udawela Cave temple
  • Hantana tea museum and botanical gardens, Peradeniya
  • City of Kandy tour and elephant bathing
  • Fortress of Sigiriya
  • Dambulla cave temples
  • Golf at Victoria Golf links
  • Udawatta kele Sanctuary and the Temple of the Tooth.
  • Gadaldeniya and Lankatilaka Viharas and Embeeka Devale
  • Delgaldoruwa Cave Temple
  • Elephant orphanage

Spa treatments

Full Ayurvedic body massage and steam bath

This is a very old traditional therapy by two therapists, who work in tandem, synchronizing their strokes and massages according to the circulatory and marma points for one hour. This is the most rejuvenating treatment of Ayurveda. This can be treated for various ages and for common disorders.


  • Relieve pains and relax stiff muscles
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Rejuvenates the entire body
  • Beautifies skin and slows down aging
  • Promotes vitality, reduces stress and stimulate sound sleep
  • Reduces obesity, diabetics gangrene, etc.
  • Eliminate toxins in the body
  • Increase efficiency of athletic performance and improves sportive vitality


Medicated oil is poured slowly over the forehead. Shirodhara is highly beneficial in treating headaches, mental tension, insomnia, stress and disorders of the central nervous system. Medicated oil is also poured on to the body, which is beneficial in curing neuromuscular disorders, rheumatism and general debility.

Shirodhara gives the best results when taken after an Abhyangam. Dhara is good for all ailments. Changing the liquid as per the dosha condition with necessary alterations in the procedure is useful to alleviate any dosha.


  • Strengthens central nervous system
  • Strengthens sensible organs
  • Eliminates stress and anxiety
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Helps to have a sound sleep
  • Effective for mental diseases, headaches, nervous disorders, insomnia, blood pressure, general weakness and urinary disorders
  • Prescribed in clinical conditions like epilepsy, diabetic, neuropathy and paralysis

Ela Kizhi (Pathrapotali Swedam)

This is a common treatment for various diseases, including inflammatory conditions of the bones and joints, arthritis, spinal problems, sport injuries. Herbs, leaves or powders with warm oil applied over the affected areas of the body for massaging.


  • Relieves pain, numbness, and edema
  • Controls vitiated vata
  • Stimulates the nerve endings
  • Effective in the cases of spondylitis, sports injuries, muscular pains, back pains
  • Improves central blood supply
  • Cures arthritis, paralysis, and convulsions

What's included

  • 4 days luxury accommodation
  • All daily meals
  • 4 sessions of yoga
  • Trip to the waterfall and picnic
  • River bathing

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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  • January 16 - July 31 & September 1 - December 19

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  • August 1 - 31 & December 20 - January 15

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