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15 Days Prana Flow Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

  • Ulpotha Eco Village, Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka Yoga Retreat with Rob Hess

People will experience a fun and playful journey to the self during this yoga retreat in the middle of nature. Rob's teachings are open to all levels. Whether you come to Ulpotha to relax or you come to challenge your practice, Rob will be offering something for everyone. His classes are completed by the therapies of Didier and Pauline both enlightened spirits and practitioners of shamanic healing.


  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 one-hour massage sessions
  • One one-on-one consultation with an Ayurveda doctor
  • 2 excursions to one of the nearby cultural heritage sites or the beach
  • Laundry services and use of bicycles included in the price
  • All meals, snacks, and drinks
  • 14 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 15 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodation in Ulpotha is in elegantly crafted traditional wattle and daub huts open to nature. Each bed is equipped with an excellent mosquito net. The huts can sleep either two or three people, so accommodation is on a shared basis.

All the huts at Ulpotha are allocated on a twin share basis. There are places for a maximum of 23 paying guests at any time and no single huts are available. All accommodations have shared showers and toilets, which are for the most part not en-suite.

Ulpotha is run as a self-sustained village, where the vast majority of staff are from immediately surrounding local villages and who live in and largely run Ulpotha themselves.

The resident Ayurveda doctor provides training in Ayurvedic massage and therapies for the treatment centre staff, who are also from either within Ulpotha or from neighboring villages. Nearly all the food consumed in Ulpotha is grown on site. In addition to growing rice, fruits, vegetables, and timber trees, they have recently started growing medicinal plants and trees used for making Ayurvedic medicines.

Ulpotha sources many of their other supplies and building materials from the immediate locality. Similarly, all the Ayurvedic medicines used in the treatment center are made locally.

Ulpotha regularly invests in services and amenities for the local community (rebuilding and maintaining the reservoir that is central to local agriculture, creation of a free Ayurveda clinic for the surrounding villages, donations to the local hospitals and temples, all which are done in the lowest profile way possible - ie. without acknowledgements, notices, quid pro quo demands, plaques, etc).

The Ayurvedic treatment center within Ulpotha, which serves paying guests, is used to fund the year-round free clinic for the surrounding villages.

Only local products and services are made available to guests

Social policies

Before their arrival, guests are given an introduction as to what to expect through information provided via the website and a guest information pack.

Once in Ulpotha, guests are encouraged to learn more about the local culture and customs through immersion and interaction with the local villagers.

Guest participation is encouraged in local ceremonies and traditional gatherings, while keeping them informed of locally acceptable behavior and appropriate dress code.

Guests are encourage to visit social projects within the community (such as the free clinic) or in surrounding villages (schools for handicapped children, etc.) and to support such projects.

Ulpotha regularly holds meetings with and seek feedback from local community leaders. Ulpotha is run by a committee of villagers with help from one of the owners, himself a local.

Nearby places

  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Colombo - 4 hours
  • Kandy - 2 hours
  • Kurunagala - 1 hour
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 2 excursions to one of the nearby cultural heritage sites or the beach
  • 2 one-hour massage sessions
  • All meals, snacks, and drinks
  • Laundry services and use of bicycles included in the price
  • One one-on-one consultation with an Ayurveda doctor

Naturally, this is your holiday and none of the activities in Ulpotha are mandatory. However, to reap the full benefit of your stay you are encouraged to do both the yoga and, if you wish, also try one of the Ayurveda detox programs.

Mornings begin with a light tea and snack, your yoga class, breakfast, and then you are free to either have a massage, treat yourself to an Ayurveda detox swim in the lake or simply relax in a swing bed.

Lunch is served at noon when it is time to catch up with your fellow travelers and play a game of chess or backgammon. After lunch, you are free to do as you please - go on a bike ride, explore the lakes by boat, read in a swing bed, sunbathe, snooze, etc.

Before the sun goes down, grab a snack and a tea, and go to the evening yoga session, which sometimes takes place out of the yoga shala, under the trees, or up a mountain. Dinner is served after the evening yoga session, and then you are free to linger and chat or head back to your hut for a full night's rest.

In order to benefit fully from what Ulpotha has to offer, it is recommended that you visit for a full two weeks. Please note the period over Christmas and New Year is a time for celebration at Ulpotha. For those of you looking for a quiet holiday, it is suggested you avoid this period.

Arrival by airplane

You have to fly into Sri Lanka's primary international airport, Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) (also known as Katunayake International Airport, Negombo International Airport and Colombo International Airport), which is an hour North of the main city of Colombo and three hours to the Southwest of Ulpotha.

Direct flights with Sri Lankan Airlines take about 10 hours from Europe. Please be aware that departure from Europe tends to be the day before arrival and start of the holiday due to time difference and journey time.

Ulpotha will meet you at the airport and return you to the airport after your holiday. The cost per vehicle (maximum of two people) is 100 USD for one person and 115 USD for two people, each way. The transfer cost should be paid upon arrival in Ulpotha. Please inquire should you wish to be collected or dropped off at a location in Sri Lanka other than the airport.

Check in

From 12 p.m.

Check out

Before 10.30 a.m.

Seasonal information

Sri Lanka has two monsoons, the north-east monsoon which lasts roughly from October to April affecting mainly the north and east of the island, and the south - west monsoon lasting from April to October, affecting mainly the south and west of the island. Though the monsoons last six months, the heavy rains last for just a month or two during the inter-monsoonal periods of September to October and April to June.

Ulpotha, being roughly in the centre of Sri Lanka, benefits from both monsoons, though without the extreme rainy conditions affecting the coastal regions and the hill country. It is perfectly situated embracing milder monsoon effects and temperatures that are generally “never too hot nor ever too cool”.

Generally, in the months before each of the monsoons break in April and in September (when Ulpotha is closed), the temperature can be a little high during the day, up to around 32 degrees Celsius. Just as the month or two after the rainy season temperatures can drop to around 27 degrees Celsius. In December and January temperatures can drop to as low as 20 degrees Celsius overnight.

With regard to precipitation, November and December can, on some years, have days with quite a bit of rain, though the rain normally falls in torrential downpours for only an hour or so each day and is quite refreshing. If you are a sun worshiper, then it is suggested you plan your visit to Ulpotha in January to March or June to August. Having said that, November and December are generally very pleasant too.

Mobile / communication information

There is also no Wi-Fi. This is not the disaster one might expect it to be! In fact Ulpotha team can say from experience that perhaps one of the greatest benefits Ulpotha offers is enforced disconnection. There aren't many places left in the world that give you an excuse to not be available, except a quirky village in the jungle. This is in itself a huge liberation.

However, for those unable to cut this particular umbilical cord, there is digital reception sufficient to allow smartphone activity.

Electricity information

There is no electricity in Ulpotha. All the paths, accommodations, living and eating spaces are lit by candles and lamps. However sufficient solar powered electricity is available within Ulpotha exclusively for charging mobiles, smartphones, and cameras but not tablets and computers. Arrangements can be made on occasion to send the latter to the neighboring village to be charged.

What to bring

You might need “uphill shoes” for walks or reaching the mobile phone spot and clothes for cycling or walking. Flip flops are useful as shoes are not worn in any of the huts or main house and they are easier to slip on and off than lace ups. Rain is rare, but when it comes, it deluges. Ulpotha has umbrellas, but shoes that tolerate drowning are useful.

Ulpotha provides towels, but a beach towel is useful too. Some essentials are a good torch, a spare bulb, plenty of batteries, at least one bath towel, sunscreen, bathing costume, insect repellent, binoculars if you like watching birds, and appropriate medication. There are also some good books at Ulpotha to borrow if you want to travel light. The sarong you’re given on arrival makes a wonderfully cool and comfortable dress or a “kilt" for either sex. Ulpotha also sells other sarongs in stunning colors.

Though a limited number of yoga mats is available, it's recommended that you bring your own. Ulpotha provides wooden blocks, belts, small flat cushions, and bolsters in the yoga shala.

Responsible tourism

Ulpotha restricts the number of guests at any one time to 23, though the actual number of people visiting Ulpotha at a given time may be more if there are friends and family of the founders present. In any event it is very rare for there to be more than 30 in total. Ulpotha also limits the time it is open to guests to a maximum of 30 weeks a year.

Only natural materials are used in the construction of guest and villagers' accommodation, the Ayurvedic treatment centre and free clinic (wattle and daub huts with palm roofing).

Much use has been made of clay, stone, wood, pottery, and fabrics which reflect traditional village practices and aesthetics. Ulpotha protects the native vegetation within the property (by replanting thousands of local species of trees, replanting of heritage strains of rice, vegetables, rare medicinal plants, etc.)

Ulpotha only uses organic farming practices that follow the lunar cycle and use no mechanical means. All crops are hand planted and harvested, while the fields are ploughed and the rice is threshed by buffalo.

The protect the local wildlife by ensuring that their natural habitat is in the least possible way altered and that poachers and hunters are kept away. The local environment is also protected by maintaining the lake and sluice and natural water flows. No cars are allowed within Ulpotha and guests are encouraged to use bicycles when exploring the surrounding areas.

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. A small solar power panel provides electricity for recharging hand held devices.

Food is cooked on open fires and there are no fridges (which were deemed by one of Ulpotha's founders as simply being a means of eating un-fresh food). Water comes from spring-fed wells and guests are encouraged to use it sparingly.

Sewage is treated onsite and no raw sewage is released directly into the environment. Waste is separated and sorted and recyclables (metals and glass) are removed. Guests are encouraged not to bring plastic waste onsite, or to take back what they might bring to their home country when they leave.

Passport / visa

As of January 1, 2012 all foreign nationals arriving in Sri Lanka for holiday or business are required to present a visa on arrival. This can be obtained through your travel agent when booking your ticket or online. However, there is a facility available to purchase a visa on arrival at an incremental fee of 10 USD per visa.

Sri Lanka, like many countries, insists that you have 180 days (six months) remaining on your passport before entry to the country. Please check your passport is valid in this regard.


The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the following vaccinations for travelers to Sri Lanka (as well as being up to date with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations): adult diphtheria and tetanus, hepatitis A and B, rabies, typhoid fever, varicella, meningitis, and tuberculosis.

Malaria tablets may also be recommended. However Ulpotha is not a known malarial zone and if you intend to only visit Ulpotha and its surrounding regions then Malaria tablets are not necessary. This is however a very personal choice and it is up to the individual to make their own decisions on this matter. Please note that Ulpotha cannot be held responsible for medical decisions or conditions.

Medical information

The healthier a guest is, the greater the opportunity for flexibility. However, if there is a specific ailment, then the options for flexibility are less if a meaningful result is what is required.

Essentially, Ayurveda tries to either increase the healthiness and balance of someone who is healthy and has no specific health issue (prevention), or tries to relieve a specific health problem (cure). If someone is healthy, then the treatments will be more as described above.

If someone has a specific health problem, then the chances are greater that their treatment may be different. It may consist of more oral remedies or focus on particular types of therapies (for example, if you have a back ache, your treatments will use more specific types of oleation therapies, where oil applications and body rubs of different kinds will be used to deliver localized relief together with appropriate oral medicines).

Local expenses / money information

Once you are in Ulpotha everything is included. Around 100 USD would be plenty for fees at ancient sites and donations at temples.

However, many guests like to have extra massages when available (80 USD per hour). In this case it is recommend bringing more cash. There is also a very small shop in Ulpotha to buy souvenirs and a wonderful neighbouring tailor who has become very popular for the simple cotton outfits he makes.

Sri Lankan Rupees are best bought at Colombo airport - they are open at all times of the day and night. There are no credit card facilities or ATM near Ulpotha, so you must bring cash. Ulpotha can however exchange any major currency for you in Ulpotha, if you forget to change money at the airport.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Ulpotha, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

You will enjoy two excursions to one of the nearby cultural heritage sites or the beach.

Rob Hess

Rob’s teaching has evolved and has come a long way from where he began practicing in Cleveland, Ohio to his days teaching in Washington DC, to now living in Ventura and owning a studio (Jai Rhythm) with his business partner Colin Brightfield.

What drew him to the practice of yoga was the physical part, but after years of study and devotion, it’s the spiritual part of the practice that feeds his soul. And through this amazing journey, he found his home in the Prana Flow community with his teacher Shiva Rea.

While Rob’s style is ever evolving, Rob’s teaching is rooted in Prana flow: a synthesis-oriented approach to living the art of yoga created by his primary teacher, Shiva Rea. Born from the traditions of classical yoga, Bhakti, Tantra, and Ayurveda, prana flow integrates various forms of spiritual embodiment practice to reveal yoga as a flow of unity consciousness.

Rob has traveled all over assisting Shiva’s workshops and teacher trainings. And through her guidance, he loves to share with others all that he has come to know and hold dear to his heart. Rob’s style of teaching is fun, challenging, and lighthearted, as he tries not to take life too seriously. He encourages students to enjoy the journey rather than fighting to get to the destination.

Rob has been leading workshops and trainings all over the U.S. and loves how the power of yoga is universal, that no matter where he goes, you can feel an amazing sense of community and love.

Rob has found that through his own sadhana, yoga can free the body and mind from the self limitations you impose on yourselves, and that through practice, you are able to get in touch with the very essence of who you are. His goal as a teacher is to help students uncover their own personal truth and live a life that is empowered.

Didier Fernandes

Didier is a top Franco-Portuguese body worker who is based between London and India and offers therapies on retreats around the world.

In seeking ways to heal himself, become more aware, and reconnect with his true nature, Didier became a holistic therapist. His constant hunger for learning took him on an amazing journey of discovery through the apprenticeship of many forms of healing therapies: from being a nurse in a cancer hospital to zen shiatsu and Ayurvedic massage, from meditation to yoga, from therapeutic massage to Thai massage, from ZenThai to trigger point therapy, from Reiki to magnified and shamanic healing.

He was also blessed with the opportunity to learn ancient knowledge and be initiated in light language, sacred geometry, and follow the shamanic path and ongoing work in shamanic healing.

Didier is now a holistic therapist dedicated to growth, harmony, re-connection with one's spirit and with love. He offers multidisciplinary approaches that fuse bodywork, myo-fascial release, energetic, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing through shamanic processing. He encourages and supports his clients in the release of tension, pain, and blockages.

Didier's expertise allows him to create a sacred space where healing, trust, surrender, and re-connection with the inner self can happen. Through active listening he uses different approaches to help people release their blockages, pain and fears, in order to reconnect with their hearts and ultimately live a more fulfilled life.

The therapies Didier will be offering in Ulpotha include: zen shiatsu, deep tissue and trigger point therapy, zen Thai massage, zen bodywork (fusion of zen shiatsu, Ayurvedic massage, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myo-fascial release, ZenThai, Reiki), soul bodywork (fusion of all the above with spiritual counseling and shamanic processing). 90 minutes is best for the zen bodywork and soul bodywork.

Pauline Koinis

Pauline says about herself that she is constantly evolving, a forever student of life! Pauline is a positive and inspirational holistic healing expert with over 30 years experience. Her signature therapeutic massage focuses on relieving specific areas of tension, pain or imbalance in the muscular systems, and opening and restoring your energetic body. Starting with reflexology of the feet, Pauline will “read” you from the inside out to gauge exactly what you will need in session.

A variety of modalities are used - including myo-fascial release, trigger point therapy, cranial adjustment, and deep tissue work - to melt contracted tissue, breakup adhesions, and improve blood flow. Her work is designed to restore optimal function to muscles and joints focusing specifically on each person’s individual needs.

As a shaman, Pauline uses her clairvoyant and clairsentient abilities, along with tarot - chakra clearing and astrology to help you connect to spirit and guide you toward manifesting your own way to freedom.

Pauline is licensed with the Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy ’98, University of CT., in conjunction with the University of Pune’ India in Ayurvedic massage, certified reflexologist, registered yoga instructor, meditation coach, Reiki I & II practitioner, astrology counselor, quantum healer, and most importantly, mother of three.

Pauline teaches her B.U.F.F. Bootcamps (Beautiful, Untethered, Free, Female) worldwide, and coaches individuals one-on-one. Faced with a life threatening illness in 1999, she has dedicated her life to helping others find a path to complete health, true passion, and phenomenal bliss. When she is not joyfully helping others, you can find her writing poetry, practicing yoga, or riding her Harley along long winding roads!

  • Any additional massages guests may wish to book with the therapists (80 USD per hour)
  • Ayurveda treatments
  • Entrance fees to cultural sites
  • Insurance
  • Outside meals
  • Travel costs to and from Ulpotha

The food at Ulpotha is simply delicious and very healthy. It is almost entirely vegan, naturally wheat free, with an abundance of fresh vegetables, organic red rice, and tropical fruit freshly picked largely from Ulpotha's gardens. 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. If there is anything that you feel that you simply can't do without (coffee, a gin tonic, chocolate, and the like) - Ulpotha suggests you bring it with you. As they have no electricity, all food is cooked fresh for each meal on open fires.

Breakfast is served from approximately 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and consists of herbal teas, fresh fruit, fresh coconut water, herbal rice porridge ,and a Sri Lankan breakfast cake.

Lunch served around midday is the main meal of the day and consists of a wide array of Sri Lankan vegetarian dishes, salads, Ulpotha heritage rice, fruits, curd, juice, and herbal tea.

Dinner is served after dusk and consists of an array of salads, Sri Lankan vegetarian dishes, juice, fruit, and herbal tea.

Following popular demand, Ulpotha has published a cookbook of some of the most favorite recipes of dishes served at Ulpotha - "A Kitchen in Paradise".

Ayurvedic treatments or massages are available at an additional price.

You can pre-book an Ayurveda package of either five days, a week, 10 or 12 days, or two, three, or four weeks. Prices range from 300 USD to 1,600 USD.Treatments will typically last for about two hours each day and can be scheduled either in the morning or in the afternoon. The rest of the day will be free for you to hang out and do other things, including yoga.

A wide variety of therapies are available at Ulpotha through the seasons, though the ones on offer at any particular time depend on the therapists visiting Ulpotha at a given time (stays range anywhere from a month to three months). There are always two therapists present. Please keep in mind that, if you are undergoing an Ayurveda program, the doctor may advise you not to have any massage therapies that may interfere with your treatment.

Please note all treatments are fully clothed. Wear your comfortable, loose clothing (your yoga clothes are perfect) bring a long sleeved top and socks if you have them.

  • Book Ayurvedic treatments and massages
  • Relax in the garden
  • Swim in the lake nearby
  • Visit the local community
  • Cycling
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Meditation garden
  • Yoga shala
  • Free bicycle
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net
For information about the booking conditions, please send Ulpotha an inquiry.
  • Review by Traveler
    10 out of 10

    "It's hard to put into words how amazing this place is, the nature, and the people, The food, the whole atmosphere is one of rest, relaxation and healing. As a Vedic treatment center, it has a wonderful rustic elegance about it. The doctor is wonderful and the staff are always smiling.If you can make it here you should do so!"

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  • Review by Shay Xianyi
    10 out of 10

    "Paradise! Counting the days until I come back."

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  • Review by Cristina Balcells from Barcelona, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing and unique place in the world."

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  • Review by Armelle Planchon from Biarritz, France
    10 out of 10

    "A magic, pure place to go! When you Have the chance to come In Ulpotha. Your Life Will Not be the same. I'm gonna miss the place and all the people there. Thanks Life, "

    "thanks Ulpotha!"

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  • Review by PJ Peajay
    10 out of 10

    "After the first week, the magic starts to take effect. Ulpotha holds a very special place in my life. Perhaps I am an Ulpotha addict as I have been to Upotha six years in a row. This is the one place in the world I have found where I can completely unplug and connect to myself. Where I say goodbye to the digital world and hello to whoever is that person inside. At Ulpotha, being embraced by nature is a big part of the transformative experience - the mud huts are open to the jungle air and the paths are compacted sand. At the same time, everything is clean - the paths and mud huts are swept twice a day, the mossy nets over the bed are brought up in the morning and down in the evening. If it's chilly at night you get a warm water bottle. The guests drawn to visit Ulpotha come from interesting walks of life - often quite open-minded and intellectually curious. And thus, I have met many friends from all over the world with whom I keep in touch. Alternatively, you can get lost from the crowd if you wish, as the grounds are quite expansive. Sit on a swing by the lake and listen to the birds forgetting that there is even a book in your lap and unintentionally take an afternoon nap. Come without prejudice or expectations, be open to the flow and allow whatever is coming to you to transpire. You will be held on a soft cloud from which you will not wish to descend."

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  • Review by Felix and Katie from UK
    10 out of 10

    "It's almost impossible to review this incredible place, words don't seem to do it the justice it deserves. It is so much more than it promises, it is overwhelming, a beautiful, peaceful community. Attention to detail everywhere you look, food is outstanding, rooms and showers stunning, and the whole place is other worldly but intimate and friendly at the same time. Giles, Viren, Suzie, Anthe what a world you have created and what fabulous hosts! You are all welcome at our humble B&B if you are ever in the UK. Thank you for this unforgettable time."

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  • Review by a traveler from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "A remarkable, otherworldly place. The natural beauty, a (near) prohibition on cell phones (enforced by no electricity, with a solar charger for mobile phones - usage limited to lakeside - and small cameras), delicious food, and lovely staff all combine to deliver a deeply recharging experience - one from which even the very enthusiastic Sri Lankan mosquitoes cannot detract."

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  • Review by Susie from Oxford, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Ulpotha is as it is described on their website. Anyone thinking of going should read what they say and realise it has a unique quality of basic, fine living, the most delicious vegan food and well thought out routine for yoga enthusiasts of all levels. I had a very special Christmas here at Ulpotha made exceptional by the group of people who were fellow travellers. Ulpotha has a community feeling from the beginning of your visit - there is a routine of food, yoga, treatments but also the chance for your own time if it is 'reflection' you are seeking. The yoga teaching obviously varies each week - I was really lucky and loved our teacher. I believe the standard is pretty good throughout the year but imagine it will change according to personal preference so if you are fussy about your technique do look at the teaching schedule before you go.There is no electricity or internet - it is such a relief to be away from it as the surroundings take over. The 'tank' (lake) is amazing and the fresh water and spring water in the taps is such a rare treat.I'd highly recommend Ulpotha - as a single traveller it was a particularly brilliant discovery as it ticked the box of space with the added extra that you could choose fine, like minded company."

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  • Review by Davwal Dylan from Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "A truly beautiful and spiritual place has been created in the Sri Lankan jungle. Courteous, obliging staff, amazing food and total escapism. An uplifting and inspirational place to visit. I was there for a week. 10 days or two weeks would have been better."

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  • Review by Dogwalker from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I'm always a bit reluctant to review Ulpotha because it's one of those magical places in the world that you want to keep returning to time and again. So I guess if too many people feel the same way I might not get a hut the next time. I feel so blessed in my life to have found Ulpotha - a yoga village in the jungle which is run to the most ethical and highest standards. The Ayurveda centre is bliss with the most caring and wonderful therapists. The massage therapists are also world class. There is no mobile phone coverage except by the lake, there is no wifi coverage - so you really do get a chance to chill. It's a bit strange at first, slowing down and then you realize that slowing down could be normal. There is no electricity and torches light your magical way back to your hut at night. You sleep at sundown and wake up at sunrise. The food is excellent and grown locally - all the dishes are vegetarian. We eat communally, getting to know each and having inspired conversations, or not. The choice is yours - to swim in the lake or not. Do a yoga class or not. The last time I was there the yoga teacher was James and he was truly one of the best teachers, ever. So I'm going back - back for some more yoga with James, back to my jungle village with those smiling happy faces ready to greet you. I am now ticking off the months, then the days, then the hours."

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  • Review by Georgina W. from Oxford, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Knowing places like Ulpotha exist, makes the whole world seem more magical. I stayed for a week with my sister in March and a week was just not long enough... If you need to relax, re-charge, or simply feel alive you would be hard pushed to match this place. There is magic to it which is hard to explain. If you have the chance to visit Ulpotha do not hesitate for a second. Just do it! Your body and your mind will thank you!"

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  • Review by Sara M from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I last visited Ulpotha 15 years ago; having just spent a week there I can report it is just as magical as it was then. The whole experience is like a dream. To spend a week without wifi, minimum phone use, and to be immersed in nature is completely restorative."

    "I would advise prospective guests to read the website properly - there really is no electricity - no fans, no hairdryers! It is really remote and there are frogs in the shower, geckos in the roof and monkeys in the trees. If you want a western spa with chlorinated pool this is not for you."

    "Also if you are only going to stay for a week, go for the first week of a course - there is a lot of information given and general bonding of the group in the first few days. If you arrive for the second week it is likely to be harder to "get" Ulpotha. Suzi was a wonderful hostess and the villagers are amazingly gracious and helpful. Gingi is a fantastic yoga teacher and managed a very mixed group brilliantly."

    "Ulpotha is not a hotel or a normal holiday..I highly recommend it if you are open to new experiences and a chance to escape the madness of western life."

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  • Review by a traveler from Europe
    10 out of 10

    "I was blessed with the opportunity to spend two weeks in Ulpotha in February. The whole experience was so amazing. The village, the villagers, the yoga, the food.. it's un-describable. "

    "To have such haven, with no electricity, no internet, no television, no radio, and no phone is't just so relaxing and wonderful. I truly loved my stay at Ulpotha, and returning to a normal life was much harder then living without all the technology that we are used to. I am will always bring the experience with me, and will definitely return as soon as life gives me the opportunity again. Thanks to Suzy for your way of making everyone's stay a true fairy-tale, thanks to Viren and Giles for creating this haven, and for keeping it unspoiled."

    "Thanks to Mika for his yoga lessons, which was both fun and challenging, and to the therapists which both went beyond and above to give us all massages, and therapy and sharing their philosophy on life even on their time off...For anyone who want to have a genuinely different journey and a time spent in "heaven", I highly recommend Ulpotha! Can't wait to return!"

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  • Review by Mathew
    10 out of 10

    "Ulpotha is a charming and special place. Suzie is an incredible hostess and we were made to feel welcomed and very well looked after. Travelling with our eight years old twin daughters, we were a little apprehensive as to how they would experience Ulpotha - needlessly as it turned out. They had a wonderful time and enjoyed the experience, especially the yoga, their massages, and the 'tank'. "

    "How you find your time at Ulpotha probably boils down to your expectations, and the website and Trip Advisor give a good oversight of this. The food indeed is lovely - it is nourishing, healthy, and 'clean'. It can also feel quite monotonous however, so I would suggest packing some 'treats' for a bit of variety if this may be a concern for you - it certainly was not for many others on our retreat. "

    "The excursions alternate - a half day and a full day excursion on alternate weeks, so if you only go for a week, you may get either a full day or a half day trip. If you do go pack plenty of bug spray and topical ointments for treating bug bites that you invariably will get; go with an open mind and enjoy your time on retreat."

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  • Review by Stina from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "The most amazing place on earth. I have just returned home after my second visit to Ulpotha. Last time I visited, I stay one week. This time I had the opportunity to stay two weeks I was a little bit worried if it was going to be too long."

    "Now I understood why they to recommend a stay of two weeks. I was not bored or regret staying two weeks at once. A two week stay gives you the opportunity to really get into your yoga properly as well gives you time to wine down and build up your stamina in a god way. If I ever get chance to visit again will I aim for a three week stay."

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  • Review by Leonie M
    10 out of 10

    "Ulpotha is probably the most magical place I have ever experienced. If you want to recharge your batteries and disconnect from the world there is no better place. Living for a week with only the sound of birds and crickets was extraordinary. It makes one realize how utterly disconnected we all are from nature. Thank you Suzi for making me feel at home."

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  • Review by Rina from Hamburg, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I had the most amazing time during my stay in Ulpoltha and made only the best of experiences. i would definitely recommend to stay min 2 weeks to feel the full benefit of this secluded place and to really unwind. The yoga classes have been great, the food is more than amazing und the hospitality of suzi and the villagers leaves nothing to be desired."

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  • Review by a traveler from Germany
    10 out of 10

    "I just came back from a wonderful restorative vacation at Ulpotha! Ulpotha is really one of the best places I have been in a long time. Surrounded by a stunning landscape, you can totally disconnect and find inner peace. The food is absolutely amazing, the massages are heaven, staff is so warm and friendly and the yoga is great. Suzie is an amazing host and does everything to ensure that everyone has an amazing experience at Ulpotha. My only regret was that I only stayed one week - you really need two weeks to totally 'come down' and relaxIf you are looking for a place without any technological 'interference', do not need luxury, do not being close to nature and look for an authentic & different experience - then you have to come to Ulpotha!"

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  • Review by Jessie A. from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Ulpotha is a sacred place. We felt immediately at home in our rustic yet comfortable mud hut. The food is beyond delicious, incredibly nourishing, everything made with love. Although my boyfriend isn't a yogi, he loved it too and was able to relax, join in when he wanted to, but there is no pressure at all, you are able to create your own schedule at Ulpotha, the emphasis is on reconnecting with yourself and the earth, slowing down, being still."

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  • Review by Mahitab W
    10 out of 10

    "I had a wonderful time in Ulpotha with my two young boys aged 7 and 5. Our experience was surreal. The place, food, yoga, treatments and hospitality was way more than what I had expected. It was a great time for me and my boys to unplug and bond together. I highly recommend Ulpotha to anyone wanting to disconnect from the busyness of the fast paced life including children."

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  • Review by Phil M
    10 out of 10

    "Firstly this isn't a resort, its in the Jungle not on the coast there is no pool or room service, youre only going to get out what you put in, and it will take commitment and a little work. The end result is an enriching, satisfying and joyful experience as well as an escape from the grind of western capitalist, consumerist and city life. If youre prepared to spend two weeks without hot water, electricity, wifi and a phone signal this could be the place for you. The reward is spending time with a group of diverse wonderful people in an eco-village where you are treated not like a guest but part of the community. You are provided with a tasty vegetarian buffet meal three times a day. You can practice yoga twice a day then relax with a massage, swing in a hammock next to the paddy field or take advantage of the Ayurvedic clinic which is run by a local doctor. I have taken away from this trip an appreciation of quietness a sense of inner peace and my own yoga practice that I can do anywhere without the need of a led class. Dare I say life changing"

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  • Review by Shay from from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Ulpotha is such a special place. Serene, beautiful, nourishing, warm, and inviting. The food is amazing - so fresh, fragrant, vibrant, and with so much variety! The perfect place to unwind, connect with nature, reflect, meditate, and practice yoga with some of the best teachers. The people that you meet makes it even more special. I can't wait to go back."

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  • Review by a traveler from Manchester, UK
    10 out of 10

    "I went looking for nothing and came back with everything I needed. Food for the soul. A friend and I spent a week at Ulpotha and it will stay with us forever. We were looking for a yoga holiday with a difference, not a boutique hotel with yoga classes.This place is founded on land worked by local villagers, who will be your neighbours, staff and friends. The concept is raw, and basic. There are no doors or windows to your accommodation, no electricity throughout the village, and no hot running water, no reliable mobile signal. But there are large lakes to swim in, delicious locally grown organic vegetarian prepared meals, twice daily yoga, lots of wildlife, beautiful sunsets, and stars galore. You go to bed by the moon and get up with the sun. This place will push you, but it will be to a better place.They offer Ayurveda treatments in the local clinic; your payments for such go towards running a clinic for the local villages. Our yoga teacher was Padma, one of the longest associated with the village. She was inspirational. The massage therapists were Victoria and Julie - both were very talented.Pack - a head torch, mosquito spray, and not as many clothes as you think.As many have said I too am a bit reluctant to review Uplotha, I don't want to share this secret, I don't want it to ever change.Till next time, and there will be a next time."

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  • Review by Trine from Drammen, Norway
    10 out of 10

    " I had the best time at Ulpotha and I will definitely go back very soon. The food, the people, the yoga, and the atmosphere were all amazing! I loved every minute! We were seven girls traveling from Norway and we all had the best time. Being there for the right reasons is important. Finding inner peace and being tuned with nature"

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  • Review by Gry from Berlin, Germany
    10 out of 10

    "As a former travel journalist, I have travelled a lot, but no place ever changed me so much as Ulpotha: When I arrived, I was over-worked, borderline burned-out, sleep deprived, and so white, it was actually more like I was see-through. When I left, I was super rested out and energetic as a seven year old, stronger than I've ever been, tanned as a coconut and -quote my wonderful Ulpotha Thai massage therapist - had not a single tension in my body. Not to forget that I also swam every morning and evening in the lake, were surrounded by more animals than in a Disney movie, massively improved my yoga skills, found the love of my life, and met amazing people I am sure will both change my life and stay my friends forever. Oh yeah, and the food is heavenly. I'm still dreaming of the hoppers and the eggplant - and garlic curries and the red rice and the coconut balls and everything else I stuffed myself with constantly. Quite a miracle that I actually still lost weight, but I guess that just proves that its true what the Ulpotha people say: It might all be out of this world tasty, but surprisingly enough, it's still extremely healthy. It was a blast. I'll be back for sure."

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Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Ulpotha is a beautiful private hide-away open to guests for part of the year for relaxation, rejuvenation and resourcing through yoga and traditional Ayurveda.

from US$2,940

15 days / 14 nights


Arrival: Sunday January 22, 2017
Departure: Sunday February 5, 2017

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