Welikande Estates has evolved over the last 7 years to be a complete cultural, physical, and spiritual experience of Sri Lanka in The Knuckles Mountains Kandy.
Yoga Retreats (3)
Kortney came to find yoga through a school project over 20 years ago. In 2013, she found a teacher training that really called to her heart. Since her 500-hour teacher training, she has been fortunate to teach yoga all over the world. Her personal style is focused on the breath and always coming back to this place of stillness. Her favorite yoga classes to teach are yoga Nidra, Womb yoga, and Restorative yoga.
Olivia van den Heever
Yoga for Olivia is about finding the essential balance between yin and yang, sun and moon and masculine and feminine that so easily gets lost in our modern world. By finding balance on our mat, we are able to step into the world more whole, centered and present, and this is the gift that yoga gives us. Olivia is certified in Hatha, Vinyasa flow and Yin yoga and incorporates all these styles in her teachings. She believes that our breath is our connection to the universe and learning to breathe through mindful breathing practices and pranayama breathwork we are able to widen the gateway.
from Sri Lanka, March 2020
The view was amazing from our bedroom (and actually from everywhere in the hotel). The staff was very helpful even tough it was a rough time because of the corona pandemic.
Dorinde De Boer
from Netherlands, March 2020
Delicious food, great views, beautiful place!
from Mauritius, March 2020
"Heavenly location, food, bed and wonderful yoga"
Oh, where to start? The people... Just wonderful, so helpful, smiley, welcoming.. The location and views are to die for. The activities are very authentic and well planned, they have equipment for hiking for you.
The food!!! Just delicious, incredible quality and presentation, served with smiles.
from Australia, February 2020
"Very restful stay"
Plenty of activities to enjoy, or spend the day relaxing in a hammock with a most spectacular view down to the Victoria lake. A great family atmosphere develops as you come together each night for a meal. Food is delicious.
from Great Britain, February 2020
"Relaxing and enjoyable visit - excellent trips and food!"
We really enjoyed our stay at Welikande. Everyone is super friendly and took care of our every need. The food is amazing - there's a huge range to choose from at each meal and all of it tastes great. The retreat itself is in a fantastic location, with amazing views across the mountains and over the lake. Make sure you take advantage of the day trips - there are plenty to choose from and they give you a real sense of the local area and culture. We really enjoyed the waterfall tour, bakery visit and trekking. Some of the guides were really great and very knowledgeable about the local area and plantlife. The massage was great too, although it's right next to Kandy so worth doing on your last day if you're going back that way anyway. Yoga twice a day was a nice way to wake up and relax too - Ana even tailored the class to accommodate our aching muscles after trekking! Overall, a highly recommended trip.
Jessica Mary Coxon
from Republic of Korea, January 2020
Absolutely amazing experience. Everyone was so lovely and welcoming. We didn't want to leave this beautiful spot.
Anne Lena Barsch
from Indonesia, January 2020
"Perfect stay to calm down"
All in one it was perfect! Couldn’t get enough of the view even at the yoga sessions with Anna. The yoga was super! We had so delicious meals and went out for one night to a local restaurant. The hike was awesome and the massage as well!
from France, January 2020
"Amazing, breathtaking tranquility to recharge batteries "
Hospitality excellent, guests every wish fulfilled. Breakfast a delight, meals full of variety, local food 5star cooking ! Spectacular views amazing scenery
from Sweden, January 2020
"A peaceful oasis"
I really enjoyed my stay at Michael and Tush’s lovely place. We did yoga and meditation in the morning and hiked during the day. Got heaps of options for activities to do for those who want to. I went to Netanyahu wayerfalls and got ayurvedic trratments. Michal was very helpful and the homecooked food was amazing! The views from the villa was better then expected. A very friendly and personal guesthouse rather than a hotel/hostel.
from Germany, January 2020
"Wonderful retreat in the beautiful Knuckles mountains"
Amazing views, great hospitality - family atmosphere that is hard to find anywhere else, the best food I have had in Sri Lanka, wonderful yoga Shala with breathtaking views, great activities in the area
from Sri Lanka, December 2019
i liked the location yoga especially the teacher ana claudia the food the positive vibes of the place staff and owner very much
from Republic of Lithuania, December 2019
Organization perfect! Yoga superb and food excellent! Nice place ! Thanks!
from Kuwait, December 2019
Michael and Tush were the most warm and hospitable hosts. The meals, tours and massages were amazing. Accommodation was clean and comfortable. The location was peaceful and beautiful, would love to return some day!
from Qatar, December 2019
"Best retreats ever"
I love everything about the retreats I had for 4 days there. Everything was well programmed and it is customizable where you can customize your preferences of activities you want throughout your stay. They are very flexible.
Though the place was quite far that took 3-4 hours drive from the airport and up to the mountains, but when you open the window the next morning, the view was spectacular and you feel like you want to live there forever. It’s worth it.
The food served was really delicious and got the chance to make new friends over breakfast and dinner.
2 yoga sessions everyday and it was very interesting and everyone can follow wether you are a beginner or advance.
Most of all, the owner Mr Micheal and his wife Mrs Tush were very welcoming and treated everyone like family. He arranged everything for me from the airport transfer and all the activities which make everything so smooth during my stay. Thank you so much.
I definitely come back. ❤️ Anyway, I'm from Malaysia but currently residing in Doha, Qatar.
from United Arab Emirates, November 2019
"Magic place <3"
Welikande Yoga Retreat is a place where you can find peace, disconnection from the daily routine, hustle and be in surrounding of pure, beautiful nature. From the photos which I found on the internet I assumed that its gonna be really great place to stay but at the end it went beyond my expectations. Welikande is truly quite with stunning scenery full of wonderful sounds of nature wildlife. Being there was a pleasure which I can not describe in words. Feeling of it makes your heart simply warm and happy. Michael as an owner is extremely helpful, positive and creating a very welcoming and relaxed, non-stressed environment which is very important. Other staff of the place are locals which made the entire experience very valuable and unique to learn about the culture of the country. The knowledge of the guides and instructors of the day activities was absolutely impressive. They really passionate about it and was an amazing experience to share the time with them practicing yoga at the sunrise, hiking in the mountains, looking for waterfalls in a tuk tuk or having an opportunity to have ayurveda massage and meditation. All this things made my staying thrilling and beautiful so to sum up I can only say thank you very much for such a wonderful memories. The organisation is awesome, absolutely worth it and reccomendable to all who are looking for real experience with real genuine, beautiful people in spectacular nature surroundings. Thank you so much❤🥰🙏 with love- Kasia
from United Arab Emirates, October 2019
"Wonderful short break - exceeded expectations"
Lots to love:
❤️ Mountain location- breath-taking panoramic views.
❤️ Genuinely welcoming hosts - every request catered for...including a very special day out at the elephant sanctuary.
❤️ Very much an ‘en-famille’ experience and grateful for the suggestions and tailored experiences.
❤️ Yoga and meditation - in the beautiful Shala with a generous backdrop of the Knuckles Mountains. Serene.
❤️ Wholesome food - lots of it and all produced locally and cooked authentically by the local Sri Lankan staff.
❤️ Great value for money.
❤️ All inclusive made for an effortless few days away - for us returning to Welikande after a full and fun day out was like coming home.
❤️ Returned home feeling relaxed and rested.
Thank you to Michael, Tush, Naomi and the whole team for such an amazing holiday. Ellie and I loved every minute and will be recommending Welikande to friends and family.
from New Zealand, October 2019
"Absolutely amazing! I didnt want to leave :)"
I arrived very late, around 10 pm and didnt expect somebody there to wait for me that late but Michael, the owner, and Naomi, the instructor, were both waiting for me and were very welcoming!!! They even prepared dinner for me ^^
The yoga lessons in the morning were perfect for a holiday , not too hard and not too easy, just perfect.
Every day was another cool activity and i really enjoyed the day i went together with naomi to kandy for a shopping day + massage with Walter (When you are there then make sure to book a massage with Walter!)
Michael + team took care so lovely and the food was amazing.
They also managed to drive me to a hotel in Negombo were I had to meet the group + tour guide for my 12 day sri lanka trip which was very kind.
I recommend Welikande Estate!!!!!! Beautiful view and very nice rooms ^^
Thank you guys, you made me feel like i am at home!!
Marta Louro Da Osório
from Portugal, September 2019
"Very good experience. Totally recommend "
The location is perfect, the yoga chalet is perfect and classes were good.
Food was delicious.
from Great Britain, September 2019
"The most beautfiul escape with incredible scenery and food"
I stayed for 5 nights at the villa having booked on to the Yoga retreat. My room was wonderful, comfortable and clean - it was perfect. The scenery and environment is unbelievably gorgeous. Michael and Tosh were extremely kind and accommodating; they ensured I had everything I needed and that I was fed and watered all hours of the day. The connections they have with local guides for treks are great, I met some lovely people and went on treks whilst on the retreat as Welikande Villas is a guest house/trekking centre originally, not entirely a yoga retreat. The AMAZING yoga teacher, Zoe, took me through the retreat and we did two classes of yoga and meditation per day plus a life-changing yoga retreat day full of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda and women's circle sessions. I was really lucky to have Zoe as my yoga retreat host as she is incredibly talented, experienced, attentive and a real joy to be around. I started the retreat a highly strung ball of anxiety and left as light as a feather. Thank you Zoe.
from Sri Lanka, July 2019
"A relaxing and homely stay"
My stay at Welikande was one of the highlights of my trip to Sri Lanka. Michael and the whole team are very friendly and kindly welcome you into their home like more than just another guest. The yoga classes were restorative and calming and the daily activities also offered truly authentic experiences of Sri Lankan life. The food provided was among the best I had throughout my trip as well! I would highly recommend a stay here to anyone, whether you're a yogi or not!
from Maldives, July 2019
"Great for a Short Stay"
Highly recommended for relaxation and retreat for those who want a natural environment. Staffs are kind and will openly help you with anything. Well managed by the owner.
Breakfast and food were served well and delicious. We had breakfast out, with view on mountain, it was amazing.
Recomend trying tours, swim in waterfall and do other activities they have. Cooking was also fun, on the other hand it made me more comfortable with my dishes. The meditation and steam bath massage was fabulous including the Yoga lessons from the teacher, who programed and carried out the lessons well.
It was a nice experience will definitely be great for a short stay.
from Sri Lanka, April 2019
"Very basic for the price"
Alex the yoga teacher made this break away. She taught the yoga in away that any level could participate, she was super friendly at all times. By the end of the three days everyone was like a little family. The hike we did on one of the days was amazing the views and swimming in the waterfall
from Finland, March 2019
"A perfect place where you don’t have to stress at all"
Perfect location with amazing views. A great mixture of relaxation and visiting nice places around. Everything was taken care of and you could just enjoy. The food was also delicious, homemade & local. A big thanks also to Nicola for great yoga lessons and Ayurveda massage. Everything was above all my expectations. Will definitely go back on my next trip to Sri Lanka! Thank you Michael & co.
from United States, February 2019
Everything about the trip was perfect; the room was nice and the location was beautiful, the food was delicious, Janice’s yoga and meditation classes were high quality and tailored to the groups’ level/needs, the day trips were well organized and a lot of fun. The hosts went out of their way to make sure I was completely taken care of. Thank you Michael for the lovely stay!!!
from Germany, March 2020
"Sehr schöne Yogazeit"
Ana hat eine sehr angenehme und ruhige Art, Yoga zu unterrichten. Sie hat die Übungen sehr schön aufgebaut und die Übenden hingeführt! Begleitet wurde der Unterricht von sehr schöner Meditationsmusik! Ich habe mich ausgesprochen wohl gefühlt! Toller Unterricht!
Ein zusätzlicher Wohlfühlfaktor ist die Örtlichkeit mit einem unglaublichen Blick ins Tal! Großartig🧘♀️🦚
from Switzerland, February 2020
Dies ist der perfekte Ort zum ein paar Tage entspannen und wunderschöne Trekkingtouren zu unternehmen. Yoga wird dabei 2x am Tag angeboten und nebenbei kann man sich eine Aktivität aussuchen. Die Unterkunft liegt sehr schön und ruhig. Herrliche Aussicht. Zimmer war sehr sauber. Das Essen ist ein Traum. Kann nur Positives berichten.
from United States, April 2019
"Unique yoga holiday experience"
I spent three unforgettable days in Welikande. The peacefull accommodation was prepared with love and the self-cooked food was always great. I think I had a room upgrade and thus a double bed with a private bathroom for me. Everything was very clean with a great view. The yoga class with Nicola was very good and the trip to the waterfalls was an absolute must. Michael and his girlfriend go out of their way to make sure their guests do not miss anything. I look forward to the next visit and still cherish the memories of the retreat in Welikande. Dearest greetings and a big Thank you, Kim (from Germany, not USA)
from United States, February 2019
"Nice place and excellent yoga experience!"
If felt home right when I got there! Michael, the owner, was waiting for me with a delicious breakfast and presented me the options of activities possible. I had booked the yoga retreat, so everything was included, but it is also possible to only book the room and add activities. Food is amazing, Tush is a wonderful cook. Rooms are lovely, big and very clean, beds are comfortable. The place is nice and calm. Employees are really nice and make you feel as part of the family. It’s an hour drive from Kandy, free transport from there was included for me.
The yoga teacher, Janice, LOVES what she does and knows how to share her passion! Yes the place is nice, but SHE made a big difference in my experience there. I would recommend classes with her to anyone, since she adjusts her practice to everyone. Her classes are well structured, clear and easy to follow. She pays attention so that everyone gets the best of the practice without going farther than what the body can take. Thank you so much!