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If you are looking for an emotional, spiritual or physical reset, come stay at Ulpotha. You can walk barefoot in pristine nature and swim in the silky-smooth waters of our lotus ringed lake, far removed from the stresses of the modern world. If a digital detox, the song of chirping birds, and sleeping like a baby attract you, Ulpotha can offer you that and more. Ulpotha exists in a world where it’s safe enough to live without fences or walls or doors or locks. You’ll be looked after by its gentle, traditional agricultural community, among whom you will be living in nature’s soft, age-old rhythms. In what it offers, Ulpotha is both rare and real.
All the huts at Ulpotha are allocated on a twin share basis. Single huts are available subject to availability. There are 11 charming adobe guest huts in Ulpotha, all of which are built using traditional wattle and daub with comfortable beds, voluminous mosquito nets, cupboards, freshwater, towels and offer a sarong to wear and take home.
Open and airy by design, the huts offer you coziness and protection whilst being at one with nature. Each hut is hand-painted twice a year using natural colored clays. Much use has been made of clay, stone, wood, pottery, and fabrics that reflect traditional village practices and aesthetics.
With one or two exceptions, Ulpotha adheres to the Sri Lankan village tradition of keeping toilet/loo spaces separate from living spaces. The enchanting showers are open to the stars and the toilets are comfortable and modern.
Flow like a river: Fluid, strong, embodied in the morning. Connect to the power of mantra, mudra, meditation, pranayama, philosophy, and asana – whether it be by the lotus ring lake or in the sacred shala – as you awaken each morning in Ulpotha to the rising sun. Wherever you land in Ulpotha, it will be one of embodied flow. Slow, smooth and deep is the formula to awaken the subtle layers of the body. Soothing the mind, cleansing the soul as movements of body and breath come into unison.
In the evening, you’ll be grounding in the element of Yin, Restorative and Yoga Nidra. The Yin and Restorative yoga work from a place of calm and surrender, inviting you to embrace your gentle nature and cultivate a sweet inner peace. Yin is the ideal antidote for the yang lifestyle, cultivating a receptive inhabitation of the body-mind: of being rather than doing.
Dissolve tension, improve circulation, boost immunity and create quieter and spaciousness within. Postures are held for longer periods of time with the support of props. Yin yoga is a compliment and a balm to deeply nourish, heal and grow. At times, you may practice under the banyan tree or somewhere up high in time to welcome the sunset, followed by a deep state of rest through the practice of yoga Nidra, a meditative form of self-inquiry, an experience of deep healing and peace.
Ulpotha is situated in the oldest inhabited region of Sri Lanka, an area rich in archaeological attractions and natural beauty. Each week either a half-day or full-day excursion is organized for guests. Participation is optional and external costs are not included, though transportation is. Guests are given a variety of options and one or two are chosen according to the majority guest preference.
At an early age, Jules was able to create an understanding of movement and flow through calisthenics and dance. The practice and spirituality of Yoga later came to Jules as a way to continue to move and as she travelled around the world. Surrounded by inspiring teachers, classes, workshops, and her own self-study became more frequent, soon leading to her first training. Jules has been guided under many influential local and international teachers namely under the tutelage of global Prana Flow Teacher Shiva Rea.
French-born Sophie has been living in Sri Lanka for the past 23. After studying medicine in Paris, she switched to physiotherapy and started on a journey that led her to explore all aspects of wellness.
There are very few places left in the world where you can feel safely ensconced in the bosom of nature, while removed from the many stresses and strains of modern life. Ulpotha is such a place. Located at the foot of the Galgiriyawa mountain, on the edge of a lotus ringed lake on one side and surrounded by emerald green paddy fields on the other, you encounter indescribable natural beauty and serenity.
By design, there is no electricity in Ulpotha, and life is lived by the rhythm of the day. Paths and accommodation are lit by lamps and lanterns, with the twinkling glow of firelight creating a captivating and romantic sense of times gone by.
Flowing directly from the absence of electricity are the deep bonds frequently formed between guests, often like-minded and interesting individuals. This is perhaps because of a subconscious re-connection to humanity’s deeply rooted oral traditions – when people gathered around a fire to exchange stories, histories, and friendship. That Ulpotha has the atmosphere and feel of a welcoming home – rather than a hotel – with a slow-paced house party on the go, further enhances this very special experience.
Since the beautiful natural environment is present and immediate everywhere in Ulpotha, and in a form that is reassuringly safe and unthreatening, it allows guests the infinite pleasures and deep health benefits of reconnecting with nature.
Ulpotha’s roots stretch far back in time and history and boast a rich tapestry of facts and myths, legend and lore. It has been variously the site of an eloping crown prince and an outcaste maiden, a pilgrimage site for traveling mendicants and buried treasures, lending it special magical energy which you are invited to come and enjoy.
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The food in Ulpotha is almost entirely vegan, naturally gluten-free, with an abundance of fresh vegetables, organic red rice and tropical fruit. Based on traditional rice and curries from the area, no specific ‘Master Chef’ has had a hand in the cuisine. Instead, the dishes served at Ulpotha have evolved over its 20 plus year existence by a simple process of elimination.
Ulpotha has been written about in culinary articles and is in the esteemed position of having a celebrated cookbook dedicated in its honor! A visit to Ulpotha is a good opportunity to detoxify your system without fuss.
Special diets cannot be catered for but it is fairly easy to pick and choose, depending on your taste, from the many dishes served at each meal. As there is no electricity, all food is freshly picked, un-refrigerated, and cooked in terracotta pots on open fires.
Cycle around to the local villages and nearby lakes, and take guided walks to the hilltop temple or Uncle Willie's rock
Swim in the silky smooth waters of the Ulpotha lake or take a raft or canoe through the backwaters for the best birdwatching spots.
Relax in a swing bed with a book from our well-stocked library.
Visit the kitchen and kitchen garden and learn some recipes from our delicious Sri Lankan cuisine.
Stroll around Ulpotha's large grounds with your camera or binoculars to catch surprising wildlife.
Chat with one of lovely villagers and learn more about their relaxed and unhurried lifestyle.
Order a custom-made cool cotton shirt or pants from a tailor, or design your own outfits.
Indulge in one free massage per week from one of visiting therapists or book an Ayurveda treatment for a supplementary fee from the Ayurveda treatment center.
Bandaranaike International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$90 per person
Ulpotha's driver will meet at the airport and return you to the airport after your holiday. The cost of a taxi to Ulpotha from the airport is 90 USD on a single basis, and 100 USD on a sharing basis (maximum 2 guests per booking/taxi), each way. If not prepaid, the transfer cost should be paid on arrival to Nirosha in Ulpotha. Please enquire should you wish to be collected or dropped off at a location in Sri Lanka other than the airport.
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